Book vs Movie: Sherlock – A Study In Scarlet

Book vs Movie: Sherlock – A Study In Scarlet


I hate crime shows but I LOVE Sherlock. The character of Sherlock never reacts the way you think he will.  His character is what makes this show amazing.  I loved the battle of wits with the killer.  It was epic and I totally think Sherlock would have taken that pill! (If you’ve seen A Study in Pink then you know what I’m talking about). The cinematography is creative with text on the screen for what Sherlock is thinking, text messages, traffic signs while chasing down murderers etc.

The story line feels so completely modern that I was curious about how much inspiration they use from the original story.  I read A Study in Scarlet before watching episode 1 of the first season of Sherlock which is called A Study in Pink.  When I saw how much was actually in common between the two, I was blown away by what an amazing job they did of taking the story line and elements from the book and making them modern.

After watching A Study in Pink I was surprised at how many details are straight from the book or as close as they could get it considering the modern time period.

  • Watson fought in Afghanistan, just hundreds of years apart between the setting of the movie and the book.  That still kind of blows my mind.
  • Watson tells his friend that he is looking for a place to live.  In the book his friend says that Sherlock is eccentric.  In the movie the friend simply says, “Yep, he’s always like that.”
  • Sherlock and Watson meet in a lab/morturary for the first time where Sherlock is doing experiments
  • Sherlock and Watson’s first interaction is Sherlock asking about Afghanistan.  However, in the book he politely says “I perceive” while in the movie he just bluntly asks “Afghanistan or Iraq?”
  • Sherlock has a passion for definite and exact knowledge
  • They live at 221B Baker Street
  • Sherlock has a homeless network do spying for him.  This shows up in the book A Study in Scarlet but isn’t in the show until later in the season.
  • Two pills – one poison and one harmless
  • The suicide happens in an old house in Brixton
  • Sherlock says that he is a “consulting detective” which is a job he made up.
  • Watson compliments Sherlock and you can tell that Sherlock revels in it.
  • The cabbie breifly mentions that he’s survived because God just loves him – an allusion to the theme of religion in the original story where he asked them to pick a pill as revenge and let God decide their fate.
  • The murderer was a cabbie.  In the book it was a disguise and in the movie it was his real job.
  • The murderer is dying of aneurism.  In the movie it’s in his brain instead of his heart.
  • Sherlock has the idea that a man’s brain is like a house and you stock it with things you choose – like a mind palace!! – which comes up later in the season. (page 12)
  • Watson has a blog to document their crime solving which is an updated version of Watson documenting Sherlock in the books. As part of the marketing for the show, they have a real blog that looks like it’s written by John Watson!  There are comments and everything and it’s hilarious.


Reading this list made me realize how clever of an adaption it really is.  The things they changed were to add modern devices like the mobile phone instead of the ring.



  1. Sherlock’s character seems cheerful, eccentric, bluntly honest, sarcastic and loves flattery.
  2. Sherlock doesn’t learn things that he sees as irrelevant like the theory of the solar system.
  3. Sherlock asks Watson very politely to share their faults with each other to see if they can live together.
  4. Mr. Lestrade is described as rat faced in the book
  5. The wedding ring was held by the dead person
  6. The word “rache” is spelled in blood on the wall because it means “revenge” in German
  7. The motive for the killer is revenge for the death of the girl he loved who was forced into marriage
  8. I know from a special feature that Sherlock deducts information about Watson from a pocket watch from a short story in the Sherlock series.
  9. The girl’s name was Lucy
  10. Sherlock doesn’t want to help because the cops will get the credit.
  11. The murderer approahes crime scene pretending to be drunk.
  12. Sherlock puts an ad for a found ring and sees who claims it.
  13. Sherlock tests the pills on a dog so they know that one was poison and one was real. But the murderer is still alive and reveals it too. (Sad that they just killed the dog!)
  14. The revenge plot was removed.  In the book a man named Ferrier adopts a girl named Lucy and they “join” the Mormons.  Lucy loves Jefferson (the eventual murderer). Lucy dies from a broken heart after a forced marriage and her father is murdered by the Mormons. Jefferson uses a nose bleed to write on the wall.


  1. Sherlock has all the same characteristics as the character from the book except for the cheerful one I think. They had him be more of a high functioning sociopath.
  2. Sherlock learns everything and sees everything as relevant.
  3. Sherlock bluntly points out Watson’s faults when Watson says that they don’t know each other and don’t know if they can live together as roommates
  4. Mr. Lestrade looks normal and not like a rat.
  5. The wedding ring was worn by the dead person
  6. The word “rache” is scratched into the floor and was her daughter’s name and password to her phone.  Sherlock says the word “revenge” in the floor is too obvious and lame.  I love how it pokes fun at the original story.
  7. String of suicides is the case they are working on. Loved the question of how can you have serial suicides.  Such an interesting twist on a crime!  Nothing connects them that they know of until they find out later it’s they rode in the wrong cab.
  8.  Sherlock deducts Watson’s family dynamics from looking at his mobile phone.
  9.  The girl’s name is Jennifer Wilson.
  10. Sherlock wants to help because he enjoys the hunt and he’s so smart that he’s bored.
  11. The murderer approaches the cops as a cabbie confidnet that no one will notice him
  12. Sherlock has Watson text the murderer because he still has the phone to see what he’ll do.
  13. The murderer reveals the game to Sherlock but only if he’ll play along.
  14. Watson is  kidnapped to meet Sherlock’s brother who calls himself Sherlock’s arch-enemy.



There were a few elements in the Sherlock series that I’m curious about if they are in the book or not.  I wanted to write them here in case I come across any of these things as I finish reading the Sherlock series.  And if you know the answer to any of them I’d love to know!

