Investigating Sherlock: The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own (I do not own any of these gifs - they just make the review more fun!)
Official Summary: He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson remain the most-adapted fictional characters of all time. In 2010, when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stepped into the roles, they managed to meld many previous incarnations into two glorious performances. Over Sherlock’s first three seasons, the Emmy-winning series has brought new life to stories almost 130 years old and, with its Holmes and Watson for the 21st century, created a worldwide fandom unlike any other.
Investigating Sherlock, written by bestselling author Nikki Stafford, examines each episode through in-depth and fun analysis, exploring the character development and cataloguing every subtle reference to the original stories. With biographies of Cumberbatch and Freeman, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle, Investigating Sherlock is the ultimate guide to the great detective.
Review: I am a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Stafford's guide and look behind-the-scenes is perfect for any fan. I read this on my Kindle, but I would really like a physical copy that I could more easily flip back and forth between. This book would be handy to have around when you are re-watching every episode of the three seasons out so far as Stafford breaks them all down.
The book begins with information about the series, Cumberbatch, Freeman, and even Arthur Conan Doyle. After this informative and interesting introduction, Stafford brings readers through every single season, episode by episode. This is the bulk of the book and it's great. I liked learning more information about each episode, from which stories/books certain moments were taken from in the Doyle canon, as well as little tidbits that Stafford points out. These particular moments really make you want to go back and play closer attention!
Stafford includes a lot of information that I had never known about before, such as the idea of Sherlock's Mind Palace coming from a real life person who taught Mark Gatiss about it, as well as some other things that occur in the series. Speaking of Gatiss, Stafford mentions him and Steve Moffat a great deal in terms of their inspiration behind the series and individual episodes. All of these details just go together to create a fun guide for fans!
|No, by all means...buy the book (no need to look so upset!)|
If you're a big Sherlock fan (and why wouldn't you be?) this book deserves a spot on your bookshelf!