Super Bookseller

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People who engage in bookselling are called booksellers. Hugh is a bookseller. He owns an independent book store, The Travel Book Co. in “Notting Hill”, London. It’s a nice place where to live.

Submitted: July 27, 2017

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People who engage in bookselling are called booksellers. The founding of libraries in 300 BC stimulated the energies of the Athenian booksellers. In Rome, toward the end of the republic, it became the fashion to have a library, and Roman booksellers carried on a flourishing trade... All the way through the centuries to England. More exactly London. More exactly "Notting Hill" where our story occur.

Hugh is a bookseller. He owns an independent book store, The Travel Book Co. in "Notting Hill", London. It's a nice place where to live. No "Small Time Crooks", only book readers. His life is actually quite boring.

"Basically, my life is so boring, it's embarrassing."

And he stays at home most of the time.

"At home, I hardly ever leave London. I don't like the countryside in England."

The Queen, the Big Ben, the Abbey Road, Wimbledon and his old friend Mr. Bean are all in London. And best of all, London is so expensive!

After "Four Weddings and a Funeral" Hugh ended up as a divorced man sharing his house with an eccentric Welshman named Spike, a "Big Man" who took care of him. He decided to take "Extreme Measures" about love. Never again fall in love at first sight.

"I just don't believe in love at first sight any more, even though I've based my whole career on the concept."

No more "Night Train to Venice" with a lover he met the night before. "Rowing with the Wind" instead of against it. He used to be the fool on the hill, "The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain". His "Impromptu" speaking habits without "Sense and Sensibility" brought him more trouble than benefits. Love had been "An Awfully Big Adventure" ending up in "Bitter Moon".

"Women are frightening. If you get to 41 as a man, you're quite battle-scarred."

One day, as he was reading "Bridget Jones's Diary", the personal diary of a former girlfriend he kept secretly in his shop, an unexpected customer showed up. A woman named Julia, an Hollywood superstar. Minutes later, they collided in the street and his drink spilled on her clothes. He offered his house nearby for Julia to change. Before leaving, she impulsively kissed him and then asked him not to mention what just occurred. Now he had two secrets to keep: the Bridget Jones's Diary and the Julia's kiss. From this day, he dreamt about her at his book store, waiting for another surprised visit. His head was full of "Music and Lyrics":

"Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do"

She had definitely become his "American Dreamz". He even started to write poetry about "A Boy" (him) falling in love with a girl (Julia).

One day, a distraught Julia appeared at his doorstep; some pre-stardom nude photos had been published in the tabloids (along with reports of a video filmed without her permission), and she needed a place to hide from the fallout. "Ninth Months" later she was about to give birth, and they spent "The Remains of the Day" at the hospital. At the "Dawning" on the next day Hugh was a father. He felt "Privileged", he could stay home helping Julia with the new born baby without having to worry about money. He just had to worry about honey.

In fact, Hugh is a failed writer. He is the opposite of the writer who wrote this story.

"I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative. Like actually writing a script, or writing a book. But the awful truth is that I... probably can't!"

That's how he ended selling books instead of writing them. At least, he can read books for free.

"The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny."

Romantic comedy books need to be funnier. Tell writers of this specific genre to add some jokes in their romantic novels. Hugh seduced Julia being very romantic and funny. She may be a Hollywood superstar, but as a woman she is just like any other women. She craves for love AND fun.

"So, goodnight Hugh. Don't get caught again with a sex worker for lewd conduct. If Liz (Hurley) didn't like it, Julia won't either."

 


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