Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Holmes & Watson Article in Femnista

I could not be happier with this year's special Halloween issue of Femnista if I tried!  It revolves around Sherlock Holmes.  You may or may not know that Holmes is one of the 5 fictional characters I hold most dear.  Call me a Sherlockian or a Holmesian or a wannabe-Irregular, whatever you prefer -- the truth remains the same.  I LOVE Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

And I very strongly identify with Watson.  He's a fellow ISFJ, and I see so much of myself in him.  Too loyal for his own good, kind and impetuous and a little too naive sometimes, but always warm and forgiving.  And always, always eager to help.


You know what Watson is NOT?  He's not a fool.  And that's the title of my article, which you can read right here.  While you're at it, read some of the other articles in this issue, because they are all 100% treats, no tricks.  Happy Halloween!

12 comments:

  1. Yep, perfectly stated!! Love this. Watson should never be a fool. Why I think Jude Law is my favorite Watson. So not a fool.

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    1. Thanks, DKoren! Jude Law is also so excellent -- if I'd had a thousand words instead of 800, I'd have done a paragraph on him too. He's my favorite part of those movies. (I mean, RDJ is always a fun time, but Jude is just wonderful.)

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  2. Great piece, Rachel. Edward Hardwicke is my favourite screen Watson. It annoys me so much when Watson is portrayed as silly and thick, when in actuality he is a very intelligent and dependable man. The Jeremy Brett series is the only screen version where I really feel a genuine bond of friendship between Holmes and Watson.

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    1. Thanks, Maddy! Very cool that Hardwicke is also your favorite! He's just so precisely how I imagine Watson in the books. And yes, the bond of friendship is soooo evident between them in that series. My husband and I just finished watching alllllll of the Brett movies & episodes, and I want to just start watching them all over again.

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  3. That series is amazing. Everything about it is perfection. I think that you both should sit down and watch it again! So happy to find another fan of Edward Hardwicke's Watson. I hope that any future portrayals of the good doctor show him as the intelligent, calm, and capable man that he is in the books.

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    1. Maddy, to be honest... we will TOTALLY watch the whole series again. My husband introduced me to them when we were dating, and over the first 5 years of our marriage, we watched every one we could get our hands on from the various libraries at the various places we lived. Which was probably about 75% of them, as they were on VHS back then, and no one library had all of them.

      But THEN they released the whole series on DVD, and one Christmas, I got a fantastic deal on the boxed set -- I think I got it for less than $50, and usually they're more like $75. So that was our Christmas present to each other that year, which would have been like five or six years ago? And we started watching them all over again, right from the beginning, all in order this time. We have time to watch one TV show or movie a week together, and we have watched many other things in that time as well, so yes, it took us about 5 years to go through them. I think we'll watch them over again, and by the time we finish them once more, our kids should be old enough to start enjoying them with us <3

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  4. I think all in all the issue turned out a lot of fun. So, thank you for being a part of it. :)

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    1. Charity, I think it's the best Halloween issue yet. For reals.

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  5. Yes, great article!! I love Edward Hardwicke's Watson as well, and liked many aspects of Martin Freeman's portrayal, too. Also, Watson has a great deal of emotional intelligence which is sometimes lost on Holmes.

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    1. Thanks, Marian! That's such a good point about Watson's emotional intelligence. I think Holmes relies on him for that, even in the canon -- asking Watson what his "take" is on people and so forth.

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