Thursday, September 08, 2005
The Guilty Pleasure Reading Corner
Yesterday I finished a guilty pleasure read of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, written by Jennifer Lynch (David Lynch's daughter). I would love to know why she wrote this book -- to cash in? Because her dad asked her to? Because she was really fascinated with the story? Why?
The book is, naturally, told from the point of view of Laura Palmer, the high school girl who is found murdered at the beginning of Twin Peaks. For the super geeks, this isn't the diary that Agent Cooper finds in Laura's room, but rather a super secret diary that she hides at the house of Harold, the cute, agorophobic shut-in to whom Laura delivers Meals on Wheels. It starts when Laura is 12 and ends a few days before her murder.
I think if I had read this book in junior high when I originally watched the series, it would have been one of my favorite books of all time. Its got all the great junior high motifs -- a misunderstood teenager leading a double life, lots of drugs, lots of sex, and a confessional diary form. Grown up Kristy liked the book because she loves Twin Peaks, but didn't really love it as a book itself. Still, if you love Twin Peaks like I love Twin Peaks, you will probably get a bit of enjoyment out of this book.