Thursday 14 April 2011

M is for Monopoly

Of all games, I hate Monoploy the most. This is not only mind-numbingly long and tedious (oh, the indecision when your boot lands on Old Kent Road. Do you really want to buy such a dismal property?), but it brings out the very worst in small children.

It is my experience (of my own children and grandchildren)that at the age of about 7, children discover Monopoly,and are instantly hooked. It ticks all their most unpleasant boxes; it is fiercely comeptitive, fosters reckless greed, and encourages them to take unfair advantage of anyone who is nicer or kinder than they are.My eldest son adored the game, and would bribe his sister (who, it has to be said, didn't give a hoot) to let him have Park Lane and Mayfair, whereupon, unmindful of any gratitude that might be owing, he would proceed to build houses and hotels for her (and the rest of us )to land on, and eventually claim a thoroughly dishonourable victory. Woe betide anyone who beat him, for he would throw the most appalling tantrums, and make our lives unbearable. So he usually won (anything for a quiet life).

Years after we had all grown up, my mother confessed that she always ensured that she went to Gaol, remaining there for the rest of the game. No-on noticed. We were all far to busy accumulating property and wrangling over fines.

I have heard it said that you can tell what kind of person someone is going to grow into by the way they played Monopoly as a child.

I do hope not.


  1. It is a heart-sinking moment when that board emerges. And all the time spent on sorting out the money and deciding who is banker is enough to put me off from the start. I would always prefer to lose as quickly as possible. As a child, my brother would only let me have Old Kent Road. And possibly the Angel Islington. He had to have Mayfair. Somehow he always had an abundance of the pink £500 notes. I was never sure how he accrued so many. But then again, he was always banker...

  2. I used to play the game but it's been many a year since I've played.Mainly because I foind it boring,

    Loved your post,

  3. I used to like it although I haven't played it for years. I think I liked it because I liked the top hat...

    There is an awful lot of likes in that sentence and I like that too!

    Anna :o]

  4. So it's happy memories all round!

  5. I never got to like it. I don't like long games. LOL


  6. Doris, that's another reason I don't like it!

  7. I have always disliked Monopoly as well - it is so nice to hear someone else say the same! Dull. Dull. Dull.