I really enjoy the English TV series, Agatha Raisin. It’s light-hearted murder mysteries bring Agatha Christie into the now. Kind of a Midsommer Murder meets Miss Marple.
Just the thing for a Friday or Sunday evening viewing, I never bothered trying he books on which the TV series was based. Slightly too light-weight for me. Something I’ll watch but not really read.
Until now. I needed something to distract being stuck indoors on the lounge with my bung knee. And I can borrow the electronic version online from my library while away.
I found the books were perfectly distracting, and entertaining.
But book-Agatha doesn’t have a blonde bob. And she isn’t noted for her lovely figure.
What? I know. The blonde bob is so perfect for the character.
Oh! You mean why would I focus on the blonde bob? As if that makes a character.
Well, yes, I grant you that it could be seen as trivial detail, except the story isn’t deep and Agatha with a blonde bob is like Phyrne Fisher’s black bob. It seems to define the character.
Anyway, I have accepted that the book-Agatha is slightly different from TV-Agatha. And that’s OK. I enjoyed the first novel so much, I borrowed the next instalment. And read it. And reserved book 3 – my library only has book 3 in real book so have to wait until I return home. And I borrowed and read book 4. All from the unit down the snow, 8 hours away from home!!!
Have you ever been disappointed by how a character has been portrayed in transferring a novel to a TV show? Or the other way? Or enjoyed both, even if the portrayal isn’t the same?
I know I will probably tire of the books. Like Alexander McCall-Smith, MC Beaton churns out a new volume in the series every year. And some of the details are more thanslightly silly. Fine for TV series. And fine in small doses when house-bound.
I’m so glad the series is being repeated on TV. I will have another look, especially as I missed some of the episodes.