Do you want cheap (as in free) entertainment? This dubious amusement will leave you laughing, frowning, sad and shaking your head in disbelief, not necessarily all at the same time.

If you guess that the cheap entertainment is Facebook, you are partially correct. Why do people feel drawn to so-called social media, when there is nothing social about exposing our souls and linens (in various states of clean and grubby) and for the whole world?

Facebook appears to be an online diary that lonely, needy (as in craving attention and affection) people write? For those who do not fit into this category, please do not get your shorts in a bunch. We know you are special.

After you calm down, take a lucid and open-minded look at people’s posts. Do not skip Aunt Tilly’s posts about the great BM she had today or the photographic exposé of Cousin Harvey’s walk on the wild side escapade after he sampled one too many adult beverages.

Whether they do it consciously or subconsciously, people crave attention, and lots of it, even if it is unsavory and personal. They pour out their hearts’ frustrations and yearnings and release the verbiage into the ether, assuming their scribbles will remain private. No one will read about their anguish because no one is interested. This attitude is a product of their subconscious, and that is the reason people do not censor their posts.

People thrive on other people’s misery, but sometimes they cheer for the happy occasions as well. Uncomfortable posts and those who enjoy reading them as not much different from those who watch car races to see the occasional accidents. Facebook is gladiator sports for the modern era, but without the bloody gore, usually.

Our second source of cheap entertainment, the book reviews on Amazon. Be sure to check the romance, paranormal, fantasy and hot stuff books. Take time to read the five-star reviews and then the lower star reviews. You have to wonder if the reviewers read the same books.

Allow us to share a few examples.

Book 1:

4 Stars:

“I loved reading this six-book series. The characters were beautifully written and the stories were very intriguing. I recommend a very good read.”

3.5 Stars:

“The author is very repetitive. I got the feeling when I was reading, that she needed to meet some kind of word quota. She literally copied and pasted whole sections from earlier stories into later ones.”

1 Star:

“The 5th book ruined it for me. I don’t really care if the author promises to give him a HEA in another book the ending of this book was so sad it ruined the series for me. Tons of typos throughout the series, but I can usually overlook that. I probably won’t get another book from this author for fear of her concluding a book like that again.”

Book 2:

5 Star:

“This is a very suspenseful story that starts on the first page and goes all the way to the end. It was a good love story to me. The mystery did keep you going for the whole book. I am not real crazy about mysteries and don’t usually read them. I really had no idea this was going to be a mystery until I was too far gone to just let it go. I had to know how it ended. It was a good read, very entertaining and I definitely recommend it.”

1 Star:

“I normally like this author’s writing style. I don’t know what she was thinking with this book. I felt absolutely disgusted by the lack of storyline and the enormous amount of gratuitous sex scenes. It wasn’t even good sex…it was more about how much the man couldn’t control himself and the woman just instead of saying no seemed to regret things later. Hated it!”

Please note these are direct quotes, bad grammar included.

So, dear readers, if you need light entertainment, look no further than Amazon book reviews. They are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud or cringe. Many reviewers who complain about typos are guilty of the same sins.