My Beautiful Wickedness

Holy cats.
August 28, 2007, 12:35 pm
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Announcing the “enchanting” novel Garden Spells, a title that won out over The Ya-Ya Sisterhood of the Traveling Magical Realist Who Likes Water for Chocolat in the House of Spirited Fried Green Tomatoes .

This could be a perfectly lovely book, but it just sounds so evidently a plot mash-up of a lot of other things that I’m being a trifle cynical. It also bugs me that my book-reading profile suggests “lonely romance novel reader with a dysfunctional Southern family who enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading not-very-spooky books about the occult.” Get out of my cookie folder, you snoopy Barnes and Noble recommender thingie!


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I got the same email! Thought of Joanne Harris especially, but your other references all ring bells too. I’m not lonely, nor a romance reader, nor a Southerner, and I’m not big on cooking or gardening, either. But I probably did buy one of the books in your mashup title from a B&N retail store, with my discount card, for a book group (no, really!), so now I’m forever marked.

Actually, I’d rather read a book titled “Holy Cats.” But only if it’s a very spooky book about chilly Northern single people who have no kitchens, no gardens, and no lovers….

Comment by Penny

I don’t think you need to worry about this being internet profiling. I got exactly the same e-mail ad. Unless this book has hidden market appeal for the “single middle-aged SF geek who reads about Greece, Rome, and Africa” we were probably just the subjects of mass mailing.

Comment by Gerald

I would totally read “The Ya-Ya Sisterhood of the Traveling Magical Realist Who Likes Water for Chocolat in the House of Spirited Fried Green Tomatoes,” just for the fun of it. Then again, I read not just The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, but Ya-Yas in Bloom, and my little sister read all of the Traveling Pants books, and my mother loves Like Water for Chocolate (and I loved Chocolat), and I’m pretty sure she’s read, watched, or made us read and/or watch the other’uns.

Which is funny, because it’s not at all any of our chosen genres. My mom’s religion/spirituality/history, I’m sci-fi/fantasy/social justice, my middle sister is Those Af-Am Novels That All Seem To Be Vaguely About Sex, and the youngest one doesn’t really read if it’s not for class. Heh.

Comment by Magniloquence

I, too, have read a couple of the Ya-Ya books and House of the Spirits and I’ll watch any movie with Chocolate in the title. I went through about a year right after I got married when I set myself the task of reading at least one Harlequin novel a day (I bought them for a buck a bag at the library book sale — they were good bus reading because they were so formulaic and I never minded if I lost one in my daily rounds) so I have no kick against romance novels of the pulp variety as long as they have some richly metaphorical sex. (The more inappropriate the figure, the better I like it.) I also used to really like magical realism — sufficiently so that I made modern Latin American lit part of my Latin American reading list for my comps.

Heck, maybe I’ll pick this book up and see if it’s any good.

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