Sunday, February 7, 2016

TO A GREAT MIND, NOTHING IS LITTLE...A Celebration of the Great Detective Stories

There are, of note, four distinct varieties of what we call "Pop-Culture" or light novels or stories:  The romance novel, the adventure novel, the mystery novel and the detective story.  These types may overlap somewhat in content from time to time, but although they may borrow devices, themes or appeals from one another, they follow the stylistic guidelines of and evolve within their own genre boundaries.

Of these four kinds of literary and screen entertainments, the detective story is the youngest and most complicated; the most difficult in construction and the most distinct.  It may seem, in one sense, to be an offshoot of the mystery novel, but upon closer inspection, this relationship is far more distant than the average reader imagines.  In order to understand the uniqueness of the detective story, we must first think like the protagonist detective, him or herself:  we must endeavor to determine the peculiar appeal of this genre to all classes of people...

It has been asserted that the answer is that the detective story belongs more to the category of riddles than mysteries: it is, when written well, a complicated and extended puzzle cast in fictional form, and resembles in structure and mechanism the cross-word puzzle. Think about it:  in each, there is a problem to be solved, and the solution depends entirely on the mental process of the reader or observer; the analysis and fitting together of apparently unrelated parts, and in some measure, educated guessing.  Each is supplied with a series of overlapping clues to guide the solver, and when these clues are snapped firmly into place, a solution may be achieved, and all the little details weave together nicely into a complete, interrelated and closely knitted fabric.

There is no more stimulating activity than that of the mind, and no more exciting adventure than that of the intellect.  Human beings enjoy solving riddles and puzzles; they have throughout the ages.  Because of this, the detective story has set its own standards, drawn its own rules, and advanced in its form and technique.  Its style is direct, simple, smooth and unencumbered rather than being one replete with descriptive passages, metaphors and word pictures.  The skill of a detective story's craftsmanship is revealed in the way all the clues: characterization, syntax, diction and plot fit together and somehow manage to reveal all for the reader and observer to discover.  There is a strict ethical course of conduct that must be followed by the detective novelist:  he/she must NEVER once deliberately fool the reader; he/she must succeed by ingenuity, alone.

As we are learning now, Edgar Allan Poe was the undisputed "Father" of the Detective Story, literally creating the template for all the detective fiction to follow.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, himself once said that "Poe was a model for all time."  In just three of his stories, Poe created the amateur detective (C. Auguste Dupine) and his narrator friend, the locked-room mystery, the eccentric amateur sleuth outwitting the police force, the "catalogue of minutia," the interview of the witnesses, the solving of a cold case that stumped the police, scattering of false clues by the murderer, and the concept of "ratiocination" (later explained by Sherlock Holmes as "observation and deduction.")  Other stories by Poe presented the notion of cryptic ciphers, surveillance, and the least-likely person theme (in one case, the narrator, himself is the murderer!)

Poe also began the tradition embraced by connoisseurs of crime fiction:  "The Rules of the Game."
 These rules state, among other things:
1.  The detective story must play fair (revealing all clues to the reader)
2.  The detective story must be readable.
Therefore, the true detective story, according to Poe, is like a game of chess played by the author and reader--an interaction in which clues are cleverly dropped, often in the disguise of underplayed narration, for the astute reader to catch and assemble.

All good detective stories have had for their protagonist a character of attractiveness and interest, of high and fascinating attainments, a man or woman at once human and unusual, colorful and gifted.   Many authors of the detective story, including Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, write their stories backwards, just to be sure to adhere to the rules of the game.  This way, they begin at the answer, and are sure to sprinkle the clues appropriately in the story, down to the beginning.  It is what I like to call "unravel writing," a writing that assures that the path will lead the reader to the correct deduction, IF he/she has paid close attention.

Poe's stories led to the development of such popular characters as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot Law and Order series.  Movies have been made, often adding in elements of humor, adventure and sometimes even romance to twist and turn the story even a bit further.  But the primary elements of interest remain the same:  Crime has always exerted a profound fascination over humanity, and the more serious the crime (a la Criminal Minds  or such macabre stories as The Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs from the Hannibal Lecter series) the greater the appeal.  Murder, it appears, gives an added zest to the solution of the problem, and seems to render the satisfaction of the solution just so much the greater.  The reader or viewer feels no doubt that his/her efforts have achieved something worth while after the amount of mental energy he/she has had to expend.
(Agatha Christie) and more modern greats like Columbo, Magnum P.I., and Detective Briscoe, Goren, and Eames from the infamous (and my personal favorite)

Below, I have attached links to some of my favorite detectives set in scenes from their series and movies throughout the years.  Take a look: I hope you enjoy them, and I hope that you will share which ones you enjoyed the most and then some of your favorites, too!  As the great Detective Holmes once said:  "My mind rebels at stagnation; give me work!  Give me problems!"  

I've always loved a good intrigue...and as we begin our study of Poe, I hope you do, too!

