Guilty Pleasures: The Really Guilty Edition

Guilty pleasures, we all have them. But there are levels of guilty pleasure. I can class many things I enjoy as a guilty pleasure: chick lit, rom coms, Wall’s twisters, etc. But many of these things I can find something to defend, they’re not something so horrible I lock away in the dark place as mine only mine the world must not know of our secret love!

The bottom of the barrel guilty pleasures are sometimes the sweetest though, if loving them is wrong we don’t want to be right,etc. SO here are some of mine. Look away now if you do not wish to judge me from now on every time you see me or read something I write and think “Mmkay, whatever, tasteless freak!” I make no excuses; we are none of us perfect.

Zac Efron:  Every decade I need a new actor who is nothing but shameful, shameful eye candy. It’s embarrassing because while they stay young, I do not! (In Zac’s defense, he is more charismatic than my previous decade’s eye candy Josh Hartnett). We all have actors we crush on, but often we can pretend with a straight face have a mainly intellectual bent due to their exceptional talent (David Tennant, etc.). It’s not even that Zac, as I call him, is a bad actor, but I can't really pretend it's an exercise in intellect, any more than the other half can when Bad Teacher comes on. I must watch his films alone, in secret, because when he inevitably rips off his shirt* for very integral to the plot reasons I cannot mask my embarrassing levels of delight - it's not pretty, for anyone involved. Except Zac. So pretty...

Strawberry Ribena: For non-U.K. readers, this is basically strawberry flavoured tooth decay in a bottle. The crackiest sugar crack in liquid form. When Tesco announced plans to get rid of it (For the love of God why?! It won't stop people getting sugar elsewhere if they want it!) I did feel a bit of panic – now I don’t drink it all the time, it’s a treat thing, but the thought of life without it is way less fun. I buy it in concentrate form and add it to fizzy (that's what they call sparkling water here America ;-) water and it’s delicious beyond all reason.

Made in Chelsea: (A reality show about stonkingly wealthy young London types for anyone who hasn't heard of it over yonder across the pond). Oh sure, I can come up with ways to sell it as an exercise in cynical modern Dionysian voyeurism, I savour the clever snark on Twitter that fans of the show use to excuse watching it, but the truth is I like to look at the pretty rich people living their vapid, likely scripted lives more than I can express. It's filmed in a sort of perpetual gauze filter with an 80's sounding pop soundtrack right out of Drive that makes it instantly soothing and addictive, contrasted nicely with the bad behaviour of it's stars. It's self aware, without ruining the illusion entirely. It's total escapism I guess, but I do feel shame, because I know it's bad, and I do sometimes want to write about why it's SO BAD IT'S ACTUALLY THE BEST THING EVER, but it's hard to put into words.

Bad, and I mean BAD made for t.v. movies: (Mostly found on True Entertainment or Channel Five, in the U.K., but they're mostly made for t.v. movies from America; though we don't get many Lifetime movies really like the recent spate of "Behind the Scenes" of Saved By the Bell, Melrose Place et al which I am sorely wishing I could watch because I am a freak). If there’s not a kidnapping or mistaken adoption or murder or stalking or something else ludicrous AND based on a true story I’m not interested.

Primark novelty underwear: Not the cute lacy stuff, the really tacky stuff designed for pre-teens with cartoon characters and such like. It’s cheap and it makes me giggle and it mostly sits in my underwear (PANTS!) drawer because it’s actually not very comfortable. I’m a collector of useless things.

Carly Rae Jespen songs: Need I say more? They all sound the same, they’re all quite silly bubble gum pop that is far too young for me, and they make me want to dance, preferably with Tom Hanks! I mean, how can you watch this and not smile/want to bop around? Just me?


 



So there we have it, some of my deepest, most shameful delights. What about you, dear reader, do you have a love that dare not speak its name?

*Note to viewers, do not waste your time on New Year’s Eve starring le Zac –it’s on Amazon Prime so I thought it worth a punt. It  resulted in the worst Zac Efron experience of my cinema going life: the shirt remained on the entire film – honestly, what it is the point? (Though the movie itself it's marginally better than the other Gary Marshall Love Actually ripoff Valentine's Day!) ;-0

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  1. Whenever I watched Made in Chealse, I just got bored. Maybe because I didn't watch it from the beginning, but I like their styles :) Strawberry Ribena is great, however since I moved back to Turkey awhile ago, I can't have it anymore *sigh* Primark underwears are the best, they are cheap and they look good. Whenever I went to Primark, I would always end up buying more and more underwears...

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    1. I know Made in Chelsea is hardly action packed, maybe that is why I like it, I get lulled into a sort of pleasant stupor, occasionally roused by wondering where one of them got her top!
      Total veg out telly! Glad I'm not the only one who enjoys the sickly sweet Ribena, I feel like it's such a kid's drink or something. I haven't been in Primark in awhile but am feeling the urge today! 😉

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  2. If it wasn't you who dragged me to see New Year's Eve, WHO WAS IT?!

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    1. Nope, not me! If you fancy the latest one though...;-)

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  3. Owns wonder woman knickers. Hammer horror and carry on films. Insane quantities of nail polish. Easy listening music. Hello magazine.

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    1. I need Wonder Woman knickers! My nail polish collection is ridiculous too! Hello Magazine I secretly read at the doctor/dentist ;-)

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  4. omgosh that music video is amazing. i am going to have to add that song to my spotify "fun" playlist :) (i also have that exact alarm clock)

    hmm. things i'd be embarrassed to admit?
    1. i like taco bell. even the doritos tacos. YUM.
    2. xbox dance games. BRING IT.
    3. mikes hard lemonade/smirnoff ice drinks, like peach and watermelon.

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    1. The doritos taco did not exist when I lived in America, I must try it! What's not to love about Taco Bell I say! If I had an xbox I would so do dance games, in high school my b.f.f. and I spent the majority of our time making up dance routines. I also Iove alcopops that don't taste like alcohol at all, we don't get the Mike's lemonade here and I really miss it!

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    2. And yeah I really really like you is addictive!

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  5. Most of my pleasures are guilty ones: getting into my pyjamas as soon as I walk through the door at the end of the day, McDonalds cheeseburgers even though I know they're only addictive because of all the sugar and salt in them, terrible high school comedies and romantic comedy films, when I know I should be watching something serious.

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    1. Ooh I am a pyjamas nut too! I should feel more shame about Rom com's than I do maybe!

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  6. Yes Yes Yes! I have some of the same guilty pleasures. Especially the Carly Rae Jepsen one. Even metal heads like me can't resist her!

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    1. I'm not averse to pop music but I did initially feel soooo silly/old to be liking her - then I saw the episode of The Good Wife where Elspeth gets obsessed with a Carly song and felt a bit better, they are infectious! :-)

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