Product placement (by design) is coming to YA books this fall. I haven't yet seen Cathy's Book, but when co-authors Jordan Weisman and Sean Stewart remark that changing their heroine's preference from Clinique # 11 "Black Violet" to Cover Girl's Lipslick "Daring" was a "natural connection," I have to wonder just why these guys know so much about lipstick. And what does "Daring" say about a girl that "Black Violet" doesn't?
Having not read any adult chick-lit since Bridget Jones, I wanted to see what was happening there, so this weekend I listened to Plum Sykes's The Debutante Divorcee. Yikes. "Hello, Editor? Plum here. I've finished my new novel and am phoning it in. Got a pencil?" Somebody recommended Sophie Kinsella to me, and I am enjoying her Can You Keep a Secret? much more.
But let's talk testosterone now, and let me highly recommend the new French film "District B13," an action movie set in the very near future in the housing projects of Paris. I was afraid it was going to be all French and morally ambiguous, but it's a straight-up story of good guys and bad guys with tremendous, but unbloody, fight scenes and superb atmospherics. Go see it maintenant.