Fifty Shades of Frustration

I’ve come to the conclusion that if I am to hear the end of this Fifty Shades of Grey business, I will have to just read it. Bite the bullet; rip off the plaster. That kind of thing. Some of our fellow bloggers have condemned the latest literary craze, for being critically appalling, overusing colloquialisms, and following a theme that borders on the sexually deranged. So today I went to the supermarket and bought it.

And God help us, there’s two more…(1)

It’s sat upstairs in my bedroom like a ticking time-bomb. It’s staring up at me, on my bed. And I can’t quite bring myself to open the first page. I did randomly open the novel, to read only two words. “Holy crap.” This sentence, I must say, has not filled me with much hope. Neither has the description of ‘Mommy porn’. And neither has the theme of domination and submission. Sex scenes are rarely well written, and I have to hope that the critics have been wildly inaccurate about E.L James’s multi-million dollar novel.

That’s another problem, in itself. The fact that the novel was made for a multi-million dollar industry. Novelists in the nineteenth century never really concerned themselves with making millions through literature; they wrote in magazine supplements and were published in installments. There was no such thing as a one-hit wonder. If the first installment was unsuccessful then they wouldn’t be commissioned again. E.L. James wrote to shock, supposedly. But she didn’t write for love. This was almost certainly a case of love over money.

If anything, that’s what kind of offends me about modern novelists. There are two categories, really. The ‘people-pleasers’, and the people who write because they have something real and important to say. People do not tend to read the classics. They read purely for pleasure as opposed to education, and there is nothing wrong than that. It’s just that they’re missing out. And whilst I’m pleased that Mrs. James need never work again, I have a feeling that I’m going to be rather disappointed in her.

But time will tell; I’ll let you know how the project goes.

(:

(1) http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02251/shades-of-grey_2251523b.jpg

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4 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Frustration

  1. Actually, i’ve had the same idea. To see what this is might be the only escape. I have to admit certain curiosity for the low and popular culture so getting audobook of Grey for my mp3 player was the only logical thing to do(after Coelho, Hunger Games, Jersey Shore :D). There’s a lot of ironic fun in it if you remember not to overdose. On othe note it’s very insightful. I haven’t noticed 100 intersting things while reading only classics and ‘real’ authors.
    After first two chapters the worst is this ‘holy cow’ , ‘holy crap’ habit. All in all, a really weird expirience, yet let’s see what will happen. Luckily got some Nabokov as a cure.

    • Well, thank you for reading the novel too, I’m already annoyed by the ‘Holy crap’ that follows every sentence!

      Thank you for reading, enjoy the Nabakov!
      SarahAlice

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