Chances are you are watching some form of show or movie that had roots in British Literature. It doesn’t matter if the show or movie is about murder, or a mystery, or even a classic horror story, you are watching stories that have a firm foundation in British Literature. Works such as Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, or even a timeless love story such as Romeo and Juliet all set the basis for today’s entertainment. All of these stories are timeless and truly test the limits of present and future artists such as writers and movie makers.
Mystery and murder channel the literature of Sherlock Holmes. Shows such as SVU, NCIS delve into the “who did it” scenarios, leaving the viewer wondering and guessing who the “villain” might be. Shows like Elementary bring the adventures of Sherlock Holmes into present day. While the show Sherlock Holmes and the 2 movies that share the same title, take the viewer back to 19th century England to solve murder mysteries.
Classic horrors such as Dracula and Frankenstein have entertained the masses for years! Some take it as a lesson in playing God. Some may see it as the classic hero versus villain. Others may treat them as distorted love stories. Dracula has been around for ages, but it wasn’t until Bram Stoker took him to another level and defined what a vampire was. Today, vampires are not seen as the enemy as they once were. We have stories that put them as the victim such as in True Blood, a popular television show. Or endless romantics such as in Twilight. Even more currently in the movie, Dracula Untold. When Vlad the Impaler took on the powers of a vampire in order to save his son, exclaiming “I want the power to destroy my enemies and save my family”, which if you know history, Vlad the Impaler was not that sympathetic to anybody.