Book vs. TV Show: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Hello, my darling readers!
After watching (and rewatching) Secret Diary of a Call Girl a while ago, I finally decided to pick up the supposedly real diary the show was based on. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Belle couldn’t find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew–by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a 20-something London working girl–and had the audacity to write about it–anonymously. The shockingly candid and explicit diary she put on the Internet became a London sensation. She shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed. The witty observations, shocking revelations, and hilarious scenarios deliver like the very best fiction and make for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.

Book vs. TV Show:

So, I’ll begin with my thoughts on the show since I saw that before reading the book.

To keep it short, there wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the show. Billie Piper was marvelous in the leading role. She’s charming, she’s funny, she’s witty. Nailed it.

Throughout the four seasons, we also get a bunch of famous guest stars which is intriguing but certainly not the main thing that kept me interested in the show.

What fascinated me was the approach towards the topic. The honesty with which her life was presented. It’s nothing dirty or shameful, it’s her job. It’s simply interesting to get to peek behind a curtain you usually wouldn’t. So, when I picked up the book, that’s what I expected more of.

Well, Belle and I had some trouble getting started.
The real Belle’s vibe was somewhat different than the one Billie Piper had on the show. That was a little irritating and it took me a while to get used to that.

While Belle is certainly a smart woman she didn’t exude the same charm as in the show and I had trouble warming up to her. Her humor also comes across differently, but after a few chapters, I got into that.

There was, however, one thing I couldn’t get into. For my taste, Belle kept complaining too much about her private relationships. That was not only annoying but at times a little delusional.

In all honesty, Belle isn’t the kind of person I would want to be friends with. I had trouble relating to anything she said and kept rolling my eyes for a good portion of the book.

By the way, as the title says, this is a dairy. So don’t expect any coherence or narration. It’s just weird bits and pieces of her life. Just in case you were expecting something different, you were warned.

While I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show I had lukewarm feelings for the book at best. It was boring at times, annoying at others, only occasionally exceedingly funny or witty. The show is definitely better than the book it’s based on.

Did you prefer the book or the movie? Let me know in the comments!

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TV Show Spotlight: Penny Dreadful

Hey guys!
I finally got around to checking out Penny Dreadful which had been sitting on my list forever! Was it worth my excitement?

What is it about?

Victorian England is threatened by supernatural forces. So the medium Vanessa Ives, scientist Victor Frankenstein, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the American Ethan Chandler band together to keep those forces at bay…

Should you check it out?

Most definitely!
I watched all three season during one weekend. It’s hell of a gothic Victorian ride and you won’t be able to stop watching.

Penny Dreadful is a dark and enticing mixture of just about every famous piece of literature set during that time. Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Grey, just to name a few, will keep you entertained.

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TV Show Spotlight: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Hello hello!
Time for another TV Spotlight! Secret Diary of a Call Girl is based on a blog by Belle du Jour depicting her experiences as high-end call girl in London. The show with Billie Piper in the leading role ran for 4 season!

 

What is it about?
For 6 years Dr. Brooke Magnanti wrote a blog about her life as prostitute. She remained anonymous until 2009, operating under the pseudonym Belle du Jour.
Billie Piper slips into her role, showing us what it’s like to be a high-end call girl. We follow both her private and work life. Getting to see what happens behind closed doors with her clients but also the struggles in keeping up a regular relationship. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart #2)

As some of you know by now, I’m currently making my way through all the popular and famous book series out there. Of course I couldn’t miss out on the Sally Lockhart Quartet. The first two books of the series were turned into movies by the BBC. The second installment, The Shadow in the North, is what I want to write about today.

 

The Plot:
Sally finally has her life in order. After all the stuff she had to go through in The Ruby in the Smoke, she achieved a lot. She even has her own business. And that’s right where the trouble start. Sally gives financial advice but an elderly woman informs her that the company Sally advised her to put all the money in went bankrupt. Of course our heroine starts to investigate and stirs up some things better left alone for it will only cause a tragic end… Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1)

Hello folks!
As you all know, I’m currently going through all the more or less famous book series out there. At the moment I’m busy with the Young Adult section, so in addition to Percy Jackson I now began reading the Sally Lockhart quartet by Philip Pullman. The first installment bears the title “The Ruby in the Smoke” and was turned into a movie by the BBC in 2006 featuring Billie Piper as heroine.

 

The Plot:
Sally Lockhart, a girl of 16, always had a lovely life. Until one day her father, a shipping agent, dies in a shipwreck. From there on she gets tangled into several mysteries and soon her life is endangered. The story involves Opium, a magnificent ruby, a Chinese secret society, and a very dangerous old woman who wants to see Sally dead. Continue reading