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"Adapting AGATHA CHRISTIE" [27 Jun 2016|07:22pm]

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"ADAPTING AGATHA CHRISTIE"

I wrote this ARTICLE about adapting Agatha Christie novels for television and movies - and in particular, her 1939 novel, "And Then There Were None".
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Obscure & British Commentfest 2016 [09 May 2016|09:30pm]

lost_spook


A multifandom commentfest for tiny to medium British fandoms of all kinds. All fanworks welcome. (Click on the banner for the link.)
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Obscure & British Commentfest 2015 [17 May 2015|01:23pm]

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A multifandom commentfest for medium-tiny British fandoms of all kinds. All fanworks welcome. (Click on the banner for the link.)
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Obscure & British Commentfest 2014 [24 May 2014|02:00pm]

lost_spook


A multifandom commentfest for medium-tiny British fandoms of all kinds. All fanworks welcome. (Click on the banner for the link to my LJ.)
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[13 Feb 2013|06:33pm]

hlamushka
I desperately and urgently need a scheme of the expedition house described in "Murder in Mesopotamia". I could swear there was a picture in one of my books.

Could anybody PLEASE scan it and post it in the comments?
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Vote for your favorite detective! [05 Oct 2010|04:58pm]

queensjoy
Had to share this, it's too awesome not to!

ITV 3 is having a "People's Detective Dagger" Award - so go vote for your favorite detective!!

VOTE HERE
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175 Miss Marple "Moving Finger" icons [25 May 2010|10:23pm]

queensjoy
James D'Arcy, Frances de la Tour, John Sessions, and Talulah Riley

[175] Miss Marple "The Moving Finger" icons

Teaser:


Oops, my dear Miss Marple! You're being moral and forget you're among friends... @ ogeecons 
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"THE MOVING FINGER" (1942) Book Review [30 Oct 2009|08:34pm]

ladylavinia



"THE MOVING FINGER" (1942) Book Review

I wrote this REVIEW of Agatha Christie's 1942 novel, "THE MOVING FINGER". The novel features Jane Marple.
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86 Multi Fandom Graphics [19 Oct 2009|04:37pm]

queensjoy
[05] Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
[10] Dorothy L. Sayers and Have His Carcase
[06] Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
[03] Peter Ustinov as Poirot
[03] Dean, "Supernatural"
[07] Bridget Jones's Diary
[06] Sound of Music
[04] 1776
[14] "Castle"
[02] Easy Virtue
[10] Inspector Lewis
[04] Text only
[06] Lord Peter & Harriet wallpapers
[07] Audrey Hepburn wallpapers

Teaser:
 

 here @ ogeecons
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New to LJ and this community [17 Aug 2009|02:12pm]

ciaimpala
[ mood | good ]

Hi everyone! I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan-she's been my favorite author since I stumbled on a paperback copy of A Murder is Announced lying around my aunt and uncle's house. I've made it my mission to collect every one of her books, and am doing pretty well on that end so far. One of my most prized possessions is a first edition of The Murder at the Vicarage I just bought this year. Some of my favorites of hers are And Then There Were None, Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Cards on the Table, Murder on the Orient Express, Elephants Can Remember, and Five Little Pigs.

I love reading her books and seeing the movies and/or plays based on them, and am really excited about this community!!!

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First post :D [08 Aug 2009|10:23am]

montateur
[ mood | amused ]

Hello all! I'm new here, and I love Agatha Christie, though I definitely haven't completed all of her mysteries.

The ones I've read so far include:
And Then There Were None
The Tuesday Club Murders
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
A Murder is Announced
The ABC Murders
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
...and probably some others...
D:

Don't worry, I'm definitely spiffing up my list with a collection of Miss Marple stories that I'm currently reading.

And I'd love suggestions.
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Though I find myself liking the books not focused on Poirot or Marple, I can't help but wonder who the better detective is out of the two. Having not read a lot of either collection to make a sensible pick, I've decided to bring my question to this community.

