T3 :: of Sherlock Holmes and the death of “Elementary, my dear Watson!”

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I have not read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s seminal work since I was in single digits.

Yes, I was that precocious child who read Shakespeare and Doyle and Bronte when she was a mere elementary school child. Before you cry “savant”, I must confess that I also read Barbara Cartland novels, so my literary upbringing was certainly not as high-brow as my previous claim implies.

I must also confess that I read all the classics simply because a) I was an introverted child who hid behind the pages of a very thick book during a seemingly never-ending parade of family functions (Filipinos have loads of extended family), b) I only had these books available to me, the Philippines not being a hub for contemporary Western fiction and our school library being woefully under-stocked of such, and c) I was a middle child who craved attention and received it by being “the smart one”.

Thus, I remember reading Sherlock Holmes and feeling smugly confident that I enjoyed the tales at the time, but honestly, I couldn’t for the life of me tell you now which tale is which. Nowadays, my knowledge of the famous sleuth is rooted in film and television, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s most recent interps of him first and foremost in my mind.

So as I choose Mr. Holmes as my Favorite Literary Man, I hope I am excused this egregious breach – choosing the movie over the book. I do promise to reread the book. It’s currently on my TBR pile at work as we speak. And I sincerely believe that the cinematic adaptations of his character have remained relatively true to the original work anyway. (Insert a silent “So there!” here).

Regardless of incarnation, when I think of Sherlock Holmes, I think competent and objective, severe and logical, brilliant and acerbic – all the adjectives I also think of when I’m invoking my most academically professional persona. And when I’m being academically professional, I wear my regulation crisp, white button up, some form of plaid, and a pair of comfortable yet take-no-prisoners footwear. Throw in a tie and a velvet coat for good measure, and you’ve got yourself a kick-ass ensemble, Victorian England style.

And for your perusing pleasure: 10 Most Famous Quotes from the Holmes Stories

Now your turn. Who’s your Fave Literary Man who inspired your sartorial splendor today? Do click on the blue froggy and tell!


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – L.L. Bean
Blazer – Daisy Fuentes
Vest – H&M
Pants – Karmaloop
Loafers – Payless


31 thoughts on “T3 :: of Sherlock Holmes and the death of “Elementary, my dear Watson!”

  1. Kezzie says:

    So cool!!! I totally forgot about this, darn!

  2. OMG….love this! Everything about it. Those shoes are fierce and the short sleeve blazer over the white button down is genius. Well done my friend, well done.

  3. Val S says:

    Very cool again, especially the version with the velvet jacket. All you need is a deerhunter hat and a reliable Watson (Aly?) and you’ll be solving all the outstanding crimes in So Cal!

    I have to confess, I’ve never read the books. I will have to add those to my TBR list.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Full disclosure: the velvet jacket was a last-minute addition since the weather turned on me once again. Aly would’ve made a reliable Watson, but I think this week, she’s hit that pre-tween slump and we’re not buddies at the mo’. I’ll win her back with my irrepressible charm, though. ;p

  4. I love your choice! I am also a fan of Mr. Holmes. I have read Doyle’s work more recently than you but agree that what draws me to the character lately are movies and books. I adore Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Better than Jonny Lee Miller’s on Elementary, right? I must confess to feeling a supreme lack of connection with the American version of the show, primarily because of Watson’s being a woman. No offense to Lucy Liu, who I admire greatly. Cumberbatch ftw!

  5. Patti says:

    Fab. I didn’t read the stories till I was in my 40’s! Slacker me. I do love Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal; love him in anything. : >

  6. chessakat says:

    OMG, this outfit is so cute, I can’t even. I was just at the Sherlock Seattle convention this past weekend! And even though your look isn’t costume-y AT ALL, I still think you could have held your own in the cosplay world!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I love it when people say “I can’t even.” It’s so very au courant of you! You’d fit right in with my students! 😀 Ah, Seattle has all the cool conventions. Then again, we do have Anime Expo and Comicon down here. Not that I’ve gone to a con since the birth of my son. Sigh. Some day…then I can really go gang busters and cosplay for real!

      • chessakat says:

        I definitely don’t go to as many as I’d like. I really enjoyed the science fiction cons I’ve been to in the past, but in a very just-passing-through kind of way. I love author panels though!

        • mtsedwards says:

          See, author panels make me feel conflicted. On one hand, if I’m a huge fan and battle my way to the front, I feel a bit like a groupie, and not in the cool, Almost Famous kind of way. More like a tool. But if I’m not a huge fan and I sit placidly in the audience, then I feel like a poseur for taking up valuable space.

          I never actually went to panels; the merch area was more my speed. ;p

          • chessakat says:

            I think the cons I’ve been to have been a lot smaller, in general con terms. Like, I’ve never been to a standing-room-only panel, that kind of thing, so I’ve never felt bad about taking up space.

            I’m also a huge cheapskate, so the merch is just painful for me. I want to buy it all but I won’t. 😉

  7. Awesome, we both chose detectives. 😀 I don’t think I was in single digits the first time I read Sherlock Holmes, but I wasn’t a teen yet.

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