29 June 2011

Why I Love Wednesdays

Why I Love ... Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Alexis over at reflections of a bookaholic. Each Wednesday is an opportunity to explore a different aspect of literature and why I love it. Today's topic: Favorite side kick.

After serious consideration, this weeks winner is: Dr. Watson. That's right, Sherlock Holmes' long suffering go-to guy. In all of the Sherlock Holmes books I have read, Watson is the character I identify with most. He manages to support his friend in their endeavors while providing a stabilizing influence. It's not that Watson is any less important than Holmes or any less intelligent, he brings his own strengths to the table that compliment his friend's. I like his down to earth and non-sensical approach to life and to the mysteries he is dragged into.

If it weren't for Dr. Watson, readers would be lost trying to follow Sherlock's exploits. Watson asks the right questions which keep the reader caught up in the chase. He is the buffer between Sherlock and the rest of the world. Could Sherlock Holmes exist in a world without Dr. Watson? I think not.

Do you have a favorite side-kick? I'd love to hear about it. Have a great Wednesday!


  1. I've never read a Sherlock Holmes, if you can believe it, but I always thought Sherlock was a bit of an arrogant selfish guy and THANK GOODNESS for Watson.

  2. I've never really read a SH book, but I recently watched the new SH movie with Robert Downey Jr, and I loved Watson. He was a great character, and i wonder how he puts up with Sherlock sometimes.

  3. Sidekicks, let me think, well yes Harry Potter sidekicks cos if they were not there I would not read the books since Hp annoys me

  4. Obviously I agree with you about Watson but I think your explanation is so much better than mine (seeing as how I didn't have one). Thanks for participating.

  5. I also have a fondness for Watson, funny thing is I just read Laurie R King's Sherlock Holmes novel Beekeeper's Apprentice and I think it was the dismissal of Watson that in part put me off this novel.

  6. Oh no! You can't dismiss Watson. I wouldn't like that book at all.


Here's your chance to voice your opinion. We all have them. I'd love to hear yours. I try to respond to all comments so please check back if you are interested in that.