Which Christie protagonist do you think is better: Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple?
*Note* Better can encompass things including deduction, ability, intuition, intelligence, readability (as in which character kept you hooked more,) consistence, assistance, composure, etc.

Also, it would be awesome if you explained your reasons why one is better than the other.

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The ATTWN Fan Who Also Shipped Lombard/Vera [12 Jul 2009|08:01pm]

jane_poirot
[ mood | amused ]


(First of all, this was posted in a different category, so I apologize for not posting this here sooner)

As you may have guessed, I am a major ATTWN (And Then There Were None) fan. It is, in my opinion, Agatha Christie’s best novel. I love everything about it, including the characters (my personal favourite is Vera Claythorne; I find I enjoy writing for her the most) and enjoy writing fanfiction for it. I am a truly sincere and devoted fan. Others, however, may scoff at that remark. Which others? The purists. If I were to call myself a pureblood purist, such a remark would be met with scorn and merciless flames by any purist who has read my stories.

But first, let me explain a bit about ATTWN’s back story in order for you to better understand the situation (I should warn you now that there will be SPOILERS ahead). The original story does not end on a happy note. There are no heroes who defeat the villain and live happily ever after. The two characters who could have solved the mystery together, Philip Lombard and Vera Claythorne, both die. Vera shoots Lombard through the heart, and hangs herself minutes after. The murderer’s confession is found in a bottle floating in the ocean, revealing everything, by which time it is too late. Not a very happy ending, now is it? But it is a satisfying one for those who are sick of seeing the same ‘they-all-lived-happily-ever-after’ ending you see in the movies nowadays, because let’s face it: How many times in real life do the heroes arrive in time to prevent a horrible disaster from completion?

The book was greeted with very positive reviews, many of which claimed that at last, Agatha Christie had written a book that now surpassed The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as her masterpiece (which is a fine book in itself, and the solution is indeed very clever, and it deserved a much better adaptation than the treatment it got from the Suchet version). An adaptation of some shape or form was inevitable. She received a request from Reginald Simpson to be allowed to dramatize it, but she refused, stating that if anyone were to adapt the story for the stage, she would the first to do it.

Now in the past, several others have adapted her stories for the stage, and her main complaint was not that they strayed away from the original novel, but that they stuck too close, because she felt a mystery should surprise people. In addition to, she personally felt that the novel’s ending would not work for the stage because there would be no one left to tell the tale (however, it has been used for the more recent stage adaptation by Kevin Elyot a few years ago, and from what I hear in the reviews, it did indeed work just splendid). This in mind, she altered the ending so that Lombard and Vera were innocent of the crimes of which they were accused, survived, and fell in love. The subsequent Hollywood adaptations all used the play’s ending with a very slight modification; the one adaptation to actually use the novel’s ending was a Russian film made a few years before the collapse of the Soviet Union called Desyat Negrityat (Ten Little Negroes).

While some AC fans approve of the changed ending, others—lots of others to the point where it could be said the majority of them—did not. They felt it was a cheap cop-out that butchered the story, which was supposed to be an intriguing murder mystery that was also part psychological thriller, not a sappy love story.

And what is my opinion on all this? Personally, I am neutral—the novel’s ending is very well-written and goes against what you would typically expect in such a story; however, I have always wanted to see Lombard and Vera get together. I admit it, mea maxima culpa: I am a Lombard/Vera shipper. I can’t really point a figure at the exact thing that makes me root for them, but I can say there are a lot of things you can do with their relationship that feeds an author’s fetish to exercise the imagination.

