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Uninteresting And Badly Written
on 18 April 2013
I feel like a heretic writing this (and I realise I'm in the minority) but did I read the same book as everyone else?
If we can just park to one side Elisabeth Sladen's sad premature death and the delight she brought to many (myself included) in her role as Sarah Jane Smith, the sad truth is the author possesses neither the raconteur wit nor the writing skills required to make this kind of thing interesting. She seems to have nothing remarkable to say and simply strings together a collection of superficial anecdotes in the least interesting way possible.
There is no nuance in what she is saying, little comment or analysis on what happens and no depth beneath the luvvie stories trotted out in strict chronological order. The grammar and writing style is poor and the annoyingly excessive use of exclamation marks everywhere felt very childish and had me wondering whether the book had just been poorly marketed and was really aimed at children or undemanding teenagers.
Elisabeth Sladen worked on Doctor Who during what was arguably it's peak period. Against such a rich background, it's unforgivable this is so dull. She is undoubtedly a sorely missed TV presence but this is a by-the-numbers join-the-dots exercise in tedium.
They say you should never meet your idols - you're bound to be disappointed. Maybe you shouldn't read their autobiographies either.