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Announcing the Agatha Christie Blogathon!

30 Jun

AgathaChristieLittle Bits of Classics and I are thrilled and excited to announce the Agatha Christie Blogathon – The Queen of Crime!

When? 

September 16th-18th

Why?

The inspiration for this blogathon is Domi’s of Little Bits of Classics. It is in honor of Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday on the 15th of September.

Rules

All things Agatha Christie are welcome! Anything and everything – her life, her writing style, her characters, her books, the movie adaptations of her books, tributes, retrospections – the more the better! We want to honor everything about the great lady.

The only rules we have are that we are Not Allowing Duplicates on individual Books because there are so many we hope to see covered. There are quite a few movies, too, so we thought we would put a limit of Two Posts Per Movie. However, there is no limit on how many posts can be written about Agatha Christie, her life or her characters. And if you want to compare a book with a movie, even though someone’s already chosen that movie or book singly, that’s great, too!

At the end of each day of the blogathon, either I or Little Bits of Classics will collect all the posts of the day in a recap. To send us your posts on those days you can give us the link to your post, along with your blog name, in the comments section of this post or via twitter (@_cwehner).

Little Bits of Classics and I really want to thank Ruth at Silver Screenings for creating the wonderful banners for this event! Please feel free to take one – which can be found at the bottom of this post – and help us promote.

Sign-Up

You can sign-up using the form below. Each day of the blogathon is dedicated to a different topic.

Friday the 16th – all things Hercule Poirot

Saturday the 17th – all things Miss Marple

Sunday the 18th – all the rest, including Agatha Christie or any other novels or movies not related to Poirot or Miss Marple.

If your chosen topic covers both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, feel free to choose whatever day you like. Also, we’ve provided a definition of your topic in the sign-up sheet. The purpose is to help distinguish if someone has elected to write, for example, about Witness for the Prosecution the movie, the play or the short story. That way, if you check the roster, you can see that though someone has perhaps chosen to write about the movie, the play is still open.

Also, please note that the Year of Release option on the sign-up form is for movies. That option is there to help in case of multiple adaptations of the same story. Like Murder on the Orient Express. Though we are not allowing multiple posts on individual movies, there are still several movie adaptations of that book.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Little Bits of Classics or me. We can’t wait to read all your contributions in September!

 

Below is the roster for the blogathon so far. To view it in full, click here.

 

Fiction Fan’s Book Reviews – 4:50 From Paddington and Murder, She Said

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies And The There Were None

Critica Retro – Death On the Nile

Caftan Woman – Evil Under the Sun

M.C. Dulac – Death on the Nile

The Dream Book Blog – Poirot Series: “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case”

Cleopatra Loves Books – Murder at the Vicarage

Old Hollywood Films – An Overview of Margaret Rutherford’s Miss Marple

Serendipitous Anachronisms – The Mousetrap (play)

Silver Scenes  A Caribbean Mystery and Murder is Easy

Ah Sweet Mystery of Life After the Funeral

 

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68 responses to “Announcing the Agatha Christie Blogathon!

  1. Little Bits of Classics

    June 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Reblogged this on Little Bits of Classics and commented:
    Come and join us!

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  2. The Animation Commendation

    June 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Agatha Christie is my favorite author and I’ve read all her novels! I wish there was an animated film based on her work that I could review.

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    • christinawehner

      June 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Wow, I am really, really impressed! It is my ambition to read all her novels, but I haven’t quite got there, yet. I’m working on it, though. She is wonderful, isn’t she!

      That would be pretty awesome if there was an animated Christie film! It’s too bad Walt Disney didn’t make a live action Christie movie, either, though I think a few people who made Christie films showed up in Disney live action movies – Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Hayley Mills.

      If you ever can, we would love to have you on the blogathon! 🙂

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      • Little Bits of Classics

        June 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        I’m really impressed, as well! That must have been a long undertaking, though I’m pretty sure it’s worth it 🙂

        There’s an anime series I’ve just found on Google, which features Agatha Christie’s most famous sleuths. You might be interested in it, here’s a link for you! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Christie%27s_Great_Detectives_Poirot_and_Marple
        Of course you can always choose what Christina has recommended!

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      • The Animation Commendation

        June 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

        How many have you read? What are your faves/least faves so far? You prefer Poirot or Marple?

        I’ve read all the novels, not counting the short story collections, just the full complete novels. I prefer Hercule Poirot over Miss Marple. My fave AC novel is probably Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None (yeah, obvious choices). Some that I dislike include The Mystery of the Blue Train.

