His post (which can be read here) defines such a person as follows:
An "S-list" celebrity, then, would be anyone who has attained any celebrity whatsoever for their association with Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
Consider any Sherlockian you've heard of, whom isn't local to you, you've never met, and is still a recognizable name to you due to your interest in Sherlock Holmes.It's an interesting concept and is, perhaps, for many of us, the ideal celebrity status. You would be known within your area of interest but enjoy the same anonymity as everyone else outside of it. That certainly appeals to me.
|Do you know who I am?|
But does it really? It might in the U.S. but I would honestly struggle to name more than six BSI members and they tend to be ones I've dealt with personally and who, importantly, have published articles/books. I also suspect that members of the BSI itself would not necessarily recognise other members by name if they hadn't published something. So I personally think that publishing something in a journal or book is a more solid route to S-List status.
So what are the routes in the U.K.? Now there's a question. Publication in any internationally respected journal is a start - so the BSJ, the SHJ, the Passengers' Log to name but three. As mentioned above, the SHSL can be joined by anyone so membership is not the route to the S-List that it (possibly) is for BSI members.
But what of other routes. Since 2009, and the Internet explosion, anyone blogging or podcasting about Holmes can claim celebrity status. You can therefore argue (I think strongly) that groups such as the Baker Street Babes enjoy this status (even though some members have higher profiles than others).
What do you think are the routes to S-List status?
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