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29 April 2012 @ 07:27 pm
Okay so I'm not sure if anyone really frequents this community anymore...  
However, I didn't know where else to share this.

:takes deep breath:

Has anyone here come across/heard of "50 Shades Of Grey?" Do you know of the story behind it?
I feel like I have to get my opinion of it off of my chest. So here it goes!

It was...horrendous. Cheap. Badly-written. The worst part? It is a legit copyrighted FANFICTION about E/B. Yes, I know the author (whom I have some not-so-nice words for) changed the names, physical descriptions around but that was really about it. My friend has the actual book "series" if you will, while I have the copy of the fanfiction it was "loosely based off of" read COPIED FROM- "Master Of The Universe." We compared each page and they are the same thing, no matter what E. L. James says.
These three books have taken the 1st-3rd spot on the NY Bestsellers list and 1-3 on Amazon's Kindle sales.

I can't even begin to explain how frustrating and infuriating I find this. A TWI-MOM (seriously, she first posted the story on twi-mom.net) writes a supposedly steamy AH/AU BDSM lemon about Edward & Bella and then instead of writing something I dunno...original in plot and characters, she literally changes the names to Christian Grey & Anastasia Steele, changes their hair/eye colors and changes the names of things like Cullen Enterprise Holdings to Grey Enterprise Holdings. She has no imagination whatsoever in the changes, and then she's able to get away with publishing and now is making untold amounts of money from the series and also now the movie rights have been bought. Ugh. There is even talk of them trying to pursue Rob & Kristen themselves for the leads. The fanfiction also included a very bullshit version of our dearly beloved Jacob who apparently just doesn't know what "No" means if you catch my drift.

I dunno, but as a fanfiction writer and s someone who is currently trying to write their own novel- this just smacks of cheating. I feel like ANYONE can now write a book and if it's steamy enough (and honestly, this is like a badly written harlequin romance with some Dominance/Submissive thrown in just for GP) and self-publish it then gain readers who only read it because it's a lemon and then boom it's popular enough for a huge publishing house to buy out the rights for it and the rest is history.

How do you feel about this idea? Have you read it? What did you think of it? I know quite a few of fanfiction authors who's stories were way better written and could probably get away with doing the same thing. But does that make it ok?

I'll get off of my soapbox now : )
 
 
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ladyseraph_756ladyseraph_756 on April 30th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Even thinking about this makes me irrationally angry. So I apolgise for the ensuing rant.- apparently I have a lot of feelings!

The thought of any actor let alone someone I actually like starring in a film of this- a film!- has me steaming with rage. I think HuffPost did a fancasting and someone cast Armie Hammer as Christian Grey. Man was I pressed about that as I like him and wouldn't wish it on him at all. I think I would be full on flipping tables angry if someone I liked ended up in the role. I would definitely judge them. If that makes me a hater, then so be it!

I just don't get this. How on earth has this got published. Become a bestseller? Seriously considered as a film? WTF? What kills it is this is barely disguised fanfic which should have stayed within the fandom. It was written for the fandom. This woman has profited off Stephenie Meyer's work and I'm surprised there has been no comeback from it at all.

As for how quiet it's been I have to admit I have stepped away from the fandom a bit because I just couldn't deal with the fuckery of 'Breaking Dawn' but I have missed you gals a lot.
Jerri Beegreeneyed_me on April 30th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I am not the only one who feels this way.

It got published simply because she self-published just in e-book format. Then it gained popularity because it was a cheap, dirty read. So then it got really popular and then somehow Vintage Books Publishing House picked it up and then who knows.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

It's just ridiculous. And based on the wikipedia entry for it, E.L. James is on TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the country!!! How is this even possible?
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Jerri Beegreeneyed_me on April 30th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Not raped, but the scene is played out that Jacob/Jacob Character keeps pushing to kiss her and mess around with her while she (the main character) is drunk and keeps telling him no over and over. So it wasn't carried out anyway...but it's still a horrible portrayal of our Jacob. Or a guy meant to be Jacob.
ladyseraph_756ladyseraph_756 on May 2nd, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
That is actually disgusting.
lavozdelsilencio on May 1st, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
I thought it strange that I found out by a friend (who knew I read FF regularly) she told me all the helluva that the book stirred. She thought this was common knowledge. Most of the books blogs I'm subscribed to did a review on it (not good muahhaha!) but when I came here to see if but there weren't any entries/comments.. I found NOTHING! neither here or in other places in LJ. No one was talking about it. O.O That was weird.

Just thinking about it makes me raging mad! I just can't believe it, I cannot believe that SM hasn't done anything about it either. At the same time I fear the ramifications, should SM do something.To think that because of that opportunistic woman we may lose the freedom we have in FanFiction, in general!!
She couldn't pick a better time to do it.. when there are talks about SOPA and CIPA-whatever and God-knows what else >.<

a movie? ohgod! >.< this is getting worse
My little corner of the galaxy...: Jake Look Upmibu_roshi on August 8th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
So honestly I have mostly tired to pretend this book didn't exist and just ignore my friends when they tell me I should read it.

But I hadn't heard about the "Jacob" like character before (guess maybe I was doing too good of a job staying away from this work)

That actually makes me strong levels of disgusted and furious.