"Misfit" wrote:I thought she was still in HS and starting her senior year there and lived in a uni town.
So did I, then there was mention of her major being in anthropology and minor in sociology. Do you have majors and minors in HS? I did get a bit confused by the timescale in this section. She has to be at university - in her home town - when she's playing Jade Ring, because Jack is cutting her dead in the corridors and he's doing graduate work. But the transition from HS to university never gets mentioned. It does make sense that she would live at home and attend the local uni because it would save money.
Misfit wrote:Despite all the sex she's having the scenes are still rather tame.
There's all of this very over the top stuff about her bones melting and the universe melting, or whatever. It's certainly tame compared to books like Scruples or Lace which were the bestsellers of the day. The style is quite similar to Barbara Taylor Bradford sex scenes though - they tend to go on for pages with a lot of very flowery description. Have you read Robert and Arabella? I found that much more earthy but a bit repetitive.
Misfit wrote:The relationship with the manager/director was a bit odd though IMHO.
I've only just come to that but it seemed to come out of nowhere and I couldn't really understand what Arlette was after - does she think sleeping with him will help her career, is she trying to forget Anthony or is she genuinely attracted to him? Or can she just not resist making another conquest? So far I feel it's the latter.
I've really appreciated how Arlette and Anthony play off of each other and how they use that to develop their on-stage characters. Rather Richard Burton/Liz Taylor-ish.
Did she write this before or after that big old affair?
Yes, actually I think Burton and Taylor did a film version of Taming of the Shrew. The Taylor Burton scandal was in the mid 60s I think, so this would have been written after that.