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The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Compared to Macbeth + Fun Facts About BBC Sherlock
May 03, 2015

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Hope you're doing reasonably well. :-)

I'll begin this month's Sherlock Holmes Gazette with...

The Weird and Crazy Sherlockian Fact of the Month

Did you know that if the phrase 'Sherlock Holmes' occurs a total of 100 times in all the books published recently on earth, then:

'Hercule Poirot' occurs 11 times...

'Peter Pan' occurs 56 times...

'Harry Potter' occurs 108 times...

Dracula occurs 147 times...

'Frankenstein' occurs 192 times...

...and 'Macbeth' occurs 332 times?

Now I know this is a bit crazy. ;-) I came across this weird data as I was having fun with a tool called 'Google Ngram Viewer.'

This tool tells you how many times a phrase appears in books published in any year - relative to other phrases.

Here's the 'fun-graph' that I plotted using this whacky 'Google tool':

(Original graph here:

This graph is interesting because it tells you how popular each fictional character was in a particular year - at least based on 'book mentions'.

For example, Shakespeare's Macbeth is the most popular out of this list - it's more than 3 times more popular than Sherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot, on the other hand is around 10 times less popular than Sherlock Holmes!

Frankenstein was as popular as Sherlock Holmes in 1962 but appears in almost twice as many books as Sherlock Holmes today...

...And Dracula is 1.5 times as popular as Sherlock Holmes today - but it was much, much less popular in the 1970s.

Well, if you want to have fun with this tool to find out how popular Sherlock Holmes was (or is) compared to other characters of your choice, try it out here:

What's New at Sherlock Holmes Fan?

A Sea of Info about 'A Study in Pink'

I have been that guy who 'resisted' BBC Sherlock forever. In fact, would you believe that I watched my first BBC Sherlock episode in late 2014?

Well, but there's no looking back now. Here's an exhaustive page on the first episode - A Study in Pink - that I recently published. It's got trivia, fascinating pictures and well, absolutely everything I could dig out about the episode.

Here it is:

Another Sea of Info about 'The Blind Banker'

Here's my take on Episode 2 (Season 1) of BBC's Sherlock. Pictures, fun facts, magical moments, my ratings - everything!

Time now for...

This Month's Special Sherlockian Sizzler...

I stumbled upon an interesting video that shows London in the early 1900s and even the late 1800s. That's interesting because it is this London that our good old Sherlock Holmes of the books lived in.

Here's the video:

I loved viewing this video and saying to myself, "This is what Sherlock Holmes saw in the original stories when he went to investigate." Do take a peek.

(Thanks to '' for recommending this video.)

Well, that's about it for now!

See you again, soon. :-)

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