Sunday, February 5, 2012
Adrian Conan Doyle
I've always had a certain degree of sympathy for the children of a celebrity. Mostly because people say things like "Well they're not as good as their parent was" or "They only made it big because of their parent". And that is not always the case.
In the case of Julian Lennon. There were stories of other kids picking on him for being rich despite the fact he and his Mother barely got any financial support from his famous father John Lennon. And then even later on people making the the comparison of sounding alike vocally.
That's something that just cannot be helped. Naturally people do inherit certain inflections in their voice that sound similar to the parent.
But it becomes more glaring when one is in the spotlight though.
A couple years back I had bought a copy of The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Adrian Conan Doyle second hand. Adrian being the late son of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's been sitting on my bookshelf and recently in the last couple of weeks I decided to start reading it.
Naturally, it's not as strong as his famous father's stories. Not to mention Adrian tends to lean more closely to the visual sterotypes Holmes got stuck with such as the deerstalker and inverness cape.
However, I am enjoying the stories by the junior Conan Doyle immensely. It is only natural that ever writer comes in second to the original. But the stories that Adrian Conan Doyle wrote alongside John Dickson Carr are not half bad.
I'm not sure if Adrian Conan Doyle has written other stories featuring his father's famous creation. However, if he did I would be very pleased to pick up a copy.
But I am not disappointed with what I am reading so far.