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Hollywood Wives, by Jackie Collins – and other books

Would you admit you are a reader of Jackie Collins novels? Some would not. The highly successful Jacqueline Jill Collins OBE (born October 4, 1937) wrote about Hollywood, sex, organized crime, glamor, and power and beautiful people. She kept writing right to the end, when she died of breast cancer, with The Santangelos (2015), the last in her series on the “Santangelo crime family”. Many of her novels were filmed or made into TV series, like Hollywood Wives (1983) her ninth novel, and her most successful, selling over 15 million copies. The Bitch (1979) was adapted into the 1979 film The Bitch starring her sister, Joan Collins. Romance writer Barbara Cartland, famous for her own bodice rippers, called Collins’ beset-selling second novel, The Stud (1969), “Filthy, disgusting and unnecessary”, and by doing ironically ensured it became another best-seller for Collins. Why do I mention her? Well, we all need some light relief once in a while, and Collins did the Disposable Novel really, really well. It takes skill to make superficiality universally appealing. Consider this: 32 novels, all on the New York Times bestsellers list, sold over 500 million copies, translated into 40 languages, 8 adapted for the screen. I’d call that appealing writing, wouldn’t you?