 Hercule Poirot


 Columbo

 Magnum PI

Sherlock Holmes #1

 Sherlock Holmes #2



 Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent (Law and Order)

67 comments:

  1. I don't think that I can choose a favorite out of these videos... they are all so good! To start off, the Agatha Christies video is so funny. She seems like she is very comical and that she hints at things to get the viewer to read into things. Then the Columbo video is really funny. I like how he already knows what happened, but every time the suspect says something he pretends to "believe" him and then acts like he is stupid for assuming anything. Then there is Magnum P.I. that looks like and very action filled. Then Sherlock Holmes is very dramatic and intense. It truly pulls in rustic and dirty side of the detective work. Finally, Law & Order is a classic in the sense that it is a very popular detective show of today. It builds up the story line of the situations and then shows details and eventually solves the crime, it is very logical and intense. I would have to say two of my favorites are NCIS and Criminal Minds just because of all of the drama that the show has and because both shows really let you get close to the crew, so you feel like you are helping to investigate it and also lets you see every angle of what happened. It is also very analytical and scientific in how they figure out the killer that I love.

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  2. From the ones you have posted, I enjoyed the Law and Order video with Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent. Detectives are the type of people that I envy, they notice things and pick up on clues that I would never notice, At the end of case I sit there wondering how do they even do it because the killer that I predicted wasn't even a suspect! Personally I love crime shows, so to me it was clear that the last video would be my favorite. My second choice would be the two Sherlock Holmes because who doesn't love a classic? Aside from your videos, my all time Favorite detectives are Bones and Booth from the hit series Bones. Brenda, the main character is brilliant and her partner Booth ties it all together!

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  3. Detective movies and such have never been a favorite of mine. I feel that those kinds of movies just drag on and seem like they never have a good ending. Although I do enjoy the more realistic shows/books like the Law and Order video you provided. I Like how up until the end they can have you guessing who the killer is, but they don't just drag it on for what feels like hours. I like a little suspense, but after awhile I just want to know who committed the crime and why. If I ever do catch myself watching any mystery, detective like shows or movies it would most likely be CSI. Because I like the characters and how each case is never like the one before it.

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  4. My absolute favorite clip up there would have to be the Sherlock Holmes clip (I tried to click on the first Sherlock Holmes link but it was the same link as the one for Magnum PI). I am an absolute nerd when it comes to Sherlock Holmes because I love the series "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch so much. I get 90 percent of what I know about Sherlock Holmes from that series, actually! I binge watched that entire series in two days, that is how absolutely addicted I was. I just think that Sherlock is such a brilliant character because of the way he thinks and how he seems to see the world so differently than everyone else. I'm actually really jealous of Sherlock and how he sees the world. I think that would be an excellent gift, but at the same time it might also be horrible because many people also think that Sherlock is a freak. Sherlock is such a witty character and he definitely knows that he's smarter than everyone else, which certainly adds a bit of a comical effect. He considers himself to be a "high-functioning sociopath" which is perfect just because of how easily he accepts it. Another thing that I love about Sherlock is how he has John Watson to balance him out. Sherlock is the epitome of odd while Watson is quite the opposite and just a regular guy. This makes for a very interesting story in any version of Sherlock and always keeps everyone interested.

    Sherlock will always be one of my favorite characters of all time.

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    1. Also if you want to see why I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock so much here's a clip!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OmdF290gOg

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  5. I don't have cable so whenever anyone makes a forensic files or law and order reference I am completely lost. However I liked the what I saw on the "Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal intent" It showed how they where able to gather a few hypotheses and ideas of suspects and things just by clothes and jewelry. The way that detectives think with the deductive reasons is quite interesting. Sometimes it can go so far, but not make any sense like a few sherlock holmes videos I have seen. Then again that's Sherlock for you..

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  6. I liked the Agatha Cristies: Evil Under The Sun clip because I liked how it gave the audience the opportunity to make their inferences on what happened even with the clip. It gave the audience the crime and showed different clips of the different characters and what they act like. It seems like this movie allows the audience to make their own inferences as the movie goes along. I like two clips of mystery shows/ movies and that is Clue and The Following. I especially like The Following because the first season incorporates Poe's work into the crimes that play out.

    Clue:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFCoESGS-7E

    The Following: (this is my favorite one; if you watch it closely, it shows a photo that says "Nevermore" in the trailer)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPnIp43ZYTE

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  7. I love to read and watch detective stories, they are some of my favorites. Although I do have to say that I didn't know that detective stories are there own type such as romantics, adventures, comedy, and mystery. I had thought that detective would go under a category for mystery. Out of the links you have given us my favorite video was Sherlock Holmes. I have loved his work and the stories of him forever. He makes everything so particular it really is an art. I believe that is the reason as to why I like detective stories so much.

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  8. Ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated by mystery and criminal shows. I would read the Wishbone books before I got into more complex authors like Stephen King when I was a teenager. Yes it sounds strange a child reading such horrific books but that is what I am still fascinated by. I LOVE Edger Allen Poe, he is my muse for poems I have written from class in the past. But out of the clips shown " Magnum PI " is one of my favorites. But my all time favorite show that deals with the dark romantic style that Edger Allen Poe created is "Criminal Minds". They show the inner thoughts of killers and what pushes them and how obsession can take over a humans body.

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    1. Here is a link to one of my favorite clips
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBtiQbAyRiM

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  9. When I was younger, I would always watch Colombo with my grandmother,and since then my love for criminal shows has grown. Currently,I have been binge watching criminal minds, to get caught up. Before that I watched CSI Miami with my parents. Specifically in Criminal Minds, there are some episodes that have been inspired by Poe. At the end of each episode, they quote from a text that relates to what went on.Season 10 episode one "X" will show just that. I think that is very interesting that one mans life experiences can be the basis of hit TV show. I actually try to keep those things in mind while watching these shows.

