A useful new term...

Property porn.
Apparently the Collins English Dictionary defines it as:
a genre of escapist TV programmes, magazine features, etc showing desirable properties for sale, especially those in idyllic locations, or in need of renovation, or both.

I first saw it used on the Guardian book blog in a slightly different but related meaning as a term for the travel sub-genre I call “fixer-upper” stories, i.e. one of those “I bought a dilapidated dream house in France/Italy/Spain and fixed it up and I want the world to know I did it. Incidentally I’d also like to tell you about how wonderful/crazy/quaint the locals are”.

I wonder if House Invaders and the Big, Strong Girls/Boys shows could be called property porn as well? The outcomes of all those renovations are certainly offensive often enough.


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