Monday, 5 August 2013

Recent Reads #1: Catlin Moran, Dragon Tattoo and Lynne Spears

I love reading so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the books I've read recently.

How To Be A Woman - Catlin Moran

Amazon - £3.86

I really didn't know what to make of this book. I bought it to read when I was thinking about basing my university dissertation on the subject of representation of women in the media so I hoped it would inspire my study of ideal representation of women in modern media. This book begins as more of an autobiography with the author taking you through the main 'female' events in her life such as periods and her wedding. I wasn't familiar with Caitlan Moran's previous work so I wasn't reading as a fan and this may have affected my enjoyment of her more personal stories. 

I bought this book in August last year and only finished it in June of this year as I became uninterested and bored with no drive to finish it. The last few chapters, in particular the one discussing abortion and the writer's experiences weren't easy reading. After I finished this book I didn't feel like I'd greatly benefited in any way, which is a shame as I really wanted to love it. I also found a lot of her views contradicted each other throughout the book which affected my interest in her opinion. I had expected more discussions of modern day feminism and representations of women and instead found this book was autobiographical with a few thinking points thrown in, therefore in the future I want to discover more texts relating to modern feminism.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Amazon - £3.85

I finally got round to reading this book! It's been on my to-read list for years and when the English-speaking film was released I vowed to read the book before seeing the film. At first I wasn't that taken in by the story or the characters as the story is really slow to start, with too much description of the political and financial world in which the story is set. However once Lisbeth Salander is introduced and her and Mikael's stories are intertwined the story starts to become more compelling. The last 100 pages especially were so good that I read them all in one sitting and I'm excited to read the second book The Girl Who Played With Fire. 

Now I've finished the book I watched the 2011 film with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, as most films based on books don't stay true to the original story and therefore lose something. If you don't have the time or interest in reading the book and persevering through the slow parts, I would recommend watching the film as it explains the story and the characters in a simpler way but doesn't lose any of the elements from the book. The cinematography is gorgeous and I really enjoyed the portrayal of the characters so I'm excited to see the Swedish trilogy of films once I've read the books.

Through The Storm - Lynne Spears

Amazon - £9.34 or from £2.39 used

I'm a massive Britney Spears fan so I've wanted to read this book since it came out but was too embarrassed to buy it, so imagine my excitement when I spotted it in Poundland! Through The Storm is Britney's mother Lynne's account of her marriage, motherhood and life from small town family life to dealing with her children's lives being lived out in the tabloids. I've previously read two Britney biographies so I already knew a lot of her story but I really enjoyed hearing it from her mother's point of view. However some of the stories or chapters relate more to Lynne and her parent's or friends which didn't really interest me but I suppose are what makes this book less of a tell-all story about her treacherous relationship with her ex-husband Jamie Spears and her famous children.

This book is an easy read with short chapters so you could read it in a day if your a fast reader or read a couple of chapters when you have the chance. I don't see this appealing to non-Britney fans but I love anything relating to celebrity media which discusses the negative side of fame so I loved the second half of the book relating to Britney's breakdown and Jamie-Lynne's pregnancy. If your intrigued by this subject I'd recommend Britney: For The Record, a great documentary showing behind the scenes of Britney at home with her family and filming music videos and contains an initmate and revealing interview where she talks about her 'breakdown' and her life now.

Love Georgia xxx

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