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03 February 2005 @ 06:17 pm
Adam/Steve - the original OTP  

Ever watched a comedy programme with a gag you thought was funny - like a tie getting stuck in a paper shredder - but reckoned could never happen in real life?

Yeah, well, you don't have my life. I was drying prints from photography today, leaning over the rolling-heat machine chatting to Mary, and my scarf got caught in it. Only Mary thinking to turn the damn thing off saved my life - and my scarf! As Sharon said, it could only have happened to me.

Dirty-Secrets-Exposed! Time.

I have something terrible to confess. Today, I bought a Meg Cabot. As in the author of the Princess Diaries Cabot. As in the 'I've read one of her books (Nicola and the Viscount) and it reads exactly like the one Mills and Boon I own' Cabot.

It's Teen Idol, and saints preserve us, I like it. It's gently funny, pokes fun at itself almost, and the heroine (think her name is Jen; first-person POV, names are not a requirement really) is quite what every teenage girl wants to be - self-possessed, mature, calm and friends with boys (as opposed to insecure, wildly immature, hopping with hormones and desperately-wanting-but-a-million-miles-from-understanding boys. Generally speaking). I already know how it's going to end, but hell, this is brain candy at its best.

Also while browsing (in the children's section, where they stock Melvin Burgess, Terry Pratchett, the guy who wrote The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and by it prove that no one who runs bookshops reads books) I came across a book entitled Good Girls Don't by Claire Hennessy. I read the first fifty pages or so as I had half an hour to kill, and it was good. As a serial reader from the age of seven, someone who has never not been in the process of reading between one and ten books at any given time, I flatter myself that one thing I can do is judge quality. And while not funny or stylish, it was shocking in that I could hop along for the ride immediatly. Hennessy cut straight to the heart of being seventeen. Not only that, it dealt with gay relationships from page one. I felt like I'd stepped into a published slash story; the lead character read like Maya's Zacharias Smith (and given that she mentions spending huge amounts of time on the internet in her bio, is it far out to suppose that she might have come across fanfiction? But I digress.)

And the reason why she succeeds at that? Her bio. She was born in 1986. To be specific, 27 February 1986. Making her just about three months older than me. And she is a five-times-published author, and, suprisingly enough (because the two certainly don't go hand in hand, trust me), she is a very good writer.

It knocked me for six, to be honest. I guess I've always known I wanted to publish fiction, but at the same time it was in some hazy, rosy future when I'd developed skill and wit and plotting abilities and everything else I admire in writers I admire. Then I see someone who was barely out of the womb when I was born, writing and publishing books. Barry, what the hell are you doing, mate?

 
 
Current Mood: enviousenvious
Current Music: 'Redundant', Green Day
 
 
 
Minnowminnow_53 on February 3rd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
I quite like Meg Cabot. *shamed*

If it's any consolation, my mother (weird woman) has a theory that if you get published/famous/produce vast amounts of recognised work when you're young it's because you're going to die young.

This may be sour grapes: look at Keats, but then look at Yeats. Anyway, it may help you feel a bit less green-eyed.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 3rd, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
I do too! *joins in shame* But it's a bit like, I don't know, liking snuff or something. (The stuff you sniff, now, not whatever that word has to do with films.)

Sadly, I kind of have green eyes naturally. xD But hey, it wasn't so much jealousy as a wake-up call. I haven't even tried to write properly, and maybe I should!
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Insufferable, man.: strokecynicalpirate on February 3rd, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
Barry, I miss you already.
*high-fives* Hooray for us! Remember when I stuck a meat chopper into my back?

Your poor scarf, though. Is it all right?

You bought a Meg Cabot? Considers whether to hide her Princess Diaries and be a literary snob, or hug you. And Good Girls Don't is a book I've heard is good. Which is comforting. I heard a fourteen year old got a book published, and I was so insanely jealous (especially as it was a Jacqueline Wilson rip-off). I hate it when people younger than me are actresses and writers and stuff.

Makes me feel crap and past it. 'Ah, I was in my prime at the age of eight... you young un's don't even know you're born... we never did things lie that in my day...' *hacking cough*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 3rd, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Barry, I miss you already.
I could never forget! I laughed so much I think I sprained something.

Oh, it's fine. Slighly flattened and damp, but fine. It was a lovely multicoloured one from A Wear. Would have been most upset if it had died.

I think I may try the PDs. I mean, I was put off by the Nicola one, but god knows my reading matter ain't that high-falutin. Good Girls looks good in the sense that she has the balls to deal with promiscuity and lesbians and drugs and cutting and oh, so many things. I don't think I'll actually LIKE it, though. (That may have been her; she was first published in third year.)

But, you know, we'll still have fun with fanfiction, and in the end having fun is where it's at. Speaking of which, I'll google poker tonight. I intend to present you with a good long Harry, but it won't be until the w-end. That's the reason I bought Teen Idol; when I'm amused I write better. Ish. xD
denial_girl: Kingdom of Heavendenial_girl on February 3rd, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
(Nicola and the Viscount)

Dude. I read that. And I liked it. Though I found the name homage to Nicholas Sparks eerie. But I got it for free, so... **shrugs**

And the reason why she succeeds at that? Her bio. She was born in 1986. To be specific, 27 February 1986.

Ack, that's a year younger than me. **feels unaccomplished**
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 3rd, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
Nicola wasn't bad, don't get me wrong. It passed away a tame hour or two. But she was an unsalvageable Sue, and I swear, I read the exact same storyline before.

Hey, we can be unaccomplished together. I'm just wondering about the flak she must get at school for writing about lesbians...!
denial_girldenial_girl on February 4th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
I swear, I read the exact same storyline before.

Yep, in every single teen romance ever. But it's kinda a classic plot, though, isn't it?

I bet if she does get flak at school she doesn't care. I know I wouldn't. I'd be all, "Oh yeah, well I'm a five-time published author and you work at MacDonalds, suckas!"
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The Light Snarktasticsnarkophagus on February 3rd, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
...suprisingly enough (because the two certainly don't go hand in hand, trust me), she is a very good writer.

Have you ever seen me rant and rave about Laurell K. Hamilton? I swear, a roomful of drunken monkeys could churn out a better plotline than she's been coming up with lately.

P.S. HI!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Scrubsscoradh on February 4th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
THE PENGUIN IS BACK INDA HOUSE!! xD

I think I have! But the thing is, this girl is actually good, from what I've read. A right kick up the arse to me, considering...sometimes I think that I'm actually going backwards by writing fanfiction.

...but it's way too much fun to give up!
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on February 4th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
I actually wrote origional fiction a while back. Must post it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 4th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Taken the hint, if that's what it was.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on February 5th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
I was reminding myself. And scintillating you.
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Caitcoralia13 on February 6th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
Gah! It has taken me so long to read my friends page! Life is swamping me!

That being said... I love that you got your scarf caught in technology. LOVE IT.
I also love the YA section of bookstores. Pretty covers with easy to read stories make me glad inside. If only there weren't the little voice in my head (which sounds oddly like my mother) telling me I should be reading something "serious". Ah, whatev.
I HATE people who are published at our age. I REALLY hate people who are published multiple times at our age. I am so shamed and jealous. Let's kill her.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 6th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
It does that. Like a big big wave. Swimming is the only option. Or drowning. Oh dear, philosophy makes my brain hurt...

Young Adults? Wow, it took me far too long to figure that one out. I often feel that too, about Terry Pratchett (not helped by the fact that the fantasy section is RIGHT NEXT TO the classics section.)

I have a pitchfork. Can you get your hands on a flaming brand? xD
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I have a Swiss Army Knife! Will that work?
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