This is an actual promo picture from the Cape May Holmes Weekend.  Yes, you need to be there.

This is an actual promo picture from the Cape May Holmes Weekend. Yes, you need to be there.

Yes, my dear Watson, November 7th through the 9th is a weekend of Sherlockian shenanigans in Victorian Cape May, New Jersey.  But even though the actual events are happening out there (I was TOTALLY there this summer, but it wasn't Sherlock weekend then sadface) anywhere is perfect for celebrating how awesome Sherlock Holmes is.

Anyone with a mustache game this strong must have been awesome.

Anyone with a mustache game this strong must have been awesome.

First of all, if you've never read a Sherlock Holmes story, read one right now.  This blog post will still be here when you're done.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some pretty baller crime stories.  And while they're not exactly what you will have come to expect from other mystery writers, they have this fantastic tension and the characters of Holmes and Watson are just so great.

They are so perfect it hurts.

They are so perfect it hurts.

So now that you're familiar with the source material, let's talk about two of the recent adaptations of these works to the screen.  The BBC's Sherlock is probably the best show that is currently available.  People are constantly complaining about how the series (which is what the BBC calls seasons, i.e. the first season of Sherlock is called the first series) are so short, but they kind of have to be considering each episode is about as long as a normal feature-length film!  Featuring the acting talents of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson as well as an absolutely flawless supporting cast, I'm realizing that this post is starting to sound like a review/commercial for Sherlock so suffice it to say that everything about the show is perfect and you need to watch it.

The other important adaptation (IMO) is the duo (soon to be trio!) of films featuring RDJ as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.  Period pieces as opposed to the modern update presented in the TV show, RDJ and Jude Law are almost as perfect as Holmes and Watson as are Cumberbatch and Freeman.  Plus the movies are a lot more star-studded and have people like Rachel McAdams and Stephen Fry in them, so that's pretty BA.

These two: also perfect.

These two: also perfect.

So enjoy this weekend, my fellow Holmes lovers!  And take heart!  Series 4 begins filming some time in 2015...  That's not actually good news, is it.  It's ok, though.  It'll be worth the wait, I'm sure.  In the mean time, enjoy these posts about Sherlock from BuzzFeed!  Here's one!  Here's another!  Here's a third!

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