Monday, March 03, 2014

Reader's Diary #1101- Sophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Interesting fact: Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic was published originally in the U.K. as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. I just found that out. Actually, I would have liked that more. Envisioning Becky Bloomwood, the shopaholic in question, as a female Walter Mitty might have endeared her to me.

As it was, I really despised this character. Really despised her. I found her shallow and worse than being addicted to brand names, she was a pathological liar. From the cover blurbs, I gather that I was supposed to be charmed and amused by Becky's exploits. But when her lying gets to point where she's telling her parents that a banker who's trying to track her down is a stalker, I'm not only not amused, I'm actually offended.

Realizing that I was never going to warm to this woman, I tried to find some sympathy. Here's a person with an honest-to-god psychological disorder (actually two, if you count the lying). There's a scene when she's fallen off the wagon (of trying to actually save some money) and she's at a check out line and she's humiliated to find that all of her credit cards are being rejected. Surely this is a rock bottom moment. For the briefest of seconds, I cared. Unfortunately, Kinsella played it out like just another part of the joke, and there was very little soul searching to follow.

The only good thing I can say is that I must have found the character believable to dislike her this much.


Teena in Toronto said...

I liked the first two in the series but hated the rest. I found her soooooooo annoying!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happily for you, John, there is a whole series of Schopaholic books for you to despise! Bridget Jones is so much more sympathetic.

Jules said...

I share your dislike for this book. A lot. I had to read this for a literature course in college, and I made my dislike for the book very, very vocal. The book was cringe worthy, more so know there's a series. Sigh, it been well received, so I do like to see there are more readers out there who feel the same way as I do.

John Mutford said...

Teena: Dear heavens, it gets worse?

Barbara: No, I think Becky and I will part ways. I'm open to Bridget.

Jules: How did your opinions go over in class?

Jules said...

My class seemed amused by my "strong feelings." That particular one was mostly people trying to get an easy grade, so their wasn't much talking. The professor did like it, as I was able to make arguments against a book. :)

raidergirl3 said...

I'm shocked! Shocked that you didn't like this book. I would never have predicted this.
(heh, I've read them all.)