Now the play is well-written, except I personally felt that Lombard and Vera’s relationship was a bit, well...rushed. They go from an infatuation on day one, to something of a relationship on day two, to being engaged by the final act. I know the alternate ending to the Ten Little Indians rhyme is ‘He got married and then there were none’, but let’s be honest: If we were in such a situation, would marriage really be the first thing on our minds? The 1945 movie version handled it much more realistically, but (aside from Vera’s crime being watered down which was the biggest let-down for me personally) I was sorely disappointed there was no kiss. A hug? That’s it? We hug our brothers and sisters, but does that mean we are in love with them? No, it does not. The biggest offender of handling it poorly, however, is the 1965 version. The relationship is handled realistically until the third murder; after which, everything leaps from kissing to intimate hugging to love making that’s poorly implied. In that adaptation, it really feels as though it was added in for the sake of showing off Shirley Eaton in her underwear, and Hugh O’Brian shirtless. I have not seen subsequent Hollywood adaptations, and from the little I have heard of them, thank God I haven’t!

Longing to see Lombard and Vera in each other’s arms, but unsatisfied with what was offered, I resolved to write my own AU story based on the book of them surviving the ordeal and gradually falling in love while overcoming their inner demons. Just to give myself a bit of a challenge, I decided to make the story 50 chapters long. After I planned everything out, I needed just one, small detail: The title. I spent weeks agonizing over what the title could possibly be, until I came across an IMDB review for Desyat Negrityat where the reviewer said they were satisfied to see everyone end up where they were supposed to because, in their own words, “it is called ‘And Then There Were None’, not ‘And Then There Were Two’”. Thus, And Then There Were Two was born.

I had my fears that I would be mercilessly flamed by any purists who stumbled across my story by accident. To my relief, only one purist reviewed a few times. According to them, the story was well-written, but they personally believed the book’s ending was far more appropriate. Fair enough, I say. You can’t please everybody. At least they thought it was well-written, that's all that matters.

My other AU was not based on the book itself, but on a film version of the book. Remember when I mentioned the Russian film version, the one that was the only film adaptation to have the balls to use the novel’s ending? That’s the one. It was not enough for me to create an AU for the book, now I have to create one for (in my opinion) the best movie adaptation of the book as well. But why? Why would I want to create an AU based on a movie when I already have an AU based on its source material if the movie is already so faithful to the book in the first place?

Yes, about that, it will also require another back story: Desyat Negrityat is an extremely well-made movie. The acting is outstanding, the score haunts you for weeks, the setting of the house is close to how you would imagine it, and it is extremely faithful to the book, all the way to its pessimistic ending. Well...it’s almost 100% faithful. There’s no use mentioning the minor details that don’t even matter, so I might as well mention the two, major deviations from the novel, both of which will be listed out of chronological order so I can get to my point faster: First, the murderer’s motive is slightly changed and instead of a message in a bottle at the end, they just have an internal monologue and shoot themselves. Second, there is a scene between Lombard and Vera in which...well...he rapes her. There, I said it. I was blunt. He rapes her.

See, what happens is, after the sixth murder, Vera is getting undressed for bed when she thinks she hears Cyril’s voice coming from Lombard’s room so she follows it there, and there’s no one but a drunk Lombard who offers her a drink. He grabs her and kisses her and begins to undress her despite her protests, and they fall on the bed. Vera threatens to scream, but Lombard reminds her she came to his room half-naked. At the same time, however, it also plays out as more of an imposed love-making session (I couldn’t really explain HOW, you would have to see the film for yourself in order to understand what I’m talking about). In the technical sense, it is rape; she said no, did not react out of fear, tried to stop him from undressing her, he refused to listen, and tried to convince her it was her fault.

