Joie de Vivre Sapped, French Turn to Web

Site houses tales of woe, provides outlet, voyeuristic thrill
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2008 7:20 PM CDT
A drawing is seen from the French website, "Vie de Merde," or "Life is shit."   (
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(Newser) – French website Vie de Merde is receiving all the misery it can handle, Der Spiegel reports. Since its February launch, France’s answer to group therapy (translated "life is shit") has posted 2,400 tales of woe. Another 40,000 are waiting in the wings, says its founder.

It started as a simple blog for the brokenhearted; now VDM’s visitors bare tales of unrequited love and frustration—or peruse the misfortunes of others. One lament? A single parent whose daughter aced a school essay on the family member she loved most: the guinea pig. Vie de merde.