Candice: I posted the other week about a book I had read on holiday, “Fifty shades of Grey”. I had mixed feelings about is as a concept and so, it seems, did our readers and my Twitter followers. Autumn made a very good point about sex being necessary to the story,and when I posted on Twitter I got a flurry of “going to read it, don’t read it” and generally a storm of comments both positive and negative.
However, just today, I have spotted a distant facebook friend posting a copy of the cover and saying she is about to start reading. She lives in London so I told her not to read it on the Tube in case some one is looking over her shoulder!
So what is it about this book that has created such a fuss, and surely it’s not the only one. I feel its abit like “Lady Chatterley’s Lover“, but in that day it would definately have been banned. Was it just written to generate a furor, or did the writer actually feel that this book was adding something to the world. Don’t forget there are three of them in the series.
Have read around a bit I find it only really became big about a month before I picked it up, though the three books have been out on a smaller print run before. The writer is English, though the book is set in Seattle, but I suspect that is something to do with the fact it was originally inspired by “Twilight”. A very interesting route in it seems, a something that makes one think about how by using existing stories someone has been published. Perhaps Phil’s and my aim for short stories should use inspiration from the programs we already watch as a starter. I know there is a regular following for “lost girl” which I am a part of. Could I write something for the main character, Bo? Yes, I think I could.
All more fuel for the writing fire.
I still don’t know if I will buy another book in the series, I did try in Tesco on Friday but they are obviously more into censorship than Asda and are not stocking it. I bought “The Hunger Games” instead, another talked about book but for different reasons.
I’ll let you know what I think of that one.