So, I have a chance to be online right now, and I am so taking it! I’ve just recovered from a terrible case of writer’s block which overtook me before I took an enforced break from writing—but a week’s absence from the creative world has left a terrible mark on my thought processes. I’ve still been having severe difficulty in writing anything.
However, reading an old issue of Writer’s Digest inspired me to do a top 10 list, Sherlockian-themed, of course. It was my first piece of writing in a week, and it felt bloody marvelous. So, here we go!
FAVORITE 10 SHERLOCKIAN CHARACTERS
1. Sherlock Holmes!
No duh, right? ;D
1.5 John Watson, M.D.
‘Cause you just can’t have the one without the other…
2. Inspector G. Lestrade
Small, feisty, sensible, smug, hardworking, willing to admit that he’s wrong… and Colin Jeavons, FTW!
3. Mycroft Holmes
The original, lazy, lovable Big Brother. (Plus, Mark Gatiss. Yesss, my preciousss.)
4. Mary Watson
A fairytale-esque heroine who gets neither her castle nor her happy ending. But she is strong, smart, compassionate, loving… and she does not object to her husband’s gallivanting off with a certain private consulting detective, who appears to admire her in turn.
5. Professor James Moriarty
The very first super-villain, his coldness, cunning, and overall intelligence still outshines the vast majority of villainy.
6. Inspector Tobias Gregson
From “That’s Lestrade’s fault, not mine” to “Ha-ha, that idiot Lestrade!”—he’s just plain adorable when we first meet him in STUD. Later, however, he’s as serious and dedicated a detective as Sherlock Holmes could wish to work with.
The original BSI director whom fans seem determined to keep forever young. (He was old enough to lead the gang in 1881—he had to have been an adult in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s!)
8. Alec MacDonald
One of the very first Holmesians! Listen to him at the beginning of VALL—he’s a fanboy!
9. Maud Bellamy
This oft-overlooked character from Casebook is that delightfully attractive combination of beauty and bravery—and just look at the reaction she invokes in Holmes! (Sherlock/Maud, anyone? *ducks tomatoes* Well, it’s not impossible…)
10. Irene Norton
Like her successor Maud, Irene is beautiful, brave, sensible, and smart. Far from being a criminal or a lady of the night, Irene is much closer to the quintessential American heroine of the time (think of the women of the American West—there’s a definite resemblance). She’s been knocked down by a royal she once loved, but her never-say-die attitude allows her to find love again and her smarts show her her misstep in revealing the photo’s hiding-place. And… Sherlock Holmes calls her The Woman. No lady ever was before and ever has been since so privileged.