Date: 2010-12-11 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's certainly memorable, and I'm not saying he's a bad character or anything - he makes for a great criminal mastermind - it's just that his actual place in Holmesian lore is misrepresented. He basically faced Holmes (that I know of) ONCE. That's it. You could argue that he was Holmes' GREATEST enemy, perhaps, but he was NOT the recurring arch-enemy that he's so often presented as today. The amount of times you get 'It's Moriarty - up to some new, devilish scheme!' moments in modern interpretations is ridiculous - I'm not even a big Holmes fan, and I can think of two or three right off the bat. The battle between them at Reichenbach falls would have made a great payoff to a long-lasting feud, but that's NOT what it was, dammit.
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