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6 responses to “Friday Hoyden: Miss Jane Marple”

  1. Nacey

    Poirot, by Christie’s own admission, had many ridiculous elements and while easy to admire is difficult to love because of his detachment from other people.

    Oh, I’m gonna have to disagree. I have absolutely *no* difficulty loving Poirot. I don’t really admire him, though I do like smart men, I just find him such a deliciously rich character. So much going on with him, and so utterly different to all those around him.

    I didn’t mind the Marple books, I preferred Poirot, but I deeply appreciated the innovation in having a woman detective type in a murder-mystery novel.

    I’m a huge Christie fan, though, and have a big heavy box in my room to the brim with Christie novels. I also watch Poirot on ABC whenever it’s on, whether I’ve seen the episode or not. But that may be my sweet spot for David Suchet. I always do adore a man with brown eyes.

    My favourite Marple is the newest. She brings such a warmth and depth to a character I have always had a lot of problems getting to like.

  2. SunlessNick

    I’m definitely on Team Joan Hickson when it comes to evaluating different Miss Marples.

    Unless you include Team Agatha Christie, I guess, but that’s sort of an auto-winner.

  3. liz

    I love Miss Marple. LOVE.

  4. OlderThanDirt

    What I liked most about Joan Hickson was that she let the deep cynicism of the written Miss Marple show through even though most screen plays had her as a loving granny with smarts. It’s been years since I read any of the early Marple stories, but I remember being startled at how jaundiced was her view of people, and how her “bird-watching” let her keep a fairly constant eye on her neighborhood. She knew people saw her as the “fluffy granny” and used it to her advantage. Even her warmth and sympathy could have an agenda, while still being genuine. Most of the portrayals have deleted or de-emphasized a lot of her suspicion and cynicism. Which is what I adored about her and what I adored about Joan Hickson

  5. Dorian

    My grandmother has almost all the Christie books, and I myself have a volume of her collected plays (she was actually a really fine dramatist). I enjoyed the Rutherford Marple. I haven’t seen any McEwan Marple, though I really want to. My grandmother doesn’t like McEwan because she’s too “nasty” (read: cynical, which is part of what I like so much ABOUT Marple!). My grandmother also objects to the McEwan adaptation of “A Murder Is Announced” because it’s suggested two characters might be ZOMG QUEER, which, as everyone knows, just Didn’t Happen in Agatha Christie’s day.

    Sigh.

    But yeah, Marple is marvellous.

  6. SunlessNick

    @OlderThanDirt: Very well put; I spent a while trying to work out how to describe that, and gave up.

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