Sunday, August 19, 2012

note, quickly.

Arranged, by Katherine McKenzie.  1:56 am is when I finished this.  I read straight through, cover to cover, without even a bathroom break.  I almost put it down the very first page and I'm so very glad I didn't. I even wrote to the Smart [Ladies] about it:

I did a quick search of your site and didn't find if you've covered this before, so I feel compelled to tell you about /Arranged/ by Katherine McKenzie.  I read it cover-to-cover, without a break.  It isn't a straight-up romance: it's not Harlequin, it's not mass market, and, while it's about a woman looking for love, "the relationship" isn't the main character.  It would be more correct to call it fiction.  It is extremely well-written (thus the one-sit readathon ending 1:56 a.m.); the female lead really carries it: she is so easy to identify with.  I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that the things she wants are the same things all romance-readers want.  She makes poor choices and mistakes, but they are regular mistakes, the sort I could make.  She's flawed in a totally believable way.

Perfect.  Please share with your internets friends.
The reason I almost put it down right off the bat was the verb tenses. 

The Vicar of Dibley, season 3, with Dawn French.  I do very much wish subtitles had been an option throughout this series.  Like some other BBC shows we've seen, the sound quality is not always the greatest; combined with some of the actor's accents, I know I didn't get every joke. 


Ms. Yingling said...

I LOVEthe Vicar of Dibley. I. One has some Britcoms, but maybe not this one. I love British tv because not everyone is gorgeous-- the actors look like real people.

sarah said...

i also appreciate british comedy. i enjoy the frequent puns, and how there is physical comedy, but it isn't violent physical comedy. like the vicar eating the sprouts in the christmas lunch episode. best facial acting of all time.