Thursday, November 29, 2012

Deserted Island: Author Tellulah Darling

Weekly Feature here at Snowdrop Dreams  of Books where authors and bloggers share what five books and what five  other items they would want with them if they were ever stuck on a  deserted island and why they chose them. Some posts are serious, some  are extremely silly and some are mixture. Check back every week to see  what your favourite authors and bloggers would pick. Click here if you would like to participate.

Author Tellulah Darling stopped by this week to spend some time discussing her Deserted Island choices. She is the author of Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide To Getting Girls! I hope you will enjoy Tellulah's hilarious guest post!

Thanks for having me here today! But I gotta tell you, picking five books was hard. I kept looking at all their sweet little covers, thinking of them cast off, weeping in the pouring rain - like the lamp in the IKEA commercial. Then I figured that they were the smart ones not getting themselves stranded on a deserted island and I didn't feel so bad.

1) Dreamfever (Fever #4) - Karen Marie Moning
You all know why. And if you don't, then go out and read the series so you do.

2) Bet Me - Jennifer Crusie
The gold medalist of romantic comedy novels. It's sweet, sexy, funny, and I read it over and over again for inspiration and pure escapist delight.

3) Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
One of my favourite books of all times. Gaiman re-imagines London, taking the familiar and forcing us to see it in a brilliant new way. It's filled with amazing characters and poor poor displaced Richard, just trying to get his life back. What's not to love?

4) A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Longtime Irving fan here. His characters are so complex, and fully realized, and nowhere more so than with Owen Meany. Irving makes me fall in love with a guy who uses no quips or sarcasm. Who hates jokes and is, in fact, totally literal, yet is anything but earnest or plodding. Plus the Christmas pageant scene makes me hold my sides laughing every time I read it. It's one of those books that gives you extremes of laughter and tears and is unbelievably emotionally satisfying.

5) Franny and Zooey - John Salinger
Most people rave about Holden Caulfield when they speak of Salinger. For me, it's all about the Glass family. This story is basically about how Franny Glass has an existential breakdown and her brother Zooey helps her through it. A barrel of laughs, right? But it's a gorgeous book, filled with sublime (Ick! So pretentious, I know! But true.) writing and genuine human connection. The two siblings are so real for me, and it's not because they're on a wacky quest or tossing off one-liners. Their authenticity comes about through introspection and Salinger's understanding of human nature. I come back to this one often. 

Now, which five items? Sure, I could have listed a bunch of really useful electronic devices, but let's be real. They'd probably die before I got rescued and then I'd be stuck with a bunch of dead weight. So I need to think practically here.

1) Towel
Since I was a wee lass, I have taken Douglas Adam's sage advice very seriously. I always know where my towel is. To use to pillow my head, wrap around me for warmth, or snap at angry hyenas, it has proven its worth on more than one occasion. 

2) Sharp Hatchet
A very handy tool for both the chopping of kindling and decapitation purposes when the zombie apocalypse happens. Tellulah, you say, what are the chances that the virus will spread to your particular deserted island and infect the local animals? Do I really want to take that chance? I think not.

3) Vat of Ground Espresso - preferably Lavazza Rossa.
This desert island stay can go one of two ways. I can be happy (with espresso) or very very cranky. Believe me, no one wants the latter. Since I'll have my hatchet to both chop the wood for the fire and cut open a coconut which I'll Martha Stewart into a stovetop (firetop?) espresso maker, it's just common sense.

4) Box of black sharpies
I'll finally have time to write my masterpiece on a nice cave wall. Also, I'm going to want to mark my tough survivor status by getting me some ink, and since I'm not a fan of needles, the sharpies will have to suffice.

5) MAC Paramount lipstick
I don't leave home without it because I was not raised by wolves. And even if I'm only facing angry hyenas or zombies, there is no need for me to look as scary as they do. Plus at least my epitaph can say "She was stupid enough to get herself stranded on a deserted island, but boy, did she look good!"

Thanks so much for letting me participate, Chrystal. This was a blast!

About the Author:
Tellulah Darling

1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of professional screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy, flavored with pop culture. Awkwardness ensues.
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