In spite of the fact that the scene was not in the book, it still managed to work. Needless to say, the scene itself sparked an idea in my head: What if they had conceived a child in that moment? How would Vera deal with it? How would Lombard? It took me a while, but eventually, I came up with a storyline that I liked: Vera takes Lombard to court and deals with her pregnancy while Lombard fights to prove his innocence. The story in question is called Aftershock, so named after the scientific term for the earthquake that occurs after another (the main shock), which seemed to fit in with the story: The main shock was the events on the island. The aftershock was Vera persecuting Lombard and learning she was pregnant. So far, I have received fairly positive reviews; however, I did indeed receive a review from the same purist, and they were surprisingly lenient. They said the plot I came up with was "interesting and original" but the basic idea of Lombard and Vera surviving just didn't appeal to them personally. Their verdict was: "Well-written, but an unnecessary alternate ending". Fair enough. As said before, you can't please everybody; besides which, "interesting and original" is preferrable to "blasphemous and disgusting" (this doesn't stop me from thinking them a tad bit snobbish, however). However, such a story would not be looked on kindly by any fanatic Lombard/Vera shippers. As of today (7/12/09), I am two chapters away from wrapping it up and I will not reveal the ending, but I will say the ending I have in mind is not going to please everybody.

I adore the Lombard/Vera pairing. One of the many things I like about it is how you can do so much with it. You can either make them passionate lovers, or bitter enemies. In each of my stories, I explore each possibility through the magic of AU. I explore what could have been for them, whether they would’ve had a happy future together, or whether they would’ve hated each other to the point where they each wished death on the other. What’s the crime in that? I am not respecting the canon. I am completely ignoring the author’s original intentions. I am stamping on the fact that the purists are sick and tired of the Lombard/Vera pairing. I am disregarding the opinions of the fans who believe Lombard and Vera were horrible people who should stay dead. Apparently, you cannot like the Lombard/Vera pairing without committing great blasphemy to Agatha Christie’s masterpiece.

In the wrong hands, yes, it can be an awful pairing (Harry Alan Towers, anyone?). In the right hands, it can be absolutely beautiful. The fans would handle it much better because, while Harry Alan Towers appeared to be in it for the money, fans are in it for the passion. How is a Lombard/Vera shipper supposed to be any less of a true fan than a non-Lombard/Vera shipper? Are Harry/Hermione shippers not true fans? Do those who support Jacob/Bella hate the story? Should Jack/Elizabeth shippers be forced to give up their title as lovers of Pirates of the Caribbean? Of course not. They are as valuable to the fandom as anyone else, even the ones who don’t like the romance aspect of the story. They may have their different opinions on who should be with whom, or if there should even be any romance at all, but what it all boils down to is that we all love a particular fandom and we’re really not that different from one another in that aspect, now are we?

And besides, those who write AU stories are not writing them to make the purists happy; they are writing them to make the people who did not like the canon happy. While I failed to make one person happy, the ones who wished Lombard and Vera had lived were more than pleased with And Then There Were Two. While some purist who lacks an ff.net account and are thus unable to log in may be crying, the people who do not mind seeing an AU are crying for different reasons—for the as yet untold fates of their beloved characters. When you publish a story, you are sharing it not just with your friends; you are unleashing it for the whole world to see. And even if the purists are not happy with the way you re-wrote the canon, all that matters is your sincere love and devotion to the source (guaranteed everyone is behaving in-character, the grammar and spelling is correct, and the story is overall well-written, of course!).

In short, I am a Lombard/Vera shipper. And I am a devoted fan to ATTWN. Take it or leave it as an oxymoron.

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"MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS" (1974) Review [11 Jun 2009|07:12am]

ladylavinia



"MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS" (1974) Review

HERE is my review on the classic 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel, "MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS".
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Help with a quote, please :) [11 Jun 2009|08:45am]

canuckgirl
I was reading an Ellis Peters (who I adore) mystery yesterday, and I thought the quote was going to happen there, but it didn't. So I'm thinking that the quote I remember was actually in an Agatha Christie book.

A man is saying it, and I think he's saying it to Hercule Poirot.

"When did you stop pitching on me as the murderer?"

The response is something like "I didn't, you ARE the murderer"

I think the verb was "pitching" but not 100% positive.

Simon Doyle?

ABC Murders?

Anyone?
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Hello [23 Mar 2009|06:26pm]

unusualdemoness
[ mood | bouncy ]


Hi, I recently discovered this community and had to join. I absolutely love Agatha Christie, who has to be one of my favorite mystery writers of all time, and I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.

