If you've been on a Sherlockian zoom meeting in the past year and a half, you're going to recognize this week's Interesting Interview. Shana Carter is the woman who looks like she's calling in from a bookstore, but it's actually her own home. Shana isn't someone who hogs the spotlight in these meetings, letting the more vociferous folks dominate the early minutes of every meeting when folks are asking if their microphones are on and wondering if the zoom link worked correctly. But once it gets down to discussion of Sherlockian topics, Shana shines!
Shana is quick to offer up Sherlockian opinions that are always well thought-out and often researched. Any conversation she's a part of is heightened by her presences. She's been a frequent speaker at 221B Con and can hold court on most things cinema-related. And on top of all of that, she is one of the most delightful people you'll ever discuss this hobby with! So let's get to know the fount of Sherlockian knowledge: Shana Carter!
How do you define the word “Sherlockian”?
I discovered the rest of the Canon in my junior high school library and read it, then moved on to all the pastiches I could find. In college (Cornell University, B.A., class of 1997) I wrote a paper titled "Art in the Blood" on how the depiction of Sherlock Holmes was influenced by the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. In 2004, I created a Sherlockian "fandom overview" for Crack Van, a fanfiction community on Livejournal. I finally attended my first Sherlockian event in 2012, the Baker Street Babes' inaugural Daintiest Thing Under A Bonnet Charity Ball, which is where I learned that the annual BSI Weekend includes events other than the Dinner which are open to anyone.
What subset of Sherlockiana really interests you?
As a fan of classic movies, what are some of your favorite adaptations of Holmes and Watson from days gone by?