1. Watson has a real shoulder injury from the war and a psychosomatic leg injury with a limp and a cane.  Is that in a later story?

2. Is Mrs. Hudson, the land lady in the book?

3. Is Sally Donovan or an equivalent character of a deputy or assistant to Lestrade anywhere in the books?

4. Why was the book called A Study in Scarlet?

5. How does Moriarty show up in the book?  He’s not in A Study in Scarlet.

6. What does Sherlock mean that the killer’s mistake was “pink”?

5 Stars


Book Review: Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Book Review: Among the Nameless Stars by Diana PeterfreundAmong the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #0.5
Published: June 4, 2012
60 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Novella, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Purchased

The Short, Sweet, and Spoiler-Free Blurb:

Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.
2 Stars

Among the Nameless Stars was a prequel novella for one of my favorite novels, For Darkness Shows the Stars.  The writing in this novella didn’t seem to be the same quality that I loved in the novel.  The story was ok but not terribly interesting.  I feel like if there’s going to be a prequel it should be about something mind-blowing or amazing and the simple plot about the boat race was not enough to keep my attention.  I just didn’t see the point of this novella.  I didn’t get any new insights into the story.  It fills in details about Kai but I already knew where the plot was going.  It might be that it’s just been too long since I’ve read For Darkness Shows the Stars that made it feel like I didn’t learn anything new or interesting.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of this prequel, you should definitely still check out For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Content RatingMild, for very brief non-graphic mentions of abuse.

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About Diana Peterfreund

diana peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampant and Ascendant (Harper Teen), and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives in Washington D.C., with her family.


#NaNoWriMo Week 1: Writing is a Blend of Genius and Crap

#NaNoWriMo Week 1: Writing is a Blend of Genius and Crap

How is week one of NaNoWriMo going you ask?

My novel is turning out something like this:


And Lorelai Gilmore would like to add “monkey monkey underpants” to my word count as well. I relate a lot to her in this clip.

Some parts of my novel are coming out great. I really like some of the names I’ve come up with.  Some of the themes in my novel blow my mind at their awesomeness and cleverness. Most of my novel, though, looks like this:

She hears rustling behind her.  Her dog is dumb and doesn’t move.  Someone is following her.

She dries the laptop off as best she can.  She shoves it in her bag along with her other things. She walks back to the square.  The ugly dude is gone.  The stocks sit there, empty.

On the grounds where the ancient cathedral used to be, there is a small house with the light on.  It’s where he lives with his adopted father, Garrett. Maybe Garrett has a title.  Like Hippie Garrett.  But that’s dumb.

My perfectionist brain doesn’t like this. Doesn’t like this at all.  My perfectionist brain should have planned better for NaNoWriMo with an outline or something.

I think this experience has taught me that I like outlines.

I also think I would like the creative process a little more if I could take it slowly.

I’ve felt mostly stressed and overwhelmed through this process.  I thought I could just sit down and have fun and the words would just come! Magic and unicorns!



I think I will like the editing process a lot better.  I’m also trying as best I can to just have fun and not care whether it’s “good” or not.  Sometimes I’m able to turn of the Doubt-inator inside my head but I haven’t been able to this weekend and I’ve only written 600 words in two days.  That puts me about 2000 words behind.  I spend a lot of time staring at the computer screen.

My novel has turned into a stream of consciousness and pointing out my own plot holes so that I’ll keep moving.  It makes me laugh and have a little more fun when I do that. But it also gives me the sads that my novel isn’t very good.

The thing I’ve learned the most is THAT I MISS BLOGGING!!!!! SO MUCH!!!! I love knowing exactly what I need to write (i.e. a book review) and thinking of a creative way to say it. I love the satisfaction of finishing something and publishing it! I don’t get that with my novel :(


This has been a good learning experience for me.  I’m learning a lot about myself that I wouldn’t know otherwise.  The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I DO want to write a novel…maybe just not in 30 days next time.  However, I am stubborn determined to finish this since I started it if for no other reason than I want Scrivener half off.  That program delights my obsessive, organized brain.


No Joey! A dinosaur wouldn’t quit and neither will I!!

Any of you have any writing tips?

My Mailbox (57)

My Mailbox (57)

My Mailbox is where I show all the books I’ve gotten by various means throughout the month.

I will be linking up with Mailbox Monday and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Since I LOVE book cover art on my kindle, I took my own pictures of the covers of my ebooks.

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Thanks to Kami for lending me The Unhappening of Genesis Lee for the blog tour.  I also got the digital ARCs from the publisher, HarperTeen.

I got Sinner from my summer reading library program.  I got Monster Hunter International and Sugar Coated from the Utah Book Month get together in August.  (It’s been that long since I did a book haul?!)  I got When the Emperor Was Divine from the downtown Salt Lake City Library as part of the Big Read program that they are participating in.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?  Leave a link and I’ll come look!

November Bookish Events and Wrap-Up

November Bookish Events and Wrap-Up


Sci-FI November 2014

  • What: Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event, that Rinn from Rinn Reads hosted for the first time last year, created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction! From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it is intended to help science fiction lovers share their love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms.
  • Where: At Oh, the Books!
  • When: For the whole month of November


Brandon Mull | Rogue Knight

  • What: Join local author, Brandon Mull, for a reading and signing of his new book, Rogue Knight, the second book in the Five Kingdoms series.
  • Where:  The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • When:  Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 pm


Jessica Day George | Thursdays with the Crown

  • What: Jessica Day George signs her new bookThursdays with the Crown (Tuesdays at the Castle Series #3).
  • Where: University Crossings Plaza Barnes and Noble, 330 East 1300 South, Orem, UT
  • When: Saturday November 22, 2014 6:00 PM

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