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  10. My favorite out of the videos would have to be Columbo. I've never watched him before, but I enjoyed the way he played the harmless old man to get information out of the obviously suspicious man. As for my favorite detective, I've always been partial to Nancy Drew. I somewhat recently started watching the cheesy "The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries" TV show and one episode in particular stuck out to me. The episode is called "A Haunting We Will Go" and it is about Nancy and her friends putting on a play in a supposedly haunted theatre. Strangely, all the members of the original cast show up, all eager to help, even though they hate each other. (Link here- https://youtu.be/nFeV6Fy-_A4) The charm of this episode is that is almost a mystery within a mystery, just waiting for Nancy to solve both.

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  11. I thought the Magnum Pi video was hilarious. I am not 100% sure if the video was supposed to be serious, but I think they tried to make it serious. However, I ended up finding it very comical. I like how, in the first video, you can kinda see on the detective's face when he finds out a clue and can confirm this after the man leaves the room and the look on his face becomes more obvious. I thought the Sherlock Holmes movie trailer was super epic and it made me want to watch the movie

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  12. My favorite out of all of these clips would have to be the Trailer for Sherlock Holmes #2. When I was young I and first introduced to Sherlock Holmes, I fell in love. The plot lines, dramatic scenes and overall detective stories were intriguing. Even to this day I still love the back track and fast forward playing out of the scenes. I still might need some clarification of the difference between the detective or mystery model. I think its very interesting that one historical detective story line could expand and become such a large empire.

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  13. I am in love with criminal shows. I currently watch Criminal Minds: Quantico version and I love all of the CSI series! Out of the one's you posted, I love Magnum p.i. (my parents used to watch it all the time) and Sherlock Holmes. I have never seen Columbo, but it seems like the type of show I would watch. He seemed to find clues that I would have never would have picked up on. I love Law and Order. That is my second favorite show, of course after Criminal Minds. It shows the way that the agents get to the solution and why/how the criminal did what it did. I did not realize that some of the criminal minds were related to Edgar Allen until I watched some more episodes, then I saw the relation.

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  14. I just enjoy watching Robert Downey Jr. play Sherlock Holmes, it's different and entertaining. I've never seen the series but I would like to see how other actors portray the unique character of Mr. Holmes. He notices the small things no other person would. I love how he's such a fun person that isn't afraid of what other people think of him.
    I also used to watch this old show called Monk it had Tony Shaloub playing Adrian Monk, a detective with OCD and I just found it so funny and intriguing. He is a little bit like Sherlock with his good memory and ability to piece small clues together. I recommend watching a few episodes it's just so entertaining to watch.
    Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQFrNB4LcrE

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  15. I’m not really into detective stories, and I never watch or read them. The only one of these I’ve seen is Law and Order. My mom is always watching Criminal Minds and other similar shows, so I see parts of them, but I would never start an episode myself. I don’t know why I don’t enjoy them, whether I don’t have the patience or just don’t have the same fascination as most people. However, my favorite out of the links you shared was the trailer for Sherlock Holmes. It seemed interesting, plus it had comedy in it. It would actually be something I’d like to see, but I didn’t know about it when it first came out in 2011. Although I’m not into detective stories, I can definitely see why a lot of people are. And they seem like a huge challenge for authors to write, making me have a greater appreciation for them.

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  16. While I admit that I've never been particularly interested in detective stories, I can certainly see the appeal. All of the clips were very engaging, but I have to say that the Evil Under the Sun trailer was my favorite. First of all, Agatha Christie is a fantastic author. Secondly, the trailer had the intrigue and feel of a Bond movie, which I find wonderful even if it's a bit out of place. Mr. Poirot has all the charm of a foreign grandfather, and I feel his personality adds to the character of the story immensely. Some other people mentioned Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock as a good detective series. It certainly is a darker take than RDJ's Holmes, but it suits the genre well. Very worth the watch, even if it does take eons between seasons.

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  17. I was very intrigued by the Colombo clip. The way he was questioning the guy about the costume and how he was not wearing one. Noticing those details is very important in criminal work. It was similar to the Law and Order clip where the detectives noticed that on both bodies there was expensive items and deduced that the killer was not concerned with money. There was some other motive. I personally liked the more modern of the clips. They are more suspenseful and catch my attention more quickly than the older ones. I have watched Psych, Monk, Covert Affairs, Bones, and others similar. The stories and the way these criminals and creators think amazes me and scares me.

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  18. I was never into detective movies. I hardly ever watched them. I would only see parts of them when my parents would watch them. Out of the video link that were posted I was intrigued with Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent (Law and Order). Right away when they saw the female, they began to make observations. They started examining her and what she was wearing. Then they began to make assumptions. Like as to why she would wear a 20 dollar scarf when clearly she was a high maintenance type of girl. Then with the male, they did the same exact process. Then started questioning why the killer would murder them.

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  19. I would have to say law and order was my favorite one because I'm already a huge fan of SVU. I'm also a big fan of NCIS and my favorite character would have to be Abby; she is amazing and makes the work sound even more interesting. As you may know I love science and the mystery is unsolvable without some type of science. I have noticed some aspects of science weaved into Poe's writing, and so far I love it.

