Is Sherlock the new Vampire?

19 Jan
CBS has apparently just green lit a new pilot for a series about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes set in NYC. I love Sherlock as readers of this blog may have figured out by now, but I feel his is starting to glut the market. A Study in Sherlock just had its paperback release, The House Of Silk (the first novel to authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate) was just released, the second Guy Ritchie Sherlock movie just came out and of course the BBC has their modern Sherlock series. Is there really that much of demand? Or are we about to be as sick of seeing the Baker Street detective as we are of seeing vampires.

Speaking of which I see a novel about a vampiric Sherlock who is madly in love with the teenage great-great-grandaughter of Watson. As their love is constantly challenged by the descendants of Moriarty who are some kind of twisted Van Helsingesque figures.


Posted by on January 19, 2012 in News


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15 responses to “Is Sherlock the new Vampire?

  1. psharma3

    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Oh dear. Say it isn’t so. I get that there is such good material to work with with Holmes, but come on! We’re going to kill him like this.

    • bibliopirate

      January 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      The good news is Sherlock is eternal, even if we get a flood now in a few years time he will be respectable again. And in all fairness I have loved almost all of the new Sherlock material. So maybe I’m just a cynic.

      • DoingDewey

        January 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        I also noticed the excessive number of Sherlock Holmes spin-offs, but I agree with you – they’ve all been good! If the quality gets worse, then I think we have a problem 🙂

  2. Eefje

    January 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I get your point about overdoing it, but on the other hand I love it when people try making something new out of something old. Yes, sometimes it’ll suck, but sometimes It’ll be awesome. And I like awesome.

    • bibliopirate

      January 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Yeah, fair enough. Especially since all most all of the new Sherlock things have been awesome.

  3. LibriCritic

    January 20, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I’ve heard rumors swirling about this for a while now and I’m of a mixed opinion. Obviously they are trying to capitalize on the furor created by the Guy Ritchie films and the BBC update, and I hate to complain about more shows being made of my favorite detective, but seriously…this is getting to be a bit much. And taking him out of his London stomping grounds. sigh. I can only hope they’ll be done well done instead of just being a slap-dash response to popular demand.

    • bibliopirate

      January 20, 2012 at 2:10 am

      If it is well done I’ll be happy, it just really smacks me as “The people want Sherlock I guess we better give them some Sherlock.”
      I’m of course hoping to be wrong, as I absolutely adore Mr. Holmes.

  4. CanaryTheFirst

    January 20, 2012 at 2:52 am

    With each major movie or book hit, there’s gonna be a horde of tagalong attempts to cash into the success. There’s Hunger Games and the sharp increase in dystopian novels after Collins books made it big. There were the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Twilight (and I do distinctly remember seeing “Vampirates” on the shelf of a B&N). And before that we had an unending stream of Marvel superhero movies…

    Me, I think Holmes is a good character to get behind, especially if they stick to accentuating how he uses his smarts to win the day, rather than actiony brute force. Go brains!

    • bibliopirate

      January 20, 2012 at 2:56 am

      Great point. At least somehow miraculously there is a current big hero whose only asset is his wit. I probably shouldn’t knock this.

  5. ianthecool

    January 20, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Very good observation. I haven’t been paying much attention and didn’t realize those two books are coming out. But I’ve heard that the TV series is growing in popularity, and the new movie franchise ahs certainly taken off. I don’t know if it will reach the level of saturation that vampires have the last few years, but who knows?

  6. Cameron Wookie

    January 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Definitely agree with you about the over exposure of Mr. Holmes. Zombies are another one, but I think that one hit the peak, and is already dying out a little

    • bibliopirate

      January 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      It is easier to hop on a bandwagon that is selling well, than to take a risk on an original idea that might not sell well.

  7. parwatisingari

    January 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I think bit of both the BBC Sherlock kind of hinted on Watson and Sherlock being gay!

    • bibliopirate

      January 23, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Everyone in the world of the BBC one certainly mistakes them for being gay.

  8. theblackwriter

    January 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    The entertainment media often feels safer ($) going with what’s known versus taking a risk on new creations. But it’s the risk takers who create the next big thing.


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