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A BIT HIT AND MISS FOR ME
22 June 2018
Contemporary fiction 'The Cows' by Dawn O'Porter focused on three 'thirty something' women on a journey of validation and self-discovery, with a firm philosophy of - don't follow the herd! (Why am I thinking of Sex in the City?).
Dawn's ultimate aim was to present women in a celebratory way (warts and all) - ambitious, confident, strong and sassy.
The MCs: single mum/producer,Tara; blogger, Camie; and a photographer's PA, Stella. Dawn placed the women in mostly OTT and zany scenes that were occasionally, farfetched. Some situations were complex, uncomfortable or confronting, but there were a couple of wild and humourous ones, too. The women weren't really role model types for modern feminism - pretty self-absorbed and adolescent, actually. But I wonder if Dawn intended them to be framed that way!?
The author had a bold, open and easy-feel writing style. She portrayed our media-based society well and some of her musings rang true. She also touched on issues that women of this demographic might reflect upon: sisterhood, sexuality, societal judgements, abortion, work v family, health, life/death etc.
What I didn't like, so much:
1. Some of those zany scenes didn't quite work for me.
2. Sometimes the flow of the narrative was interrupted, so I disconnected here and there.
3. The plot seemed to become weaker as it progressed.
4. The OTT feel made it difficult to relate to the characters and, at times, they seemed a tad clichéd.
Overall, the topical, satirical 'The Cows' was entertaining, but hit and miss, too. It wasn't quite the trope I was expecting, but I can only encourage readers to try it for themselves, as this is just one person's opinion.