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Share A Secret Reviewed

Share A Secret Reviewed looks at the weekly Share A Secret column in Australia's biggest-selling magazine, Woman's Day. We at Gusworld love it, and we hope you will too. We don't give away the plot (that would be unfair and a possible breach of copyright); we just tell you what the headline is and describe the stunning artwork that goes with it.

Woman's Day dated January 13th, 1997

PLAYING WITH FIRE

He was desparate to be one of the gang, but it almost ended in tragedy


While the story of the wife who wouldn't share her secret recipe for banana fritters with her mother-in-law will always hold a special place in our hearts, we have to be brutal and confess: this is the lamest Share A Secret we have ever read, lamer even than the infamous 'MY MUM REACHED OUT FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE'. Let us examine the reasons why this story fails to reach the heights required of any decent scandal:

  1. Even in an age where headlines on Share A Secret are all but meaningless, this one says nothing. Did the protagonist flirt with an iguana? seduce a relative? work as a hooker? sell her children into slavery? It's impossible to know.
  2. The protagonist is male. History shows that the few examples with a male narrator are rarely stunning (check here for the sole recent example).
  3. The protagonist is a child. At the very least, they need to be a teenager, to develop the strong sense of guilt the genre requires.
  4. There is no real disaster. There's an almost-disaster, but nothing to feel really bad about.
  5. And, worst of all, the headline refers to fire and yet there's virtually no red in the picture of some young brat striking a match. Strong yellow lighting cuts all the red tones out completely. The fools!

With all that against it, how did it ever get past the first sub-editor?


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