Recipe for an Extraordinary Friendship
Over a century ago, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the recipe for a friendship that has endured the test of time, that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Their adventures have been translated into more than sixty languages and are known in cultures throughout the world.
Some would say they are as different as chalk and cheese. Sherlock is a genius, the world's only consulting detective, described as a "high functioning sociopath", married only to his work, observant of the tiniest detail and able to string together seemingly meaningless clues to solve a crime. John's intelligence pales in comparison to Sherlock's. Although a well educated doctor, he is more an ordinary man, one the reader can relate to and a window into the mystery that is Sherlock Holmes. John is a very moral man and acts Sherlock's buffer with the real world. He's a bit of a romantic, admirer of the fairer sex, and Conan Doyle marries him off twice.
Differences aside, Sherlock and John share a few very important ingredients: Curiosity, A Sense of Moral Justice, Humor, Action, Adventure and most of all, Acceptance and Friendship. They don't always agree, but their arguments only serve to illuminate the problem at hand and bring Sherlock closer to the truth. They've bonded together and their differences merely complement one another, making them stronger as a whole than they are apart. There you have the perfect recipe for an extraordinary friendship.