One thing that always confuses me in her books that I keep meaning to ask someone about is, in Ireland can you ring someone's voicemail directly without making their cellphone ring? Is this common? The detectives in French's novels always seem to be doing this to avoid talking to people.
Mal ,'Out Of Gas'
Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.
There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."
One of the broadcast TV stations runs a bunch of old Ray Bradbury Theater episodes. This weekend, one was "Colonel Steelsleeves and the Despairing Empties" (I think I have that right) with Harold Gould as the Colonel. There was an entire section that I think was taken directly from the Bradbury story - evoking the wonder and mystery that he could bring. sigh ....
Oooo, I still remember how creepy that "The Crowd" episode of that series was decades after last seeing it.
. . . and that reminds me of Bradbury 13, and tearing across campus after my last class finished to listen to the broadcast in the auditorium at the Harris Fine Arts Center. The radio drama bug got me early.
So, I’ve been reading the Bridgerton books and...I don’t know. I wouldn’t say I like them. The plots are pretty contrived and I have read other romances with similar plots that I liked better. Many of the characters I’m supposed to like I don’t. The premises of how people are and so forth don’t fit my worldview. But I cannot stop reading them.
I got about half way through the first one and gave up. I think I remember people commenting about the sparkling banter between characters ... and I didn't notice that. Didn't finish and don't plan to read any others.
I can’t recommend them but they have a definite “bit more cheese” quality that I cannot explain
I read them before, but I didn't even figure it out while watching Bridgerton until the sex episode, where she talks to the maid.
Do the books have more...plot than the show? I generally prefer romances where the characters have shit going on in their lives other than the main romantic arc (where the conflict is more "we can't be together because our lives are so complicated" and less "we can't be together because we have for some reason chosen never to talk to each other about what we want"), and Bridgerton-the-show was very much all about the pairing up with not much else going on.
I thought the Lady Whistledown bits were the best parts of the book. I read through all of those, but skipped the main parts of the book after I'd given up.