My Thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey
I am completely fascinated by the frenzy surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, and you can rest assured that this isn’t another blog post reviewing the book as I haven’t read it, but it seems I can’t avoid hearing about it, and ultimately that is what I find so fascinating. Why has this book got everyone hot under the collar?
In the last 48 hours particularly, 50 SOG’s as it shall now be known, has been inescapable. My Facebook page has been busy with people talking about it, those that love it, those that hate it, those who are trying to persevere with it despite not really liking it and those who have been made to feel bad because they had not even heard of it. I’ve overheard friends talking about Mr Grey as they excitedly discussed excerpts from the book including certain events in an elevator.
I’ve seen the Saturday Night Live Amazon advert where various families prepare to surprise their mothers on Mothers day only to find them otherwise engaged whilst reading 50 SOG’s. Not to mention the many other spoofs circulating the internet. Twitter seems to be alive with the sound of musing, with Al Murray amongst others hilariously tweeting and re-tweeting about 50 shades of Gran which included some rather dubious double entendre about jigsaw puzzles and knitting! I have read a Facebook viral of 50 Shades of Chav in which you will find several references to the lead characters being on benefits and wearing velour tracksuits.
The genre of erotic novels has been around for years, so why all of a sudden, is E L James making a reported 160 thousand dollars a day from writing another one? And why is it so socially acceptable to be talking about this book and it’s content now? Whilst there still seems to be a few who are whispering about it, most are quite happily discussing the contents of what is essentially porn in a paperback.
Is it because her characters are more relatable? With the protagonist and antagonist being 21 and 27 respectively, reading about the sex lives of people who are the age I was so long ago I can barely remember it, doesn’t really appeal to me. By all accounts Grey isn’t your usual erotic novel hero, so it’s appeal can’t be based on a fantasy of a hero we would all want for ourselves, unless we harbour the fantasy of our hero being a bastard.
Is it because it is more racy? I’m not sure that is it either, with the accessibility of so much pornography on the internet I am sure there are cheaper and quicker ways of finding something to ‘float your boat’. Though I am sure there will be a large amount of people arguing that visual stimulation isn’t the same thing as reading it and using your imagination and I agree that reading is very different to watching.
Does it’s appeal lie in escapism? Generally that is why people read books, to be transported somewhere other than their lives. During the Depression in America, the austerity and bleakness of the times fuelled record sales of Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ are we seeing another similar response to the global economic downturn of 2012?
Will it go down in literary history and become a text by which all other texts are measured or will it be placed in the spank bank only to be returned to as and when needed?
Is it just simply a case of the sheer volume of people talking about it? Has this been the best marketing ploy in the history of literature, or a happy accident? Are we all being swept along on the wave of Grey because everyone else is doing it? Wait a minute am I back in school arriving one day to find out that the latest craze is Lo Lo balls (Google it) and no one told me? Right I’m off to Amazon to download 50 SOG’s now!
I genuinely would love to know if you love it or hate it and why, leave a comment.
Posted on July 1, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged 50 Shades of Grey, adult literature, Books, E L James, erotic novels, grey, literature, novel, porn, pornography, protagonist and antagonist, questions, shades of grey, thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.