A Study in Charlotte is a modern Sherlock Holmes story that takes place in a posh New England boarding school with a gender swapped Sherlock, and it owes a lot to the latest Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock BBC/PBS series. Charlotte Holmes’ flaws are played up: the obsessiveness, the drug addiction, the deliberate isolation. It’s not often you see a teenaged girl portrayed with quite such off-putting characteristics.
She is still the hero though because she wants to do the right thing. She wants to help society, while realizing that she’ll never fit in – in part because of how she was brought up and in part because she doesn’t want to. And that’s all ok.
It was good brain candy for a busy/stressful time of year for me; it was what I needed.