Sherlock Holmes is a compelling character because he's a superhero, but he's got about as much personal depth as the Trix Rabbit. Why don't we just call him Perception Man, make a comic, and call it a day. "Alice, you sound kind of grumpy about this." Yes, because we won't stop carrying him through the decades in various incarnations.
The latest -- unless something new has been written in the last couple months, which I wouldn't be surprised by -- is A Study in Charlotte, where the descendants of Holmes and Watson are at a boarding school in America and have to solve mysteries.
I mean. It's fine. It's a fine book. I left it alone for a week and didn't feel any kind of impulse to pick it up except that it was due back at the library. Tbh I haven't even finished it yet, but my lackluster enthusiasm makes me feel ready to comment on it. If something horrible/great happens in the rest of it, I doubt it would change my feelings much. Essentially, Holmes is a girl, Watson's a boy, Watson's vaguely attracted to Holmes because sure, let's keep up that idea.
I don't ship Holmes/Watson in any iteration, any gender, any setting. Probably, again, because Holmes is never enough of a person to be shipped with anyone. Sudden love (or whatever Holmes can approximate as love) isn't going to suddenly change him or make him less of an asshole. The only time I've shipped Holmes with anyone was with Irene Adler, and it's because she's the first one to sincerely confuse him, and they both suck. But even that ship is more like a little dinghy that could be subsumed by the waves at any moment.
|I do, however, def. ship Watson/Moriarty on Elementary|
A Study in Charlotte feels like veiled Johnlock fanfic. Johnlock for the masses, perhaps, where they reel you in with heteronormativity and then bam! Gotcha. Jamie Watson narrates as he and Charlotte Holmes try to solve a murder at the school. Again, me leaving it alone for a week does not make a case for it being extraordinarily compelling, but if you're into Sherlock Holmes/Johnlock, maybe you'd be really into it. I'll be over here being grumpy and unimpressed in the corner.