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06 January 2009 @ 06:16 pm
The Modern Sherlock: L Lawliet  
Today is Sherlock Holmes' 155th birthday! Last year I tortured myself for not being able to remember it and celebrating it properly. And as you can see, it's not a mistake I'm willing to commit again! This article I wrote is more of L but I compared him to Sherlock and I think many of you might find this amusing. I wrote this back in 2007 and never got to type it in the laptop. But to prove my dedication to both illustrious detectives, I will summon all the motivation and energy and post the said article here. Pardon my excessive penchant for L and Sherlock but as much as I'm both proud and ashamed of this, I have no such conceivable excuse to justify my reasons for being such a whore for these fictional characters, nor do I wish to attempt to explain myself clearly. But I will allow this article to speak for me.


The Modern Sherlock: L Lawliet


Even if you put L in a deerstalker cap and have him smoke a cigar, it’s still hard to imagine the similarities between our lovable genius freak and the celebrate Holmes. But as a fan of both fictional sleuths, I find it easy to point out the things that make then undeniably common to each other.

To begin with, let me state the most obvious fact: THEY ARE INTELLECTUAL CRIME SOLVERS. The occupation gives them an immense mental satisfaction. Holmes is a proactive thinker and a man of action who goes in his way to achieve the truth hence the success of a case. He is also quite picky in his choice of cases. L has the same characteristics in his line of work. He is intuitive and creative in the way he puts himself out there, performing feats of mind games to get a desired result. He also chooses cases  that interest him. The most important thing to take note is the timeline they belong to respectively. Holmes is the great detective of the Victorian Era and L is of our modern world. Despite the century gap, they represent the type of justice that never crosses a specific line but bends the rules for the name of it.


Sherlock Holmes

To those who followed his long, successful career, you will know why he is the kind of man who deserves utmost respect, if not admiration. He is a bit quirky himself but remains as a well-bred gentleman of the Victorian class. Holmes started his detective career when he discovered the passion he has for deduction and mental work. He started little; organizing strategies and patterns of what we may call now as methods for Forensic science. He is a very keen observant and his studies are for the improvement of his skills. He only acquires knowledge that would equip him for his work. We have already established the fact that he’s a real catch of a genius so how about his person? Well, Holmes has a share of peculiarities. His associate, friend and chronicler Watson described him as “a man of reclusive and often unpredictable habits.” Holmes’ mind, according to the great detective himself, “rebels at stagnation,” and that he “abhors the dull routine of existence.” It makes Holmes often unable to deal with commonplaces and gets depressed when there is no mystery to unravel. To the extremity, he even used cocaine, an injected seven-percent solution (not failing to mention that he’s a chain-smoker).  Holmes was speculated to be a ‘woman-hater’ but many circumstances begged to differ, especially his suspicious ‘sentiments’ for Irene Adler. However, Holmes is not one to pry on emotions and that makes him even more calculating and sharp.

L Lawliet

L is probably incurably unique. He knows how to play mind games and he is quick to judge a character readily. His ways of scrutinizing a case is just unbelievably precise and he goes out there to face danger when it calls for it. Like Holmes, his personality is of that odd quality. He sits, eats and walks n ways only he could do. His irregular practices isolate him from common crowds.  In summary, he’s a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma. There is no end to what he could be and could do.

The most noticeable trait common to both detective is their ORAL FIXATION. L is to glucose as Holmes is to nicotine. They get to stimulate themselves in unusually long periods of time by oral intake. You could tell L uses his addiction to sweets to help him get through mental exercise. Holmes smokes his cigars while thinking through the case. They could also be lousy sleepers. Since both intellects are men of action during the night, they both exhibit lazy and languid manners during the day. But once motivated and excited by a discovery, they become very brave and confident. Combine that energy to their faculties of intellectual brilliance and you have a case solved.

