Saturday, December 18, 2010
New Books about Old Friends
I am at least theoretically opposed to a new writer taking a character like Sherlock Holmes and writing a new adventure for him.
Even if the writer is able to produce a very good story, I think he's stolen the essential ingredient--Sherlock. No fair! Now if a writer like Laurie King picks a minor character and writes a series about her, that's okay--provided Holmes does not play too big a part.
Iconic fictional creations (and their authors) should be left alone. Create someone new just as memorable.
I know I am somewhat rigid about this. What do you think?