Monday, February 7, 2011

Pimps and Whores

WHORE:

1) A woman who sleeps with you for something in exchange, usually money

2) Someone who does something excessively.

Oh, that second one’s me.

I’m a writing whore. And I am definitely an attention whore (um, title much?). And maybe an exercise whore. But in the past few years I’ve become something of a book whore. I mean, I’ve always read a lot; now, reading and writing seem to be my major forms of entertainment (Yes - I am pathetic).

But the reading has been so, so good. I used to stick to certain novelists—James Patterson, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks. Dude—now, I’m all over the place. And, while one would think I get enough of my YAs at school and at home, yeahhhhh… no. I write YA and consequently I read YA. A whole fab-load of it.

The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, Maximum Ride, Uglies, The DUFF, House of Night, anything ELLEN HOPKINS,… I could go on forever, but fortunately for you, I won’t. Point made though. I heart me some teen angst. And apparently can’t get enough of it. But lately, there’s been one particularly author I’ve been reading a lot of… A lot. And today, he’s on my pimp list.

Yes—I did say PIMP list.

PIMP:

1) a male in charge of prostitutes

2) to advertise or promote

3) very good, excellent; COOL, AWESOME

Yep—I’m a pimp too. I pimp websites, blogs, the ├╝ber-fab calculus. And I pimp amazeballs reads. I pimp the books I love, love, love to my friends, blog followers, tweet buddies.

And today, I’m pimpin’ the rather pimpalicious John Green.

He’s written four fabulosities since 2005 and I’ve read three in the past month and am half-way through the fourth. (Yeah—that good)

Looking for Alaska (my fav; won the Printz award)

An Abundance of Katherines (the cover had me)

Paper Towns (*sigh*)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (bahahahahahahaha!)

And if you follow my astute advice and pick up a copy of Mr. Green’s fabulousness, here’s what he’ll deliver:

1) An eclectic cast

• An adorable, somewhat unassuming male protag with some sort of endearing quirk

• A totally hilarious side-kick that will attempt (and often succeed) to draw Mr. MC out of his box

• An unattainable attainable breath-taking goddess with her own little quirk

• a mish-mash of friends, enemies, frenemies the story cannot live without

2) humor—I don’t think I have ever lol-ed so much in my life while READING

3) adventure—NEVER a dull moment

4) thought-provoking, mind-blowing twists and turns

and for me personally (since I’m trying to write my new novel from a guy’s POV)

5) total insight into the teenage male psyche. I learned more from reading John Green than I did from growing up with a brother, hanging out in college with “fraternities of vapid asshats,” or from living with my husband for sixteen years.

So yeah… speed off to your local library, pick up some Mr. Green.

But, just fair warning—if you’re like this book whore, you may just go home with this JOHN.

And like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman—you may… just fall in love.

2 comments:

  1. HA. You are an amazing writer. I love this post!! Awesome.

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  2. Oh my gosh . . . I'm a whore. Thanks for opening my eyes to the wide world of whoredom. I just didn't know.

    I have heard wonderful reviews about John Green's books, especially Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I need to put that on my list (my pimp list--I have a huge pimp list by the way).

    Thanks for the post. Now I must go whore myself :)

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