January 2016

Rules and more rules

Rules and more rules

There was a fantastic adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s best novels on TV over the festive period: “And then there were none” (which has been reissued with several titles, the original having had the n- word). I immediately sat down to re-read the original, and was struck for the first time that Christie’s writing would be torn apart by modern day writers. Too much telling. Adverbs tacked onto so many speech tags. Too many speech tags. And yet it is easy to read, zips along, and despite having so many characters, the reader does not get lost or confused….

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