I have written about Georgia Nicolson many times here. I am sorry to be writing about her today, because I have to report that her creator, Louise Rennison, has died.
Rennison's most famous creation was, and continues to be, a fantastic character. Sometimes not much happened in a fabby, fab, fab Georgia Nicolson book. "Not many authors can write about the nothingness of life as entertainingly as Rennison. Sacre bloody bleu! She is a genius!" Yeah, that was me, saying that.
How terrific was Georgia Nicolson? How much of an impact did she have? Write alikes started appearing soon after Georgia exploded on the scene. They didn't last long, because there is only one Georgia Nicholson.
How good is she? I can read a book about boyfriends and shopping only if Georgia is in it.
How good was Louise Rennison? Even when she moved on to another series, one about Georgia's younger cousin, Tallulah, she couldn't help but be funny. And that's with Tallulah being deeper than Georgia. "Her interests involve more than boys but not to the point that it ruins her sense of humor." "She and her friends have read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre,
though, and are capable of some really clever Heathcliff and Mrs.
Rochester jokes. In the Glossary at the back of the book, Tallulah
defines Heathcliff as "The 'hero' of Wuthering Heights. Although no one knows why." Yes, I'm quoting me again. Because, seriously, Rennison is a favorite author.
Well, this stinks.