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Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted on 5 August, 2012 at 5:36
An interesting book now top of all the best-seller rankings. Who would have thought it? The writing is diabolically bad. The plot is thin. The main subject of sado-masochism doesn't exactly make it a good read either. I'm amazed that so many people like this utter tosh.
But 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a huge success. The media love it. They want to get their teeth into it and create a bit of scandal, make people talk about a book which would make Graham Greene turn in his urn!
'Oh poor gulible people, what are you doing to yourselves? bemoans a critic on Amazon. Well, I'll tell you something for free. For too long the publishing industry has been a stale, austere world, where jaded agents and publishers insist on publishing what makes them money disregarding new fresh writing. Look at the bookshelves of any major bookstore. The same old authors, churning out the same old stuff until readers are sated by series about the same old character over and over again.
Fifty shades of Tripe is a different kind of book. It doesn't pretend to be literature. It has almost no coherent plot, the main characters are laughable parodies and the things they get up to are nasty. It can only have been written for a joke and now the joke is on the indiscriminate readers and buyers. The author must be laughing all the way to the building society (no one trusts banks anymore).
The success of 'Fifty Shapes of Sex' can only be the product of the staleness of the publishing industry. By becoming more and more boring they have themselves created not only successful self-published authors (Yay!) but an insatiable beast in the form of this gargantua which 'Fifty Ways to Cause Pain' has become. They have created a flail with which to beat themselves, in an intellectual and literary sense, though not in a financial sense.
The success of 'Feisty Shades of drivel' shows you can fool all the people some of the time. Have I read it? Well, I read some of the first one and became so hacked-off, I threw it away, foil packets and all!

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Reply Frances Kay
10:07 on 6 August, 2012 
Ah-but it's made a massive impact and it IS a book... if we could only analyse the ingredients and make them into a potion we might all be tempted to brew up our own.... maybe I AM tempted - after all, that stuff must be huge fun to write and not a lot of intellectual effort demanded.... Private Eye did a nice parody, and if something can be parodied, surely that means we've all had some enjoyment from it???
Reply Fred
14:01 on 10 August, 2012 
Frances Kay says...
Ah-but it's made a massive impact and it IS a book... if we could only analyse the ingredients and make them into a potion we might all be tempted to brew up our own.... maybe I AM tempted - after all, that stuff must be huge fun to write and not a lot of intellectual effort demanded.... Private Eye did a nice parody, and if something can be parodied, surely that means we've all had some enjoyment from it???

There's a really good parody out now too. Made me laugh.
'Filthy Shades of Gray' available on Amazon. Laugh your socks off - it's good for you to laugh I'm told - aerates your lungs and good exercise - in fact they even have recreational 'Laughing Clubs' in India where they sit around laughig for hours. Maybe they all read 'Fifty Shapes of Porn' at the time?
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