Because we need a Holmes & co. thread, I think. For the canon, non-canon (pastiches and such), extra-canon and adaptations and so on & so forth.
Some preliminary questions for a little direction (but this thread can be used to discuss anything related to the works and things):
1) What/who got you into SH stories? What was your first story or adaptation or etc you were exposed to?
2) What are your favourite canon works?
3) What are your favourite non-canon/Holmes-related or inspired works?
4) What is the core appeal of the Holmes & Watson narrative for you?
For me, there's always been a lingering childhood fondness for the distant cultural concept of Sherlock Holmes and I watched Basil of Baker young without recognizing it as a Holmes adaptation, but that was about it until the end of elementary school/the beginning of junior high when my grandparents sent me a collection of the four long stories (the novels) as a present, for a birthday I think. I read A Study in Scarlet and I was more or less sold. Going through highschool I went through things, good and bad, and found comfort, distraction, and leisure in the short stories and even some lesson; watching BBC's Sherlock, the Brett series, and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes escalated my fondness for the universe, as well as the pastiches and fans and related works I came across in the last year or two that more or less made the tales a key part of who I am.
My responses can be long on this topic aha so I'm going to respond to the other questions after some others post.