Fifty Shades and Romance – Oil and Water?
For the past few months I’ve been working on my soon-to-be-released historical romance, Willow’s Secret. It’s full of people who care about each other, who care about the well-being of their partner, who give what they have to make life easier for the person they love, or help that special someone become a better person.
Today, as we celebrate “the day of love,” the biggest national buzz about “love” is the premier of Fifty Shades of Grey. As an author, I’ve tried hard, really hard, to wrap my brain around the notion that this has become a feeding frenzy. I’ve tried to get into the mindset of readers to understand how abusive sexual and emotional relationships are blockbuster bestsellers.
Don’t get me wrong, I like romance and sex and good stories as much as the next person. And I don’t judge people who are into BDSM and have different lifestyles. But when did bondage and discipline and sadomasochism become mainstream, knock-it-out-of-the-park ROMANCE? I’m no prude, I JUST DON’T GET IT.
There’s so much I want to say, but I think the following article by Kristen Lamb said it beautifully. Would love to hear your thoughts on this complex subject.
Originally posted on Kristen Lamb’s Blog:
I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to go here, but alas, here we are. Today, 50 Shades of Grey the MOVIE will open for…*record screech* Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like predatory emotional manipulation, sociopathy, abuse and non-consensual sex acts.
Find THAT on a Hallmark card.
And yes, I know there have been other kinky books like this, but 50 Shades sold over 100 million copies and the movie (despite ZERO plot) is expected to gross in excess of $60 million which means
I just threw up a little in my mouth this “story” has tipped from fringe to mainstream and that scares me more than a little bit.
No, I didn’t read the book. I don’t need to. Nor do I need to watch gang-rape prison porn to know it probably is unhealthy for the future of women (or even men). Guess what? I didn’t have to eat…
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