There are plenty of people out there who profess a great love for Sherlock Holmes yet, at the same time, show no interest in his creator. This has always struck me as down right weird. After all, the fans of the BBC adaptation Sherlock show an interest in the activities of its creators that sometimes borders on obsessive. Now is this because they find Moffat and Gatiss interesting in themselves or is it that they are interested in them purely as the spring from which the new stories pour forth?
In either event it is odd that Conan Doyle, as the ultimate creator, does not seem to get more attention. Come on folks. Without him you’d have no series, no fandom, nothing.
|Who is more interesting? Creation or creator?|
A great many authors of fiction end up bringing autobiographical elements of their own life or experiences into their work and Conan Doyle was no exception. His life can tell you (or hint at) the reasons behind so much of Sherlock’s world. Go on, pick up a (decent) biography of Conan Doyle. His life is fascinating and instructive.
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