I recently asked a question about the Sherlock Holmes movie from 2008 on the site. It can be found here. However, I was told (look in the comments of it) that it wasn't appropriate for the site. Are the Sherlock Holmes cinematic works - as well as the books - appropriate to ask about on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange? Another user answered the question as if it was normal, everyday question or answer you'd find here, so I'm wondering if it's been discussed or not? Is it a difference of opinion?
There have been literally dozens of adaptations of the original works of Arthur Conan Doyle but none of these, as far as I am aware, have been set in a science fictional setting, and hence none of them would be appropriate for the site or on-topic.
*That being said, the character of Sherlock Holmes, and elements of the Conan Doyle stories have been adapted into other works that are on-topic, for example,
- Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
- TNG: Elementary, Dear Data
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- Sherlock Holmes Returns
- Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century
, etc. Feel free to ask about those.
(Turning my comments into an answer.)
In general, no, but if you have a specific example it may be okay.
Referring back to the original question of whether the Doyle Holmes stories were on topic the consensus was that
pretty much none of the Sherlock Holmes have any science fiction or fantasy elements whatsoever, making them firmly off-topic for this site. (source)
Now as far as any film or television adaptations go there are:
- 9 silent films from 1900-1929
- 5 film series in the UK from 1931-1937
- 14 film series (Rathbone as Holmes) from 1939-1946
- 2 film series (Downey Jr. as Holmes) from 2009-2011 with possibly more coming
- 18 miscellaneous/one-off films
- 23 English language series
- 4 Russian language series
- 6 Japanese language series
Now I have only seen a select few of the modern adaptations and I would say those do not fall into SFF territory. However, if any of these other adaptations do, it would be perfectly acceptable to ask about them here.