The other day, I was at the grocery store customer service counter, and there was a woman in the line next to me wanting to exchange a book. I glance over, and it's a romance novel. Feh! I thought to myself in my arrogance. She reads that pathetic tripe!
Then I realized, hey, that woman is READING. Not only does she read, but she enjoys books so much she's trying to rip off the grocery store (she was tryng to exchange that book for the next volume - and the ploy worked!) just to get another book to read. She doesn't have to read, she could do any number of things aside from read. But she wants to spend an hour or two doing nothing but reading a book. I can't fault that, even if it is lonely housewife garbage.
Just out of curiosity, what was the ploy? And those books are pathetic tripe... I guess I shouldn't say anything, 4 of the last 5 books I read were the Harry Potter books (the fifth being the Hitchhiker's Guide). Not that I'm saying the Harry Potter books are bad, they're actually really really good. But they aren't exactly challenging reads either ^-^
I was asking how she was able to return it- how she talked them into letting her get the new one for the old one. Just "I didn't like it, give me this one"?
I understood what you were saying in the first place, I just can't help but think that that sort of material is better done in movies... if you know what I mean :P I'm not much of a reader, but I'm trying to get back into it. Isn't it funny, when most of us were kids we read a lot, and then a lot of people stop... seems like it's sorta backwards. When we're kids, we read because we think it's a sort of adult thing to do, but when we're adults, we don't do it.
Oh, she just said that her daughter had bought her the book for mother's day, but that she already had that one and could she exchange it for the next one. It's a brilliant ploy, it covers why that book won't show up when scanned, why she doesn't have the receipt, and why she needs the next volume.
So see, it's good that someone reads a book. But I'm going to make a post about this in a minute, have you ever read a romance novel? Neither have I. So, I really have no grounds on which to base my claim. Kathleen Turner's character in "Romancing the Stone" was a romance novelist.
Anyway, I'm going to post a whole journal entry about this. Watch for it!
Almost all the women in my family read those romance books. My cousin and I, when we were kids, discovered that if you hold them loosly by the spine, they would automatically fall open to the most erotic parts. But only if the book has been read, it doesn't work on new books. Those are also the only parts I've ever read, as it happens. The delicious tea is calling your name!!