(PRWEB) November 05, 2011
The BBC’s Sherlock head to head debate with the Warner Brothers Sherlock Holmes movies of Guy Ritchie on 10th November has attracted fans from 23 different countries. Over 600 fans fought for the precious 80 audience tickets to the online debate. Two panels of leading Holmes experts, actors, directors, authors and historianswill argue which is making the most contribution to the Sherlock Holmes legacy. Both have millions of fans but which is best for the Holmes character? Since the debate was announced last month there have been thousands of blog posts and articles and it’s the number one topic amongst serious Holmes fans. (MX Publishing, London).
As it is an online debate, Holmes fans from around the world will be able to participate and if anyone was in any doubt that Sherlock Holmes is a worldwide phenomenon then they can check out the country list which includes China, USA, Singapore and twenty more countries. Tickets were released on the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Sherlock-Holmes-Debate/161705877248289 The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook Page for the debate. The event is being hosted by Sherlock Holmes publishers MX Publishing http://www.mxpublishing.com MX Publishing USA. Managing Director Steve Emecz explains what prompted the event:
“One of our new authors, Charlotte Walters (Barefoot on Baker Street http://barefootonbakerstreet.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/56-sherlock-holmes-stories-in-56-days/ Barefoot on Baker Street ) took on a very tough challenge – to read and review each of the 56 Sherlock Holmes stories, one a day for next 56 days. The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate is on the eve of the last day of her record attempt.”.
Each team will present their case and then there will be an open debate. The proceedings will be recorded for release in a number of formats. On the subject of participants Emecz confirms that he is delighted with the teams and the audience;
“We have the leading Holmes fan site (Sherlockology), the two top podcasts (I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere and The Baker Street Babes), many leading authors, Holmes actors and even a Hollywood film director on the teams. 23 countries in the audience is amazing, and we even have a few VIP guests from the adaptations themselves." - Steve Emecz, MX Publishing
Other team members include modern day Holmes authors like Dan Andriacco (No Police Like Holmes http://www.amazon.com/Police-Like-Holmes-Dan-Andriacco/dp/178092206X No Police Like Holmes ) arguing for the BBC, and Kieran McMullen (Watson’s Afghan Adventure http://www.amazon.com/Watsons-Afghan-Adventure-Sherlock-Dr-Watson/dp/1907685936 Watsons Afghan Adventure ) on the side of Guy Ritchie. Mcmullen explains why the films are important “The Holmes of Guy Ritchie is the multi-layered man of thought and action who lives in a real world of adventure unhampered by Victorian restrictions," - Kieran McMullen, Holmes author.
Andriacco disagrees saying that the more traditional BBC adaptation is better as it’s more true to Holmes “It’s a fun look at who Holmes would have been if born in the late 20th century without changing his essential character,” - Dan Andriacco, Holmes author.
Katri Leikola from Finland, when she found out she had won a ticket posted "And I am the only Finn. Very good excuse to watch the BBC-series and the film again. But you don't really need an excuse for that, do you?"
Why did Charlotte Walters choose to mark the launch of her novel with the 56 day challenge? After finishing her debut novel, she simply missed Holmes. "Now that my novel is complete, I miss my daily dose of writing about Sherlock Holmes and have decided to take on the challenge of reading and blogging about one short story every day until I have covered all 56. Though it will be a pleasure to re-visit the stories, almost like popping around for a cup of tea with an old friend, trying to do this and write about it on top of my frantically busy full-time job and promoting my novel at book signings etc will be a challenge indeed (Charlotte Walters, Holmes author)."
The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate takes place at 8pm UK time, 3pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday 10th November. Fans who didn't get a ticket can still comment on the Facebook page and the materials and recordings of the debate will be released through the page.
About MX Publishing
Based in London and New York, MX Publishing scooped the 2011 Howlett Literary Award (Sherlock Holmes Book of The Year) with Alistair Duncan's 'The Norwood Author' and have more than twenty modern day Holmes authors on their books.