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The satisfaction of a job well done, Agatha Christie & other stories - moonspinner
The satisfaction of a job well done, Agatha Christie & other stories
Old news, since it happened on Friday but I finally got off that project that had been burning a hole into my office desk for the past 3 months. I feel so much freerer and happier now.  Perhaps I may even get into the mood to continue one of my longer stories. Perhaps. :D
Oh and I went home this weekend. Did I fail to mention that? *blushes*  That’s how I fell into my old Agatha Christie library. Not that it’s much of a collection – ‘Secret of the Chimneys’ and ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ being the current content, although I’m sure I have a few hiding under a bed somewhere. I definitely remember owning the American edition of ‘And then there were none.’  I was reading it up on Wikipedia (don’t you just love the Internet!), and I found out that the stage version of the book (written by Christie herself, by the way) and all the movie versions always had a more optimistic ending than the book.
i.e. Vera and Phillip don’t do the murder/suicide thing at the end.  Instead, they solve the mystery, escape somehow from the Hanging Judge and hook up. 
When I read that I went, “Mmm…” I’m torn about it. In the book, I wanted them to get together, but I knew that won’t happen unless they were somehow innocent of their crimes – Agatha Christie has a rather unforgiving stance on wilful murder – which they weren’t. And there’s something very picture perfect about the ending of the story – the deserted Island, filled with dead bodies, and finally, the epilogue – the murderer’s confession put in a bottle and cast adrift to be found … or not.
I guess Im a lot more jaded at 26 than I was at 16 when I read it, cos I don't like the romanticized version one little bit. :p
Reading Christie again really got me in the mood to write a ripping good mystery – something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a very small child. I’m going to try and mix my three loves – mysteries, star wars fan fiction and Padmé into a story. *shudders* Yes, another bunny is born!

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vanimy From: vanimy Date: October 5th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny because I believe my favorite book of hers ever is this one.
I read it when I was 11 I believe and it's the first book I've ever read of Agatha Christie and then I read a lot of her books because I absolutely loved this book. Of course the ending shocked me but I loved the whole mystery and that atmosphere and the fact it was the judge at the end. *breathes* :P Anyway, I didn't know they had romanticized the story, making Vera and Philip hook up at the end in other versions... WTH? Though I have to admit it could have happened but I love the real ending better, even though it's horrible. Did I mention Agatha Christie was a genius? ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 5th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

My sentiments exactly. I read the story for the first time, expecting Vera and the bloke to hook up. It wasn’t the first Agatha Christie I’d read and I’d already noticed that her stories tended to follow a romantic pattern now and then… On the other hand, they were both self-confessed murderers and didn’t just get how she’d give them a happy ending.

Well, the original ending blew me away!!!

To be fair --- it was Agatha Christie herself that wrote the ‘Happily ever after’ version. The smart woman didn’t want some other playwright to mess up her story so when the theatres wanted to turn it into a stageplay, she decided to do the job herself.

I think she said she changed the ending for narration reasons, so instead of the mystery being explained via the message in the bottle that washed up on the mainland, it was Vera and P who ‘solved’ it in the end.
vanimy From: vanimy Date: October 5th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, really? I didn't know that. :) I wasn't expecting anything about Vera and Philip, though I suspected something going on ;), simply because this was the first book of hers I was reading. Afterwards, I could tell when she was going to form a couple. I realized there was often a love story lurking in the background in her other books.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 5th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think my favourite Christie romance was the Anna/Henry one in 'The Man in the Brown Suit'. *g* I loooove that story. Even by Christie's own admission, it was lighthearted fun.
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