Thursday, January 05, 2006

How Agatha Christie Hypnotized Her Readers

Source: BBC

Scientists claim to have cracked the secret behind the success of all-time best-selling novelist Agatha Christie. They believe the Devon born writer used a technique which made her books almost impossible to put down.

Scientists believe Torquay born novelist Agatha Christie used words that invoked a chemical response in readers that made her books "literally unputdownable".

A neurolinguistic study of more than 80 of her novels concluded that her phrases trigger a pleasure response which cause people to seek them out again and again.

According to the study Christie used literary techniques mirroring those employed by hypnotherapists and psychologists, which have a mesmeric effect on readers.

"Christie's language patterns stimulate higher than usual activity in the brain," Dr Roland Kapferer said.


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