(or at least, that's what I like to think)
I love it when I am watching or reading fiction and the season in which the story happens matches the present one. It feels like a connection between fiction and reality is made, turning the film or the book into a magical experience for me.
That’s exactly what happened last night while I was reading a short story from A study in , edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, an interesting compilation of short stories inspired by the Holmes Canon and written by eighteen authors who provide fascinating and original perspectives on the most famous detective.
My eyes were avidly devouring Toni Broadbent’s An exact knowledge of London when the taxi driver in the story told to the other character in the scene, who could well be Dr. Watson, that not only him,- but his father and his grand-father as well, had transported every one and each of the actors who had played the role of Sherlock Holmes, from Basil Rathbone to Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the role in the latest BBC Sherlock series, which second season has just been released this week. Not only the character mentions the latest BBC series, but makes a clear statement about what he thought of the first season, especially about the first episode, in which a taxi driver is a perturbed murderer who drives his clients to suicide.
By using this pop culture complements and playing with time, Broadbent explores and adds an original extra to the story. The author mixes a fiction detective character with the present time by adding real cultural elements which are related to that same protagonist, in order to give him a meta-fictional dimension, making the reader believe for a second that this character is actually alive. And that is what, we readers; love the most in a story: to feel that it is real. As the phrase Orson Welles , which Toni Broadbent uses in a dialog in this same short story: “[Sherlock Holmes] was gentleman who has never lived and yet who will never die.”
That is why we love him so much. So I am going to keep reading this interesting compilation and let you know about it when I am done! Meanwhile, enjoy your reading and your life!
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