We Now Admit To A Green-Eyed Moment

February 3rd, 2005 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

Let’s face it, writing books is hard. If you don’t believe us, ask anyone. Except those people at dinner parties who think they’ll dash off a romance because it’s easy. Wait until they’ve done their dashing before asking. One key component of writing is life experience. We think that some of the lack of staying in much of today’s chick[final syllable deleted at the request of Booksquare management] is the youth of many of the authors, whereas much of the success of Helen Fielding’s work came from the fact she was looking backward, in a manner of speaking.

So of course we felt a gritted-teeth moment when we read about a teenage novelist and her Lolita-esque first effort. Let’s get real. First novel and she’s published? Is life truly that unfair? Do not answer that — we know, we know. And we admit it, nice is not our middle name, and we felt a little relief at the Publisher’s Weekly review. Our behavior, we thought, was justified: what teenager can get into the mind of a parent, much less a male parent? Too young, we think, too young.

Jealousy is good. Keeps the blood flowing.

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1 response so far ↓

  • Lorra // Feb 4, 2005 at 9:37 am

    So now we know how the pedophiles get their jollies. And I thought kiddy-porn was illegal. Is there no limit to my naivete?