King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
Greg Cox wrote:
Here's an interesting question: At what point does a popular fiction take on a life apart from its original creator?
Would Arthur Conan Doyle have approved of Watson being re-invented as a stylish Asian woman? Who knows?
There's a quote somewhere on fanlore.org, where Doyle, supposedly when asked if Watson could be made female for a stage play, replied "do whatever you want with him."
(someone's gone an updated the site and I can't find the exact quote anymore. Grrrr.)
Hmm. As I heard the story, the playwright wanted to know if he could marry off Holmes at the end, to which Doyle basically replied "you can marry him or murder him for all I care."
(Doyle had profoundly mixed feelings, to say the least, about the way Holmes eclipsed his other, more "serious" work.)