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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    Seriously though, has anyone here actually tried reading that garbage? I picked it up at a relative's house, just to see what the big deal was, and I couldn't get through the first chapter. "E.L. James" should be incarcerated for unleashing that dreck on the world. If I wrote anything that bad, I'd use a pseudonym, too.
    To be fair, she was a Twilight fan which speaks volumes for where she's at emotionally, mentally, and in terms of mastery of the English language. So the bar was set pretty low to begin with in terms of what she was aspiring to, and she failed to achieve even that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    The popularity of Fifty Shades is not a testament to the sexual deviancy of the female gender, so much as a sign of idiocy and lack of taste among the general populace. As Oscar Wilde put it in his usual snarktastic way, "To be popular, one must be a mediocrity." (Case in point: the success of the Kardashians.) But just because a bunch of semi-literate women are getting excited over badly-written mom porn doesn't mean that all women secretly want to get freaky with sociopathic sex addicts. I prefer my men fully compos mentis, thank you very much.

    Seriously though, has anyone here actually tried reading that garbage? I picked it up at a relative's house, just to see what the big deal was, and I couldn't get through the first chapter. "E.L. James" should be incarcerated for unleashing that dreck on the world. If I wrote anything that bad, I'd use a pseudonym, too.
    The sheer volume of women who have bought the book and tickets for the movie show that vast numbers enjoy female pornography.

    And it also shows us the nature of female pornography in that the woman sees herself as an ingénue and a virgin attracted to a very wealthy man.

    So we see female pornography is the complement to male pornography which is the graphic depiction of the brothel where men buy women.

    So in male pornography the man buys the woman, and in female pornography the man also buys the woman.

    So both male and female pornography find their origin in the brothel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    The popularity of Fifty Shades is not a testament to the sexual deviancy of the female gender, so much as a sign of idiocy and lack of taste among the general populace. As Oscar Wilde put it in his usual snarktastic way, "To be popular, one must be a mediocrity." (Case in point: the success of the Kardashians.) But just because a bunch of semi-literate women are getting excited over badly-written mom porn doesn't mean that all women secretly want to get freaky with sociopathic sex addicts. I prefer my men fully compos mentis, thank you very much.

    Seriously though, has anyone here actually tried reading that garbage? I picked it up at a relative's house, just to see what the big deal was, and I couldn't get through the first chapter. "E.L. James" should be incarcerated for unleashing that dreck on the world. If I wrote anything that bad, I'd use a pseudonym, too.
    I thought it was a hoot that

    a) the male lead was orphaned at age 4, then sexually molested; but still had it together enough to become a billionaire (with a *b* not an *m*) by age 27.
    b) a man that rich (== busy) would allow an interview with the friend/roommate of a designated interviewer
    c) a man that rich and good-looking would magically be smitten by an inexperienced 21-year-old
    d) he would then somehow allow himself to be healed and tamed by getting to do BDSM with her

    And the writing could win several Bulwer-Lytton awards ("...It was a dark and stormy night.")

    It's not just sexual fantasy, it's wishful thinking! (emo-romantic porn, kind of like Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast).

    Geez, and they call teenage guys and Penthouse Letters unrealistic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chthonic View Post
    To be fair, she was a Twilight fan which speaks volumes for where she's at emotionally, mentally, and in terms of mastery of the English language. So the bar was set pretty low to begin with in terms of what she was aspiring to, and she failed to achieve even that.
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    Um, y'all, @Mole is a comedian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skinny-Love View Post
    Um, y'all, @Mole is a comedian.
    And a thread derailer...see how from his remark on page 4, this thread 'for women only' has turned into guys discussing Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Which, for the record, is not my cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambling View Post
    And a thread derailer...see how from his remark on page 4, this thread 'for women only' has turned into guys discussing Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Which, for the record, is not my cup of tea.

    You catch on quickly.
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    I prefer the fanfic of the fanfic. (Skip to 0:30.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    The popularity of Fifty Shades is not a testament to the sexual deviancy of the female gender, so much as a sign of idiocy and lack of taste among the general populace. As Oscar Wilde put it in his usual snarktastic way, "To be popular, one must be a mediocrity." (Case in point: the success of the Kardashians.) But just because a bunch of semi-literate women are getting excited over badly-written mom porn doesn't mean that all women secretly want to get freaky with sociopathic sex addicts. I prefer my men fully compos mentis, thank you very much.

    Seriously though, has anyone here actually tried reading that garbage? I picked it up at a relative's house, just to see what the big deal was, and I couldn't get through the first chapter. "E.L. James" should be incarcerated for unleashing that dreck on the world. If I wrote anything that bad, I'd use a pseudonym, too.
    I basically completely agree with what you said here on this subject. I (admittedly halfheartedly, because a friend wanted me to) picked up the book and got through the first chapter. I didn't want to keep going and I didn't. It was ridiculous. I've known people who are into the dom/sub stuff (primarily online...2 RL friends I am 95% sure about...). I am a pretty vanilla girl, so I have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy with them. From the bit I do know, it seems that Fifty Shades of Grey basically makes a mockery of this lifestyle/sexual proclivity/whatever you want to call it.

    Also, the writing was kinda bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    The sheer volume of women who have bought the book and tickets for the movie show that vast numbers enjoy female pornography.

    And it also shows us the nature of female pornography in that the woman sees herself as an ingénue and a virgin attracted to a very wealthy man.

    So we see female pornography is the complement to male pornography which is the graphic depiction of the brothel where men buy women.

    So in male pornography the man buys the woman, and in female pornography the man also buys the woman.

    So both male and female pornography find their origin in the brothel.
    I think it shows us that sex sells. Also, that people are REALLY interested in things they do not know about sex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lauranna View Post
    So it seems EVERYONE is talking about these fifty shades books, so I felt it would be rude not to check them out. Currently flying through the first one. Although they are no great work of literature I am finding myself addicted to the sex.

    So......
    Have you read them?
    What did you think?
    Why do you think this is the first erotic fiction book to go HUGE?
    (a couple of my friends who have particularly dull sex lives read it and loved it)
    Do you think there will be a massive increase in people getting involved in the BDSM scene?

    I am loving this book (ok so everytime I read 'my inner goddess' I cringe but I'm willing to forgive that) but then I love sex. I'm curious to know why this particular work of erotica has such universal appeal?
    I haven't read them. I think it's fine, it's definitely not the worst story out there based on the quotes. People complain a lot about whether it's creep or not, but the reality is people are creepy and this girl's allowed to fantasize about being involved with a creep that would never work IRL.

    As far as why it went huge. My theory is two fold: It was a Twilight fanfic to start out with, and that was just peaking in popularity too. And secondly, it had an audience. Adults wanted more erotic things out of Twilight than they got. 50 Shades was a convenient plug that was audacious, extreme, but seriously still prude and restrained in its own way (no super graphic details about bodily parts vs how she felt during those parts doing their things) erotic fiction. There really hasn't been amazing inserts of erotica that I can recall besides the occasional scene from an Anne Rice book. So, even though this wasn't amazing, it was well timed and had everything those audiences were looking for. Something that would never be real, was perfect in it's own world and just far enough removed from reality that soccer moms and book clubs could giggle about it and go on about their day. Easy read, no serious involvement, what else can a gal ask for. (A lot more.)
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    My friend gave me the first book to borrow saying that it was the best book she had ever read. I tried to read it because, well I mean why not -free book, and just found myself getting closer and closer to wanting to jump in the book and slap some sort of sense into the main character(the woman). Seriously, I had to stop reading.

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