I know The Rules of Attraction is not literature at all, but I absolutely adore that book. I still find it very moving and I love the story. I'm thinking of reading it another time. What are your favorite trashy reads?
That book that Christopher Ciccone wrote about Madge. Pure trash but I couldn't put it down.
"Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "August" - Judith Rossner
"The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" by Dominick Dunne. I've read it countless times.
Rules of Attraction is also my favorite trashy book.
The Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes
The stories lost their way in the late 90s and she knew it. The recurring characters were stronger than the plot.
Hope Diamond Refuses by Iris Owens
It's Edina Monsoon after she has learned to type. It was my first peek at quality rugs. True!
Fuck you, OP.
The Love Machine and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Everything by Judith Krantz.
"Twins" by Barri Wood and Jack Geasland
Some of the earlier Jackie Collins novels: Hollywood Wives and Lucky are pure, hilarious trash.
But Krantz's books aren't bad, Della, although she did have a tendency to recycle plots. There was a lot of wit there.
Me too R3. Love all of Dunne's books. Also I would add Valley of the Dolls and Once is Not Enough.
We'll agree to disagree on finding "wit" in Krantz's works.
I do love her ability to create fun decriptions of the wealthy characters and exclusive locales that make up her all of her plots, but she's a bad writer; truly the queen of pulp schlock.
oop, previous post was meant for r12.
My Pet Goat
R9, I loved, loved, loved that book. I think I must read it again.
R2, I liked "August," in particular.
The Godfather is one of my favorite "bad" books that I really loved. And some of Howard Fast's multigenerational family sagas. Not literature, but good storytelling. And the Southern version of that, some of Anne Rivers Siddons' novels.
I read a fascinating, sick, nasty, sometimes very incisive book called 'Apocalypse Culture' one, many years ago. Some of it sickened me, but I was glad I read it as it toughened me up to some nasty shit that goes on. I found most of it repulsive though.
I've never read any of Jackie Collins' novels. Where would be a good place to start? Are they quick reads?
R19, start with HOLLYWOOD WIVES. It's the first in a series.
I like Judith Krantz more. SCRUPLES or PRINCESS DAISY is where to start with her.
Anything by Sidney Sheldon. The Other Side of Midnight would be my favorite. The Naked Face, Stranger in the Mirror, Rage of Angels...They're all pretty great.
Add another Bret Easton Ellis book to the list: "Story of My Life." I read it when it first came out and I've hauled it out of the closet since it was revealed that it's his retelling of his time spent with Rielle Hunter.
Naked Came the Stranger
That's the one R17.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and sequels are decently plotted but not well-written but I devoured them all and saw all the movie versions as well. I'm quite a snob so for me this was very daring!
ALL of the silly whitewashed/rich urban yuppie GWM only Tales of the City novels.
Story of my life, and pretty much all of Bret Easton Ellis' books/stories.
Yes yes yes! That book by Madonna's brother was garbage, but it was impossibly to put down.
Start with Hollywood Wives, then read Hollywood Husbands. Perfect beach reading.
[quote]Add another Bret Easton Ellis book to the list: "Story of My Life." I read it when it first came out and I've hauled it out of the closet since it was revealed that it's his retelling of his time spent with Rielle Hunter.
It's actually by Jay McInerney, the similarly awful friend of Bret Easton Ellis.
Savages - Shirley Conran
Four billionaire's wives are marooned on a cannibal island after their husbands are killed for mining rights.
It is great, has a lesbian relationship in it as well.
Does anyone know if any of Jackie Collins trashy novels were at all true? Or did she totally make up her characters? Her latest output was very entertaining, when I was under the weather. How come she slowed down her output?
The Dollaganger Series by V.C Andrews.
Found those books as an 11-year old and I had no buisness reading them at that age. They fucked me up real good but ten years later they are still my favrorite summer guilty pleasure. Just wen't by the library this week to pick up one of Andrews books.
Those books pretty much fixed my preference in men forever and since reading I always swoon ove blonde, blue-eyed, tall men with jaws that could cut stone. A surprisingly rare sight considering I live in Scandinavia.
I also love everything by Anne Rice. I read her books during my first year of teenhood, just before twilight craze and I remember being so mad after reading the twilight and seeing all the undeserved attention and love it received from all of my peers. I would rather have seen movies and remakes of Anne Rice's books.