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Icons [04 Mar 2009|07:46pm]

myrna_nora
If anyone is interested I've made some Tommy & Tuppence icons

(1-36) Little Women (1994)
(37-82) Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary (1982)

Preview:


(More at my journal...)
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Top Ten Favorite AGATHA CHRISTIE Novels [22 Feb 2009|09:40pm]

ladylavinia



"Top Ten Favorite AGATHA CHRISTIE Novels

Being a major fan of Agatha Christies mysteries, I decided to list my top 10 favorite novels written by her. HERE they are.
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Tommy & Tuppence Icons [09 Feb 2009|08:51am]

myrna_nora
(24) Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime: "The Affair of the Pink Pearl"
Preview:

More at my journal here.
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Appointment with Death [26 Sep 2008|11:04am]

emaline5678
I just finished this Poirot mystery about the most evil mother on the planet. Basically, this is the woman that no would miss when she was gone...or murdered. Poirot's called in because so many have a motive to kill the cruel, domineering, old Mrs. Boynton that her mysterious death has to be murder. The Boynton family were vacationing in Jerusaleum and are unlucky enough to have Hercule Poirot making a stop there as well. Then the morbid fun begins.

I loved the book and thought it was so intense. I read it in something like two days. Well, then again, that happens with all of Christie's novels! The person I suspected of being the killer wasn't and that really surprised me - which is a good thing!

Anyway, here's my question. Did people like the ending? Major spoilers ahead!Collapse )
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Miss Marple: series 4 [12 Aug 2008|09:46am]
thebuttonfly
2008/2009 (or whenever ITV1 can be arsed!)

1) A Pocket Full of Rye
2) Murder is Easy
3) Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
4) ?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marple_%28TV_series%29
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[31 Jul 2008|10:36am]

in_love_rooted
Hi there! I've been "reading" through Christie's books on tape/cd over the past several months.....it helps housework go by much faster. :)

I find I best enjoy the stories that don't feature Poirot or Marple, the stories in which ordinary people find themselves ensconced within the mysteries. Examples: The Man in the Brown Suit, The Pale Horse, The Secret Adversary, Sparkling Cyanide. Some of these feel even more like thrillers than general mysteries, and they tend to be more absorbing and compelling than the others.

I don't know if there's a way of referring to these books to distinguish them from the Poirot/Marple series, but I wonder if you guys could give me some more titles so that I can find them more easily? I'm not trying to avoid the others---I like them too---I'd just like to have the titles in mind so I can readily identify them when I'm browsing the library catalog.

Thanks!
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Poirot in America [01 Jul 2008|06:58am]

mdyesowitch
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Radio broadcast: The Careless Victim
In this inaugural episode of the radio program, Poirot is at his hotel in NY, looking for an apartment. Upon returning to his hotel from the apartment hunting agency,a neighbour requests help opening her door. When Poirot forces it open, he sees the body of a man who's been strangled! It's murder!

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Agatha Christie does an intro to the series. It may be worth it for that alone.
I download the episodes through itunes, but they're also available here:
http://agatha.libsyn.com/
http://wizzard.tv/oldtimeradio

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newbie [17 Jun 2008|11:40pm]

hatemostcordial
 Hi there.  I'm a new convert to Agatha Christie's work.  I've read a few in the past, and sort of passed her off as formulaic and full of unfair play, but I'm now making my way through all of the Miss Marple books, and I am in love!  I started with Murder at the Vicarage, and am now on A Caribbean Mystery.  I can't get my hands on them fast enough!  Any thoughts, comments, stories on Miss Marple you would all like to share?
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100 Mystery Graphics [17 Jun 2008|07:28pm]

queensjoy
100 Mystery graphics. Featuring: anthony howell, emma thompson, humphrey bogart, inspector lynley, jeremy brett, kenneth branagh, lauren bacall, edward norton, paul giamatti, rufus sewell, eddie cahill, gary sinise, melina kanakaredes, carmine giovinazzo, anna belknap, sharon small, nathaniel parker, edward burke, david suchet and many others!

