Six Degrees of Separation – from Gone Girl to A Room With a View


It’s time again for my favourite meme. Based on the concept of six degrees of separation, Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith have created #6DEGREES, where bloggers share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

This month’s starting point is Gillian Flynn’s bestselling psychological thriller, Gone Girl. I only read this book a few months ago, long after hearing all the hype and having friends recommend it. Unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations (but I didn’t hate it, either).


On the basis of hype alone, my first link is to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Stay with me, I haven’t turned this into a YA blog.

Honestly, Twilight was rubbish but I did read it in one sitting. And the rest of the series. A momentary leave of senses? Perhaps. But I found the themes interesting, particularly because of the fact that there’s a whole generation of teens and young adults who are completely obsessed by the story. Which brings me to my second link – Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews. Flowers was the ‘Twilight‘ of the eighties. Trashy, ridiculous, addictive, so bad and yet so good.

Flowers in the Attic was passed around between my friends, somewhat secretly. Another book that did the rounds at school was Judith Krantz’s I’ll Take Manhattan – I think we thought it was racy! I have strong memories of a bunch of authors who wrote these mammoth ‘blockbusters’ in the eighties – Krantz, Conran, Collins, Steele and Cooper.

New York and the world of magazine publishing is the basis of my next link. Like Flowers and Twilight being similar but decades apart, so is I’ll Take Manhattan and Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. Geez this book was a fun beach read, in all its glorious, bitchy detail. And the film?! Brilliant. Of course the star of the film was Meryl Streep, who also played the role of  Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke in Isak Dinesen’s memoir, Out of Africa.

Although I’ve only read Out of Africa once, I’ve watched the movie dozens of times. The same year I saw Out of Africa (1985), I also saw A Room With a View. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen A Room With a View, but importantly, the film introduced me to the writing of E. M. Forster, which I still enjoy decades later.

Hmmm… Not sure how so much trash led me to one of my favourite books but that’s the brilliance of #6DEGREES.


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