Melanie Page's Reviews > Porno
Melanie Page's review
May 25, 2009
Read 2 times. Last read May 20, 2019 to June 16, 2019.
A much more organized, coherent book than Trainspotting. I still think Welsh fails to really "get" his female characters, from simple biology like Nikki never mentioning having her period once in the six months that they shoot an adult film, to the more complex psyches of characters like Lauren, who is a 19-year-old smart college student who doesn't have the complexity to understand the gray area of her roommate choosing to work in an adult film, so Welsh labels her a prude who needs to get laid. Aside from Lauran and Rab, the characters get a bit repetitive: there's nothing more necessary that sex, there's no limits to screwing people over, there's no reason to accept fat people, or sober people. I can't tell if Welsh truly reflects the citizens of Leith, his own experiences, or his preferred world view. Though he's such a pile a garbage, Begbie remains one of my favorite characters because he moves the plot along at a rapid rate. When he's unhappy, he does something about it. Meanwhile, the scenes in which Sick Boy films his actors or the sheer number of times he heads to the bathroom to snort coke, or Nikki's time in the sauna, feel slow by comparison, making the novel seem bloated in places.
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