[08] New Amsterdam
[15] The Big Sleep (1946)
[14] CSI: NY
[06] Dead Again (1991)
[17] Foyle's War: Fifty Ships
[01] Foyle's War wallpaper
[10] The Illusionist (2006)
[13] Inspector Lynley
[05] Hercule Poirot
[12] Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist (1984)



Teaser:



( The ultimate mystery is one's own self... )

The rest can be found over at ogeecons
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agatha_stills [12 Jun 2008|09:09pm]

queensjoy
They asked for it...

She was known as "The Queen of Crime" and her books have captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Today, Agatha Christie remains the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion copies of her books sold.

And now, she has entered the world of icontests. agatha_stills is a new Agatha Christie icontest, specially designed for those who love mysteries! Challenges will range from series such as Poirot and Miss Marple, to Academy Award winning films like Murder on the Orient Express, text icon challenges with famous catch phrases and quotes, minor character themes (Inspectors Japp and Slack, Captain Hastings or Ms. Lemon), book covers, the life and times of the author and even Agatha Christie herself!

First challenge will be posted shortly!

Click here to find out why.
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Movie Remake! [20 Apr 2008|05:54pm]

amourmonte
I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and have read almost ALL her books and have seen all the movies.  Wouldn't it be amazing if some producer/director out there made a remake of one of the films?  I'm SO SURE it would do so well with audiences today - even if they are completely unfamiliar with her work.  It's just so entertaining!  

 
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[27 Feb 2008|01:29pm]

satinelune
I'm quite sad because last week, I finished reading all the books with Hastings is them, except for Curtain, which I'm saving for later. He is my favorite character and now I have no more great Poirot/Hastings collaborations to look forward to. I think my favorite one was The ABC Murders. Or maybe Peril at End House.

Anyway, here are all the Poirot's book that I have left to read:
Three Act Tragedy
Death in the Clouds
Sad Cypress
The Hollow
There is a Tide
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Dead Man's Folly
The Clocks
Halloween Party
Elephants Can't Remember
Which of these is your favorite? Least favorite?

Also, last night I started reading After the Funeral, but realized after the 1st chapter that I had already read it a long time ago. I decided to keep reading anyway. I went to bed at 3 o'clock.
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143 Multi-Fandom Icons [19 Feb 2008|12:12pm]

queensjoy
143 Multi-Fandom icons. I've had some of these lying around for a long time so I decided it was high time I actually posted them! Several icontest entries too!

[04] Miss Marple
[22] Curious George
[08] The Great Race
[05] Disney's Hercules
[27] M*A*S*H
[06] Roman Holiday
[07] To Catch a Thief
[03] Rudolph Valentino
[05] Oliver!
[05] Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
[03] Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
[04] Shakespeare in Love
[05] Audrey Hepburn
[03] Persuasion
[01] Pride and Prejudice
[01] Sense and Sensibility
[01] Northanger Abbey
[16] Art
[04] Rome
[05] Clash of the Titans
[02] X-Men (Rogue and Logan)
[01] Tommy Tune
[05] V for Vendetta

Teaser:


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happy Hour... )

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Mystery_Stills [11 Feb 2008|11:25pm]

queensjoy
I am very excited to announce a new icontest.

mystery_stills was founded by those and for those who love mysteries and those who solve them. We will be having challenges focusing on topics ranging from vintage crime novels (Such as the Big Sleep), famous historical cases (Jack the Ripper), fictional detectives (Sherlock Holmes), films (Chinatown, the Illusionist, etc) and crime shows such as CSI and Criminal Minds.

We will have the community up and running very shortly, with the first two icon challenges being posted this Friday, the 15th of February. We look forward to seeing you over there!