        The 1976 Murder on the Orient Express film is one of my fave films of all time and now Kenneth Branagh is making a remake due to release next year.

        I’d love to make an animated movie of AC’s novels, especially the ones that are nor Poirot nor Marple.

        Do you watch the Poirot/Miss Marple shows? Also have you seen the And Then There Were None miniseries that aired last December?

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        • christinawehner

          June 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

          I’ve read around forty, though I haven’t counted. Maybe 50? I think I like Poirot and Marple around the same. I’ve enjoyed some of AC’s none-Poirot or Marple, too. I’ve never read The Mystery of the Blue Train. It’s even sitting on my bookshelf, but I haven’t read it yet. One of my favorites might be A Murder is Announced and also Murder on the Orient Express…and Five Little Pigs.

          I don’t remember enjoying Crooked House or The Hollow as much.

          Oh yes, I love the ’76 Orient Express, too! Such a wonderful cast. I didn’t know Kenneth Branagh was doing a remake, though. That should be really interesting. Another film I seem to be able to re-watch forever is Witness for the Prosecution.

          An animated AC film would be marvelous. Do you have any in particular in mind you would like to make?

          I used to watch Poirot and Marple shows pretty frequently, but then I really got into classic movies and it derailed my TV watching severally and I lost touched, which I’m starting to try to rectify. Did you see the And Then There Were None miniseries? Was it good?

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          • The Animation Commendation

            July 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm

            I too wasn’t too fond of The Hollow.

            Yeah, Kenneth Branagh is making a Murder on the Orient Express film for 2017 and he’ll play Poirot. There are talks of Angelina Jolie joining the cast. I’m guessing she’ll play Miss Debenham?

            Oh yes, Witness for the Prosecution is a wonderful film! I love Charles Laughton’s line, “If you weren’t a woman, I’d strike you.”, lol.

            An animated And Then There Were None film seems like it’ll be a good choice to make.

            And yes, I thought the And Then There Were None miniseries was quite good, although a bit modernized. I recommend it though.

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            • christinawehner

              July 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

              Angelina Jolie! Hmm…that’s interesting. Or I wonder if she would play Mrs. Hubbard, do you think? The Lauren Bacall role?

              Witness for the Prosecution is so quote-able, isn’t it! Just love the rapport between Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.

              I could see how an animated An Then There Were None could work really well. Would you do the play version – where two people survive – or the version from the book where they all die?

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              • The Animation Commendation

                July 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

                I just feel she’s too young to play the Hubbard role. Then again, she’ll most likely be the actress with the most star power on the case which is generally the one who plays Hubbard, so I dunno.

                Yeah, Laughton and Elsa Lanchester together is just awesome!

                And I would definitely do the book version of And Then There Were None. I’m not really fond of the play version ending.

                I dunno if you’re into computer games, but in 2005, they made a computer game of And Then There Were None where you play as a new character, who gets trapped on the island with the guest and one by one they start dying and you have to solve the mystery. They actually made a brand-new ending for the game while also giving you a chance to see the real ending of the book. I recommend it if you’re into point-and-click adventure computer games.

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                • christinawehner

                  July 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

                  Yeah, I must confess that I’m not a huge Angelina Jolie fan, so it’s hard to imagine her as Mrs. Hubbard. Should be interesting though, what kind of a cast is assembled.

                  I don’t often play computer games, but if I do they are definitely of the point-and-click variety, It sounds like a lot of fun, actually…a very cool idea. Can you lose by getting murdered, then?

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                  • The Animation Commendation

                    July 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm

                    No, you don’t ever get murdered. You can’t lose the game. If you don’t do anything, then nothing happens, lol.

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                    • Little Bits of Classics

                      July 4, 2016 at 1:36 am

                      Wouldn’t you like to write about this game for the blogathon? I’d be glad to read such an article, it sounds exciting 🙂 It’s just an idea on my part, but perhaps you’re interested in it!

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                    • The Animation Commendation

                      July 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

                      Huh…now that’s an idea. I’ll think about it. I’ll havta play the game again as it’s been a while since I’ve done it, lol.

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        • Little Bits of Classics

          July 1, 2016 at 1:30 am

          I’ve read most of the Poirot and Miss Marple novels, I’ve avoided the ones that feature none of her detectives so far, but I think I should soon change that. I’d rather say I prefer Poirot but I’ve read quite some Marple novels lady, so I came to love her, as well!

          My favourite book (on top of the most famous ones) is Lord Edgware Dies and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd of course, although I change my opinion quite often. I love both the Poirot and the Marple show and I adore David Suchet and Geraldine McEwan!

