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to not understand appeal of Caitlin Moran writing for The Times?

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ARealDame Sun 30-Jun-13 11:37:07

She always has at least a couple of articles in The Times on Saturday, including her TV reviews, and seems to be heavily promoted there at the moment.

But I often find her writing cringeworthy e.g. this Saturday TV reviewing The White Queen headlines "She Makes Ingrid Bergman look like Someone Stuck Tits on a Turnip". Last Saturday, reviewing exactly the same programme (did anyone at The Times notice hmm?) the review headlined Battles, Castles and Tons of Fruity Historical Humping. Is she just being crass/offensive for the sake of it? And I find so much of her writing self-adulating plus impossible to make any sense of, a jumble of thoughtless sentences stuck together ... almost like a teenager on speed.

It seems a shame when The Times on Saturday has some enjoyable journalism e.g. the often brilliant Janice Turner, Matthew Paris, Giles Coran, plus some great review stuff of the Arts.

My heart just sinks when I see her bylines and picture. AIBU ?

Korovaj Sun 30-Jun-13 11:42:55

Her book on 'how to be a woman' is one of the most odious bits of drivel I have read in a very long time....

OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 11:45:25

I follow her on twitter, but have not read any of her articles as you have to pay for the times on line. She's quite good on twitter.

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 30-Jun-13 12:36:00

Well tbf she is very POPULAR and really QUITE CLEVER.That article was LITTERED with riffs on modern culture. I imagine that if the Times bosses don't LIKE it they wouldn't keep her.


burberryqueen Sun 30-Jun-13 12:38:45

YANBU she dresses and writes like a silly teenager

picnicbasketcase Sun 30-Jun-13 12:40:19

grin BoysAreLikeDogs, that was quite uncanny.

perplexedpirate Sun 30-Jun-13 12:41:08

I like her. I find her funny and relevant.
So ner! wink

Justfornowitwilldo Sun 30-Jun-13 12:54:37

Your problem is reading The Times.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 30-Jun-13 12:56:52


Wildly overrated.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 30-Jun-13 12:59:17

I cannot comment on her writing, but I doubt she writes her own headlines. Don't they have sub-editors for that kind of thing?

Crowler Sun 30-Jun-13 13:02:21

I am always a bit hmm when people ask me if I've read Caitlin Moran such-and-such book. Honestly, I don't think she's all that clever. I don't like her chick-lit journalism.

noddyholder Sun 30-Jun-13 13:03:06

Not keen at all Tries too hard and misses imho

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 30-Jun-13 13:04:39

i like her a lot
i think she's very funny, and much less snipey/cruel than lots of columnists out there. her columns are usually a break from all that endless negativity

specialsubject Sun 30-Jun-13 13:07:29

Usually dull, but this week's stuff on Glastonbury was quite good.Loved the bit about girls who sit on boyfriend's shoulders being selfish attention-seekers. It boiled down to 'Get on the ground, bimbo - you are blocking people's view.'

HumphreyCobbler Sun 30-Jun-13 13:09:06

I like her. She is funny. CW normally makes me giggle.

Surely one would be foolish to expect to like all columnists in a paper? One of the things I like about the Times is the varied opinion and writing style. I don't like India Knight or Minette Marin, but I don't think the worse of the paper for including them.

Wossname Sun 30-Jun-13 13:10:10

I really liked her until I saw her on telly.

CaptainJamesTKirk Sun 30-Jun-13 13:12:46

I agree with burberryqueen. I really don't get the appeal.

Zynia41 Sun 30-Jun-13 13:15:50

I don't follow her on twitter but I think it's a good job she's reminding conservative privileged people that benefits does not equal evil. She's doing a good job. keep it up. Although yes, my mother looked at the picture of her posing as though she were on the loo with a piece of toilet paper and sighed and tried to make sense of it. She may be annoying in rl, but what she says ought to be said. Laughing is irrelevant!

ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Sun 30-Jun-13 13:24:23

i like her. why does her dress sense even get a mention on a thread discussing her writing though? hmm

burberryqueen Sun 30-Jun-13 13:26:41

because there is a massive pic of her in the middle of the column? I mean you can't help it!

hollyisalovelyname Sun 30-Jun-13 13:55:10

Bit of 'Emperor's new clothes' bout Caitlin Moran methinks.

littlewhitebag Sun 30-Jun-13 14:10:35

I think she is hilarious she writes the sort of things I often think. Leave her alone.

trice Sun 30-Jun-13 14:12:22

She makes me laugh. I think she is clever and funny. I don't read the times though.

GreenShadow Sun 30-Jun-13 14:13:01

I used to like her and am old enough to remember her being discovered by The Times as a teenager.
Maybe I've got older and her writing hasn't, but I feel I've grown out of her.

Snazzywaitingforsummer Sun 30-Jun-13 14:17:52

She can make a good point when she wants to but I find her style really IRRITATING. Some parts of How To Be A Woman were great but the whole thing was wildly overpraised as the Best Work of Feminism Ever.

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