Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Weary of the Fifty Shades of Oversharing

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Weary of the Fifty Shades of Oversharing

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GOTTA love the Olympics.

So entertaining.

There is the standard four-yearly entertainment a national outfits that look like lawn bowls uniforms, sobbing athletes who really need to learn about graciousness in defeat, political statements that apparently have no place at a sporting event, horses going to the toilet mid-jump, suspicious world records, moustaches on women a great stuff which drags you out of bed each day at 4.30am.

Then there is the unexpected joy; the things you don't see coming.

And the unexpected bonus of the 2012 London Olympics?

It has finally stopped every woman in the world talking about Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sex has a for two weeks anyway a been sidelined in favour of sport. For that we must all say hallelujah.

For the past few months, my Facebook page has been inundated with posts from girlfriends reading this book.

Every coffee gathering has ended up discussing it.

Everyone wants to know if you've read it, what you thought of it, who should play Christian in the Hollywood movie, how much I paid for my rope and whether my bed head is holding up.

To be honest, I'm over it. My interest has faded from grey to a vomitus shade of puce.

At the end of the day, Fifty Shades of Grey is little more than the grown-up version of Twilight.

Just as poorly written, and focusing on a handsome rich man with the ability to stay up all night. The vampire may in fact have the edge because at least he can beat off stray werewolves.

Yes, Grey is a book which will put you in the mood quicker than chocolates, flowers and the sight of your man doing the washing up.

But if a spade is to be called a spade, it is also porn wrapped in a hard cover.

It should therefore be treated like every other piece of porn on the market a with utmost privacy, with intimate details kept secret between the reader and the book. …

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