Monday, June 11, 2012

A Scandal in Bohemia - Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: A Scandal in Bohemia

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

This is an extremely short story but as the first Sherlock Holmes book I have ever read, it did not disappoint.
Being a huge fan of the BBC adaptation, Sherlock, I thought that this may ruin the reading experience but I found that they can be enjoyed completely separately and one does not seem to overshadow the other. Being set in the Victorian age rather than the modern times helps this differentiation, as well as the perspective the stories are told from. In the TV series, we see an overview of all of the characters, whereas the books are from the first-person perspective of Dr. Watson which adds a more personal touch, and also makes his opinions and feelings a lot more real.

This story was completely different to the on-screen version, A Scandal in Belgravia, despite the similar title, yet the main side character, Irene Adler, was described very similarly. I soon came to realise to approach this as a completely new story because the time period and the language used are so different and also the style of writing that Arthur Conan Doyle employs.

Overall, I gave this story 4 out of 5 stars but I am very interested in reading more of the Sherlock Holmes stories because I think that they make a good contrast to the television series and they are enjoyable to  read due to the writing style and character personalities.

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