having recently returned from a couple of months hanging about in warm places, ive had the good fortune to read some stuff that i would not be caught dead being seen with in melbourne.
[when you work at a public library, your borrowings are everybody’s business and everyone has the right to comment on them. like the time a while back i did some testing of the library management system book requests function and requested for myself a whole lot of self improvement books to see if they would be delivered to me. the books were delivered to my office, several of them accompanied by notes from staff commenting on my choices…]
for the purposes of being a good librarian and being able to recommend new titles or genres to you, i have the following comments for these classic vacation authors that you could possibly never read because your reading tastes are too ‘highbrow’ for the likes of them:
jackie collins: the queen of chick lit. over the top stuff that we love to read about such as shopping for diamond earrings and driving bmws and dating movie stars/gangsters who kill prostitutes for fun. all the characters are totally unrealistic, but why on earth would you want to read anything in this genre about normal people anyway. you are on vacation to escape from your normal mundane life.
danielle steel: you dont need to study history if you read a couple of ds novels set across various world wars/national conflicts. seriously, i think i know everything there is to know about the russian revolution and the great depression now.
tom clancy: just. dont. go. there.
james clavell: shogun, tai-pan, gai-jin, king rat… orientalist sagas where the chicks are hot asian babes for western military men to rescue from their oppressive lives as prostitutes/concubines. read in conjunction with danielle steel you get the his and hers versions of history.
of course there are many more, but these are the ones that i had the opportunity to read.