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...hearing people rave about this "book" called Fifty Shades of Grey.
In case you haven't heard, it's basically a glorified porno that middle-aged women can't seem to get enough of. It goes all over me! Even my friends (keep in mind, most of whom are in the 16-25 age range) are interested in it! I just don't understand. There is NOTHING hot about it the concept (I refuse to read such a "book"), and based on the MANY reviews I've read, it's poorly-written. I would not waste my time reading a book like that. (I don't even like ROMANCE books)! I read the reviews so I could more accurately state my opinion on the matter.
Summary from the Barnes and Noble website :

 "When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires."

...There is actually a book about this? Really? No doubt, one of the many stains on the modern "literature" name. From the summary alone, I can tell this story is about nothing but sex. From the SUMMARY, I can tell that this Ana chick is a weakling; probably the type that will stop at nothing to "please her man." She's probably an naive romantic who thinks she's found her Prince Charming (or as a "Literature student," her Mr. Darcy or her Romeo). As for the guy's character, I find it interesting that the author has chosen to name him Christian. I doubt a "romance" writer would take into consideration the implications of naming a porno "character" Christian. To boot, in this summary, he seems oddly similar to the guys that always end up murdering their girlfriends, wives, or mistresses on the news. Some of those murderers are hiding behind the fine-just-fine persona, or by a belief they pretend to have. Shades of Christianity, so to speak. Seems a bit ironic, don't you think? Again, though, I've never known a "romance" author to actually realize things like that.

I'm astounded by the things people consider "sexy." I've heard time and time again by different women how "sexy" this "book" is. The book is about sex. It is not sexy. There is a difference.
I've always been a fan of subtley, or at least, proper character development in a story that heavily incorporates romance. The very thought of sex changing a character is absurd and only emphasizes how weak the character is by default. If a character can be changed that easily, that character is one-dimensional and has little room for any kind of development.
One of my best friends is a REAL Literature student, and we had this very conversation. I was explaining a subplot of the science fiction piece I am currently working on, and mentioned the subtlety of the romantic subplot I incorporate throughout the series. She stopped me, stating this :
"PLEASE tell me you're not one of those writers who changes the character for the sake of a relationship."
"Absolutely not," I responded. "I'm not Stephenie Meyer!" (Note : My friend and I agree that Twilight was a result of a drunken night of keyboard smashing with one's forehead).
I am the LAST person who would change a character for the sake of a relationship. I take pride in the complexity of my characters. No matter what their age, they are never stereotypical of anything -
No overly-hormonal teenagers.
No inept adults.
No over-the-top dreamboat men. EVER.
My characters are never perfect. They are flawed, some SERIOUSLY flawed, but they are relatable and strong. They are very, VERY strong. They are driven. Relationships are never easy in my writing, whether they be romantic or just friendly/family relationships. There are obstacles my characters must overcome.
I once read a wonderful post on a website by a young mother. She mentioned that a romance book or movie never sparked her interest, but when a well-written romantic subplot made its way into an epic adventure or SOME PLOT with an actual purpose, it made her giddy and girly. I can relate to this. My OTPs are never the "hottest" (although, I have noticed drastic changes of late). Instead, they are the ones that actually MEAN something and stay true to the characters. As in "these two are meant for each other."

A quote I found on Tumblr sums it up when referring to her favorite ship. I'll end my rant with it :
"I feel like it's less of a ship, and more of a horrible sea monster that drags you down into a deep abyss of feels and creys that'll let you drift back up to the surface, only to drag you down again to kill you. " - glassesfullofwhine

Note :
 Definition :
Ship (noun or verb)
Langauge : fandom
 - (n) A ship is a relationship you are a fan of. These can be either canon or noncanon.

- (v) To ship a couple is to support their relationship.

 


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