At the Hampstead Theatre
18th February, 2017
“How do I make myself hard enough to withstand all the bad but stay soft enough to still be the writer I want to be?”
Talented novelist; after her first book got badly marketed as chic-lit, she’s turned her back on success
Manipulative bestselling salacious blogger; his candid, crude lad-lit, harbours more serious literary ambitions.
She’s 38; he’s 28.
She’s spiky and defensive; he’s all charm.
Venue: writer’s retreat.
Conditions: a blizzard outside.
Seasoning: The WiFi’s down
So strung together, Olivia (Emilia Fox), a literary professor in her late thirties, loves the smell of books and has one highly-regarded, little-read book. In contrast, Ethan (Theo James is a New York Times bestselling author thanks to an internet memoir based on his popular sex blog, ‘Sex with Strangers’ but craves literary legitimacy. Ethan is trapped by the image of the online persona he established as a young man, and his imprisonment feels like a warning to all online writers. Anonymity v Exposure.
So as the title suggests, there is no guessing as to what ensues when the two forces meet. Sex scenes follow most arguments feel tired, and, worse, tedious. Continue reading Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason