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Sherlock Holmes Was Real!  

Can you believe that the famous detective Sherlock Holmes was a real historical figure and he actually existed?

Sherlock Holmes, the introspecting detective who solved many complicated and perplexing crimes and mysteries by his logical reasoning and deductions, along with his abettor Dr. Watson are supposed to be one of the most famous pairs in the book world! Most of you must have read some of their interesting mysteries.

I had earlier told you that the writer of Sherlock Holmes, the famous author Arthur Conan Doyle actually believed in fairies! But here's something more strange- No, I don't personally believe this......

More than half of the teenagers of England believe that Sherlock Holmes was a real historical figure. According to a survey conducted by UKTV Gold some time back, questions were posed to 3,000 ordinary Britons to test their historical acumen, the results of which point out that 58 % of them believed that Sherlock Holmes was not a mythical figure; but really existed.

In fact, the survey even showed many interesting, bizarre but thought-provoking results. News Right Now reports:

Some think Charles Dickens was himself a character in fiction rather than the creator of David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and Martin Chuzzlewit. Meanwhile Sherlock Holmes, the pilot Biggles, and the Three Musketeers were real people.

I still cannot believe my eyes! What do you think?

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  1. pranabk  

    It is very easy to believe that Sherlock Holmes is for real, perhaps because he his character is so well etched in our memory. In fact, in past, lots of letters used to be addressed to 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes' address in London, which was of course fictional.

  2. Meghna  

    Yes, Pranab, I agree with you that people relate to Doyle's narrations and elaborated explanations to something actually taken place and might have thought of Holmes as a real figure!

    It was new to me about the letters sent to Holmes's 'residence'. How funny (or how serious, when you look at it!!

    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. The Writing Muse  

    Hi Meghna,
    I think both of your blogs are amazing. What you have to say needs to be shared, so I added your blogs to my links. I'll definitely be coming back to see what else you've been writing. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Meghna  

    Hi writing muse,
    Thank you for the great complements. I'm glad that you liked both of my blogs. Also, it was so kind of you to bookmark both of them. So, I'm sure, we'll be seeing each other more frequently. Thanks!

  5. Bubbles of FireWhiskey  

    it is very easy to believe all this... the way that the books have been written and the fact that they are so deeply entrenched in the history of literature...

    then again. there are some who also think that in a leap year, feb has 40 days...

  6. --xh--  

    u always come up with amaazing triviya, sis :-D thsi is defenitly amazing - chareters becoming real and real authros becomeing charecters :)

  7. Meghna  

    Hi bubbles,
    I realize that it's difficult not to believe because the way it's written. Leap year Feb has 40 days...he...he. People are really crazy!!

  8. Meghna  

    Hi big bro,
    Yes, characters becoming real and real becoming fictional..what a waay?

  9. Kenney Jacob  

    I read somewhere that the character is inspired from a real person, but the stories are tooo fantastic to be true

  10. Macadamia The Nut  

    Lol! I guess people want their pet heros and villains to be real to them. I've heard of people visiting 221b Baker Street to see if they can really find Holmes' residence.

  11. Meghna  

    Hi kenney,
    Yes, i agree that the stories are marvelous, but didn't know that they were inspired from real characters. Thanks for the information.

  12. Meghna  

    Hi macadamia,
    Yes, characters becoming real and real becoming fictional..what a way? On top of that people actually searching for the house of Sherlock Holmes.... LOL! It appears that authors are not supposed to write such fantastic stories; or else people will really believe them and hunt for the characters; what do you say? :)
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  13. Jenn Thorson  

    Ah-- well, admittedly Arthur Conan Doyle did believe a number of flim-flams-- the Cottington Fairies for one-- but I don't believe he ever believed his own Sherlock Holmes to be true. :)

    You might enjoy the writing of Jasper Fforde, Meghna. He has a character called Thursday Next who solves crimes related to the characters in books. She literally leaps into literature.

    PS- I am listening to the Shak De! India soundtrack you recommended... Lots of fun. Thanks!

  14. Meghna  

    Hi Jenn,

    Yes, i agree with you that Doyle's works are near-real!!

    Thank you for mentioning about Jasper Fforde. Let me find them to read.. looks interesting.

    Glad to know that you loved the songs from Chak De India...

  15. Neila ~ Sabine  

    Hmm - who knows... A renowned journalist and writer, William S. Baring-Gould, wrote a biography of Sherlock Holmes. Very convincing, indeed he must have lived ;)

    'Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street. A life of the World's First Consulting Detective'

  16. Meghna  

    Hi neila,Oh...oh. Now somebody wrote a biography of Sherlock Holmes too! I think soon I'll also start believing that he WAS really real, LOL!! Thanks.­

  17. The Offended Blogger  

    Those were some of my favorite books growing up, and I, too, can understand why he would be mistaken as a real life character.

    Sir Conan Doyle did such a magnificent job of creating this character, I often forgot that he wasn't real myself!

  18. Meghna  

    Hi offendedblogger,
    Yes, work is too real to unbelieve!!
    Doyle's books are part of not only everybody growing up, but also of grown-ups too, I think.
    Thank you for dropping by :)

  19. Anonymous  

    wow......... a lot of comments for Sherlock Holmes.... considering he was just a character...

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