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  20. I am fascinated by the mystery behind detective stories and tv shows, I love watching the development of the plot behind these stories and how the suspect is not who you would expect. I am a huge fan of Law and Order SVU and Criminal Minds. Out of the two Criminal Minds would have to be my favorite because each episode there is a new case to solve but you are still watching the main characters develop throughout the seasons. Out of all of the clips that you have provided my favorite would have to be the Law and Order Criminal Intent clip with detectives Goren and Eames. They begin to analyze both victims and search for clues, while trying to come up with some sort of conclusion on why and how they have been murdered.This clip stuck out to me because they have qualities that I wish that I had, its really interesting to see how they come up with these conclusions with something so small to go off. I also really like the practically behind this show because you can usually guess who the murderer is after a few minutes into the show.

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  21. When I was younger, I used to watch shows like this all the time. For example, I loved NCIS, Criminal Minds, Bones, etc. Although, as I get older, I don't enjoy watching fictional crime shows anymore. I now enjoy watching crime shows like The First 48 . This show is about detectives in major cities (like Vegas, Detroit, Dallas), race against the clock, knowing that if they don't find a lead within the first 48 hours, their chances of solving a case are cut in half. You need to find the killer early before they have time to get away. If anybody is interested here is a link to a sample of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XA-rftKNPU

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  22. So when I was little I was never really a big detective show fan. I remember that when I was little I hated watching law & order with my Nana. However, I think that over the years I've learned to appreciate them more. Even though I didn't like detective shows I loved Nancy Drew. I still remember doing one of my first book reports at Odyssey on Nancy Drew. I have never been more proud of a book report in my life.

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  23. When I was younger, I used to read Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Then in my early teens I watched a lot of cop shows, but not really detective movies or shows. However, I do love the Sherlock movies with RDJ and Jude Law, because they are amazing! I also enjoy the BBC Sherlock tv show. I like a good mystery, but I can't watch or read too many because I get frustrated too easily. I don't really like puzzles. But every once in a while it's nice to be dazzled by a good detective.

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  25. Since I was younger my parents always enjoyed detective movies/shows and it stuck with me. I personally don't watch a lot of television but when I use too; I would not stop watching CSI. I remember I begged my parents to buy me all the seasons on DVD and of course they only bought me a few but I would watch the episodes from the moment I woke up until I couldn't open my eyes anymore. Now, from time to time I catch myself watching shows like it. For a while, I was really into the show Sleepy Hollow (I stopped watching because it got boring). I enjoy them when they challenge the viewer and add comedy.

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  26. Though I fully appreciate Sherlock Holmes and a good James Bond movie, I can’t say I’ve watched too many detective movies. It isn’t necessarily that I don’t care for them, but simply that I never find myself wanting to sit down to watch one. I liked each of the clips, but I liked Under the Sun and Columbo’s Great Investigative Style the best. This is probably because, they reminded me of when I was quite young and my dad would watch movies just like them. It was always those guys with the accents, the cigars and the interrogating voices. It’s because of these memories that I will always appreciate these movies, even when I don’t watch them, myself.

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  27. I never really thought about the difference between detective and mystery books/movies. I love a good detective show! I enjoy piecing the clues together and guessing what the outcomes will be. As I think about it, I've grown up with these kinds of shows. Scooby Doo was an all time favorite of mine. I remember waking up at 4 to watch it on Cartoon Network. I think detective books and shows are so captivating because of the thrill we get when we dive into the setting and participate in the mystery at hand.

    My favorite trailer was the Law and Order one. It reminds me of Criminal Minds, which I LOVE. The endings, when everything is fit together, are so surprising. If you watch enough of them, it will make you believe you would be able to pull off the perfect crime.

    I know humans will always love detective stories. It makes us feel like we are apart of something great.

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  28. I was really looking forward to this blog because of my love for detective stories. Ever since I was a kid I had loved this genre just because of how fun it is to try to piece the mystery together yourself. I always found myself watching detective shows and, as a kid, I had a dream of being one. Of the videos, my favorite one was Columbo. It seemed like every time he would come back the man would reveal more and more.
    One of my favorite detectives is Phelps from the video game LA Noire. I enjoyed him because it was the player who controlled him and it was as if you were actually at the crime scene. It was just a fresh take on the detective genre.

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  29. Detective movies, shows, and books are by far my favorite. They are so complex in many different ways. It is not like a normal show or book where you are only following one plot line in each episode. In detective novels and shows you are following the mystery's plot line and the narrator's as well. It makes this genre so much more entertaining and complex than other ones and always makes me want to come back for more. The best part of course about the detective genre is the detective themselves. They are always quirky and strange, no one ever understands them, but they know the most though they seem the craziest. A perfect example of this, and my favorite, is Sherlock Holmes. Everyone thinks he is crazy, but he is a genius, not crazy. The way the minds of these detectives work is the most amazing thing to me which is why I think Poe began writing detective short stories. He had a desire to know the inner workings of the mind that can see things most others can't. What better way to analyze these types of people than to write from their point of view and step into their shoes? It takes some genius in the person writing these stories as well to make their character even more brilliant which makes me admire the many authors of these detectives. With that in mind, here is my favorite clip from Sherlock Holmes, the director does a great job here of showing the Robert Downey Jr. shows the inner workings of Detecive Holmes' mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkn6s-f8PqM

