Friday, June 13, 2008

I see that "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" is finally going to be shown in the U.S. starting this week, nearly a year after it was shown in the U.K. Better late than never, I suppose. I was pleasantly surprised by Billie Piper's performance in the title role, having most recently seen her in the somewhat dreadful Spirit Trap. I know she's big in Dr. Who, but I've never been interested in that series (shocking lapse for an Anglophile, I know). Anyway, it was nice to see that Sue Tully (Michelle from Eastenders) directed some of the episodes. Always fun to see a familiar name popping out of the credits. After I watched the "Call Girl" series and found out it was based on a popular blog, I decided to buy both The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl and The Further Adventures of a London Call Girl. Well, the first book was quite interesting. It related Belle's background and how she got into the profession. It certainly had the same tone as the TV series. The second book was a terrible disappointment. I really think everyone who bought it should ask for their money back on the grounds of fraud. First of all, soon after the book begins Belle gives up being a call girl to get (*gasp*) a "real" job in an office. Then, she leaves London to visit a cousin in some Central American country. So in "Further Adventures", she was neither a call girl, nor in London. It should have been called something like, "The Further Adventures of Belle De Jour". I might not have felt so misled! The second book turns mostly into a boring, pointless travel journal of the "then I took a bike to the beach, walked around a little and came home" type. Also, the second book goes into pointless and confusing detail about her former boyfriend, unhelpfully given the names A1, A2, A3 and A4. Confusion and boredom ensue. I understand that on the popularity of her blog that she has been able to transition into writing full-time. Her first book proved she can be an entertaining writer, although her second book lost the plot completely!


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