This week on Trending Thursday I'm looking at a growing YA trend that I'm all in favor of: Sherlock-inspired stories!
Ah, Sherlock Holmes. He is a fictional detective created in the late 1800s by Scottish author-physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Most of Doyle's stories featuring Holmes were narrated by Holmes' friend and sidekick Dr. John Watson.
Sherlock-inspired fiction has an interesting history in children's literature. Until recently, it seems like most of the Sherlock-inspired works were either on TV:
Or, if they were books, most were written for elementary and middle grade readers:
No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe
A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1) by Emma Jane Holloway
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Jackaby by William Ritter
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Sherlock is filled with great material for YA -- a brilliant but troubled detective, his loyal and long-suffering associate, diabolical villains, and women with questionable motives. Good stuff!
Hmm, never though about House being sherlock based, but for the most part I avoid books like thatReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure it is: House/Holmes, Wilson/Watson... but I don't watch the show that often.Delete
I got A Study in Charlotte and am really excited to try it. I think Lock & Mori looks good too. Great round up post!ReplyDelete
I have that one too and will be reading it soon!Delete
I love Elementary and Sherlock! I didn't know House was based on Sherlock Holmes. I'm all in favor of this new trend!ReplyDelete
I thought so ... but maybe I'm the only one who thinks that???Delete
I haven't read any of these (surprise, surprise lol) or watched the shows/movies but I want to.ReplyDelete
Which YA would you recommend?
Karen @For What It's Worth
I liked Lock & Mori or your could try A Study in Charlotte, which seems to be getting good reviews...Delete
I had no idea that Jackaby was Sherlock inspired. I'm actually not really into Sherlock, I don't know why. Never caught my interest, but my husband ADORES the tales. I hear Sherlock is amazing!ReplyDelete
Yep, the Goodreads blurb pitches it as Sherlock meets Dr. Who. I haven't read it thoughDelete
I haven't read any of these books, but I've heard amazing things about them.ReplyDelete
I didn't know about House either but now I find it very obvious.
Okay, glad you agree about House/Sherlock....Delete
Shame on me for having read none of these :\ I did notice the rise of this sub-genre (can we call it that?) I think it's wonderful. The cross-genre thing will only reach that many more readers :) Lovely post.ReplyDelete
Oh wow - now that you put the, all together like that, there are a lot of them!ReplyDelete
Kate @ Ex Libris
I'm always 1000% keen on any Sherlock adaptions. XD Provided they're done well! I read this "Young Sherlock" that was just awful and sherlock was kind of stupid. You can't just tell the reader he's smart and then show no evidence of it, right?!? I'm also happy that some gender bends are coming in! :D With female Moriarty's and Watson's. I can't wait to find a female Sherlock, but I Think that's in A Study in Charlotte? So far Every Breath is my FAVOURITE version of ever. <3ReplyDelete
Great stuff-I definitely would love to read all of these!ReplyDelete
I haven't read any of these since I'm not a Sherlock fanatic. However, I did pre-order Lock & Mori since it grabbed my attention months ago. I may have to check out some of the others too.ReplyDelete
I've read the Clockwork Scarab and really enjoyed it! I hope to get my hands on Jackaby and Lock & Mori. Thanks for the post with all the Sherlock goodness, Jen :)ReplyDelete
ooooh I really like the Sherlock movies! Great post!ReplyDelete
Patrick @ The Bookshelves
I have never read a Sherlock book before but Lock and Mori sounds amazing! Thanks for the amazing recommendations!ReplyDelete
I love Sherlock (the books) so it makes me happy that there's more Sherlock-esque things. The BBC Sherlock is sooo good and I'm excited for all the YA books (even though I haven't actually read any of them yet, haha).ReplyDelete
I am a TOTAL SUCKER for all things Sherlock especially if there's a hint of romance. I am so in love with the YA trend towards it and I want MORE MORE MORE. I was afraid I'd get sick of it but I've read all the YA books you've mentioned and adored each one.ReplyDelete
Sherlock the show has to be my favourite adaptation and I remember discussing with my ex how House was also Sherlock inspired with even loads of winks on episodes and names and places (can't remember all the details now)...ReplyDelete
Ha, I've read Jackaby - I thought it was delightful, and the MC male definitely has Sherlockian qualities.ReplyDelete
Excellent post. I love the lists of books. I have read some and some I did not know about.ReplyDelete