Louise Rennison, the author of the famous ‘Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging’ book series, has passed away.
It was confirmed by Harper Collins, her publisher. However the cause of her death has not been publicised.
“It is with huge sadness that we can confirm the death of our much loved author and friend, Louise Rennison.”
Rennison wrote a book series consisting of ten books that reflected the life of Georgia Nicolson, written from the 14 year old girl’s perspective as a series of diary entries. It follows the character’s life as a teenager, trying to cope with her mad parents and annoying little sister while learning about love, including how to kiss. The first book was published in 1999 with the last being published in 2009.
The first two books were adapted into a film titled ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’. Released in 2008 it starred an array of acting talent including Georgie Coome and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Louise Rennison was well known among teen readers for her quirky characters and entrancing plots, being able to create plot lines that many female teenage readers could relate to, however sometimes upon more comical levels. Many readers found Rennison’s tendency to allow her characters to create nicknames for certain things a highlight to the series, for example naming boobs “nunga nungas”.
Rennison has explained before how her inspiration for the series had mostly come from her own life as a teenager growing up in Leeds. She was brought up in a three-bedroomed council house with her mum, dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin. She also conducted ‘research’ for her book, explaining how spending her time around 14 year olds was “brilliant – the best fun known to humanity. It’s all boys, make-up, laughing and, er, that’s it.”
Louise Rennison went on to create a new book series, staring Georgia Nicolson’s younger cousin Tallulah, the first book titled ‘The Taming of the Tights’ published in 2013. Many fans have drawn on how the story line of Tallulah at a performing arts school relates closely to Rennison’s own experiences as she enrolled on a performing arts course in Brighton where she lived. However, after an audition where Louise was requestied “to be an embryo”, her tutor advised her how she is “obviously a very intelligent girl, but you must never go on stage again. Your performance made me feel physically sick.”
Fellow author Patrick Ness paid his respect to Louise Rennison, taking to Twitter to send out his love.
We at CelebMix are deeply saddened by the loss of such great writing talent, and send all our love and respect to Rennison’s family.