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  30. Out of the short clips shown, i'm going to say my favorite would definitely be Detectives Goren and Eames from Law and Order. Let me tell you something i'm not very proud to admit, but i could BINGE watch these series. I could easily get lost for hours watching criminal law episodes like this, and be excited for every single one. I think that it is so powerful to have a mindset where you can take something mysterious, and then piece all of the little parts together to make a situation and know all the answers to it. And a murder at that! My second favorite would be the sherlock videos. This classic is always an enjoyment to watch, i think the newest sherlock movie, with Robert Downey Jr. was really interesting, and i laughed and enjoyed it, and it helps that Robert is just so darn good looking. I think the reason why I am so pulled to this type of movie/episode series would be that, they can do things a lot of people cant. And they can solve things that other people couldn't, and that raises interest because people don't like it when others can do something they personally cant. This type of show actually made me realize what I wanted to do when I grow up. (:

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  31. From all the videos you have posted, the one I enjoyed watching was the Law and Order video with Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent. I've never really been into watching all these detective shows. I've seen bits and pieces of some and thought they were cool. Detectives notice little clues and hints that I probably would never have seen. They have such an interesting job! I would love to one day do what they do. Another one of the videos I liked was the Trailer 2 Sherlock Holmes. I've never seen any of the movies, but after watching that trailer it made me want to watch his movies!

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  32. Because of my adoration for Agatha Christie and her works, the Evil Under the Sun would have to be my favourite. Since I was a child, I’ve always loved Agatha Christie’s mysteries and how she sets them up. I love the subtle dropping of clues and the always complicated characters. As much as I love RDJ, I will always be impartial to a good Agatha Christie mystery. Certain shows like Elementary, have clues that are usually pretty obvious. I wish that Agatha was still alive, so she could help tv shows with these clues. Also in this clip Maggie Smith is much younger, and still as hilarious as ever. All which concludes to the Evil Under the Sun clip being the best of the bunch.

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  33. I have never been really interested in detective/mystery shows. The only show detective show I actually like is Criminal Minds, other than that, I have never found any other detective show that I've liked as much as Criminal Minds. Maybe that is why it doesn't interest me as much. I like Criminal Minds because I like the cases they show and how they solve them, their thinking process.

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  34. I'm not sure if I could classify myself as a detective movie/book enthusiast besides the fact that I used to read the Nancy Drew novels religiously as a child because someone bought me the box set. Out of all the clips, I will saw Magnum, P.I was probably my favorite. Sherlock was a close second. I'm a little biased though because I adore Tom Selleck . I do enjoy mystery/crime solving shows for the purpose of trying to figure out the crime before the main characters do. There is so many detective shows out now that it's hard to keep up! I mostly have an appreciation for the shows that stick to the real science compared to the fluff and extra character drama the whole time.

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  35. Ah, yes I already love this blog post! First off I want to address that I've never considered the difference between a detective/mystery genre. If I'm leaning more towards either genre, I'd say mystery is what reels me in. I will shamefully admit I often spend hours on Netflix watching nothing but Criminal Minds, piecing together clues that can solve the mystery of who killed who, who committed what crime, etc. I will give credit to this show, though, because one, it makes me think, and two, I can't say I'd be as much of a mystery enthusiast if I hadn't began to watch it.

    Being said how much I love Criminal Minds, the Detectives Goren and Eames from Law and Order clip was my favorite. The best part about watching these shows, or reading books in this genre is when the end is all tied together, and you were right about who was the person who committed the crime, given the clues. I agree with Chandler, after watching a Criminal Minds episode I paid close attention to, I most definitely feel I could pull off the perfect murder.

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    1. Goren and Eames are AWESOME!! You will LOVE Det. Goren.

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  36. I really enjoyed this blog! When I was younger I didn’t really care or like detective shows and books. I think it was because I didn’t understand it and you can’t fully appreciate something you don’t understand. Lately I enjoy these shows and movies a lot! I love the way they are so suspenseful and intriguing and how the detective will realize and look for things you personally would never think about. I think that this genre allows one to accept a new mindset by being open to new possibilities. It is fascinating how intelligent a character must be in order to solve things yet I find the author even more intelligent because they play by “The rules of the Game” and can make things deceptive. The authors are so powerful because of their ability to make these stories misleading yet they ensure to give you all the clues to do just the opposite. My favorite video was Detectives Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent (Law and Order). I felt that this video embodied all the aspects of a detective story although it was only a small piece. I also enjoyed Hercule Poirot. I thought it was a classic idea of what many envision as a detective movie.

