If you look back through some of my previous book reviews, you may see an article I wrote about a book that featured the best of the NT News, What A Croc!
This book, while absurd, contains some of the best front-page news stories that the newspaper has released and was extremely popular due to its larrikin-like humour. The fact that it’s a real newspaper adds further to the madness surrounding its popularity.
The premise surrounding The Betoota Advocate Round-Up is similar, but at the same time, slightly different. Unlike the NT News, The Betoota Advocate is a fictional newspaper, with articles that are released on social media platforms such as Facebook, as well as on their own dedicated website (www.betootaadvocate.com). Parodying real world events and putting their own unique spin on things, the newspaper’s headlines are eye-catching, highly entertaining and sometimes just a little bit naughty, but you are guaranteed to find at least one or two that will make you laugh. With a layout similar to a real newspaper (including local news, headlines, politics, sports, world news, and entertainment, among others), there is a wide selection of reading material available, which essentially pays out traditional news and media platforms and provides an entertaining alternative to what you’d expect.
This book features some of the best articles that the site has released (at time of publishing) and, while they are not written in the proper news style, contains stories that are both ridiculous, yet somewhat (surprisingly) thought-invoking.
As a result, this makes the Betoota Advocate Round-Up perfect for those who regularly visit the website, read the Facebook news feeds or are fans of newspaper articles that don’t get hung up on editorial standards.