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From a London Times Review of a New Biography of Christie [10 Oct 2007|10:26am]

jhumpa
In the abstract, these novels can seem intriguing; their sameness tempts one to deconstruct them as examples of a sort of anti-novel, in which certain elements – the village, the country house, the poisoned chocolates, the gentleman’s gun collection – are not meant to be considered as representing real life but are self-consciously manipulated for the reader’s pleasure. The many references the books contain to crime fiction and to contemporary real-life crimes, such as the Crippen murders and the Thompson–Bywater case, appear to support this, and Christie’s manifest lack of seriousness (which goes with an almost complete lack of humour) seems to suggest that she was playing a sophisticated metafictional game. It is also possible to say, as Thompson does, that the books fulfilled a need for representations of certainty or justice in the troubled twentieth century. But reading them brings one up hard against the realities of leaden exchanges and flat, repetitious description. 
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[22 Aug 2007|09:07am]

jhumpa
From BBC News:

Agatha Christie's murder mysteries are being turned into comic books. It's the latest twist to crime fiction, a genre constantly being reinvented 170 years on from its earliest incarnation.

When a story has been told and retold many times, it can wear a little threadbare. So it is with the murder mysteries penned by the original queen of crime, Agatha Christie, now associated with the genteel, sepia-tinged glow of a cosy Sunday in front of the telly.

Cosies - that is what such tales are known as in the crime-writing trade. But to her fans, Christie wrote about far more than murder most horrid in the drawing room. Hers are timeless stories filled with tension and deceit, not to mention richly-detailed portraits of a bygone age.

And these make her tales perfect comic book fodder, which is why her publishers of 70 years, HarperCollins, hope that Hercule Poirot et al will appeal to the same young readers who for generations have lapped up the exploits of TinTin, Asterix and more recent heroes of graphic novels - readers who might otherwise be put off the Christie cannon by dated TV repeats.

For those who prefer to use their imagination, 12 Christie novels are being given a facelift with new jackets, just six years after the last revamp. For unlike many of her contemporaries, Christie has never been out of print.

"She's an incredibly important author for us," says Julia Wisdom, HarperFiction's publishing director in charge of crime titles. "They are still very good stories and very clever. And she translates beautifully into any language - the stories are just there, they are not difficult to put across."

Read the rest of the article here.
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On this day... [28 May 2007|07:26pm]

bravesbelle
On This Day:
Monday May 28, 2007


This is the 148th day of the year, with 217 days remaining in 2007.

Events

1961 - The Orient Express, from Paris to Bucharest, made its last journey after operating for 78 years. It was revived in 1982.

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(cross posted to agathas_express, poirot_fans, & greycells)
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[30 Apr 2007|02:05pm]

maria_ms
Hello. It's my first post here.
I love Agatha Christie's books and read all of them that were published in Poland. I think my favourite is "Pale horse mystery".
I have a question - could anyone tell me, since I don't have English version of any Agatha Christie's book, how these rhymes/quotations sound in English?
First is from the last short story in "While the light lasts" that was used for a title.
Second is from "By the pricking of my thumb" - on the beginning of book four, the one with church, tower(?) and door.
I would be very thankful for any help^^
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[22 Apr 2007|11:12pm]

satinelune
I have just finished "A Murder is Announced" and I have a very spoilerish comment. (meaning: don't read this if you haven't read it and don't want to know the murderer)

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Hercule Poirot [05 Mar 2007|11:15am]

lady_lia257
[ mood | accomplished ]

Hi everybody! I'm making a post about our Hercule Poirot. I have his profile from www.agathachristie.com, as follows :

Hercule Poirot



This brilliant Belgian detective had a long and glorious career, starring in thirty-three novels and fifty-four short stories. Hercule appeared in Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920. Before his escape to England during WWI, Poirot, a retired Belgian police officer, was a celebrated private detective on the Continent. During these years, Poirot became acquainted with Arthur Hastings who would later become his trusted sidekick and the occasional narrator of his investigations.

Here is how Hastings first described Poirot in The Mysterious Affair at Styles: "He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound."

