Sorry for the muddled state of some of the older posts. Mist is slaving away to reformat them ASAP ; ).


Bad Author No Cookie

Memoir writers of the world... STOP LYING! You are not George Clooney in Oceans Eleven or James Bond, in this age of information and technology you are going to get caught out there. Oprah's Liars Club I had 3 main responses to this article...well after bitchy amused mirth. 1) O has more moolah and purchasing sway than God. Checking out the backgrounds of the tomes she pimps thoroughly should be a no-brainer by now. 2) “My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie.” –Vida Winter (Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale) fine words from one of my favorite novels. These stories are if nothing else highly creative & worth being told. Authors there's no need to to mask your creation under the guise of facts, own it. Well unless you want a easy gravy train ride by getting on Oprah, lmao. (which leads me to me 3rd thought) 3) Oprah's become a Angst Slut in her book preferences of late. She should start using her powers for the good of fiction. Publishings going through a rough period generally and Contemporary Romance is dying a slow death specifically. She could do some serious good by getting her head out of the pretentious Emo sand and reading/promoting some exceptional feel good fiction,IMO(before it's eventually turned into a movie and her Hollywood friends wanna promote/slut it up..if ya don't mind) . That very opinion is exactly why I'm not a Oprah's book club follower. There's enough doom and gloom in reality... I don't care how life affirming the "I should just slit my wrists & end it all now" downers are that she pimps, I'm falling for it. Maybe if she expanded her reading horizons, authors wouldn't see the need to write embellished tales of faux woe and strife as their only road to bright & shiny O approved exposure. What do you think?


Mistress Saturday, January 03, 2009 12:40:00 PM  

Mel, once we recruit a few more bookish soldiers for our Fiction coup, victory will be ours... Bwah ha ha ha. ;)

Reader Sunday, January 04, 2009 12:23:00 PM  

Oprah's book club recommendations are pretty high brow. Most of them I kind of stay away from. Too much work involved, reminds me of the mandatory reading in High School. The horror. Do you think she stays away from the stuff we read because of the stigma we romance readers have?

Mistress Sunday, January 04, 2009 6:18:00 PM  

Maybe Reader, so few take us seriously. A lot of her books have romance elements,but only of the Jane Eyre persuasion need apply it

Katie Tuesday, January 13, 2009 1:21:00 AM  

Not to mention Oprah has the worst taste in books EVAR.

Mistress Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:24:00 AM  

Yuppers Katie,yet more proof she is only human. Unfortunately she has legion of mindless minions, always anxious to fetch, read, diet; as ordered.

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