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  37. First and foremost, I must admit, I've never been much of a fan of detective and mystery novels/shows. I much prefer adventures, where I'm taken along for a ride rather than trying to read the map with the driver.
    That being said, all of these clips were fairly intriguing. Granted, I've never seen nor paid much interest to any of these, but they seem to be fairly outstanding depictions of the genre. I especially like the Law and Order clip, as it reminds me of how the characters investigate the crime scene in several of my favorite crime shows (NCIS [LA, original, and NOLA], CSI Cyber, Criminal Minds, the list goes on. . .), and I recognize it as something important to the investigative technique, regardlesss of genre/classification. Also, the trailer from Sherlock Holmes seemed quite interesting as well. I've heard good things about it, but have never really looked into the Robert Downey Jr. version, despite my existing love for a more modern version of the tale, a currently running TV show called "Elementary".
    The long-held, prominent place that the classic detective story has in modern pop culture may be what has led to the various spoofs that I, personally recognize it by today (once again, stressing the fact that I am not a large follower of the genre). Just reading the blog today and watching these clips reminds me of a genre crossover episode of Supernatural in which the characters face a classic "Who dunnit?" murder mystery in which they must take up the role of detectives, openly referencing classic icons and themes of the classic detective story (and the popular board game Clue). Spoiler alert: It was the maid!
    Nevertheless, I'm intrigued by the universality of the detective story, as nobody really questions it's presence in other works. It is so widespread and applicable that most would even find something borderline uninteresting without a dash of investigation to keep them on the edge of their seats.

    "What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of murder." ~P. D. James

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  38. This blog was definitely one of my favorites due to the fact that I LOVE detective shows. My favorite of the clips posted was definitely Columbo. I love the comedy in it, and the show is definitely what I picture when I think of a typical detective show. I love the image of them discussing their cases while smoking a cigar. It seems very vintage and classy.
    If I had to choose, I would definitely pick detective shows over mysteries because a mystery can be about anything, and detective shows are more based off of crimes. My favorite memory growing up is watching Cold Case with my family. We would all come together to watch that show because it was my moms favorite. I think that is where my love for Detective shows derives from, but my all time favorite shows are medical dramas!

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  39. My favorite video was the law and order one. I love mystery. I get distracted very easily but mystery never fails to keep my attention. I love crime shows also which is why law and order was my favorite video clip. Although watching too much of them freak me out they're so interesting I cant look away. I love Edgar Allan Poes work, probably because its so creepy and interesting and it never gets old, you always find something new.

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  40. I am very familiar with the two Sherlock Holmes movies and rank them highly among my favorite films. I’m not familiar with the original Sherlock Holmes books but I love the way he is portrayed in these movies. Robert Downey Jr. did an amazing job and I thought Jude Law made an excellent Watson. Again though I haven’t read the originals. The stories to both the first and second movie are so very intriguing. Always wondering how something was done or who really had the upper hand. I prefer Game of Shadows for how the movie plays out just like the title says, “a game of shadows”. It was great to see two great minds like Professor Moriarty and Holmes face off. These films did so many things right for me it is hard to find fault in them. Definitely enough to get me interested in the detective genre on its own.

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  41. honestly I love mystery in movies and TV shows. Some of my favorite Tv shows or movies are because of their suspense. I love to try and figure out the ending or the reasoning behind some mystery. I can honestly say I really enjoyed all of theses videos. I did enjoy the Law and order or the Sherlock holmes videos the most if I had to choice. Probably because I was already familiar with those unlike the other videos. I just find it so interesting that in law and order they looked at every single tiny detail even down to they type of cloth the girl was wearing to tie back to the killer.

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  42. I've never really watched crime and detective shows, but I find mysteries very interesting, and I enjoy the thrill of the story. I find them interesting because the audience is trying to figure out the crime alongside the detectives. After watching the clips, I realized that there are different genres that these detective shows fall in. It was interesting to see the comedic one, and then the more dramatic one in the Sherlock Homes clip. Out of all the clips, my favorite would have to be the clip of Detectives Goren and Eams on Law and Order. It was captivating because it left me wanting to know more, and who committed the crime.

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  43. The classic detective genre is one of my favorites and I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock and his different films would probably be my favorite, at least compared to other films in the genre. It's great to see a mystery woven then slowly, over time, see it all come together which in my opinion the Sherlock Holmes stories all do very well. I watched the Sherlock Holmes trailer and based only on that the movie looks great and would be something that I would enjoy. Later, after seeing the movie it didn't disappoint as it renders the classic character into another suspenseful plot that was great to watch.

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  44. Out of all of the clips, my favorite was without a doubt the second Sherlock Holmes clip. I love the mysterious detective vibe it gives off. These kinds of shows and movies (Sherlock is a show as well) are easy to get into, due to the story behind it all. Throughout the entirety of it you're left wondering who's done what and what the future entails for the characters. On top of that, I love Robert Downey Jr.

    With Sherlock specifically, I like how there's a bit of action involved as well. It gives the viewer a slight adrenaline rush while watching it, such as how it would feel watching any other action movie. It tends to combine all of the genres into one; comedy, action, suspense...

    What is especially noticeable from the clip is that there is an older, more classic feel to the film as well.

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  45. From the videos you shared I most enjoyed Sherlock Homes, I have always enjoyed the deductive approach to him solving his problems. At first clues don't seem important to the viewer then it is revealed how each clue ties together. I find it very entertaining and fascinating.

    My favorite detective/action/mystery story actually comes from a book called "Power Down" it is about a disgruntled Ex-Delta operative that happens to be the only chance the country has to take down a terrorist cell hell-bent on collapsing the US power grid. His way of tracking down the enemy is very exhilarating and literally makes you hold on to the book to the end. It isn't so much a deductive approach as sherlock homes as you get to see the POV from the Delta operative and the terrorist. You get to see how they both counteract each others moves and leaves you guessing what they're going to do next.

