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.


  1. Bridget said,

    December 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! You are too funny Janet. You know I do tend to do really stupid things too so I can see why she might sound like me. Like when she gets stuck in that olive suit. Not that this has happened to me (yet).

    Yes, it is the lack of things happening that is mysteriously entertaining.

    I think that she made up the language or at least part of it. But I’m curious to hear an expert Brit’s point of view.

    I really need to forward this to the people interviewing me next week so they can see I’ve talked someone into reading a book with a book talk! Yes!

  2. Georgia Beaverson said,

    December 5, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I think these books show the absolute reign and transcendence of the most important thing in any novel: VOICE! We could read Georgia’s natter over and over and never tire of it. The girl has a distinctive POV–and isn’t that what life is all about?

    Plus, she has the GREATEST first name in the world!

  3. The Tarts’ Wardrobe » Perfect Snogging=Full Frontal Snogging said,

    February 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    [...] biggest problem was that my mental image of Georgia (a teenage British Bridget, as I have mentioned before and of course mean in the best possible way) didn’t match up with the girl on the screen. [...]

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