Man sollte denken, dass jemand, der schon im August an Weihnachtsgeschenke denkt, perfekt organisiert ist. Tatschlich ist nach einem Einkaufsbummel über einen spanischen Markt im Hochsommer eigentlich alles erledigt Heiligabend kann kommen! Was für ein Irrtum ... ving magazine, she could use help practicing what she preaches.
Shes helplessly driving herself into debt buying things she cant afford, at one point rationalizing that buying something 30 percent off is actually saving money. Becky was a hit with readers and spawned a franchise for Kinsella. In subsequent books, readers have followed her through a temptingly whirlwind series of adventures, with her best friend, Suze, and Luke, the love of her life, often along for the ride.
The Shopaholic books are little tours of fabulousness, where objects are introduced not as incidental to the story but as key players. Becky may not attend to certain life details such as bills or space to store all of her purchases, but she knows how to pay proper homage to the details in a dress or a vintage cocktail table. When she packs for a trip, we get the list of what shes bringing.
Whats more, she rationalizes and justifies purchases before you can say, Credit or cash? (The answer for Becky, by the way, is usually credit.) Those who value integrity or depth in their fictional characters would be well advised to steer clear of Becky; but Shopaholic fans identify with her weaknesses, finding her more sympathetic than sinister. She can be maddening in her lack of discipline or self-reflectiveness, but Kinsella has taken a cue from Jane Austens Emma by infusing her character with enough optimism, heart, and generous spirit to overcome her faults.
Becky always reassuringly lands right-side-up, making these books a fun flight of fancy. The author has interspersed her popular series with a handful of stand-alone confections featuring protagonists as charming and deliciously funny as the Shopaholic. Fortunately for her many fans, Sophie Kinsella has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of affection for her characters.
May it fuel many books to come! Good To Know Some outtakes from our interview with Kinsella I am a serial house mover I have moved house five times in the last eight years! But Im hoping I might stay put in this latest one for a while.
Ive never written a childrens book, but when people meet me for the first time and I say I write books, they invariably reply, Childrens books? Maybe its something about my face. Or maybe they think Im J.
K. Rowling! If my writing comes to a halt, I head to the shops I find them very inspirational.
And if I get into real trouble with my plot, I go out for a pizza with my husband. We order a pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea and start talking and basically keep drinking and talking till weve figured the glitch out. Never fails!
Favorite leisure pursuits a nice hot bath, watching The Simpsons, playing table tennis after dinner, shopping, playing the piano, sitting on the floor with my two small boys, and playing building blocks and Legos. Least favorite leisure pursuit tidying away the building blocks and Legos.