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  46. Those videos I love but I am torn in between Hercule and Sherlock. I love the old vintage look and sound of a muted actor talking in a thick French accent and the small innuendos here and there.
    Sherlock Holmes played by Robert Downey Jr. will always have my heart though. And with Jude Law as Watson? Yes, yes, and yes. There's this sort of grace that detectives have when they come from any part of Europe really. I noticed that the scenes that were American were more gruff and direct, while Sherlock and Hercule are very witty and playful.

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  47. I have never actually been into detective type shows and other forms of media. But I have to say, now I understand all of the hoopla around these shows. They are every interesting to watch, especially to view how the writers see the world. They have a certain way of connecting the dots in a case that I would have never thought of. I enjoyed all of the selections of clips but I think I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock the most because Mr. Downey Jr. has a certain energy and charisma that I really dig. Even if it wasn't the "best" movie ever...

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  48. I love detective shows and movies especially the Sherlock Holmes movies. Although I would have to say one of my favorites was the movie The Usual Suspects. My mom showed this movie one night and it turned out to be one of the best detective movies I've seen (If it qualifies as a detective movie which I think it does). I also really love the style of the Sherlock Holmes films and books, where Holmes figures it all out before and then it is revealed on how he solved the case while giving you clues along with him.

    I've also always been really interested in detective style writing and films as well. I used to read all of The BoxCar Children books and it became my favorite book series as a child. It kind of reminded me of Scooby-Doo in a way. But I've pretty much been fond of detective style things for as long as I can remember.

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  49. Though I don’t think any detective could live up to the cheesy-ness of Magnum PI, I do think each show and movie featuring detectives always bring something new to the forensic, over analytic scene. Sherlock Holmes is my favorite detective (next to Bruce Wayne) because of his practicality and intuition always seems to connect the pieces of the mystery together before the conclusion is revealed. Robert Downey Jr.’s role as him was excellent. He really captured the “funksway” of Sherlock. He is extremely calculated, clever, and intuitive. He prides himself on his work and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and heat on his heels. That is why Sherlock is my favorite detective.

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  50. I enjoyed the Agatha video, because it seems to show a lot of comedy, where she seems as if she purposely wants them to know what is going on. The Columbo video I kind of got the point he was trying to make but I just needed a bit more detail. Magnum P.I, I did not like. Sherlock Holmes by far seemed the most interesting. Law and Order was Blah! Now please note that I have not seen any of these, nor does the mystery type of content interest me, but Sherlock Holmes was the best to me and I would definitely consider watching it.

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  51. I've always loved Sherlock Holmes, so of course he's my favorite detective. When I was younger I made it my mission to read all mysteries with the Holme's mindset. Unfortunately I never accomplished those small goals, either way, I enjoyed the mystery. I still read mysteries but not as much as I would like to, I also want to get into the Doctor Who series because many people have recommended it to me.

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  52. I've never indulged much in Detective stories, but I do remember being fascinated by the first book about Sherlock Holmes I'd ever read. Oddly enough, that was Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. Since then, I've seen several takes on his character, and it is not very surprising, then, that he is one of my favorites.

    From the selection you shared, the other two that stood out to me were Columbo (who had a very clever and nonthreatening way of going about the depicted conversation) and Hercule Poirot, whose challenge to the viewer was quite representative of the philosophy of the detective story, giving the reader the same clues and then testing them to see if they reach the right conclusion.

    As a very, very young child, I remember reading Encyclopedia Brown books and being confused as to what had just happened. Usually the reader needed a mixture of knowledge (such as what a newspaper would look like upside down) with whatever clues they were given. While I was well aware of the latter, sometimes I didn't know the contextual information that made it work. That's generally the way detectives would have to work too, combining what they see in each case with their preexisting knowledge of the world around them.

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  53. I have always had a special place in my heart for detective stories, because I love an entertaining intellectual story like some detective stories offer. My favorite of all time would have to be the Walt Longmire Book series, by Craig Johnson. They are always puzzling you, and having you making guesses at who the real criminal is. I enjoyed the Magnum P.I. theme song video because I love Tom Selleck! I am excited to analyze and read detective type stories in class.

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  54. I really enjoy detective stories, because it was always interesting to see how they think of the information they are given, especially since I would never be able to think in that mindset. I think Sherlock Holmes is my favorite detective, because of how he does something and then go step by step with what he did or thought of and why.

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  55. My all time favorite show is Criminal Minds. (Mostly because of Derek Morgan, but that's neither here nor there.) I love solving puzzles and mysteries, but at the same time, if I can't figure it out, I just give up. I hate surprises because I get so anxious and want to know who do it or what's happening. If the show's recorded, I have to skip to the end to find out who did it. Or if I'm reading a book, I have to read the end before I start it. My favorite video out of the selection would have to be the Columbo one, just because of the humor in it. I have a love-hate relationship with detective stories. I love them because they're so interesting and I like when I can figure it out on my own. But I hate them for the times that I can never figure it out.

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  56. I think my favorite one had to be Columbo. Just the sheer fact you can feel him judging the guy he is questioning is pretty hilarious. Especially when he keeps asking questions that begin to set the back a couple steps and realized the detective knows something. It's gotta be my favorite part of a detective story or show, when the detective starts to run circles around people trying to break them and get them to confess. It gives the story a bit of a humorous aspect to it, which in my opinion, is something that they need because if they didn't have that slight amount of humor, the story would be too serious and not many people would enjoy them as much.

