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    Chitown Kev

    I'll go with the original Doyle stories and ignore the rest.

    It's a funny thing. If someone painted a painting exactly in the style of say Leonardo da Vinci, it might be regarded fairly on its own merits as a painting - but no one would take it as the equivalent of a genuine da Vinci. And if the artist tried to claim it was a da Vinci, they'd be called a forger.

    Imagine the reaction if someone painted the Mona Lisa in the style of Picasso or Salvado Dali - and then tried to claim it was just like the original, only 'reimagined'. Erm...

    Not that it can't work for some characters. There's what they call a 'franchise', a story universe in which reinvention and updating is accepted, and people argue about who did it best. Consider Dr. Who, James Bond, Star Trek, Friday the Thirteenth, Rocky, The Hobbit.

    I suppose it comes down to personal taste in the final analysis. I for one am willing to be tolerant when original material is taken up by others - but treated with respect.

    Poul Anderson's award winning "The Queen of Air and Darkness" has as a main character a "consulting detective" named Eric Sherrinford. He's deliberately modeled himself on Sherlock Holmes as an archetype - without attempting to be a clone of Holmes. While not a genuine Sherlock Holmes story, I consider it a legitimate evocation of the spirit of Holmes.

    In the same sense, I'll put up Galaxy Quest as a worthy tribute to Star Trek - warts and all.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 08:29:56 AM PST

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