So yesterday I was over at Rassle’s place reading about her upcoming Cancun beach vacation. Lay on the beach, sip umbrella drinks, read trashy novels. Only Rass says she doesn’t read trashy novels, so I thought I’d help her out with my Personal Guide to Trashy Novels.
1. Vintage Trash–this includes anything by Jacqueline Susann or Judith Krantz–Valley of the Dolls or Princess Daisy are classic examples of Vintage Trash.
2. Historical Trash–The Wolf and the Dove is the gold standard here. Basically any book where a nobleman’s daughter is captured by the rival clan and held against her will until she subcombs to the captor’s wishes is Historical Trash. There’s really only one plot, they just move the characters around from country to country.
3. High Trash–this is trash with a bit of literary cred. Dominick Dunne perfected High Trash with The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and An Inconvenient Woman. You don’t have to feel completely guilty when reading High Trash.
4. Working Girl Trash–The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries exemplify Working Girl Trash. Young middle class girls go to work for rich monsters in New York City. Girls win. Monsters lose.
5. Pink Rubbish (British trash)–Bridget Jones’ Diary is the uber Pink Rubbish and spawned an entire legion of pink-jacketed books about good women, evil men and righteous gay best friends.
6. Prehistoric Trash–anything by Jean Auel…Clan of the Cave Bear in particular.
Don’t get the impression that I’m bashing these books…not in the least. I’ve read them all…some of them several times. Seen most of the movies too. (But not Clan of the Cave Bear.) These books are entertaining, and, bottom line, isn’t that why we read in the first place? To be entertained.