September 24, 2013

What Do Katniss Everdeen and Miss Marple Have in Common?


I realized something a few days ago (as I read Sparkling Cyanide and Murder at the Vicarage in quick succession).

I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie and other more cozy/ traditional mystery writers, like Patricia Wentworth and Elizabeth Peters. But six or seven years ago when I discovered really good police procedurals, particularly international ones, like those by Donna Leon, Arnaldur Indridason and Deborah Crombie, I ditched the less exciting mysteries, because even I can't read only whodunits.

Because a lot of what I read for review feels a bit more like a 'have-to-read', I tend to want lighter stuff when I'm reading for fun. So, without those mysteries around, I turned to YA lit, and I've been devouring series like the Hunger Games, Divergent, Ruby Red, and Cinder.

But reading those Agatha Christies this weekend made me realize that I miss some of those simple, nonthreatening mysteries. It's always obvious who the murderer is, but I don't really care, because for two hours I can escape into Agatha Christie's world (a world which, ever since reading The Grand Tour: Around the World With Agatha Christie, I really wish I could visit!).

To answer the title of my post: Katniss Everdeen and Miss Marple are two of the people I turn to when I need some escapist reading! Although really, I may be more of a Hercule Poirot girl; I haven't fully made up my mind.

What's YOUR escapist genre?
Team Poirot or Team Marple?

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