Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Julia Barrett's Camping Trip From Hell: My Favorite Blog Post of the Year


My first introduction to the term "serial" as a fictional device was in the 9th grade, when my class was reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. The idea of getting a reader addicted to a story, and releasing it little bits at a time, seemed like a diabolical and brilliant idea to me. Just ask anyone obsessed with a daytime soap, the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, or Project Runway, how compelling a "serial" can truly be.

Of all the books, magazine articles, newspaper bits, and blog posts I read this year, the most effective serial was undeniably Julia Barrett's ill-fated canoe trip, also known as The Canoe Trip From Hell. Julia is a very talented writer and blogger, and this accounting of her canoe trip in Northern Minnesota caught me totally off guard. I didn't realize I would become seriously addicted, agitated, amused, amazed and emotional about a story that dragged on for 6 long days. And I do mean, long. We live in a time of immediate gratification. How difficult it is to be patient (24 freakin' hours!), waiting for the next installment of the story.

And this real-life story has everything in it. An intrepid heroine (Julia), a sweet, sexy, strong hero (Julia's hubby), an evil villain and his wife (Mr. Bob and Mrs. Bob), a suspenseful story line, a wicked sense of humor, a gorgeous setting and the requisite HEA. This series of blog posts is hands-down the greatest blogging I read all year. Here are the links to the series...please read them in chronological order, but realize you are all cheating because you get to read the whole story at the same time. Cheaters!!!!!!!

I'll leave you with my favorite quote....

"I have to go stand near the bear shit to cool off. I'm sending out bear vibes, hoping a bear comes and eats Mr. Bob tonight."

Sunday, August 29....Preamble--Red Flags
Friday Sept 3.... In the end....


Thanks, Julia for this brilliant story. So glad you made it back alive. (Bet you didn't send Mr. and Mrs. Bob a holiday card this year...hee hee hee!)

Addicted to 5-star hotels and indoor plumbing,
Penelope

15 comments:

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oh you make me laugh! Reliving the entire trip makes me laugh. Just got a holiday card from the Bobs - all about 'forgiveness' and 'putting the past behind us'. Think he read my blog? LOL!

Natascha said...

I snorted coffee through my nose when I read your favorite quote from the blog. There's something funny about standing next to bear shit.

Amber Skyze said...

I second that! It was the best blog I read all year.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Yep, this was a great series!

Tina Donahue said...

Awesome, Julia!! And well-deserved. :)

Bronwyn Green said...

I third or fourth or fifth it...or something it. I've actually re-read the entire thing on more than one occasion. It's a brilliant blog series - one of my all time faves. :D

Penelope said...

Hey Julia...I think your fan club is here...hee hee hee! I can't believe Mr. Bob had the cojones to send you a xmas card...about forgiveness? What a freakin' blow hard!

Jadette said...

:D This is great! What an experience. I'm like you though, get me out of the fresh air.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

The canoe trip definitely was one of the highlights/lowlights of my year!

Paris said...

I learned to be very careful about drinking coffee while reading Julia's "vacation" series:-)

Lindsay Townsend said...

Magnificent! Thank you Penelope and Julia! I loved -re-reading these amazing blogs!They were my favourite blog posts this year, too.

Happy Holidays! (I wonder what Mr and Mrs Bob do for a Christmas meal?)

Nina Pierce said...

Great choice! This was definitely a great series. I think Julia may be in therapy for years to get over the trauma of Mr. Bob and butter!

Penelope said...

I think Julia and Mr. Bob should have a celebrity death match...I'm putting all my money on Julia (did you see how big her muscles are? hee hee.....)

Steph said...

Good choice. While at its worst it wasn't funny but was dangerous, I nearly peed myself reading it and laughing. Congratulations to Julia who is talented on many levels!

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Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Okay Penny and Steph - don't you be doin' a fightclub mashup of me and Mr. Bob!