Monday, January 30, 2012

A Sexist in Belgravia

Yes, I know this is not an accurate portrayal of the smart, competent, and non-sexualized Hermione Granger. J.K. Rowling writes Hermione as a nuanced character, an equal to her male counterparts. Likewise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle approached Irene Adler as a proto-feminist equal to his male heroes. In fact, she bested them. Her aloof victory was the whole point of A Scandal in Bohemia. 

The original Sherlock Holmes stories have had their true nature consistently overshadowed by a century or so of uneven adaptions. Therefore, to a lot of viewers relatively unfamiliar with the original, A Scandal in Belgravia may not seem an obvious travesty. By doing what was done to Irene with a better known character, artist BeFine perfectly illustrates why we should all be very upset. I really liked Steven Moffat's take on Sherlock, based on season one. As I am one picky Sherlock Holmes super fan, that's saying something. I was NOT pleased with the season two premiere. BeFine hit the nail on the head with this one. Stay tuned, as I have so much more to say on the character assassination Moffat brought upon the wonderful Miss Adler.

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