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Why is Agatha Christie still so popular?
Agatha Christie : The Queen of Crime
A smaller looking book is always more welcome
I used to hear of youngsters who resented reading Harry Potter books because they were 'too thick and big'. Even I used to avoid many books based on their size thinking it would be boring and too dragging to read even when books like Kane and Abel keep you at the edge of your seats during your read.
Agatha Christie's books are small and easy to carry about and look like the sort of books you would like to read before falling asleep at night under your bedside lamp. They're divided into neat little chapters that are more exciting than the previous one and prevent you from letting go of the book.
All in all, because of the small size, you can quickly finish each book with ease and proceed to the next one in the satisfaction that you completed a book. Most other books' readers don't get this pleasure of completion.
The heroes and heroines of the books
There are mainly 5 sets of heroes and heroines in all the Agatha Christie novels:
Hercule Poirot - Poirot is a Belgian detective with a large walrus mustache who believes he is the greatest detective ever born (which he is by the way) and takes pride in each mystery that he solves. Poirot stories usually begin and move slowly and become fast paced at the end when the hero starts solving the mystery by stating each fact that he has considered and appears victorious as the curtain closes.
Jane Marple - The most popular 'detective' in the Christie books series. Miss Marple is a quiet, old lady living in a village who has seen more of life than any other person living in an urban area. Her 'nosey parker' behavior causes her to get into the midst of every action that a murder in her area causes. She has a great sense of humor and a lot of modesty and fools everyone to believe that she is anything other an old lady who likes to hear a bit of gossip. Her stories are good light reads and very entertaining to all who read them.
Parker Pyne - A totally 'British' detective who puts up little ads that say "Are you happy? If not consult Mr Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street". The warmth in his eyes and his appearance console his clients quite a bit as they pay a visit to him to hand over to him all their troubles. Pyne has appeared in only few novels so far and never gained much popularity but his books are also good to read.
Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite - About 3 books were written based on these characters. Quin is a mysterious man appearing and disappearing like the wind who helps Satterthwaite solve the mysteries he is presented with. They are both said to be Christie's favorite characters as mentioned in her autobiography.
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford - Started off as accidental blackmailers who later turn into detectives, the Beresford couple first appeared in Partners in Crime. Their opposite characters help them to see everything in both view points and solve crimes in a effective manner.
The popular detectives
Crime is the same, everywhere; yesterday and today
The main thing that draws neo readers to Agatha Christie's novels even today is her ability to make the stories evergreen.
Motives are the same even today whether they be jealousy or hatred or just plain madness.
And the main factor that makes the stories applicable in all contexts is described in Christie's own words, "human nature is the same everywhere", as is always quoted by Miss Marple.
Whether it be a village or a metropolitan city, people and their emotions are all the same.
And the books are not so ancient so the description of places, the use of murder weapons or poisons, the intention with which the murder was committed all hold good today's cases' situations as well.
And also, the usage of English is not too complicated that today's younger generation cannot understand.
And the way the crimes are presented can sometimes be so chilling, it's best not to read some of them at night and sleep.
Crime: Yesterday and Today
Other ways to enjoy more of Christie's stories
There are a few hidden object games out related to Agatha Christie's popular novels. Examples are Death on the Nile and Peril at End House.
The story follows in the background as we search for clues and slowly solve the mystery. For an avid reader of the novels, getting to play as the main character in the books you worship is a bonus point.
Shockwave and Big Fish Games have the above mentioned games available on their site for free trial and for full version purchase. Personal opinion: I very much enjoyed Peril at End House. Good game for pass time.