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  57. I used to be really into detective TV shows like Law & Order, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. I personally really enjoyed the Columbo video. I liked how he made the suspect feel like he wasn’t on to him about the crime. He seems super smart but doesn’t really look like it which gives him a huge advantage. I haven’t read any detective stories before because I used to hate reading. But I feel like this is going to open me up to really enjoying them.

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  58. My first instinct is to scream that I love Sherlock. But that wouldn't be true. I actually dislike Sherlock very much... I just have a love for Robert Downey Jr.. With that being said, my favorite video was the Law and Order one, because I watch a lot of SVU on the weekends, and used to love (still do) 'Criminal Minds'. To the point where I wish I was Penelope, and I wish I was dating Reid. (Lord give me strength) However I've never been a huge CLASSIC detective story fan. I prefer the modern ones, played out in investigating heinous crimes, or even the small more comedic crimes shown on the show 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.
    Old detective stories are much too complicated and bore me. I like the gritty, in-your-face kind.

    Except I want NOTHING to do with anything in person. Hence why I'm not going on the cadaver lab field trip. Seeing real dead bodies? I'm just fine, thank you very much.

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  59. I would have to say my two favorites were Sherlock Holmes and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I love the time period that Sherlock Holmes is set in but I also love the confidence that he carries with him. He seems so cutting edge and smart almost as if he is coming up with new ways to solve the crime at all times of the day. It seems as if very little can outsmart him and that is pretty amazing to me. The Law & Order really appeals to me because I enjoy watching shows such as CSI:NY and NCIS. Being a detective is actually a profession that I have considered going into, and these shows give me a visual of what modern detective work looks like.

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  60. The response from me is going to be a little off of the path and for this, I am sorry. I will try to make my case well presented.

    I hate detective stories. I can’t figure out exactly why they bore me so much, but I think it might have to do with how dry I find them to be. When I conceptualize mystery stories such as Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Crichistie, I find them to be a lot of fun! But when it comes down to actually having to sit and read an entire 400 paged book, I’m out. Snoresville!

    I think it's because I find conventional mystery writing to be dreadfully bland. Even when there are underlaying humorous moments I don't laugh or think anything of them. I rarely even care about the outcome of the case! Maybe I have put up such a high mental wall when reading various mystery novels that I have just disregarded the entire genre altogether! Whatever the case, there is ONE detective TV show that I actively enjoy and that I BBC's Sherlock. Here is one my MY favorite scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kHQxg3q3Y4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k7sF8rTnFE (These clips go together)

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  61. I would have to agree with Geneva in that I don't really care for Sherlock Holmes; I hated reading the books. I didn't like any of the characters. I have a fondness of the Benedict Cumberbatch series on BBC, but I don't exactly appreciate that show for the sleuthing; I really just like it because of all the sexual tension and the character development. Whoops. But, I will say that I have a shameless love for detectives Benson and Stabler. SVU is a great show! I was really excited to watch a clip for this blog post. But in all seriousness, I don’t think I appreciate the detective genre for the right reasons, though. I watch a lot of cop shows, not gonna lie, but I watch them for… probably every single aspect except for the actual detective-ing. For example, I bought Every season of Magnum PI because I have a huge crush on Tom Selleck. And his killer mustache. But I don’t much care for the long, drawn out explanations of how the sleuther figured out the fact thought process of the criminal at hand. And as for mystery books, count me out. I wish it weren’t the case, but I am way too impatient to be left in suspense about one thing for an entire book. I remember reading Murder on the Orient Express and being so angry that I wasted so much reading time on a mystery thats ending was garbage.

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  62. Much like Megan Comstock, I'm a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock on BBC's Sherlock. He's a refreshing, modern take on SACD's Sherlock but it still retains the same elements that made Sherlock enjoyable for its first audience in the first place. Sherlock also manages to stimulate the part of me that thrives with logic and problem solving as well, so for me, it's never dull reading the stories and watching the series. I love detective stories for this reason alone; they stimulate my mind and I'm very appreciative of them, for managing not to lose my interest. Out of the clips, I liked Columbo the best; watching it really kept me interested because of how he likes to conduct interrogations. He pretends to believe the person he's questioning, only to sort of throw that belief into their face and make them realize that he knows the truth, by bringing up information the person being questioned neglected to bring up. It was entertaining but interesting to watch.

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  63. This is Jessica Collard. Just in case it says unknown. The test concluded that I was ESFP. I am surprised and extremely shocked. For it says ESFP means that being in the spotlight is where I'm most conformable. WRONG! I love going to party and hanging out with close friend and family members but I’m not the class crown and certainly not the one people look for when they want a good laugh. Yet everything else was correct. I do give advice and solutions to problems to everyone, some much close friends call me “the wise one ”. There really did hit the core of liking to feel wanted or needed, and having a strong emotional character. They also got it right on how I adapt very easily on the mood or tone my surroundings are in. Yet as I’m reading this I they mention me like a drama queen that likes to put on a show for everyone. Some one who like fashion and trends on the latest mode is so not me. I guess it was fun to read about my personality. It made me feel understood, even though I barely understand myself.

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