How Does the Adaptation of the Hound of the Baskervilles at to Our Interpretation of the Original?

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How does the adaptation of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Gatiss add to our interpretation of the original? The adaptation of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Gatiss adds to our interpretation of the original novel as it modernises the features of thrill and terror in a way which would enhance the fear within the viewers of the 21st century. The original novel plays upon the concerns of, what would have been Victorian readers, by incorporating themes of isolation, the supernatural and devilish beings. Where as, the adaptation by Gatiss has been updated in order to petrify the current audience by including elements of the unknown, government conspiracy theories and the extent of scientific capabilities. Gatiss adapts these themes via his modernisation of the setting and his modifications of the lead character - Sherlock Holmes; these alterations to the original are what help generate the blood curdling fear we, as 21st century viewers, still endure whilst viewing this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Firstly, a major adaptation within Gatiss’ version of the Hound of the Baskervilles, is that the lead character, Sherlock Holmes, features throughout the entire episode. This is contrasting to how Holmes would be perceived by readers of the novel as the story is told through the eyes of Dr. Watson : ‘Holmes was sitting with his back to me’, portraying that the adaptation of the novel has taken a completely different insight for the narrative of the series. The reason for Holmes featuring in the episode is merely to maintain the interest of the viewers, as in the series Holmes (as Benedict Cumberbatch), comes across as quite a sarcastically humorous character. Moreover, this amusing side to Holmes is another adaptation which adds to our interpretation of the original as it modernises his characteristics, incorporating the daily use of sarcasm
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