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rubberdingyrapids
29-07-2012, 10:32 PM
thought it was time the great minds of dissensus discussed this.

anyone here read it?

i almost feel like i dont need to, ive heard so much about it. dont think S&M has gone fully mainstream like this before though has it? youve had things like madonnas sex book and various popstars dressing in S&M gear but this has to be the first time its really ahem penetrated middle england.

you
29-07-2012, 10:43 PM
I haven't read it. It probably won't make feel as uncomfortable as sade.

e/y
29-07-2012, 11:39 PM
I saw this on twitter http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.co.uk/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=df64bef8352085d6

...a chapter-by-chapter blog of the book. Its pretty funny (at least the first 4-5 chapters that I read). Judging by the excerpts posted there, the book is really badly written - like a hastily put together blog post Although maybe that's the point - it's an account of a young woman's experience so it's trying to mimic how young people supposedly speak?...even so, some of it is really meandering / shit and you'd think would get thrown out by an editor.

rubberdingyrapids
30-07-2012, 01:02 AM
yeah its not contrived at all, its badly written with sincerity.

Patrick Swayze
30-07-2012, 09:14 AM
Fifty Sheds of Grey ‏@50ShedsofGrey
'Harder,' she cried, gripping the workbench even tighter, 'Harder!' 'Alright,' I said, 'What's the gross national product of Nicaragua?'

Fifty Sheds of Grey ‏@50ShedsofGrey
'So, what are YOUR limits?'' she asked playfully. 'Limits?' I laughed, 'There's one thing you need to understand - a man like me has no limi

Fifty Sheds of Grey ‏@50ShedsofGrey
'I'll make you wait until you can't take it any more,' she teased. Desperate, I finally gave in. 'Alright, where did you put the TV remote?'

IdleRich
30-07-2012, 10:08 AM
"Judging by the excerpts posted there, the book is really badly written - like a hastily put together blog post Although maybe that's the point - it's an account of a young woman's experience so it's trying to mimic how young people supposedly speak?"
No way, it started as online porn based on Twilight but then a) it got really popular and b) she was forced to change the characters' names and as a result she published it in its own right to enormous success. I think it's just come along at the right time, I understand that at first it was on Kindle and Private Eye speculated that the fact you could read it on the bus without anyone knowing was part of the reason for its large sales. Then, I guess once it passed a certain critical point of acceptance it was published as a book and it became almost a point of pride to be seen reading it. As said above it has (ahem) penetrated Middle England to an incredible degree. I know loads of people who have been surprised to discover that their mum or aunt or even gran is reading it.
Loads of parodies around too, one in the Guardian when the word on the street was that Brett Easton Ellis was gonna write the screenplay.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/12/fifty-shades-grey-digested-screenplay

The Daily Mash with 50 Shades of Clegg

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/arts-entertainment/50-shades-of-clegg-2012071033657

I'm sure there was another one I read recently but I can't remember what it was.
I'd sort of like to read the book to see what all the fuss is about but I can't imagine that I will ever get round to it.

droid
30-07-2012, 11:26 AM
This is all you need to know: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/340987215

baboon2004
30-07-2012, 11:46 AM
I haven't read it. It probably won't make feel as uncomfortable as sade.

her songs weren't that bad

e/y
30-07-2012, 02:11 PM
I think you're giving her too much credit. It started out as Twilight fan fiction.


No way, it started as online porn based on Twilight

hah, didn't know that. explains quite a lot.

Mr. Tea
30-07-2012, 02:11 PM
This is all you need to know: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/340987215

You bastard, I saw this thread last night and was gonna post that goodreads review...had me in stitches, the use of .gifs is superb.

sufi
30-07-2012, 10:09 PM
my idea (c) for photo essay:
50 faces of 50 shades - photos of engrossed readers on the tube
(tho i expect most are clandestinely on a kindle/tablet or whatever, perhaps you could guess by watching their expression..?)

rubberdingyrapids
30-07-2012, 10:23 PM
i saw an old guy reading this on the tube the other week - i wonder how many guys are reading it and getting their gfs/wives etc to try some of the stuff in there out.

im always dissapointed every time i see e.l. james interviewed. shes so unbelievably ordinary. i cant even imagine her having a 'dark side', she seems pretty dreary.

IdleRich
02-08-2012, 09:31 AM
Blimey! Is there really so much shit-eating in the book as the generator generates? I wouldn't have guessed that would have been a massive draw in mummy-porn.

Mr. Tea
02-08-2012, 09:36 AM
Sounds as if butt plugs and quasi-consensual fisting are about as kinky as it gets, judging from the reviews on goodreads (see droid's link on the last page).