Working styles and habits

Now why do I say our beloved L is the modern Sherlock? Well, Holmes did come first and he was tenacious for his perfection in skills. There was no advanced technology back then so Holmes, in a sense, becomes a multi-tasking, crime-solving machine. He is a good actor too so he dons disguises to investigate. He works alone, having Watson as a companion in cases. He gets constantly threatened by culprits and enemies. He has to invent new methods to approach a mystery. Now that is why I like the Sherlock Holmes series. You can see he is more than just a brain; he has to work really, really hard to attain success in his cases. His services don’t come quite cheap, mind you. But if your case is overwhelmingly perplexing then Holmes will vigorously shake your hand since he is in for the enigma and everything that follows it. No need to pay him at all!

L, on the other hand, is a mind who hides in the shadows. He never appears publicly and he lets the police o all the action. He sits on the armchair and eats cakes. But that doesn’t make him less credible. Just look how he approached mass murderer Light Yagami and played his cards right, staking his reputation and even his life. He thinks rapidly for a solution, tries it out and then confronts his subject. He is definitely a risk-taker. Even though rarely out, you could see his passion and determination to win and take action to achieve so.

Values and ambition

Now after all the comparisons, it all comes down to their sense of justice. Both Sherlock Holmes and L Lawliet are pursuing a justice that, although flawed and ambiguous, ends up benefiting most people. L takes dubious methods to attain evidences just like Holmes. L proved Kira’s existence by letting him execute a convicted criminal posing as him in national television. L tortures Misa Amane during interrogation. He almost tested the Death Note himself. Holmes went his way to pretend he was poisoned so he could prove that his suspect tried to kill him. He married a maid of a con artist he was trailing. He also hangs around morphine dens to spy on particular individuals. There is no limit to their actions and they will cross lines to search for the truth. But they do possess a humanitarian goodness that is incomparable.

L is generally good-natured if not inclined to deceit. He is also quite childish and rarely sociable. Now here comes the contrast: Holmes, being a strict Victorian, is chivalrous and well-mannered. He accommodates women with proper pleasantry. L is a true anti-social. He doesn’t enjoy human contact and he even proclaims that Light Yagami is his first friend. And we don’t have to discuss his appearance. All in all, Holmes and L are both individualistic. Whether they are lonely with their reclusive existence, it’s evident that they find personal fulfillment in being workaholics.

Significant People

Watari and Watson (Trusted Companions)

Holmes would remain inhuman and too calculating if it wasn’t for Dr. Watson, the narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories. He provides a lighter shade and even comic relief. He also takes care of Holmes when he becomes too much preoccupied with work that he doesn’t eat or sleep. Likewise, Watari is the only trusted companion of L. He arranges his cases, his choice of meal and even the smallest, mundane tasks. He is the famous inventor Quillsh Wammy who found L somewhere and took care of him ever since.  Think Bruce Wayne and Alfred. Watson and Watari share great affection for their phlegmatic detective and never leave their sides.

Naomi Misora and Irene Adler (female acquaintances)

It’s pretty difficult to establish the relationship of these women with the detectives (because fickle fanon will trump canon facts sometimes, where fans are concerned). In summary, Irene Adler was Holmes’ counterpart who has outsmarted him and earned his respect, dubbing him as “The Woman.” Naomi Misora seems very qualified for L’s professional expectations and spoke highly of her as well. Not to mention both women care rumored ‘love interests’ in their respective fandoms.

Beyond Birthday, Light Yagami, Professor Moriarty (Dark nemeses)

It’s common knowledge that Professor Moriarty is Holmes’ greatest foe. I find it hard to select between B and Light Yagami as L’s nemesis. B was no doubt the exact copy of L who can match him but Light Yagami manages to have L killed. Professor Moriarty was also the death of Holmes. I believe in some aspects, both B and Light Yagami are worthy of the title as L’s greatest foe. And how badly we wish that L was resurrected just as Holmes was revealed to have survived when we al l thought he was dead.


