Earlier this year we voted on which Classic with many retellings to use for our second and third Book Clubs of 2019. Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet won and now you, dear Cannonballers, are able to choose any updated version of the Sherlock story to discuss with us in two short weeks. It can be a straight modernization, or a graphic novel, possibly even a gender-swapped version set in space, or a work of non-fiction. Whatever your choice, we’ll be back here discussing them on September 20-21.
So, count this as your official reminder to get reading or refresh on a retelling you’ve previously read and here’s a sneak peak at some of our topics:
- As discussed in our previous book club, Holmes and Watson have come to be viewed as archetypes for certain types of characters. How are those archetypes used in your retelling?
- Did the retelling you read build on the core characters in Doyle’s classic, or rely on them?
- What qualities of Doyle’s writing style carried through? Did it positively or negatively impact your reading experience?
- How did the retelling compare to the original?
We’ll be back soon to get chatting, if in the meantime you think of a topic or question you’d like to discuss, leave it below in the comments.