While the world has gone mad over this 50 Shades of Grey* lark, I’ve been using my time wisely to catch up on my classics with Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. Earlier this week however, I was feeling a bit dull so I took a break and opted for something much more light and cheerful.
Thank you Chris O’Dowd – you awesome actor, you! – for creating Moone Boy. The TV series was a hit and I was delighted to find that Mr O’Dowd then wrote Moone Boy: The Blunder Years with Nick V. Murphy.
This will not be a book review but in a nutshell, it’s the story of Martin Moone, an 11 year-old boy living in the west of Ireland in the late 1980s, who’s tired of being the only boy in a family of girls. Desperate for a wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life, Martin takes up best friend Padraic’s suggestion of getting an imaginary friend – IF for short. Attempt number 1 is Loopy Lou – a hyperactive goofball who writes rubbish rap songs. Soon tired of Lou’s loopy ways, Martin swaps him for a less wacky IF – the imaginary clerk Sean ‘Caution’ Murphy. With a head full of dodgy jokes and a passion for laziness, Sean is the perfect IF. But Martin soon discovers that getting rid of Loopy Lou might be a tad trickier than he thought …
The good Lord knows I needed a laugh. Reading the book in public proved to be an embarrassment though, not to mention nearly fatal, what with my trying not to laugh out loud. Here are 2 of my favourite passages:
[Trisha’s] ears pricked up when she heard the word ‘cool’. Coolness was very important to Trisha. Martin never knew why. His other sister Fidelma, was always trying to look ‘hot’. But Trisha always wanted to look cool. Women seemed to be divided by temperature. Martin had always loved being ‘luke-warm’. He was a tepid nut.
We were really making a lot of lists these days. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re doing stuff. You need to be organized. And to be organized you need to make lists. Which, ironically, takes up a lot of time and stops you doing the stuff you’re supposed to be doing. But without the lists, you can’t remember the stuff you’re supposed to be doing that you’re not doing because you’re making lists to make sure that the stuff you’re supposed to be doing gets done. It’s a vicious bicycle.
As for the series, here’s the trailer for Season 1 and one of my favourite scenes. Enjoy!
* Reader, I confess, I did not read the book, nor do I plan to. I picked up a copy of 50 Shades at a bookshop a while ago to see what the fuss was about and started reading. The first 2 pages were enough for me to label the book as “very badly written; insult to literature; avoid like the plague!” Why E. L. James? WHY? So I immediately put the book down in disgust and claimed sanctuary in my beloved classics section. I’m guessing that the film – even if it does star Jamie Dornan – is just as bad, if not worse.