We have a winner from last week's blog - BN100 wins a book choice from my convention stash! Sherlock fans were also winners on Sunday night with Season Two, Episode Two - THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Let me first tell you that:
(1) Our AC went out. With no trade winds, it was hot.
(2) Our cable went out. So we huddled on the couch, watching Sherlock on my hubby's laptop.
(3) THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is my favorite story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is also my favorite adaption (of the original story) from Granada TV with Jeremy Brett. My fondness is probably influenced by my love of Dartmoor where the story takes place (and the adaption captured magnificently on film).
The BBC production is an modern twist to Doyle's timeless character - check out the BBC website at this link. Sunday's episode was inspired by HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, but I would loathe to call it a contemporary version of the original story. Sunday's episode was entertaining. It paid homage to the original story. The episode showcased the actors' skills, the writers' humor, and the incomparable Dartmoor. Although the story casts a gloom over Dartmoor, Dartmoor is a mystical place with dancing pixies, wandering ponies, and a rugged landscape that inspires.
During my childhood summers, I visited my English Granny in Torquay, Devon. She treated me to picnics on Dartmoor. We climbed Haytor - a popular rock formation is near Hound Tor (featured in the story). We walked down to Widecombe-in-the Moor. We drank tea in Dartmeet, soaking up the trickling brook.
For my honeymoon, hubby and I spent a week in London and a week in Torquay with my grandmother. It may not have been glamorous, but I wanted my Granny to meet hubby. And hubby to visit my childhood locales. Plus hubby is a Sherlock fan, too, so he enjoyed the trek across the moor. We visited Princeton - home of the Duchy Hotel and the Victorian Prison. Doyle stayed at the Duchy Hotel during his visit to Dartmoor to "research" the hound legend. The legend, the prison, and the mystique would find its way into THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.
Hubby and I visited other sights on Dartmoor - the prehistoric village of Grimspound, the clapper bridge, and the granite deposits - all which have been captured on film for several versions of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Hubby also played on the golf course with Dartmoor ponies coming and going at their pleasure.
Do you have a favorite place that is inspiring and mysterious? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Friday, May 18, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Saturday, May 19.
Kim in Hawaii