I have probably read or seen everything that involves Sherlock Holmes that I can legally get my hands on. Some I have liked, some I have loved, and some I really can't stand. There is even a Sherlock Holmes musical (I've heard the music--unfortunately, it goes on the "awful" list!).
Where did this love of Sherlock Holmes come from, you may ask? The truth is, I always liked the original stories, and I have read the entire series, but I didn't become a Sherlockian--yes, there is a term for people like us--until I was older. The real reason was researching for my own novella, The Hudson Diaries: The Life and Times of a Baker Street Resident, which you can find here. Once I started the research on guns, poisons, Victorian law and crime and several other things to make this dream a reality, then I really delved deep into the Sherlock mentality.
Want to know what makes him so great? It is because he is a hero, allowing us to be a part of adventures we can only dream about in our real lives. We also get his partner, Watson, who is the heart of the relationship, while Sherlock is the brain. This creates the best and brightest partnership ever, and we all secretly want a relationship like this, even if we don't admit it. Sherlock is balanced out by Watson, and one cannot survive without the other. But it also takes a certain type of person to be the other half. Now, I am not saying that Sherlock and Watson are lovers--don't even go there. They are more like brothers, a partnership that would do anything to help each other and build each other up.
The mysteries are also totally plausible. At first they are mind boggling, but as soon as Sherlock gets a hold of them, you know that there will be a resolution that you are satisfied with, if not completely happy with it. Oh, and news flash--just like every normal human being, Sherlock doesn't always win. That's what makes him relateable and applicable to our own lives. He is a hero who fails, but always picks himself up, and he makes what seems impossible possible. There, my friends, is what makes a timeless character.
4 years ago