Tuesday, 13 December 2011
tuesday titles 003..
i'll start by saying this is not the kind of book you are likely to enjoy if you're a little bit prudish..althought i should point out that this is not a book of porn, rather a book about porn, as there is a distinction between the two, given that it's the story of a couple of journalists who have been reviewing erotic movies for extra cash, and then decide to go on a 'quest' to make 'the world's best porn movie', i doubt you'd expect it to be the type of book you'd want to be discussing with your granny..however, i will start by saying that i thought it was hilarious..the writing style took a few pages to get used to, the two authors, also the two main characters as they write about their journey, share the writing in the first person, so it may take a little getting used to in terms of determining which part is being written by whom..once i got used to the quirky narrative, i was able to sit back and enjoy the comedy..i guess as you'd expect from a comedian (skelton) the book is very funny..it follows the journey of Charlie and Vicky as they travel, first to Las Vegas (my only criticism at this point being that whilst amusing, this part didn't seem all that relevant to the plot), through LA, and then eventually making their way to Amsterdam to find their actors and let the filming commence..
as you may expect given the subject matter of the book, there is a lot of sex..from talk of HIV testing, to the descriptions of Charlie and Vicky being on-set whilst a porn movie is being filmed, and a lot of references to all kind sof toys and contraptions you probably wouldn't find in your local ann summers!
the book also touches upon, (again, perhaps obviously given the subject matter) briefly, the moral issues surrounding those working in the industry, although this certainly is not the backbone to the story in any way, and not the title to choose should you be looking for a well-measured argument on the issue..
i enjoyed this book for what it was - i would say that's a frolic along with the two writers on their journey to discover a little more about the porn industry..it was funny, and in some places so much so that it made me laugh aloud..but i wouldn't take it that seriously, as i would suspect that neither did either one of it's writers..