Out of tiredness and slightly bored, I started reading a Marian Keys novel, Rachel’s holiday. I’ve tried one of her short story collections earlier, but that did not work out at all. So far I’m on page 29 in Rachel’s holiday and I’m not closing the book yet. The character is not the usual shopaholic or downshifter, but a drug addict of some sort. Let’s see how this develops.
Every now and then I try but it does not work. Can’t explain it really, but chick lit seems not to be my cup of tea. Maybe this time with Rachel’s holiday it works out well for me, too?
As I do have a passion for crochet, I dared try the Friday Night Knitting Club earlier this year when lying on a beach in Thailand. I finished the book, found it engaging and funny, but still, the plot was just a teensy weensy bit annoying. Why does it have to be straight from a soap opera? Very predictable and slightly implausible.
What disturbed me most of all, is the use of these soap opera type of sentences, which I have started calling the da vinci code sentences. It seems they are widely used in biographies, too.
Just take a look at some examples.
But Georgia would never turn away a potential sale.
She’d never turn away anyone at all.
Why would you add that second sentence? Especially as a ‘paragraph’ of its own?
One last time. To see what happens. Or because it was too cold where she was. Because she felt too alone. More alone than among the living.
Dear me. Perhaps this one is weird just because of the original text was French, and maybe in French it’s ok to breathe slowly in sentences, too?
I wish I had the Da Vinci Code in English, because that one sure has some delicious examples in it.
But seriously. Is it so that these sentences add suspense and sense of drama? Somehow bring the text closer to reality? Show how torn the characters are, how devoted they are or something else?
Or is it just the reader? Is it me?
May I just share one of my all-time favourite quotes from a book that I think too many people have left to the book shelf because of their prejudices.
And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.
Is it just me, or is this sentence a thousand times more engaging, thrilling and touching than the two examples above? To pursue that flighty temptress, adventure. Mmm, I like it.
So, for me. One last time. To see what happens. I will tackle chick lit. All alone. More alone than among the living.
♥ In the meantime: If you’re still trying to figure out how to motivate people to go your way – or just in general, check out the animated explanation from the video. Extra points for the visual explanation. Surely you could’ve written a memo, too. Btw, the video explains tags: management and inspiration.
♣ Song of the day: Manfred Mann, I Put a Spell on You