Monday, May 28, 2012
Back In The Saddle, Snoop, Delinsky, Recs & Victoria
You can bask in the glory of Snoopy goodness over at Yahoo's Big League Stew.
Barbara Delinsky has a blog post over at Heroes & Heartbreakers about the Fifty Shades trilogy. Yeah, yeah - I know. I'm sick of those books too. However, what I found really delightful about this post was that Delinsky has read the books and doesn't dismiss them.
While she did get her start writing romance, Delinsky has been swimming in the "women's fiction" pond for a long, long time. Long enough that one would just assume she might dismiss Fifty Shades as intolerable crap and poo-poo everything about them. Frankly, I find that more shocking than the news that she not only read them through once....but twice!
I don't know, but is it just me? I can't think of any other women's fiction writer writing a blog post like this one. I mean, can any of us see someone like....oh Jodi Picoult or Jacquelyn Mitchard writing something like this? I just....can't. Whether or not you agree with Delinsky's take on this trilogy is incidental. I'm unlikely to ever read the series (for several reasons), but I love that it was Barbara Delinsky that wrote this post. It's just so...mind-blowing. The fact that it would have been easier to dismiss it, and that she, as a Big Name Women's Fiction Author, doesn't?
Girl Crush Alert.
by clicking the Best Of 2012 tag.
Bodlian Library and ProQuest have made the personal journals of Queen Victoria (yes, that Queen Victoria) free for viewing until June 30th.
Given that Victoria was reigning monarch of Great Britain for 60+ years, during the height of the Empire and the industrial revolution, these journals promise to be a major treasure trove for Anglophiles, researchers and authors alike. If you write historical romances during Victoria's era? Dude, you can't head on over there fast enough. And you get to gorge at the trough for free for the next month.
Take notes. Lots and lots of notes.