The reason for this is that Sherlock Holmes has changed more times than the Doctor or James Bond. Everyone has a personal 'ideal' Sherlock Holmes and one person's usually varies somewhat from another's.
There will be some fans of Sherlock Holmes today who have never read a story from the Canon. So, to what extent are they really fans of Holmes? Are they not, in reality, fans of a version of Holmes? Any version of Holmes that is not Conan Doyle's will have differences, the influence of another writer (if pastiche or homage) or screenwriter (if film). We have already seen plenty of books (usually homages) and films where the link to the original is so fragile that you could sneeze and shatter it. The truly successful pastiche writer or screenwriter leaves only a hint of their presence on the version they present to the public. The more heavy-handed they are - the worse the result.
We are brought together by our admiration of Sherlock Holmes but we are also separated by the fact that we all admire different incarnations.
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