Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

Fifty shaFifty shades of Greydes of Grey is famous despite breaking some of the basic rules for writing good erotic fiction, more precisely, leaving something to the imagination, having a good plot, and not using bad imagery. It is famous primarily because, by writing it, E.L. James brought an insalubrious practice, BDSM (bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism), into the mainstream public’s interest and reading fare. And it is successful for the same reason that the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is successful: It obviously meets a need of readers, and it has become a franchise, and the movie version makes up for the books in which the writing is not that fabulous. Frankly, If I had a loonie for how often my blood froze when I read in the Harry Potter books about how “Harry’s scar ached”, or any of JK Rowling’s favourite, oft-repeated phrases, I would be well off for Christmas. (Continue reading…)

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