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How successful is Conan Doyle in writing detective fiction that appeals to a modern reader?

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Introduction

Readers enjoy crime fiction because of the way it makes them think and feel about life and everyday situations. The tension and drama draws readers in and makes them feel like they are apart of the storyline. Another hook is the main character, which is normally the inspector/detective. This character is usually braved, intelligent, and physically strong and is very secretive. These types of aspects draw the reader in because they are slowly revealed throughout the story. The villain is also an interesting character because of the way they have committed the crime. They may make themselves appear like the innocent person in the story and stitch the blame on somebody else that was not involved or have left very thin line leading towards them. These villains are known for their obsessive thinking and leaving dead ends. In addition, readers like these crime fictions because of the puzzles that the villain leaves behind. These puzzles then help the reader to be involved in the storyline and can try to solve the problem as if they are in the story next to the detective and sharing his adventures. In the 'Speckled Band' Roylott is an appealing character who can get the readers attention almost straight away. However, instead of introducing himself to the reader, his step-daughter, Miss Helen Stoner, tells us about his background, also where he has been and spent his time though out the years. ...read more.

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We are finding out the answers to the puzzle at the same time that Watson is. In the 'Red-Headed League', again Watson is seen as the narrator because the story is being told from his point of view. However unlike in the 'Speckled Band', Watson goes straight into the story instead of introducing Holmes. Watson walks straight into a conversation between Holmes and Mr Wilson, and is invited to join them by Holmes who seems to be very excited. When Holmes, Watson, Mr Jones and Mr Merryweather are waiting in the bank, Watson experienced fear which was similar to the fear that he experienced in the 'Speckled Band' when they were waiting in Miss Helens room. 'For I feared to change my position.' This kind of atmosphere can again scare the reader into reading more and if Holmes actually catches John Clay and if it really is him. When Watson asked Holmes 'in order that you might see him' (talking about Clay), the reader is supposed to be in the same position as the reader and asks the questions the reader would like to ask. In 'A Scandal in Bohemia' we find out that Watson is now married and has moved on. He does not live with Holmes anymore and does not work with him either because he has gone back to his own work as being a Doctor. ...read more.

Conclusion

This quote indicates that there seems like there is no way out, because when the claws of a crab close its hard for a person to get them open again. This makes the reader feel like they are at the place with Holmes and Watson. In the 'Red-Headed League', Doyle again describes short but with enough detail to give the reader an idea of what the road looks like. Watson describes it as more sinister place than he did in Stoke Moran. 'It was a pokey little shabby-genteel place where four lines of dingy two -storied bricked houses looked out into a small railed in enclosure ,where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clump of faded laurel bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and uncongenial atmosphere.' This keeps the reader intrigued because the setting seems really intense. 'Shabby-genteel' tells the reader that this road was once a nice place but over the years has gotten un-cared for and not very nice. In my opinion I think that Sherlock Holmes' observing skills are a very important aspect of the stories. This makes Doyle successful because the reader would want to be like Holmes so they would carry on reading the books until they can think like him, and ha would mean that the reader would have to read quite a few books. ?? ?? ?? ?? How successful is Conan Doyle in writing detective fiction that appeals to a modern reader? Page 1 ...read more.

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