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          • The Animation Commendation

            July 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm

            Nice! If you want to start reading the books without Poirot or Marple, I’d recommend reading And Then There Were None or Murder is Easy.

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            • Little Bits of Classics

              July 2, 2016 at 2:07 am

              Well, I didn’t mention it, but “And Then There Were None” is an exception – I’ve read it, I’ve seen the miniseries and I loved it a lot. I might give “Murder is Easy” a try, though I’ve already seen that, within the Marple series (which is a bit messy sometimes…) Thanks for your advice 🙂

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    • B Noir Detour

      June 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I’m pretty sure there is Japanese anime of some Christie stories, if that helps.

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  3. FictionFan

    June 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Great idea! Any excuse to re-read the Queen of Crime or re-watch the marvellous Margaret Rutherford in action works for me! 😀

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    • christinawehner

      June 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      So glad you can participate! You know, I’ve never seen Margaret Rutherford as Agatha Christi. It seems like a crime. Can’t wait to read your comparison!

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  4. Phyl

    June 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    What a great idea!!! I want to read all of her books too 🙂

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    • christinawehner

      June 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      It is a great ambition! I was just looking at her bibliography and was shocked to learn that her publishing career spanned from 1920 to 1976. What an amazing span of time. I hadn’t realized that as we’re reading through her books, we’re reading through the half the decade.

      I’m so glad you can join us!

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  5. nowvoyaging

    July 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Now Voyaging.

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  6. Silver Screenings

    July 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Silver Screenings and commented:
    Look at the fab event our friends at Little Bits of Classics and Christina Wehner are hosting!

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  7. Rick

    July 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Sounds like grand fun. Count me in!

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  8. tammayauthor

    July 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    So happy to have found this blogathon! I used to participate in quite a few related to classic film but I stopped when I moved to blogging more about writing and creativity. But this blogathon I couldn’t refuse (plus it has a literary connection). I LOVE the Poirot series.

    Tam

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    • christinawehner

      July 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I’m so glad you found the blogathon, too, and can participate! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on The Curtain! (there’s no one like David Suchet as Poirot!).

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  9. B Noir Detour

    September 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    My sincere apologies but work and caring for an ill friend has filled my schedule this month. With regret, I need to withdraw. But I’ll write for the Dual Roles one, ok?

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    • christinawehner

      September 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      I’m terribly sorry that you will be unable to join us for this one and that your friend is ill! I hope everything works out well for you both.

      Will look forward to hearing from you during the Dual Role one, though!

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  10. Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman)

    September 16, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Hercule Poirot finds “Evil Under the Sun” on Day 1: http://www.caftanwoman.com/2016/09/agatha-christie-blogathon-hercule.html

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  11. Brad

    September 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

     
  12. Amanda Garrett

    September 17, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Here is Old Hollywood Films take on Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple

    http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com/2016/09/margaret-rutherford-as-miss-marple.html

    Thanks for hosting!

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  13. Constance Rose Metzinger

    September 17, 2016 at 9:58 am

    It’s time to take a tropical holiday to the West Indies :

    https://silverscenesblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/a-caribbean-mystery-1983.html

    I hope you plan on adding links to the recaps on this page, because this is where I linked back to!

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    • christinawehner

      September 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Yay! I was going to create a separate recap page, but I could also add links to this page, too. Make it very thorough. 🙂

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  14. annsblyth

    September 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    https://annsblyth.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/the-agatha-christie-blogathon-my-analysis-of-murder-on-the-orient-express-1974/

    Here’s my entry! Sorry it’s so late, but thank you for this opportunity all the same!

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  15. Margaret @ BooksPlease

    September 17, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Here’s my contribution – Agatha Christie’s Short Stories – The Mysterious Mr Quin:
    http://www.booksplease.org/2016/09/18/agatha-christies-short-stories-the-mysterious-mr-quin/

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  16. Brad

    September 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

    A little discussion on Christie’s use of poison in her books. Thanks so much for putting together this three day celebration! I’m having so much fun reading everyone’s posts!
    https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/no-friendly-drop-agatha-christie-and-poison/

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    • christinawehner

      September 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      That sounds fascinating! I’m so glad you have enjoyed it. Domi and I have had a blast co-hosting this!

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  17. Margaret @ BooksPlease

    September 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Sorry if I’ve sent this before!! Here’s my contribution on Christie’s short stories

    http://www.booksplease.org/2016/09/18/agatha-christies-short-stories-the-mysterious-mr-quin/

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