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Why is the hound of the Baskivilles so sucessful over 100 years after it was written?

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Why is The Hound Of The Baskervilles so successful over 100 years after it was written? The Hound of the Baskervilles is a popular novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1902. Other books in the popular Sherlock Homes series include the lesser-known 'A study in scarlet' and 'The sign of four'. However The Hound of the Baskervilles is Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and popular novel selling well over 10 million copies. This success however carries an air of irony because Arthur Conan Doyle tried to make Sherlock homes, in this book, seem a less popular man so that he could relive the immense pressure he was getting from his fans who were pressing him to keep writing new books. The reason for this popularity even over 100 years after it was written is down to various reasons which I will go on to explain. The Hound of The Baskervilles is a crime and mystery novel which has always been a popular genre. To succeed in writing a book with this genre requires suspense, complexity and unpredictability and I feel that Arthur Conan Doyle has achieved all of these requirements. ...read more.

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This particular Sherlock Homes book is uniquely written as it has Dr Watson as the main character and this gives the book a fast dynamic as Dr Watson uses more actions that words. An example of the fast dynamics in the book is when Sherlock Homes and Dr Watson are chasing the hound and Homes says " The hound!" "Come, Watson, come! Great heavens, if we are too late!" the fast dynamic is emphasised by the exclamation marks, the short, snappy sentences and the abundance of commas. These three factors also add a lot of suspense to the book. This pacey style to the book was something that was unique in Victorian Times and has become more common in the modern day but because of Arthur Conan Doyle's unique writing style it is a book that stands out from the other and is still loved today. As Doctor Watson is the main character it brings out a rather mean and arrogant side to Homes that has not been seen in any of the previous books. ...read more.

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The novel relies heavily on the people of the moor being superstitious and believing in supernatural events. For example the hound itself is believed to be a figure of imagination and superstition. Many people in 1902 were heavily superstitious but nowadays superstition is around in a much milder form. For example many people suffer from Triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number thirteen) but it has never caused much harm to anyone. But because superstition is still around it makes the supernatural events in the book intriguing and believable thus contributing to the overall success of the book. Overall I feel that the main reasons why The Hound of the Baskervilles is still so successful is because of the reputation of the author Arthur Conan Doyle and the fact that his legacy has been passed down though families. I also feel that his unique writing style makes this particular book stand out from books written by other authors and published at a similar time. His unique writing style adds suspense, drama, unpredictability and believability and I feel that these are the crucial factors in why The Hound of the Baskervilles is so successful over 100 years after it was written. ...read more.

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