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September 08, 2007

Belle du Jour on TV

Hmmm. I actually know someone who knows who Belle du Jour is. Unfortunately, she's not telling. Still, is there a clue in this report about the new TV adaptation?

The Secret Diary of a Call Girl is based on an anonymous internet blog, Belle de Jour, which purportedly was written by a London prostitute who goes by the pseudonym Belle. The blog, documenting Belle’s sexual escapades, was turned into a best-selling novel.
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The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, made by Tiger Aspect, the company behind family programmes including the BBC’s latest Robin Hood, was adapted by Lucy Prebble, a new screenwriter, and produced by a largely female team.

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Do people pay BdJ royalties for this sort of thing? The BBC ought to tell her to f*** off and wait until she sues for copyright infringement, that way we find out who she is, ta da!

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Sep 8, 2007 12:26:17 PM

I posted here on 11 August:

"The local superstore where I regularly buy groceries, has a section selling popular and family books as well as the current chart-topping paperbacks at appropriately discounted prices.

"Among the last, presently ranked at No 12 in the display, was: 'Confessions of a Working Girl' by Miss S, published by Penguin Books.

"This is the inspiring autobiographical account by a student who sought to avoid accumulating a student loan to finance her college education by working instead part-time at a conveniently situated brothel at the end of the road where her student accommodation was located and where her youthful age did not seem to pose any insurmountable impediment to her successful and enterprising employment. If anything, quite the opposite. . . "
http://timworstall.typepad.com/timworstall/2007/08/womens-rights.html

Recourse to Amazon quickly establishes that there is now an established genre of books, supposedly all by literary-minded call-girls and working-calls - as well as by dedicated amateurs - who write in feisty prose of the enticing challenge and attractive remuneration of a venerable profession. Obviously, the genre is definitely in demand but in past times of more uncertain job prospects, I distinctly recall official encouragement about turning hobbies into paid employment so perhaps it's not altogether surprising that some heeded that advice.

I suppose the next steps is VAT ragistration and then learned papers in academic journals about the economic characteristics of this professional market - perhaps something along the lines of this:
http://personal.lse.ac.uk/sutton/market_structure_theory_evidence.pdf

Posted by: Bob B | Sep 8, 2007 12:36:14 PM

Belle du Jour was outed by the Sunday Times last year. Bloggers were furious, etc.

Tim adds: No, that was Girl With a One Track Mind.

Posted by: JS | Sep 9, 2007 11:22:50 PM

"The BBC ought to tell her to f*** off and wait until she sues for copyright infringement"

As the series is made by ITV, I wonder what the point of that would be?

Posted by: Maxim | Sep 10, 2007 3:32:12 PM

so this belle du jour how come she,s not on punternet

if she,s that good a hooker surely one of her clients would have posted a brilliant report her on punternet

how does she compere to a teenage crackhead runaway girl on some council estate in thamesmead or an eastern european sex slave from bosnia inprisoned in a bedsit brothel in slough

Posted by: jamspid | Dec 11, 2007 11:53:28 PM