As Poirot's career progressed he moved into Whitehaven Mansions, chosen for its symmetry and hired the terrifyingly efficient Miss Felicity Lemon as his secretary. From here he employed his infamous 'little grey cells' to solve a dazzling array of complex crimes including some of Agatha Christie's most famous novels: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, and Death on the Nile. His investigative methods were characterised by the active pursuit of the psychology of the murderer, noting tiny details and freudian slips by asking a series of seemingly pointless questions.
Poirot finished every case with a dramatic dénouement which satisfied his egotism and confirmed once again that he was "the greatest mind in Europe" (Three Act Tragedy). His love of elegance, beauty and precision and eccentric mannerisms were often ridiculed by the local bumbling policemen, but it is always Poirot who has the last word.
By his final appearance in Curtain (1975), Poirot was confined to a wheelchair, although his little grey cells remained as sharp as ever. Upon his death, Hercule Poirot became the only fictional character ever to be honored with an obituary on the front page of The New York Times.

These are quotes from Poirot :

"Peril to the detective who says : 'It is so small, it does not matter'. Everything matters".

"I admit freely and without hypocrisy that I am a great man".

Why I really like Hercule Poirot :
I really like Hercule Poirot. He's my favorite detective character. The reason is, first, because he seems like a person that we will like. You know, because he's smart, he's also warm-hearted. Maybe because he's a Belgian. I think that's why I like Poirot more than Holmes. Because Conan Doyle described Poirot as a very cold person.
And then because of his methods of deducting. Poirot always analyze the suspects and victims characters first. In his opinion, a case is all about people. Human. Their motives, what they really want, what they did, what they like and hate. It's not mainly about footprints and crime scene evidence, but more about the people who are connected to the case.
I really think, that if Poirot really exist, I will like him a lot and will be really glad to make acquaintance with him.

My favorite Poirot Case :
My favorite Poirot book is the Hercules Tasks. I forget the exact title. Read it a long time ago. But I really like that book. Because each case has a similarity to the 12 task of Hercules from the Greek myth.

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Review of The Sittaford Mystery [28 Feb 2007|07:11am]

moonspinner
[ mood | delighted ]

x-posted at moonspinner

Five pages into the book and I realized that I definitely haven't read The Sittaford Mystery before. It's such a novel pleasure [to me] finding an Agatha Christie that I've not read.

Anne Beddingfeld is still very much my favourite Christie romantic adventuress/sleuth but Emily Trefusis comes a very close second.

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Another Christie Fan [26 Feb 2007|07:54am]

moonspinner
[ mood | happy ]

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe I’m just finding this community. I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan since I was eleven and read ‘Death Comes As the End’ and I recently re-discovered my love for all things Christie. I read most of her books when I was a teenager in the local library and now, I’m building my own library. Right now, I’m bought ‘The Mousetrap and Other Stories’, the HarperCollins ‘1920s Omnibus’ and ‘1930s Omnibus’ and the short story collection called ‘While the Light Lasts’. The last one ‘While the Light Lasts’ is really funny because I’ve never read or heard of any of the stories in that collection before.

I also purchased the Mary Westmacott books and I just finished reading ‘Absent in the Spring’ and ‘Giant’s Bread’.

Does anyone know if ‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ was ever made into a movie? It’s one of the earliest I’ve read and one of my favourite still. Who would you cast if you were to make a movie of it in this present day and age?

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[18 Feb 2007|10:22pm]

savepureness
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hello everybody!

This is my first post on this community page, so I'd better fix some quick facts concerning my AG-fondness. I discovered her works when I was merely a child, and I kept collecting them as they appeared. I've read the whole collection of her books in Romanian (my native language), and many of them in French (those I couldn't find available in Ro). Read some in English, and I'd love to do so with all of them, unfortunetely they're difficult to find in my country. Seen around 5-6 movies made after her writings, not to mention the David Suchet series, which absolutely rule, in my opinion :-D.

That would be all, for the first time. If you've got further questions, kindly ask.

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