Jane Green - Ick!

(34 Posts)
LaQueen Wed 20-Mar-13 13:52:35

Back in the day, I (secretly) liked a bit of Jane Green's whimsical, candy-floss chick-lit. Her books were okay...easily read in a few hours, and leaving a slightly sweet after taste.

But, I've just read The Accidental Husband...and OMG, it was like being force-fed syrup. Just so nauseatingly twee...and what's with the endless, descriptions of furnishings...

... 'The kitchen had been fitted with open plan shelves, each one stacked with artisan crockery glazed in shades of soft grey and cream...the kitchen table was crafted from faded oak, and covered with a delicate, antique French shawl in shades of pearl and opal...and beside the French windows, flung open to welcome the balmy summer air, a reclaimed church pew, was scattered with faded linen cushions, their subtle pastel tones, the very distillation of the elegant Provence village, where Freya/Bella/Libby/Cassie had holidayed last Fall...'

I haven't quoted the above, it's just my take on her cringing, hyperbole...at times I wasn't sure whether I was reading Homes & gardens hmm

And, do all her characters find themselves through the medium of candle-making/aromatherapy/cushion embroidering/landscape gardening/cup-cake bakery opening/artisan bread-making...?????

LaQueen Wed 20-Mar-13 13:54:48

And, WTF is with The Mummyfesto currently displaying over there >>>>>> on the side of my window???

Pastel coloured cover...and festooned with bunting...yep, this one is bound to sell, by dint of it's twee, saccharine cover art, alone...WTF hmm

WireCatWhore Wed 20-Mar-13 16:56:18

If any book says mummy in the title, I'm not reading it.

Unless its a book aimed at my toddler & I'm reading it to him!

Haven't read Jane Green for years.

BOEUF Wed 20-Mar-13 17:02:34

I'm glad you said that you'd paraphrased, because I was about to say that she describes things exactly like you do grin.

FarleyD Wed 20-Mar-13 17:39:19

Jane Green, Celia Aherne, Sophie Kinsella - when I become Head of Books, these three and others of their ilk, will never publish again

Samu2 Wed 20-Mar-13 19:02:14

I enjoyed some of her books but this new one doesn't seem too good.

OneCrossEachLineOnTheLeft Wed 20-Mar-13 19:05:06

Life is too short for reading that shit imho.

OneCrossEachLineOnTheLeft Wed 20-Mar-13 19:06:33

Though I have to say I have started a Jodi Picoult I found on my kindle. It's is already depressing. I hope Ruth Rendell lives forever.

TrampyPants Wed 20-Mar-13 19:12:16

BOEUF, grin

I like her older books. They are what they are. Easily consumed and harmless.

BOEUF Wed 20-Mar-13 20:07:58

I'm not sure if I've read any Jane Green, but if you like something fairly light to rattle through but with fewer clichés and decent themes, I believe Marian Keyes is the pick of the crop. I read one a few years ago, and it really moved me, and I know friends who absolutely adore her stuff.

TrampyPants Wed 20-Mar-13 20:12:14

Oh, how I love MK. I know rachels holiday off by heart. I've got them all now. I can send you them if you like? I also have a couple of JG's (the earlier, good ones) you can have. Jemima J is one of my faves, as is babyville.

BOEUF Wed 20-Mar-13 20:17:22

'Older, easily consumed and harmless' pretty much sums me up, Trampypants grin. I've got Rachel's Holiday somewhere actually, but I tend to stick to stuff on my kindle these days because it's lighter to hold, and with a plastic cover, I can read in the bath, so I never seem to get round to ploughing through the pile of charity shop paperbacks I've amassed over the years.

onyx72 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:32:03

I liked Jane Green's earlier books but it was like she lost touch with reality once she moved to the States. Her characters - esp. the British ones - are unrealistic and most of them need a slap with a wet fish.

Samu2 Thu 21-Mar-13 08:39:07

I love MK.

I read a lot and I like some fluff every now and then. MK is the best though. Even my husband read some of her books and he normally only ever reads classics.

hackmum Thu 21-Mar-13 08:59:13

I read one of hers years ago. Can't remember what it was called - something like Mr Maybe? I really couldn't believe how bad it was. I expect something like that to be light and fluffy but basically enjoyable, but it was just awful. It was as if she couldn't even be bothered to try and write something good. Mystified as to how things like that get published.

careergirl Sat 23-Mar-13 15:01:04

I used to like Jane Green but not so much lately. Just read a book by Anne Baker and I loved that - All that Glistens

theskyonasnowynight Sun 31-Mar-13 13:33:11

I read one, babyhood, and I couldn't get past the ludicrousness of the premise that a woman who owned half a house in an expensive part of London would split up, leave for New York, without taking ex partner to the cleaners for at least half that house, and be totally fine with ex partner moving in his new bird, whom he'd knocked up in an alleyway shag while they were still together.

Did Jane Green write Jemima J? That was a very silly book ... but I quite liked it blush

GW297 Tue 02-Apr-13 10:22:30

Love Marion Keyes - especially her books about the Walsh sisters. I also quite like Jane Green (sorry) especially Second Chance, The Patchwork Marriage and Girl Friday.

JambalayaCodfishPie Tue 02-Apr-13 10:23:16

Jemima J is ridiculous but good.

Did Green write the one about the 'horrible' MIL who accidentally drops the baby down the stairs and the FIL is shagging the best mate?

I liked that at the time. smile

TicketyToc Fri 05-Apr-13 17:58:31

I like the Jane Green books but I agree her earlier ones are better than her later ones. The worst is Girl Friday imo.

I love Marian Keyes. My favourites are Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon.

Jambalaya yes she did write that one. I think it's called The Other Woman

Pancakeflipper Fri 05-Apr-13 18:00:37

Jane Green went bizarre after going to the USA.

I think Jane Fallon has taken over on the easy read for me now.

TicketyToc Fri 05-Apr-13 18:03:57

I liked the first three Jane Fallon books but couldn't get into the latest one. Might give it another try some time.

BeanoGrigio Fri 05-Apr-13 18:06:49

Got to love a bit of Jackie Collins.

Pancakeflipper Fri 05-Apr-13 18:08:14

Don't think I have read the last J Fallon. Been in Ian Rankin mode for ages. Will keep in mind it might not be as good when I dot annual holiday book buying.

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