Villain-making is big business in Hollywood, because mag editors and gossip bloggers know that you can eke 10 times as many column inches out of a stormy marriage than a temperate one. There's a lot of sales to be made by turning everyday photos of a normal relationship and storyboarding it into a neat little "heroes and villains" plot.
The fireworks started early this week, with shocks in store for nearly everyone, not least the Eurozone's leaders, who went into November probably feeling, if not smug, then at least satisfied they had a plan for Greece's debt crisis. George Papandreou clearly had other ideas. Having announced plans for a referendum on the proffered financial bail-out, the Greek prime minister managed to dominate the news agenda throughout the week, throwing the G20 summit into turmoil, sending stock markets falling, narrowly survive a vote of no confidence and starting to plan a new coalition government all in the space of five days.
What we can't get enough of, however, are the gruesome financial goings-on within the Kardashian empire. The Kris'n'Kim nuptials were one of the most cynically business-oriented, publicity-centred and savvily stage-managed events of the century. (I know this is a pretty new century, but I'm praying fervently that we won't see this sort of thing once a decade.)