And I may have found the perfect opportunity to poke fun at myself and how crazy/obsessed with planning I've been. Let me explain.
In the real world, my girlfriends and I belong to a book a club. This summer we're taking a break from thought-provoking literature to turn to those trashy novels you take with you to the beach. Each of us is going to read a different book. We're then going to then create a project that embodies the salient points of the book.
My favorite trashy novels are the thrillers. I just finished reading James Rollin's The Doomsday Key. (I really hope it's made it into a movie as the special effects will be AWESOME - they basically blow up historical landmarks, including the Colosseum in Rome as they race around the globe.) But reading another thriller where I could just create a Flickr pool of demolition or a short video of high-speed car chases seems too easy, too blah.
So I got to thinking about one of my all time favorite required reads from high school: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh. In case you haven't read it - you totally should by the way - it's a short satirical novel about the funeral business in Los Angeles.
Idea! Here's where I can show my flair for satire. There's got to be a bunch of satires about brides. I mean come on - bridezillas, WIC - such easy targets! Maybe Weddings of the Times (check out the review "The Bride Wore Vera Wang; The Groom A Codpiece" at NPR). Or The Redneck Wedding Planner. I'm not sure if a book of wedding photography counts as trashy, but Brides Behaving Badly: Wild Wedding Photos You Were Never Meant to See might be worth a laugh.
From the dearth of offerings it seems that weddings are not on the same plane as funerals. Maybe I should write a satire in the vein of The Loved One? My interpretation of Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal in high school was definitely thought provoking (if not fraught with some faulty logic).
Well at least if I can't find an appropriate satire, I can always fall back to thrillers. I mean what bride wouldn't want to dive into Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector where a Denver serial killer is killing beautiful young women and leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene. Or in keeping with the recent fascination with all things vampire, Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. For the first I could see a montage of Trash the Dress images. For the second, a series of film stills of past and present vampires. Anyone remember George Hamilton's turn as a vampire in Love at First Bite? Of course either montage would have to be set to Billy Idol's White Wedding.
So what do you recommend for a book that trashes the WIC or pokes fun at that loveable creature The Bridezilla?