Wow, it's Friday already!
The kiddo is off from school today AND Monday AND had a half a day yesterday. Um...
What's up with that???
It's just Columbus Day, right? When I went to school, you had Monday off. That was it.
Oops. Sorry to make a fuss on the wrong subject matter. But really!!!
All right. I'm done now. :-)
Anyway, I figured today I'd get this Book Fuss out of the way and talk about the dreaded but ever popular...
FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY.
Yes, even after all this time it's still dominating the Amazon and Barnes and Noble charts--and supermarket check-out lanes. (That's a whole other issue, by the way) So let me say firstly that I have not read the book (books) and I don't plan to read it (them).
Well, besides the subject matter not being my "cuppa", there is the whole I-hate-following-trends thing. Yes, I know. I've broken that rule a few times, but I really don't like to do it.
It kind of goes with the Mark Twain quote I like:
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” LOL
But I figured I'd talk about this book anyway.
Recently, I was over my neighbor's house and there was a bunch of women there (other neighbors mostly) and they were talking about this book. Mind you, NOT ONE word was flattering about it. And also mind you, I have a lot to say about the book in a general way because of what I've read from agents' blogs and other writers so I felt as if I could contribute to the conversation well.
Nevertheless, they told me I should read the book.
And when I asked, "Why?" the answer I got was "So that you can contribute to the conversation and we can know what you think."
Wasn't I just doing that with them?
I don't need cocktail party fodder. And when I told them that, one of the neighbors asked, "Well, you should read it anyway. What are you afraid of?"
I said, "I don't know, bad writing?"
Then they all laughed and went on and on about how terrible the writing was.
OK, so they just picked apart this book to DEATH using descriptions like predictable, bad writing, unrealistic etc.. but still insisted I read it. Um, that kind of defense doesn't make me want to rush out and read it.
So, again I ask, WHY? Why do they insist I read it?
Shock value? But it's not the first nor the last written in that genre, so I'm not entirely convinced that's the reason.
But I'll tell you as I explained to them that I don't have the time to read books I WANT to read and I know ARE written well, let alone books I DON'T want to read that apparently AREN'T written well.
So tell me...if you've read it, what's the fuss?
What do you think makes it stand out from other BDSM books that have been written?
Do you think it says anything about our culture that this book has taken off and stayed at the top of the book charts for so long?
I'd love to know what you think!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Wow, it's Friday already!