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[Mar. 12th, 2004|07:37 pm]
Does anybody else have the rather annoying habit of finding themselves taking on the persona of the narrator of whatever book it is one's reading? At least to a certain extent. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem depending on the narrator, but I’m reading Vernon God Little, and if you’ve read it, you’ll realise why this isn’t such a good thing. I need to get out more. Or at least stop living inside my head so much. At start would be to stop obsessing over the French girl who works in the same shopping centre as me. Before it was just pathetic, but now I’m just confused. We talk far more than a simple customer-server relationship demands, and about things that aren’t just idle chit-chat (sometimes). And in an annoying twist of fate, I was sent out to collect wine glasses for the launch of yet one more chick-lit* novel, only to be informed that she had come in and spent nearly an hour browsing in the art section. My co-worker claimed she was only half-heartedly looking at the books, and was more interested in the people coming out of the staff room, but me being the eternal pessimist, I’m reluctant to hope.

*For you non-Irish readers (who are still reading this) chick-lit seems to be curiously unique to Ireland. Although there are non-Irish chick-lit writers, there seems to be a plague of them over here. The style tends toward the mediocre, and the subject matter is usually concerned with some love affair or misguided celebration of a misconception of wishy-washy feminism. Other people could describe them better.

[User Picture]From: mendozy
2004-03-12 03:47 pm (UTC)
What is it with you and non-nationals? (Probably not the right term, but have just been bemoaning the latest legal developments in that area with my brother.)

We're thinking of doing an article on the whole chicklit phenomenon. It's by no means unique to Ireland, but there is a crazy amount of successful Irish chicklit writers, for some reason. In fact the Guardian or someone did a piece on the Irish chicklit success stories (har di har) recently.

They make-a me sick. But they sure as hell make a lot of money.
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[User Picture]From: minmin
2004-03-13 03:58 pm (UTC)
what aspects in particular were you bemoaning? And it's not that I have a thing for non-nationals: most of the people I've been with are irish, it's just that a higher percentage than most are 'non-nationals'. I guess you *could* say I was more open to difference.

re: chicklit. While I think it's awful, you could look at it as the continuing development of the book to suit the modern world. Nowadays nobody wants to read The Plague or Brave New World on the DORT to some crappy business job in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: trailerglam
2004-03-14 02:54 pm (UTC)
weird - I thought something as generic and useless as chick-lit could only be popular here in the U.S. I cant tell you how many times I've gone to the bookstore to find a Neal Stephensen or a Thomas Hardy novel and had to sift through loads of shiny large-print books with lipsticks, high heels, and purses on the covers. oh, and btw, I totally understand your non-national interests.
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[User Picture]From: minmin
2004-03-15 11:59 am (UTC)
I don't know whether it's a good thing that chicklit isn't unique to ireland or that it's a virus reading to consume us all. At least you don't have to price 100s of them everyday (unless you work in a bookshop, in which case you do).

and yes. non-nationals are great, aren't they? except for that one i was referring to. she turned out to be a little insane.
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