Lana Del Rey, this photo; late British novelist Jackie Collins at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party; photos courtesy Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images North America; Neil-Krug

Music Notes: Melodrama Masters

Written by Jason P. Woodbury Category: Arts Issue: February 2018
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Melodrama Masters: Collins vs. Del Rey

The late British author Jackie Collins began her career acting in B-movies before launching a writing career in Los Angeles, spinning lurid romantic tales like The Stud and Hollywood Wives. Lizzy Grant began her pop career in the mid-2000s before christening herself Lana Del Rey in 2010, reborn as a West Coast femme fatale, something like a Twin Peaks character by way of Joan Didion – or maybe, like a character who stepped right out of one of Collins’ novels and on to the Coachella main stage.

Both writers share a penchant for the steamy – on her new album Lust for Life, Del Rey offers up the kind of torch songs that could well soundtrack a film adaptation of Collins’ racy, adulterous debut, The World Is Full of Married Men. In advance of Del Rey’s upcoming tour, which kicks off February 13 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, take our quiz to see if you can spot the difference between the superb (and supremely entertaining) melodramas proffered by Collins and Del Rey.

Quiz:
1. “We traveled for weeks just to escape your demons.”
2. “Falling in love is like getting hit by a truck…”
3. “First lust, then love.”
4. “Sometimes it feels like I’ve got a war in my mind.”
5. “Water in the morning, juice in the afternoon, herbal tea at night.”

 

Answer Code:
1. Lana Del Rey, “Summer Bummer” | 2. Jackie Collins, Lucky (1985) | 3. Jackie Collins, Married Lovers (2008) | 4. Lana Del Rey, “Get Free” | 5. Jackie Collins, Lethal Seduction (2000)