This blog recently passed the 2-million-views mark, and to celebrate that I invented the concept of
BOOK BLOG BINGO
I decided to examine my conscience, and my reviews, and work out which
PHRASES I OVERUSE
My friend Bill Selnes, of the Mysteries and More blog, inspired this. He was entertained earlier this year by my use of the phrase ‘tragically missed opportunity’ about a book that didn’t have enough clothes descriptions. He even wrote his own blogpost about clothes as a result. And he got me thinking – which of us has a signature phrase? Bill might tell us he has ‘never come across such a thing happening in court’ which is his very polite (because he IS very polite) way of saying ‘this author knows nothing about the law and should have consulted a lawyer before writing about it.’
So here are some sentences, phrases and tropes I use a lot. Possibly overuse. Very recognizable to any regular readers, and you may point them out to me if (when) I use them in future - five points (random and meaningless metric) for each one:
- ‘Tragically missed opportunity’ (to write about clothes)
- Very under-rated writer (nearly always a woman who writes great books but isn’t allowed in the room with the Important Men)
- I love a bedjacket. (ready for the Clothes In Books tie-in fashion line, once my role as a major social media influencer is recognized)
- Thank you to Dean St Press for re-discovering and re-publishing this writer.
- Trope: Pedantic correction about some aspect of life and clothes in the past 100 years.
- It’s tosh, but really first-rate tosh.
- I read this book so you don’t have to.
- She borrowed a piece of distinctive clothing, so we all know what happened to her
- Clothes panics
- Schoolgirl detectives
- Investigating unimportant uses of words, US/UK differences, tracking furniture references from Evelyn Waugh to Erle Stanley Gardner
(when I write my series of crime stories about a female PI, I will call her Credenza Davenport and give her a signature wardrobe of bedjackets.)
- Wandering round the old house late at night dressed in a flimsy negligee looking for a book or for the submarine plans
- This is very much of its time (undesirable attitudes in an author I like)
- This is completely unacceptable (undesirable attitudes in an author I don’t like)
And, a few things you will never hear from me:
- If only this book were longer
- I wish there had been more phonetic dialect in the book
- I prefer books written in the historic present.
And then I wondered if some of my book blogging friends might take up the challenge?
I am hoping Kate ‘greatly peeved by a female character who acts like a nit wit’ Jackson over at Cross-Examining Crime might make a table for hers, and Margot Kinberg (there will be stats and data) & Chrissie at Christine Poulson: A Reading Life should be able to think of something.
Perhaps people might even dare to suggest phrases that others over-use? I am open to being told…
Below are links to some of my other favourite blogs and blogging friends, which I do recommend.