Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional detective from Baker Street, has appeared in different mass media formats and been portrayed on screen by several different actors. A 21st century renaissance of the character and his stories has helped to reintroduce Conan Doyle’s work to new audiences.
Adaptation and appropriation processes have also shaped the reinterpretation(s) of Sherlock Holmes. Thus, especially films and television series have portrayed a slightly changed version of Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century in comparison to its 19th century prototype.
This book provides an analysis of the character features of the iconic detective on the basis of Conan Doyle’s tales, the contemporary BBC and CBS television series Sherlock and Elementary, as well as the Warner Bros movies Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and tries to identify character feature shifts, changes and alterations. By employing prototype theory and creating Character Features Models for each Holmes incarnation, a potential 21st century Sherlock Holmes prototype is identified as an outcome of this work.
„There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before.“
Sherlock Holmes in Contemporary Film and Television Adaptations
Reihe Massenmedien und Kommunikation, Bd. 199
Siegen: universi 2019
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