Monday 23 October 2017

Brendan O'Connor: The beatings will continue . . .

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The whole country has gone mad for the new blockbuster that hit our screens this weekend.

Fifty Shades of Greece is a fantasy tale about what happens when you cast off all your responsibilities, refuse to be a slave and stand up to your masters. It's not something anyone would dare try at home here in Ireland, but we enjoy the bit of escapism of watching others do it (this is referred to on the scene as voyeurism).

The fantasy is proving particularly popular with people stuck in unhappy unions they would never dare leave. In Fifty Shades of Greece, the eponymous hero - Greece - threatens to leave a union because it says its needs are not being met. Governments everywhere are praying for an unhappy ending to this story, so that Greece learns manners and everyone else will learn to toe the line. (This is referred to on the scene as 'schadenfreude'. And yes, the Germans have a word for it).

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