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4.0 out of 5 stars This is serious stuff, 5 Feb. 2014
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H. O'Sullivan (Co. Kerry, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series (Paperback)
As there is no content description given for this book, here's the blurb from the back cover:
"The critically-acclaimed BBC television series 'Sherlock' (2010-) re-envisions Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective for the digital age, joining participants in the active traditions of Sherlockians/Holmesians and fans from other communities, including science fiction, media, and anime. This collection explores the cultural intersections and fan traditions that converge in 'Sherlock' and its fandoms. Essays focus on the industrial and cultural contexts of 'Sherlock's' critical and popular reception. The volume's multiple perspectives examine Sherlock Holmes as an international transmedia figure with continued cultural impact, offering insight into not only the BBC series itself, but also into its literary source, and with it, the international resonance of the Victorian detective and his sidekick.
Louisa Ellen Stein is an assistant professor of film and media culture at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has written previously on contemporary media culture, including film, television, the Internet and video games.
Kristina Busse teaches at the University of South Alabama and has published a variety of essays on fan fiction and fan culture."

Similar to Lynnette Porter's excellent book 'Benedict Cumberbatch: In Transition', 'Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom' is not a quick read aimed at Sherlock fan girls and boys. This collection of essays is a serious piece of work, written in the style of scientific papers or (albeit individually brief) thesis. Content and vocabulary are mentally demanding, so don't expect this to be lunchtime or a-couple-of-pages-before-bedtime reading.

I found the various essays in this book interesting, well researched and well balanced, with one notable exception: Balaka Basu's unfortunate essay entitled 'Sherlock and the (Re)Invention of Modernity'. Amongst the other essays included in this volume which are well informed and neutral in content and tone, Basu's contribution lets the book down with its almost antagonistic tone, sometimes inappropriate language, and clear lack of understanding of certain characters' motivations. Given the high standard of the other essays chosen for this publication, I'm surprised at Basu's essay's inclusion in this book.

In closing, I wish to comment on a certain 'handicap' this book is subject to, i.e., that its essays were produced after Series One of 'Sherlock', thereby robbing their authors of a deeper understanding of the main characters as enabled by observing their further development in Series 2 and, certainly, 3. This is not intended as criticism, merely an observation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interest for both scholars and fans (is there really a difference?), 22 Jan. 2013
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Ye Olde Ed (Chelmsford, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series (Paperback)
"`Sherlock' and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series" edited by Louisa Ellen Stein and Kristina Busse isn't exactly a snip at $40.00, but there's lots of interest here. The contributors, mostly but not all female, compare the characters and milieu of "Sherlock" with those created by Conan Doyle, and examine the relationship between what you might call the Holmesian or Sherlockian establishment and the suddenly very significant devotees who happily call themselves fans - a term that doesn't spring naturally to the lips of many older admirers of the great detective. (It's firmly established among science fiction enthusiasts, though, and there's a long history of shared interest there.) Other essays cover Sherlock's place in the tradition of television adaptations, international interpretation of the series, and a good deal more.
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