I have read Rules of Attraction more times than I can remember. Once was enough for the other BEE books, but I read that one every other year or so.
TWINS by Bari Wood!!! OMG, I hadn't thought of that one in years. Good stuff.
Some other good trashy books I read in high school I'd like to read again:
California Generation by Jacqueline Briskin. Huge and sweeping with a lot of sex, straight and gay. Always thought it would make a good miniseries.
The Boys in the Mailroom by Iris Rainier Dart. Another Jackie Collins-ish novel; with some of the first gay sex scenes I'd ever read. I was always trying to find books with something gay!
The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmerman Bradley was my favorite, though. It's a BIG book, but worth it for the hot sex and romance between two trapeze artists.
My ultimate trashy book is Panthers in the Skins of Men by Charles Nelson. Bought it used in college. Totally crazy book, but some really funny lines and some REALLY hot sex scenes.
Enid Blyton's books.. or people are just huge snobs about her books? I don't know. I just know that I loved them.
Hmmm, no "bad book" readers, huh? I was hoping for some suggestions!
City of Quartz by Mike Davis
[quote]I know The Rules of Attraction is not literature at all
What does that mean? Are there things that are somewhat literature? Half? A third?
Literature is writing. Period. Don't be a dolt.
Another vote for "The Other Side of Midnight."
I don't get the love for Hollywood Wives; the best Jackie Collins trash is Chances, the first Lucky Santangelo book.
As far as (putative) non-fiction, there are some biographies and autobiographies I can't get enough of:
"Lovely Me" (Barbara Seaman's bio of Jackie Susann)
"Kilgallen" (Lee Israel's bio of Dorothy Kilgallen)
"The Big Love" (Florence Aadland's bio of her daughter Beverly Aadland and Errol Flynn)
"And I Don't Want to Live This Life" (Nancy Spungen, by her mother)
"I Am Not Ashamed" (Barbara Payton)
"Playing the Field" (Mamie Van Doren)
"My Face For the World to See" and "My First 2,000 Men" (Liz Renay)
It's like a whole shelf of late-20th-century trash bios.
The Other Guy - Cary Attwell
Renovation Fuckers - Dallas Sketchman
The Current Between Us - Kindle Alexander
Flowers in the Attic
The Preppy Handbook
Say what you will about Eddie Fisher, but his bio "Been There, Done That" is riveting, page-turning trash.
I don't even care that half of it he probably pulled out of his ass.
Very revealing thread.
Now I understand why you all are so stupid and hate women so much.
The Da Vinci Code. I resisted for about 2 years and then I gave in and read it. Loved it.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Monica's Story, Elvis & Me, all of Jackie Susann's ouevre and anything VC Andrews wrote herself (not the ghostwritten stuff).
"Peyton Place" Is still readable and fun.
"Return to Peyton Place" (published 3 years later) is fascinating, because Grace Metalious had to churn it out quickly and fit it in to her new schedule of boozing and running around New York being a celebrity. It reads like something dictated and unedited.
48 replies and no mention of Danielle Steele?
I thought "the Ring" was pretty good in 7th grade .
I second All the Sidney Sheldon books except his last 3 or so, Stranger in the Mirror and Rage of Angels are brilliant .
Ditto Jackie Collins ( I enjoyed Rock Star and Hollywood Wives the most.)
A good trashy, long read is Trading Up by Candace Bushnell.
Dominick Dunnes best 2 are: An Inconvenient Woman (based on Alfred and Betsy Bloomingdale) and A season in purgatory (about the Kennedy's specifically the Martha Moxley murder) his non-fiction true crime are gripping, maybe more than his fiction .
For the poster who liked VC Andrews, I enjoyed that series as well as the "Heaven and Dark Angel" ones. That person could tell a tale!
Sweet savage love by Rosemary Rogers and The Happy Hooker by Xaviara Hollandar were fab fab fab (read when I was 11 )
Wifey by Judy Blume
Valley of the Dolls is probably the best over all.
So many more but can't think of them ....
I read it last year for the first time and thought it was a fun read . . .
Valley of the Dolls
Before the year ends, I'll take a stab at The Love Machine and hope it's at least half as enjoyable.
The Harrad Experiment, follow up with the film with Don Johnson.
The Thorn Birds
Behind The Candelabra
Anything by Dominick Dunne
Rules of Attraction isn't trash. Ellis' first five are good.