Mighty Red Pen

November 28, 2011

The game is afoot

Filed under: Lit review — mighty red pen @ 7:16 pm
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Film adaptations of literary texts. They can be so gratingly godawful (“And Then She Found Me,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Swedish version) and “Tales From Earthsea,” I’m looking at you), stretching the fabric of the story too far or altering the nature of the characters until they are unrecognizable. Or altogether introducing characters and plotlines that have no relation whatsoever to the original story.

And yet, other adaptations take as many liberties with the plot line or characters but manage to reveal something fresh and interesting about the story. For me, the BBC’s “Sherlock” (which, yes, we’re just getting around to watching) falls into this category. I love me some some straight up Jeremy Brett-style Conan Doyle, but I am really really enjoying what they’ve done here.

3 Comments »

  1. I love this show. Holmes’s corrections here nicely show what an annoying jerk he is. But he’s just wrong about “hanged” vs “hung”.
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=2yJusP0vrdgC&lpg=PA877&vq=subjunctive&dq=merriam%20websters%20dictionary%20of%20english%20usage&pg=PA493#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Comment by goofy — December 1, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  2. LMAO! Sherlock the Grammarian. Gotta love it.

    Comment by Skatha — December 5, 2011 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  3. As far as using hanged vs hung, either one is acceptable as they are both past-tense forms of the same word.

    Comment by Skatha — December 5, 2011 @ 9:15 am | Reply


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