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Trashy, Trashy

June 27, 2008

I have literally been in libraries since before I was born. My mother was a librarian and while I gestated for nine months, occasionally numbing her leg with a well-placed kick to the nerve, she was happy to peddle books. My maternal grandmother too was a librarian, although apparently not a particularly good speller and was thus made to promise that she would never work as a cataloguer in order to get her diploma. True story. My paternal grandmother also had a career in a library. Our family produced librarians like some produce doctors or lawyers. I even asked my mother when I was a precocious 9-year-old if I was required to become a librarian when I grew up. This was the last profession that I wanted, but I was sure that because of the family history, that it was my lot in life. Luckily, she absolved me of any requirement to be a librarian.

Just because I’m not that interested in librarianism, doesn’t mean that I don’t love books (or even libraries for that matter). Like with most things in life, I go through phases with reading. Some weeks I’m interested in non-fiction, others I’m into classic literature. This week’s phase: trasy, trashy fiction. We all have those days when all we want to do is curl up with a trashy fiction novel and let go to the torrid affair being played out in between the pages. I didn’t realize that I was in the mood for trashy fiction until I was at the library this evening and stumbled across one my favorite guilty pleasure authors: Philippa Gregory. History and soft-core porn rolled into one.

I can’t wait to revisit Elizabethan England where in Ms. Gregory’s version, Elizabeth did sleep with Dudley and consummated their great love. The husband and I also just finished watching the Masterpiece Theatre’s “Virgin Queen“, their version of Elizabeth’s life, so I shouldn’t have too much difficulty conjuring up the necessary costumes and finery. By the way, the young man they got to play Dudley in that version is nothing short of Walking Sex. I had to be careful not to drool all over Mr. X. Yum-my. He’s apparently now tackling the role of Heathcliff, which should be extremely entertaining to watch.

Any other suggestions for truly trashy fiction? Keep in mind that I have already read the Gold Standard of Trashy Fiction, Valley of the Dolls. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Denise permalink
    June 27, 2008 2:35 am

    Try “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. It is the first in a series. History, soft porn, and a little time travel thrown in for fun!

  2. Miss Schlegel permalink
    June 27, 2008 12:34 pm

    Two things.

    1. Do you know this site:

    2. It’s not trash, in fact it’s the very opposite of trash, but have you read A.S. Byatt’s Fredrika quartet? Or at the least the first in the series, The Virgin in the Garden? It beautifully takes the coronation of the second Queen Elizabeth as a chance to… I dunno… think about the coronation of the first. The virgin queen. It’s one of my favourite books.

  3. ClizBiz permalink
    June 27, 2008 7:09 pm

    Is this the place where I confess my love of comic book porn? No? Down the hall? Okay … sorry to bother.

  4. MrsTSalazar permalink
    June 28, 2008 11:57 am

    I loved the philipa gregory books! I read each one in a little less than two days, once I started they consumed my day!

  5. Shinejil permalink
    July 1, 2008 7:39 pm

    “Outlander” is loved and adored by several gals near and dear to my heart. I’d start there.

    Ah, another stealth fan of historical bodice rippers! I love ’em.

    Please don’t tell anyone.

  6. Wilma permalink
    July 4, 2008 11:18 pm

    Oh, I third the “Outlander” series wholeheartedly! There are 6 or 7 books in the series so far…& they are fab!

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