Ok people. Fess up. How many of you are going to see 50 Shades? Now, of you, how many are going to go see ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opening day? Who is going to brave the crowd during Valentine’s Day weekend??
I am hoping to. Which I find rather odd given my feelings about the books.
I’ve written a few posts about the whole 50 Shades thing on my other website for my pen name. I’m not sure I am quite ready to reveal who I am just yet…maybe someday. I am pretty open and I talk about it, but at the same time I am not blasting it on the Internet for people to find the connection. But, there are plenty who know who I am. That’s ok. If people find out, they do. If they don’t, that is ok too.
I’ve also written some celebrity and entertainment articles regarding 50 Shades over the last few years. Feel free to take a peak.
- Fifty Shades of Grey finally gets a release date (this was when it was set for 2014)
- 50 Shades Jamie Dornan is over tying up women
- Outraged fans start online petition over Fifty Shades casting Charlie Hunnan
- Arrow Stephen Amell refused 50 Shades: ‘Christian Grey isn’t interesting’
- Lindsay Lohan eyes lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey
- Is Ian Somerhalder in London filming Fifty Shades of Grey?
- Arrow Stephen Amell decides not to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades
- Arrow Stephen Amell had meeting for Fifty Shades of Grey role
- Writer E.L. James: Next book won’t be sexual like Fifty Shades
- Matt Bomer : Too gay for Fifty Shades Christian Grey role (before you go cuckoo on me, read the whole article. I didn’t say that.)
- Arrow Stephen Amell is a candidate for 50 Shades of Grey
- Writing courses inspired by 50 Shades of Grey
- New Girl takes on 50 Shades of Grey
- Rumor Willis wants to play Anastasia Steel in 50 Shades movie
- Kristen Stewart : Fifty Shades creeps her out
Some might think I am a fan.
And then there is this – Writing romance vs. writing erotica
The books…well, I could go on and on about the books. I’ll try not to though. There are plenty of “why I hate 50 Shades” posts out there. Just Google them.
The grammar is horrible. I understand that was fan fiction which was thrown to the wolves for some quick publishing. The author is from the UK and she was trying to write it from a USA point of view. It painfully obvious that it did not quite work out. It left the sentences scrambled and often jolts you so hard you have to go back and read the sentence again. It was a horrible experience.
How many times did Anastasia say ‘Holy Shit’ or ‘Holy Cow?’ How many times was the word murmur used? (199 for those who are counting & that’s in just the first book) How many references were made to Anastasia biting her lip? Clamber was mentioned 21 times. The word grey used without the intention of Christians last name? And damn, grazing? Isn’t there another word for that? Anna frowns 124 times. Seriously, she’s gotta have some premature wrinkling going on. Inner Goddess. Scarlet. Rinse. Repeat.
Everyone’s biggest complaint aside from the grammar was James’s lack of a thesaurus. The books are extremely repetitive.
That did not stop me from reading the entire series.
BDSM isn’t for everyone. But with the release of the book it was hard for me to really watch the onslaught of hypocrites and judgmental folks that came out of the woodwork. The way the book portrayed BDSM is not how it is. Dominant people don’t go around beating the crap out of their submissive just because they have had a bad day. I think a lot of people missed the point of what was going on and only focused on how Christian has such this fierce dominant personality. They didn’t really understand his behavior from the dominant point of view or the mental point of view. I know the BDSM community had their own hangups with it, too. At least some of them did. Everyone I know was thrilled to have a book with this topic in the market; despite the inaccuracies.
But, I get tired of debating this. Unless you are in the BDSM culture you really aren’t going to get the full knowledge and understanding of it.
I for one am thrilled to see BDSM a little more mainstream.
It’s just like Sons of Anarchy. We all understand that motorcycle gangs are not really like the Sons and that it’s purely for entertainment value, right? Well, 50 Shades is the same. It’s ‘Twilight’ fan fiction for crying out loud.
Entertainment. That is all. Nothing more. All this stuff about mommy porn and how its ruining people’s lives..no. Something was wrong with the life to begin with. The book had nothing to do with it. It’s a cop-out and an excuse.
As you can tell I get my panties in a wad about this crap. People always trying to blame entertainment and media for their problems.
I write erotica. I understand it is not for everyone. But if you read romance, you’re basically reading vanilla erotica. I am ok with it not being for everyone. There are things in this world I don’t like that others do.
I don’t need to explain myself and I am not looking for validation. I’ve been writing it for many, many years. And reading it even longer. From Anais Nin to Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. Anyone remember the book (later turned into a movie) The Graduate? You’ll notice the Robinson parallel soon enough. I mean, 50 Shades style writing is not new. Another tidbit of information, Lionsgate wants to remind folks of the original Mr. Grey. In 2002 James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal stared in the movie ‘The Secretary.’ For those who are unfamiliar, James Spader playes Mr. Edward Grey. Grey is a boss with a taste of BDSM. Gyllenhaal places his secretary who is also a cutter. The movie is being re-released and all new promo material is 50 Shades themed.
I don’t feel erotica over- sexualized people nor do I feel it is porn or addictive. But, hey, that’s my two cents. If my writing causes you to have some issues, I am pretty sure it’s not me that’s to blame.
To the actors.
How many of you had an actor you wanted to play Christian Grey and secretly voted in your head for that actor? Who was it?
Mine was Charlie Hunnan from ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for some time. I believe I had a small fit when I found out Stephen Amell from ‘Arrow’ decided not to do it. My first choice was Ian Somerhalder from ‘Vampire Diaries’ until I heard they were smashing all the books into 1 movie and that E.L. James wanted a lead that wasn’t so well-known and the lead would have to be young and be able to age a bit. I thought maybe Ian would not be a shoe-in after that. Darn.
When I found out it was Jamie Dornan I was thrilled. I had just finished up ‘The Fall’ and was patiently awaiting season two. Which is now on Netflix for anyone interested. I secretly went back and watched old episodes of ‘Once Upon a Time’ just to see him again. Jamie is definitely swoon material. I also have a mild interest in British, Irish and Scottish guys.
He’s a hottie and I have a feeling this moving is going to be incredibly sexy.
So, I have to know….who is going to watch ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ with me Valentine’s Day weekend? If you are, I would love for you to come back to this post and discuss it with me. If not, you are free to discuss your thoughts about the book, movie, leading roles…whatever with me. I promise, I don’t bite. 😉
Even if you don’t watch it opening weekend, I would love to keep this virtual watch party going. I’d love for everyone to have a chance to chime in and let me know how you liked it!