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Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
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Jun 15, 08

Read in June, 2008

Okay, I am reading pulp fiction. Many people from my classes have recommended his novels and I thought I would see what all the hype is about. So far it is not well-written, but I am entertained. I liked the movie, although I think Ashley Judd is annoyingly condescending.

I have finally finished the book and it was one cliché piled on top of another. I don't know why authors feel they have to make women so perfect. Is it some form of misguided feminism or a male fantasy? I would argue male fantasy, but this sterotyping of the ideal female seems to be found in books by authors of both genders.

I am all for feminism, but is having a women that is smart, beautiful, kind, hilarious, scrappy, great with kids, independent, logical, and good in bed really all that realistic? I think some plausible neurosis needs to be included in any narrative, otherwise it is just a male fantasy (especially the beautiful and good in bed aspects) and not reflective of any woman with both talents and flaws.
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message 1: by Tone (new)

Tone Probably part male fantasy, part misguided feminism, and most of all, shameless use of cliché to sell books to a bored reading public. Your review hints that you are among a minority of readers who actually dares to reflect on what they are reading. Congratulations.


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