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How cool is Meg Cabot? I love the Princess Diaries books - I had dismissed them for ages, not least because I saw the rather crappy film on a plane and thought it was evil in a comformist Ally-Sheedy's-makeover-in The Breakfast Club way. But then I interviewed marian Keyes, and she was raving about the books and about how funny they were. So I got one out of the library and lo, Ms Keyes (who is an very underrated comic writer herself, as well as a very good interviewee) was right - the books were really funny, and they also took the piss out of the sugary film adaptation, which was hilarious.

So anyway, I interviewed Meg Cabot over the phone on Wednesday, and she was extremely nice and very funny. And when I asked her when some of her new books are coming out over here, she asked for my address and said she'd send me some copies, because she has loads to spare. This was pretty nice of her, so I gave her my address, but I fully expected never to see those books, because you know, she's a busy author and all that.

But what should be on my desk this morning, but a huge package from New York, packed with loads of books, some of which aren't even out in the US yet! All signed and everything - and sent by Ms Cabot herself in a post office, not by some publisher's minion. I am giddy with glee at the thought of all the goofy, girly entertainment which now awaits me. Now, that's a way to treat the public -or the press - when you are a best-selling writer

Thank you, Meg Cabot! You're a princess yourself.


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Mar. 24th, 2003 05:23 am (UTC)

God, I am so jealous. I love her.
Mar. 24th, 2003 05:39 am (UTC)
Hee. I love her too. I think Rachel's Holiday is a genuinely great book, because it's very hard to blend funniness and seriousness, and she does it magnificently there. And it's frigging hilarious, in a totally Dublin way. Plus, she's really nice, and the first thing she did in the interview was thank me for writing nice things about her in the past! And when the interview appeared she rang me up to thank me for it. These people know the way to treat the press!
Mar. 24th, 2003 06:22 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Rachel's Holiday - it's so insightful and intelligent that it kind of annoys me that it's lumped in with all the shite ChickLit (i.e. the genre, not chicklit.com!) that's floating about. I'm glad to hear that she's lovely in person, too.
Mar. 24th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
gah, you're lucky. :)
will the meg cabot interview make it over to chicklit?
Mar. 24th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
I LOVE MEG CABOT and i LOVE the Princess Diaries. I bought the last one in hardcover the day it came out. I love the snarky feminist, progressive bent of the heroine, and I like the low-level social satire in general.

I am extremely jealous. When is the next Princess book coming out? I still haven't read All-American Girl as it's still out only in hardcover.
Mar. 25th, 2003 02:56 am (UTC)
The fourth Princess Diaries book is out now in hardback in the US - which seems a little weird, as it was out here last year in paperback. There's also a one-off book containing Mia's Princess Lessons, which is pretty funny (and totally cute - gorgeous illustrations). All American Girl was out in paperback here last year too (in fact, I got it for Christmas!). You could get them on amazon.co.uk....

And yes, I love them all too - even though after the film, I didn't think I would at all. Have you read her other teen books, written under the name Jenny Carroll? I've read one series - the Mediator - which I didn't know existed until a couple of weeks ago, but which was pretty entertaining - sort of The Princess Diaries with ghosts. I'm even reading some of her adult historical romances now! I am an unashamed addict. So imagine my joy at this enormous parcel of goodies! Meg Cabot rocks. I must send her a thank-you card today....
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