12.15.08

Why I’m Voting for Dave the Laugh

Posted in Louise Rennison at 3:07 pm by Bridget

I’m not saying that I do not have a soft spot for the Sex God — he IS the Sex God after all and Georgia’s first crush. And I find the Italian Stallion very entertaining and I’m fond of his handbag etc. Plus, they are both gorgey musicians which is hard to resist.

But I’m still voting for Dave the Laugh in our Who Should Georgia Date poll.

Dave the Laugh is:

1.) Funny (he is the laugh)

2.) As immature as Georgia and I mean that with all lovenosity.

3.) The guy she cheats on all the other boys with — a sure sign she likes him the best (or that he is at least the best snogger)

4.) V. wise about matters regarding red bottomosity and girls in general

5.) Not all mysterious like the other two which is v. annoying

6.) Never snogged Wet Lindsay (showing good taste)

7.) Gets along with Sven who is double cool with knobs as far as blokes go

8.) Super marvey in all regards

Also, Dave the Laugh is around all of the time and that is no bad thing. Not jetting off to snog wombats or eat hamburgers like the other two are all of the time.

Dave the Laugh is my choice of candidate for Best Boyfriend for Georgia. Who’s yours?

Bridget

12.14.08

Take Our Quiz!

Posted in Louise Rennison at 2:58 pm by Janet

Which sweet should Georgia take home from the Cakeshop of Luurve? Take the quiz on the right-hand side of the page to put in your vote for Georgia’s boy.

12.10.08

Viking Bison Reading Inferno, or Read-Alikes

Posted in Louise Rennison at 10:08 pm by Janet

I rediscoveredThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4 and the other Adrian Mole diaries, by Sue Townsend, when I was weeding books at work a few months ago. I remember reading this book, which was first published in 1982, as a kid. Spots, lurex, bank holidays, O levels, and spotted dick were so exotic and confusing to me. Fortunately, the book has a hilarious glossary (”Spotted dick: a suet pudding containing sultanas. I find your sexual innuendoes about my favorite pudding offensive in the extreme.”). Adrian has a lot in common with Georgia: mad parents, an errant pet, a frustrating social life.  Adrian gets dirtier, more serious, and more tortured than Georgia, but fans will nonetheless enjoy reading another neurotic British teenager’s diary.   

I’ve heard the Georgia Nicolson books described as Bridget Jones for teens. I have to agree.  Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, if you haven’t heard yet, is the diary of a single London thirtysomething woman. Like Georgia, Bridget keeps a diary, has up-and-down relationships with her friends, and has amusing and inconclusive relationships with males. Bridget coins some great terms–singletons, smug marrieds, fuckwits. She’s a little more restrained that Georgia and there’s that Jane Austen thing going on, but you can tell they’re somehow in the same wacky family.

Jess, the heroine of Sue Limb’s Girl, 15, Charming But Insane and other books, doesn’t keep a diary, but she is another funny British teen voice. Jess has a crazy hippy mother, a morbid grandmother, a beautiful best friend, a gorgeous crush, and a dashing best guy friend, and they all make her life complicated–and hilarious. Readers who laugh at Georgia’s exploits will also chuckle at Jess.

12.07.08

For My Gorgey Little Chums and Their Enjoymentosity

Posted in Louise Rennison at 2:11 pm by Bridget

I give you the annotated Georgia Nicolson book list I wrote up way back in library school. Those of you who don’t know Georgia can now get a glimpse into her world of luurve and hopefully be inspired to pick up a book.

Bridget

p.s. If this does not work, I might be forced to put up a pod cast of my now infamous book talk.

p.p.s. There is dancing in my book talk, you really don’t want to see it.

p.p.p.s. Just pick up one of the books!!!

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.  HarperCollins, 2000. Journal of the fun times of a fourteen-year-old British school girl named Georgia Nicolson and her quest to gain the attention of the Sex God and learn to snog properly, while having a laugh with her girlfriends and surviving her family of loons along the way.

On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God : Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperCollins, 2001. Further hilarious adventures recorded in the journal of fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson, including trapping a red herring named Dave the Laugh in order to regain the attention of the Sex God.

Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas : Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperCollins, 2002. More fun times with Georgian Nicolson, including her efforts to be faithful to the Sex God now that she has him, but being strangely drawn to snogging her ex-red herring Dave the Laugh in a shocking display of red bottomosity.

Further Confessions:

Dancing In My Nuddypants : Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperTempest, 2003.

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel : Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperTempest, 2004.

Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicoloson. HarperTempest, 2005.

Startled By His Furry Shorts: Confessions of Georgia Nicoloson. HarperTempest, 2006.

Love is a Many Trousered Thing: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperTeen, 2007.

Stop in the Name of Pants! Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperTeen, 2008.

12.04.08

Phwoar!

Posted in Louise Rennison at 10:31 pm by Janet

Bridget, I liked your last post. You broke down some very important things about the Georgia Nicolson books. What strikes me most is that nothing really happens. It’s a slice of Georgia’s life. She goes round and round, finding herself in the same situations over and over again. She’s deciding between dating Masimo and Robbie, and then Dave the Laugh comes along and confuses things. Or another combination of the above. AND I STILL LAUGH! Georgia’s way of expressing herself is so amusing, I just don’t care that nothing happens in these books.  

I love Georgia’s expressions. Are they British or Georgia-ese? And I love the titles of the books. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel, Love is a Many Trousered Thing, etc. Heh. I do feel a little odd when I recommend them to kids in the library, though. I sometimes think the kids are weirded out when they hear an adult telling them to read a book about thongs and snogging or a sex god. I think they’d be more interested if another kid suggested the book. I noticed that there are editions of these books simply called Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. I wonder if other people get put off by the titles? Oh wait, those are supposed to be the “adult” editions. Erlack-a-pongoes.

I have to admit, I hear Georgia’s voice as very much like Bridget’s. Bridget read a section of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging in our YA literature class with great dramatic flair. Her reading/recommendation worked–she got me to read the books and now I’m totally hooked.

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