sageoftruth wrote:Well, looks like I fell victim to hypocrisy once again. Some waitress from a few days ago had recommended to me a book called "50 Shades of Grey". Apparently, it's very popular so some of you may know of it. I wanted to know what I was getting into so I went online and the premise instantly repulsed me. However, through my research, I found a website called "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books". Ignoring the swathes of pink, I checked it out, and a few links later, found myself looking into an article about why people love the dreaded "Paranormal Romance" books. I had always thought it was just an army of writers trying to ride on Stephanie Meyer's dreaded coattails, but it turns out that fans of that stuff like it for the same reason I like Metal, Videogames, and fantasy: Because the real world is too familiar and just isn't interesting enough. After finishing that article, I felt like every shallow person who has ever rolled his/her eyes the minute otherworldly fiction got mentioned. Life sure is complicated.
funny you mentioned Fifty Shades of Grey...because I just mentioned it here a few days ago.
This book has caused some controversy in the library world....going back to the age-old question of what is "appropriate" to stock in a public library/what tax money is spent on. I finally decided to read the damn thing after seeing it mentioned in so many places. (for the record, I thought it was just ok....I've read better of that ilk) I don't really want to get into a huge discussion of the sexual politics of a book like that and why I think it's so popular (actually there are 3 and they've sold millions!!!)...but I do think it's odd and random that a waitress would recommend it to you. For one, I suspect that 99% of the (intended) audience of this trilogy is female. Maybe she wanted to shock or impress you that she liked something oh so scandalous! -or- ....she thought you needed some BDSM fantasy and/or reality in your life.
You wrote.........trying to ride on Stephanie Meyer's dreaded coattails, but it turns out that fans of that stuff like it for the same reason I like Metal, Videogames, and fantasy: Because the real world is too familiar and just isn't interesting enough