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Film Fest 2011 - Guilty Pleasures

Film Fest 2011 - Guilty Pleasures 


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You'd expect a doco about Mills and Boon to offer some insight into the reasons and psyche of why so many copies of these trashy novels fly off the shelves worldwide. Instead this disappointing doco treads familiar territory as it follows readers/ writers and a cover model of the franchise and offers little insight into their worlds.Sure, it may surprise some that a writer of the novels is a balding Englishman who holds writing classes and seminar getaways;it may also surprise that the cover model can't find love despite his looks and quest-but it feels an uninspired look through a microscope for these.Perhaps more successful is the inspection of a Japanese woman, Delhi woman and English lady who've been reading the books for escapism and whose lives are the real reason they choose this form of relief.It's here the doco brings a bit more wisdom and the domestic mundanity is paired with the appeal a fantasy life led vicariously through reading.Overall, this is perhaps a little lacking

Sat July 09, 2011 1:33PM



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