In your own words

So a popular young YouTube blogger named Zoe Sugg (aka ‘Zoella’) has released the first novel under her name. There is a lot of talk about this for various reasons. One is that it has sold at record breaking speed. Another is that she is immensely popular for dispensing beauty tips to a very young age group; this has inspired some talk about marketing and messages to young girls.

The one that pisses me off is that it’s ghost written.

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Why “it’s for children” is a dumb reason to dismiss things

Agree whole-heartedly with this. A well-crafted story is a well-crafted story regardless of its target demographic. There’s a lot of dross in Young Adult and children’s fiction, but the same is true of adult fiction. It is more than possible to read plenty of ‘grown up’ books (whatever is supposed to qualify) and also dabble in books aimed at other ages or about characters in other age groups.

I remain unashamed of my love for Rick Riordan novels.

Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?

So after seeing a list of top Shakespearean insults (go here for the chuckle) I’d thought I’d add a few of my own. Because I’m a huge nerd. Of course if you want loads of great insults you should just go read Much Ado About Nothing because Beatrice and Benedick both rule at the art of the withering putdown, but I’m pretty sure this list will be shorter.

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A boring Sunday afternoon

I’m finally getting round to watching Death Comes To Pemberley, AKA ‘when bad fan fiction finds a publisher’ (see also 50 Shades of Grey). The book was one of the few I simply couldn’t finish. As much as people like to make fun of the nerds who are into fandom and write fiction, a lot of their stories are a darn sight better written. It’s just funny that when it’s PD James doing it that it suddenly gains an air of credibility!

Still, since I do love Pride & Prejudice I wondered if maybe it would be more palatable on film. I know accepted wisdom is that books tend to be better than their film adaptations, and frequently that is true, but sometimes I find that a story translates better for me on screen. Same is true of comics, they’re not really my medium but I love superhero stories. With the novels I suppose something about the author’s style may have been what was putting me off. I bloody love the Lord of The Rings films but could I manage the books? Nope (and I’ve made it through a lot of tripe on sheer stubborness because I hate not finishing a book). Thus far I have to say… no, this still seems kind of rubbish. Maybe I’m just missing Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth too much but this doesn’t seem much of an improvement.

I’m also worried that the second I see Jenna Coleman I’m going to start wondering when Matt Smith and his sonic screwdriver will pop up.


Though come to think of it that would really make this a lot more fun. Kind of like when the Red Dwarf crew introduced the Bennet sisters to vindaloo.