Monday, November 10, 2008

Manic Monday - Bounty

If you've clicked by here from Roger's Creative Photography Contest blog looking for my entry for the week, there was a minor mix-up with Mr. Linky and you can find that post here if you'd like! If you really wanted to read about Janet Evanovich's great books then please read on!

The Manic Monday word for the day is "bounty" and even though I think this is supposed to have something to do with Thanksgiving, the first thing that came to mind for me had nothing to do with Turkey Day as I immediately thought of Stephanie Plum - my very favorite fictional bounty hunter!

Stephanie is the creation of author Janet Evanovich and is the protagonist in 14 books starting with "One for the Money" and currently ending with "Fearless Fourteen" as well as four novellas that are written "between the numbers". She's been described as a combination between Dirty Harry and Nancy Drew with out of control curly brown hair, a fast metabolism, a penchant for something sweet when things start to go wrong, and a family that is even crazier than she is! In short, she's a true Jersey Girl!

Living in an apartment complex full of elderly neighbors in Trenton, New Jersey with her hamster, Rex, Stephanie is definitely what one might call a "crap magnet" as she finds herself in more impossible situations than you would ever think possible and yet they're all so darned funny that I constantly find myself laughing right out loud. Having lived in New Jersey myself during part of my time in the Air Force, I can easily picture the scenes in the books and think I even know which mall it is that Stephanie loves to go to when she's in need of some therapeutic shoe-shopping!

A lot of the comedy in the books comes from Stephanie's sidekick in the bounty hunting business, Lula - a plus-sized former hooker who constantly attempts to shove her size 16 body into size 10 spandex - generally with some sort of animal print! When she isn't helping Stephanie screw up an apprehension or threatening to shoot someone, Lula is working as a file clerk at Vincent Plum Bail Bonds which is owned by Stephanie's slime-ball cousin Vinnie who hired Stephanie on as a bounty hunter when the secretarial position she originally wanted was already taken by Connie. With her car about to be repossessed, Stephanie really needed the job even though she had no idea how to chase down the people who had skipped out on their court appearances and Vinnie needed back so as not to lose his bail money. Funny thing is, throughout all of the books, Stephanie never really gets better at being a bounty hunter but the situations get funnier and funnier.

There is no shortage of adventure, laughter, and hot men in the Stephanie Plum series and with any luck there might actually be a movie out before too long. From what I can gather the front runners for the role of Stephanie are Sandra Bullock and Ann Hathaway with the role of Lula being perfect for Queen Latifah; unfortunately I wasn't able to find out who they might be considering for the roles of Joe and Ranger though I'm sure there's a poll or two out there somewhere with fans asking that very question!

If you've never read these books, I highly recommend them as it's an excellent series and very fun to read. Just don't blame me if you find yourself craving Tasty Kakes or donuts while you're reading!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Manic Monday Minions and have a great day!

18 comments:

  1. I've never heard of these books - I AM from the UK - but they sound fun. I'll have to look out for them.

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  2. 14??/ FOURTEEN??!!!!

    Oh, where have I BEEN???

    I think I stopped at 12. Must get to the Library!

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  3. Never heard of these either. And I'm not from the UK. What is my problem?

    Living in my own little world, I suppose.

    The books sound fun!

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  4. I've seen these in a library, but they never really caught my attention. I guess I will have to try one and see if I like it :o)

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  5. I want tasty kakes without reading the books. Peanut butter tandy kakes are on my mind now.

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  6. well i haven't read them either. but then i mostly do blogging and sudoku and little reading...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  7. Very cool! I thought of doing a post about dog the bounty hunter and his wife with twice the bounties that I will ever have...but I opted out. :) *LOL*

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  8. Oh wonderful! Just what I needed! Another set of books to read, particularly ones featuring a hamster. :-)

    Someday one of your ambulance pals is going to find me under a collapsed stack of bookcases, moaning .... Linda made me do it.

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  9. We I saw this word over at Mo's this was my first thought. I am currently on book five and I love them all. I laugh, cry and am really into her wacky family. Very well done Linda. If any of you haven't read her you need to. Excellent reads. Have a wonderful MM. Big hug.l :)

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  10. I haven't read them but I'll certainly look out for them now. :)

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  11. I get her books from the library and love them. large print of course!

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  12. We have chocolate bars called 'Bounty' here in the UK.

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  13. You mentioned cakes! Yes, please!

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  14. Crap magnet. I like that!

    I'm going to have to check these out. They sound like pretty good books. I'm just about through with my unread books so it'll be on here soon.

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  15. These books sound like something "Mrs. Bulldog" would get a kick out of reading. 1-14, huh? No problem - probably take her all of a week-and-a-half to get through them the way she reads! I'll pass it along. BTW: "crap magnet"??? Spoken like a true EMS employee (LOL)

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  16. Looks good! I almost checked one of these out from the library a few months ago. I will have to make another attempt and actually check it out! Thanks for the tip. Always on the lookout for a good book.

    Thanks for stopping by my MM post today! :)

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  17. I've heard lots of great things about this author. I guess I'm long overdue to check her out. Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for visiting my MM post today.

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  18. This sounds like something my mom would enjoy. I'll have to see if she's read any.

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