When I’m angry, I doodle.
Tumblr, why won’t you post this right? I give up.
Pretty much. I mean, I think SH has become so popular and so culturally widespread that it’s impossible not to stray from canon somewhat. I’m 100% up for interpretations of SH. Imo, it’s kind of like Shakespeare’s works where you can change the setting, perhaps the sex of a character, costumes, etc, but the foundation of the characterization stay the same. Interpretations and mild alterations will always be valid if they stick to the heart of the canon. And modern versions introduce SH to younger generations, which is fantastic.
I do adore BBC’s Sherlock, but it can also be problematic at times. The gay thing doesn’t bother me as much because that joke has been going around for ages; it’s just become more popularized and with Tumblr fueling it, it’s bound to happen. Sometimes the homoerotic subtext can go overboard, imo, because I believe SH is canonically asexual. Though he isn’t actually romantically/sexually interested in any character overtly, but his relationship with John is almost begging to be interpreted as him being a romantic asexual.
The bigger issue is with Adler. I really loved Lara Pulver’s Irene and the majority of her story. However (besides the sexual orientation/sexuality problems that existed), I find it just plain wrong that she had to be saved by Holmes mainly because it made her into a damsel in distress, which she decidedly was not. Conan Doyle’s Adler beat Holmes; she was one of four people to ever do so. And, as the drawing suggests, it made Holmes rethink his views on women. It effectively shut him up about women being inferior. Pulver’s Adler doesn’t get the chance to dramatically change Holmes’ view of the opposite sex.
So, yeah, I’m a big fan of different versions of SH, but when it comes down to it, some things, I believe, should be kept the same.