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Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by h_carnahan, Aug 14, 2005.
I didn't know about that one, thanks. It came out on 5 June here.
I like the books of Sophie Kinsella! Currently I'm reading the shopaholic series and I really do like the style of this books. Even though I don't like shopping I can't stop reading these books. I also read can you keep a secret? and the undomestic goddes. So far I liked can you keep a secret? the best.
I'm reading The Undomestic Goddess, my first Sophie Kinsella book, and I'm loving it. I love her style to write a humorous book because it's not like some Terry Prachett book that is full of humour in every sentence. Now I want to read all of her books! <3
Her books are good, light reading and at most times very funny. I however felt like murdering the main character after the second book because she is just so airheaded and finds herself in teh same position she was in in the previous book. You'd think she'd learn a lesson.
I've read most of the shopaholic series and The Undomestic Goddess...all lots of fun
I've never read any of her stuff, it definitely DIDN'T seem like my thing. Can anyone tell me though, is she any relation to W.P. Kinsella?
No, she's not. First of all, Sophie Kinsella is her psuedom (I know it's spelled wrong, but I hope you get the drift). Secondly, even if it was her real name, it would be unlikely that they would be related. Even so, it would be neat to see that.
I'm a banker. People don't, trust me. It's SAD.
It's the same with me. Most of the chick lit books I've read were a waste of time, but Sophie Kinsella's books were great. Very funny. Except her shopaholic series waxes a bit too long.
Well, I USED to like Sophie Kinsella. . but then I developed an intense hatred for Becky Bloomwood, and now I feel equal hatred towards her creator. I hate Becky so much that I couldn't even finish reading the last book in the damned series. I threw it in my fireplace.
Oh, but goodie! I hear she's coming out with another Shopaholic mess. What the hell is the point of creating a character so stupid and incompetent at anything like Becky Bloomwood? She doesn't learn anything! With every book we end with some supposed "life lesson" yet in the next book we see that she's change not even a little!
Kinsella should've stopped at book one. Obviously, as long as the books as called "The Shopaholic Series," she's gonna have to keep making Becky the same ridiculous idiot she's always been. This is just pathetic now, though. The series was supposed to end after the third book. It's obvious that she's just continuing to write them for the sake of making money. Even the writing seems different. The humor is forced. She can only make Becky trip, do something stupid, or get into debt a certain number of times before it starts to raise the reader's blood pressure in frustration.
And "Can You Keep A Secret?" had characters almost identical to shopaholic series. Emma Corrigan is just Becky Bloomwod without the shopping. They think the same way, they have the same stupid humor, same stupid friends, same dumb luck with romance. Lissy is exactly the same as Suze. Jack is exactly the same as Luke (and both are dull and two-dimensional). And the storylines have too many similarities. I mean, come on, Becky and Emma are two dim-witted idiots who are both shallow, immature, and hypocritical, yet they still manage to get the two top businessmen of two huge multi-million dollar companies to fall in love with them, even though they have like an ounce of intelligence to offer.
Nah. I'm never gonna read anything by her again.
Something that I think is unrealistic about the Shopaholic books is how Kinsella portrays bankers. My father is a banker and he HATES customers who pay all their debts on time. If people pay their debts to credit card companies and other people, then the banks don't actually make any money out of you. If you don't pay on time, now you start getting charged extra. So in reality, banks love people who are irresponsible and they especially love it when they have to take "affirmative action," because this is when they make the most money.
My father's friends, who have the same job, always correct people who say, "Oh my banker loves me!"
They usually say, "Really? Why's that?"
"Because I pay everything on time, I've never missed a date!"
"Well then, hate to break it to you, but your banker hates you."
It seems like Kinsella was pretty ignorant about how bankers are when she wrote the books. Truth is, no matter how much they might want people to be responsible, if everyone paid their debts, the banks (hence, bankers) would never make any money! I don't disagree with the fact that banks puruse customers to pay overdue debts, because they do, but it's just that most of the time, they're hoping that the person puts it off further, in order to increase their profit. Kinsella portrayed Bloomwood's banker as a very unrealistic banker.
Is that how you saw it too?
I Only Read The Undomestic Goddess It was Simply Amazing .. I Loved It
I also Bought Can You Keep a Secret ? .. and I'm going to give the Shopaholic series a shot since I liked her style and everything =)
Stop right there! People actually, seriously, actually read these books?
I thought it was just an urban myth..
I absolutely love Sophia Kinsella's books and am going to find the Madeline Wickham books today. I can't wait to read the newwest Shopaholic book!
Well, Shopaholic is having a baby...I opened the cover and immediately laughed out loud...Sophie is consistant with her wit!!! And Becky, may have the same problems over and over but they are all hysterical. She reminds me of I LOVE LUCY...always trying to get into the act, always getting into the act only to make a mess of it and always comming out on TOP in the end!!! I love her style!
I'm not familiar with her work, and when I say this, I mean: "Haven't read a God damned book." I hear 'shopping' and tune out.
Shopoholic is a great fun, quick read...Can You Keep A Secret...had me laughing out loud so hard, that I woke my sleeping husband up!!! You will enjoy them.
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