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text 2015-06-02 14:29
People need to learn when to stop
Grey - E.L. James

 

 

 

Waking up to headlines such as this one: EL James to publish new book told from Christian's POV can only result in one reaction on my part.

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Why?

1. Because I can see this go two ways. In the first, James has taken in the (actual) critique, both on writing and on Christian's abusive behavior. But, since she's already written his actions, she'll have to try and justify his actions by his own words/dreams/thoughts. Which is ridiculous, because you can't justify stalking, violence, and completely disregard for how an actual BDSM relationship works. That's one way, the other is that she doesn't give a shit about that and write Christian as the psychopath that he is while simultaneously trying to romanticize him/his actions.

2. Because this is actually the blurb. "In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world. (...) Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?"

The blurb alone is already going for the second option from my first point. In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams. Followed up by Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?. Already it sounds as if we're supposed to forgive his abusive tendencies due to his traumatic past. Here's what I think. I don't give a shit. There's enough of that in the New Adult genre to begin with. Abuse is abuse, stop trying to make it otherwise.

3. Because love story is in the blurb. This needs to stop. At best its the preface to an abusive relationship that ends in tragedy. (Don't believe me? Google for a minute on people who's been in abusive relationship and see their opinions on Christian's behavior.)

4. Because I'm not even surprised. FSoG is originally fanfiction, and even Meyer wrote Edward's POV in Midnight Sun.

5. Because that cover. It isn't even out yet, but if this is the final cover, I can tell the quality isn't getting better with this one.

6. Because the first book already misinformed thousands of people of what BDSM looks like from the submissive's perspective. This one's going to ruin the dominants of the world by pretending Christian knows shit about what he's doing.

I could continue this list, but these were the first few thoughts that popped up when seeing this book. That said, I'll probably read this since people in my family enjoy this book and will buy it, and I'm too curious about how James will tackle (or not) the critique from the previous books. Good thing is that it'll probably take less than a chapter to determine that and I can DNF the book after that.

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video 2014-08-15 19:02

So my sister showed me this earlier today. It's just... now I can't decide if it's hilarious or creepy. Either way, the maker of the video created something brilliant!

 

What do you guys think?

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShGuUCUYNDw
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review 2014-08-14 21:30
I'm Just Tired of FSoG Tropes
Little Black Book - Tabatha Vargo,Melissa Andrea

You know the deal...rich alpha-hole is looking for no strings attached sex; instead he meets the perfectly gorgeous virgin who he can't resist falling in love with and now wants to live happily ever after with her.  I'm exhausted...

 

Sebastian Black has a little black book with names of women he calls when he's feeling in the mood for no-strings sex.  He doesn't want to know these women's names so he names them all after cartoon characters.  There's Wilma and Betty for when he's in the mood for a threesome and there's blonde, doe-eyed Bambi.  They collect a weekly salary for their time.  The rules are that they can't fall in love and they make themselves available any time Sebastian calls.  He's looking for his Jessica Rabbit -- the perfect red-headed bombshell.  

 

Rosslyn is in dire straits. Her parents were killed 12 years ago so she and her 13 year old brother have been living with their grandmother since.  Granny just passed away and they've lost their home.  Rosslyn and her lil bro are living in their Oldsmobile so Rosslyn has no choice but to take a job at Sebastian's club.  As soon as Sebastian sees Rosslyn, he has to have her.  She's his Jessica Rabbit...

 

Rosslyn's situation couldn't be more perfect for Sebastian's nefarious plans.  He likes his girls desperate so they can't refuse his offer to add them to his stable of available pussy.  So what does Sebastian do? He fires Rosslyn then presents his offer. Add in Rosslyn getting arrested and her lil brother being taken by child protective services and...

 

I didn't like the way Sebastian used his power to take advantage of Rosslyn's situation to get what he wants.  

I didn't like that Rosslyn just falls in line so easily as if selling herself is her only option to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.  And letting Sebastian call her by another name, OH HELL NO! Also, I hate the naive 20-something virgin who is the best lay ever in the history of sex after one time.  

 

I did like the pace of the story, the tension, and the plot twist here, but I must say that I figured it out early after a few clues.  Overall, Little Black Book kept me engaged, so isn't a bad book but it definitely didn't blow me away either. LBB gave me that been-there-done-that (many times over) feeling.  

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text 2014-04-25 04:23
"She didn't take a dime. She took everything that mattered."
Beg - C.D. Reiss

Heart wrenching passion is throughout this book. It is very deep, involved and on point. Set in LA the heroine Monica is a struggling artist who waits tables. She falls for the boss and bites off way more than she can chew.. The prose is excellent. Great art references and C.D. Reiss describes LA with perfection. 

 

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC... I read the book because I could, I bought the entire series because I am a fan!!!! 

 

This is what FSOG will be if it grew up..

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text 2014-01-25 23:12
That's awkward...
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Apparently the first movie poster for Fifty Shades of Grey have been released:

 

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm767153920/tt2322441?ref_=tt_ov_i

 

Maybe I'm the only one... but I was rather sure someone said it'd be in movies by August or something like that. But no. Instead it is now promoted to show close to Valentine's day 2015.

 

Am I the only one wondering how awkward it'll be for couples to watching that? You know, in a cinema. With about 30 other strangers. For two hours. Will they even make it out alive? I mean, isn't that awkward tampon scene in the first book?

 

*shudders*

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