Day Eighteen (And Then There Were None)

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I should probably have given forewarning before starting this blog that it would mostly be philosophical rambling and intense fangirling. Then again, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who reads this blog. So I’m allowed to get a little self-indulgent and off-topic. The main purpose of this is to have recorded proof of my first year post-college so that I can look at it in the future. It’s a time of confusion, wandering, and uncertainty. I want it all recorded.

Anyway, back to the topic. Two days ago, I was hanging out with two of my friends at the book signing. My one friend mentioned that there is going to be a “Murder on the Orient Express” series released in November. Leslie Odom Jr. is in it, so I’m excited. Even if I hated that book. I then mentioned that it would be awesome if they ever made a miniseries of “And Then There Were None”. Of course, the ending would have to be the same as the book. All the adaptations that soften the ending piss me off. It ruins the whole story.

I have read many books for school over the years. Some (Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, To Kill a Mockingbird, I Am the Cheese, Brave New World…), I have loved. Some (Tom Sawyer, Canterbury Tales, Three Cups of Tea, Into the Wild…) I detested. A lot were just okay. But of all the books I read in the 16 years I have been in school, this one was by far my favorite. We had to read it in 8th Grade and my friend spoiled the biggest twist of the story. Before I could sit around and wait for the rest of the class to spoil the rest of the book, I went home that night and read the whole thing. It wasn’t hard to finish in a night. The book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. My teacher forbade us from speeding through the book, but it didn’t matter anyway. I was the quiet kid. I wasn’t about to spoil anything. The only problem I faced was when we had a test right after the class finished the book. I couldn’t remember any of the details.

I absolutely love this book. I love how tense, suspenseful, and exciting it is. I love how morally complicated the characters are. I love the plot twists. I totally had a thing for Lombard. I love the chilling atmosphere. I love how completely dark the book is. I love how this was a book we were able to read for school. It wasn’t stuffy or boring at all. It has been eight years since I read the book and I still cite it as my favorite school book. Just the other day, while walking around Canada, my family was discussing what our favorite school books were. Seems like fate that I found this series now.

After suggesting that the book should be made into a miniseries, my friend turned to me in surprise. “Oh, it was made into one two years ago”, she said. “You didn’t hear? It’s supposedly very good”. The next day I found the series and it’s everything I could have hoped for and more. It keeps the spooky atmosphere. It keeps the morally ambiguous characters. Everyone is just as I remember them. If anything, they somehow managed to make Lombard hotter. Owen from Torchwood and Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones are major characters. They kept the plot twists and the original ending. It’s like reliving that amazing night from 8th Grade all over again.

It’s hard to write about the book here without including spoilers. But I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone and anyone. The characters are like none I have ever seen before. The plot is engaging. The messages and themes are ones that you don’t often see in literature. It’s really really dark. Evidently a bunch of my friends have yet to read this book. I’m honestly a little jealous I’ll never get to experience it for the first time ever again. If anyone is reading this, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It should only take a night to read. It might not be life-changing for everyone, but it still is Agatha Christie. And who doesn’t love Agatha Christie?

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