David Kubicek

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Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomenon


It should not come as a surprise that a book of little literary quality (and I use the word “literary” in the loosest sense) should top the New York Times Best Seller List, but it is irritating when one considers all of the excellent novels that don’t even come within hailing distance of the hot 100.

I haven’t read the complete novel, but I did read the first several pages. Basically, I read it as an agent and editor would if it showed up their slush piles (i.e., “hook me in the first few pages or I pass on it.”) The opening didn’t hook me because the prose was not polished, the dialogue was wooden, and the scene did not interest me enough to continue reading. I didn’t even get to the porn, which seems to be the primary reason sales of this book are challenging sales figures of such authors as Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, who actually are excellent writers.

Since I can’t speak to the content of Fifty Shades of Grey because I got bored, here’s a video of a an all-woman book club that did read the complete novel–apparently to the regret of some members in the group. The novel (and I use the word “novel” loosely) has already resulted in many parodies, one of which has been getting much press. Although I haven’t read Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, it certainly piques my interest more than the book at which it is poking fun.

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4 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomenon

  1. Ah, you are a stickler, and I’m glad for it. I’m glad for your review of a book I can now be proud not to waste a single penny on. Isn’t it a shame that porn will sell about anything.

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  2. I haven’t had the… “pleasure” of reading this one. I have a friend of a friend who has offered to kindle loan it to me one of these days which I might do to skim it but… eh. I read some excerpts online and wasn’t impressed. Frankly, the tampon thing made me a bit ill and if it’s reflective of the rest of the book… well…. I share your annoyance, though and felt the same about Twilight, which is equally unpolished and has plot holes you can drive a semi-truck through (and I can say this having read all of those)

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