IdleRich
02-08-2012, 10:58 AM
Oh yeah, it's a no-brainer that older women love quasi-consensual fisting... anyway, fuck Fifty Shades, that's old news


An erotic novel has been called the “new Fifty Shades Of Grey” after selling more than 50,000 copies in Britain in its first week.
Bared To You has outstripped the sales figures of Brentford author EL James’s steamy work and is tipped to be the next publishing phenomenon
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/new-erotic-novel-set-to-dominate-fifty-shades-of-grey-7979051.html

Got a feeling that won't be the last "New Fifty Shades" we'll see somehow.

Mr. Tea
02-08-2012, 01:39 PM
I think it'd be great fun to write an erotic novel that starts out as the sort of melodramatic suburban S&M-lite that apparently goes down a storm with middle-aged women and then very gradually morphs into this hallucinatory, Burroughs-esque homoerotic body-horror or a snufftastic Sadean rape-fest. You could publish it onine, chapter by chapter, to get people hooked, then gradually crank up the weirdness.

you
04-08-2012, 01:25 PM
these books should all be half price because the authors have only done half the work. the women dont SAY anthing.....

wonk_vitesse
08-08-2012, 08:38 PM
Spotted this guerilla review on ShitLondon (http://shitlondon.co.uk/guerillareview/)

http://shitlondon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Asad-Qayyum1.jpg

Mr. Tea
10-08-2012, 08:23 PM
Rubbesh!


It's a very major disappointment to announce that I've somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey...

Mr. Tea
15-08-2012, 08:17 PM
Their eyes met across a crowded room. The two lovers were drawn together by their mutual interest in the anarchist talk on gender and communism in JCR, and soon got talking over a glass of ethically-sourced wine.

“Let me not buy you a drink”, he said, “because a man buying a woman a drink is reinforcing a patriarchal approach to dating.”

She shivered with delight and guilt. This was her kind of chat-up line, but she couldn’t help feeling a little objectified.

“No,” she retorted, “I believe in the radical notion that a woman is a human being, and I therefore resent your attempts at conversation because you have approached me as a woman, not as a person.”

“Not at all!” he protested, horrified. “I don’t actually ‘see’ gender. In fact, I only know that you are female-bodied and identify as a woman because your hemp T-shirt explicitly says so. No, I see a stunning and bootylicious brain, and it is your brain which I would like to not buy a drink, and it is your brain which I would like to have sex with - with your written consent, obviously.”

This was all to much for her. Throwing caution to the wind, she leaned over and whispered in his ear,

“I know a place. Come on, follow me.”

http://fiftyshadesofsoas.tumblr.com/

stephenk
15-08-2012, 09:46 PM
I think it'd be great fun to write an erotic novel that starts out as the sort of melodramatic suburban S&M-lite that apparently goes down a storm with middle-aged women and then very gradually morphs into this hallucinatory, Burroughs-esque homoerotic body-horror or a snufftastic Sadean rape-fest. You could publish it onine, chapter by chapter, to get people hooked, then gradually crank up the weirdness.

i have definitely had this idea before
have yet to follow through

Mr. Tea
15-08-2012, 11:07 PM
have yet to follow through

A bit of quasi-consensual fisting should sort that out.

stephenk
15-08-2012, 11:26 PM
HA

Mr. Tea
15-08-2012, 11:48 PM
Could be a fun multi-author project...I started something like that and a few other guys here chipped in - it ran out of steam after a couple of weeks but I thought what we had was quite cool. There's a link in my sig if you're interested.

stephenk
16-08-2012, 01:00 AM
i could probably get into that

Mr. Tea
21-08-2012, 01:07 PM
Apparently people aren't slagging off 50SoG because it's appallingly written rubbish about a pathetic idiot who lets a total douchebag treat her like shit - it's because most of its readers are women. Thank god Laurie Penny is here to set us straight. (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/culture/2012/07/stop-being-mean-fifty-shades-grey)

Edit: always amuses me how certain women journos love to pretend female masturbation is some sort of unspoken ultra-taboo secret that the average male would rather commit seppuku than contemplate.

baboon2004
22-08-2012, 10:57 AM
Has George Galloway yet commented on this book?

Mr. Tea
22-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Fifty Shades Of Galloway - aargh, stop my brain, I want to get off.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2012/3/31/1333195926363/george-galloway-bradford--008.jpg

Just imagine him tapping you on the shoulder and politely asking...or insisting...

Mr. Tea
22-08-2012, 02:12 PM
Hahahaha...

Guardian article about Gorgeous George's comments, headed by this photo:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/8/21/1345566805570/Galloway-008.jpg

From the comments:


I love how the article is illustrated with the stereotypical cliche "strange-looking man lurking in an alley".

woops
22-08-2012, 03:45 PM
female masturbation is some sort of unspoken ultra-taboo secret that the average male would rather commit seppuku than contemplate.

Combine the two activities for win

Mr. Tea
22-08-2012, 05:58 PM
Combine the two activities for win

Dildo-handled samurai knife?

BareBones
13-09-2012, 03:21 PM
just read that felicity jones is in line to play the girl in the 50 shades film. if that happens I will just have to go see it, sadly