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evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
this is really cool!! XD
And my gosh, he's that old?! XD
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: Can you hear the bells?harleycooper on January 6th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
And he's immortal! (through many dedicated fans' hearts! And of course, let's not forget Sherlock's biggest "fanboy" Detective Conan! (Shinichi Kudoh)

The first SH novel "A Study in Scarlet" was published on 1888. And according to Doyle, Holmes' birthday is on 1854. He was 33 in the first novel.
evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
And he's immortal! really???

wow, i never expected that!!! XD
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: misa playtimeharleycooper on January 6th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
Not in the freakishly-vampiric-Edward-sparkles-and-his-semen-doesn't-die sort of way! I mean, he is immortalize through the fans! And even a century later, he is still famous! There's going to a be a new SH movie this 2009 starring Robert Downey Jr. (from Iron Man) and Watson is played by..get this...Jude Law!! (WTF, Watson is bishounen!) And Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls) will be Irene Adler.
evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
freakishly-vampiric-Edward-sparkles-and-his-semen-doesn't-die sort of way! well that's a very good way to differ him!! XD

and wow, Jude Law? Isn't Watson supposed to be like...old? with a beard? I dunno XD and Rachel McAdams is pretty good too!! (I'm a fan of her comedy films, and also her bitchy attitude. It just fascinates me!! XD)I hope that THAT movie will be great!!! ^^
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: sanzo profanityharleycooper on January 6th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
Yes, yes, Sherlock Holmes is not immortal in that freakishly-vampiric-Edward-sparkles-and-his-semen-doesn't-die sort of way! (I have to repeat that because it feels good!)

Yup, like Watari-loyal-companion old. And not that handsome. Yes, Watson might be handsome but not "pretty" like Jude Law. Anyway...

I also hope it will be great. I love Robert Downey Jr..but he seems too, well, Sherlock is supposed to be skinny and RDR is just too muscular for the physique. But I have no doubt he could capture the "quirky, sarcastic" attitude of Holmes.

As for Rachel McAdams, she's beautiful..but I don't want a sappy romantic angle between her and Downey's Holmes.

I can't wait for the movie!
evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
hahahhahah!! XD Go non-immortal-in-that freakishly-vampiric-Edward-sparkles-and-his-semen-doesn't-die sort-of-way Sherlock!!! XD (that was long...XD)

Which is probably why they chose RDR as the "sarcastic one". And it would be fun to see him smoke or drug himself....alot. XD Just picture it, it's classic!! XD

But you know the cinema life, they will probably place an 'alone moment' for those two in the middle of the movie where they talk and get to know each other more (like telling the story of their pasts) then they'll feel a deep concern about each other's being and they'll be obligated to save each other. Meh. XD

Harleigh Maureen Cooper: misa playtimeharleycooper on January 6th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
The best actor of SH whom no one has surpassed yet is Jeremy Brett and his TV series as the detective Holmes is such a guilty treat. I hope RDJ will up his game and base his acting on Brett-sama's!! Hmmm, the cocaine thing will probably be controversial because, even though its part of Holmes' individualistic preference, it might send a bad message to teen fans in general.

I don't like Holmes x Adler!! I mean, I fancied a romantic angle years ago when I'm a rabid fangirl in heat...but now seriously and canon-ly speaking, Holmes is supposed to be "emotionally distant" so na-uh! No, no, no! But I believe that the director and the writers beg to differ and want to push through a romantic angle.

Okay, no judgments just yet. I wanna see how they can pull it off.
evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
It's either they will base it on how JB did it or even surpass it (if that's possible) But I think they will (they have to, especially if they want to earn tons of money.)

Aww, that sucks.

But they probably would place those two in a MILD scene where they will remember each other forever. Just like L with Naomi. When they told in the anime that they used to work together, a lot of thoughts ran to our heads like: "Really?!" or "*gasp* What did they do?! What case did they handle?! Were they together?! As in together-together?!" or simply "NO!!!". I got all three of them XD

Hopefully, they make it quick so I can watch it in my house. And I actually have JB's version of SH.
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: twisted lightmisaharleycooper on January 6th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
Did you join lxnaomi yet?

And what now, my sweetest love and wife, you have Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes series?
evanescent_ash on January 6th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD
not yet!

wait...I forgot I was gonna say! ;((
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: sanzo profanityharleycooper on January 16th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: this is really cool!! XD