Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The allure of curmudgeonly geniuses: an analysis of "House"
Analyze the mainstream fascination with media that depicts the misanthropic genius, focusing on the FOX drama "House." It has been established by "House" creators that the titular character is molded from Sherlock Holmes, with Dr. James Wilson existing as a John Watson figure. In recent years, Conan Doyle’s infamous creation has achieved widespread mainstream success in various forms from the Robert Downey, Jr./Jude Law films to the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman BBC series to the Jonny Lee Miller/Lucy Liu PBS drama, Elementary. Explore what makes this type of character so appealing? Do we gravitate towards these films and television shows because they speak to a deep fascination with a person who can consistently defy rules and get away with it because they’re geniuses? Or, bearing in mind Dr. Allison Cameron’s character, do we have a secret need to attach ourselves and fix the stunted social growth of these characters?