Anonymous asked: I don't get why so many people complain so much about this book. If you don't like it, so be it & move on with life. No one is forcin you to read it. But what annoys me most is that people bash this book when they themselves can't do any better. Yes the book is sexually explicit, just like many other books. Yes some of the things in this book doesn't sound realistic but that's because its a FANTASY & what's funniest, people who hate the book most take time to create sites just to talk about it.
Well, people like to complain. It’s a way of coping. And you’re right, no one is forcing me to read it. But it’s still a major chunk of pop culture so even if I don’t have to READ it, I still have to encounter it. Like Twilight. And when I encounter it, I see people lauding it and saying it’s really, really, ridiculously popular. And there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously popular—like writing something quality. And so I am being forced to listen to lies about how great this book is because guess what? While I know that I might not be the best, I can do better. I have friends and classmates who can do better. I see strangers do better.
I have no problem with it being sexually explicit, if that’s what you’re implying. Like I linked, I’m quite okay with sexually explicit. I love sexually explicit. What I do not love is shit writing that just vomits pus and bile and badly done sex scenes and exclamations like “Aargh!” when things are getting hot ‘n’ heavy and also misrepresents everything about BDSM ever and can’t even point to …there! on a map all over what should have been erotic and lovely and everything that sexually explicit should be. That is where my hang-ups lie. That is my problem.
And I understand a middle aged woman’s wet dream is fantasy. The book itself though? Isn’t a fantasy book. This isn’t dungeons and dragons, this isn’t the rugged swarthy sailor from distant lands shipwrecks upon some mythical nymph goddesses’ island and crazy, mythical sex ensues. This is a story set in the real world. Even with Twilight, where there’s supernatural forces, the story is still in the real world. So the way things happen in the real world is assumed to happen in the fictional real world, with a bit of suspension of disbelief along the way. And suspension of disbelief is FINE but not ALL THE TIME. Whether real world or fantasy, a world has certain rules and must abide by them realistically to create credibility.
Same with the plot, same with the characters: you need credibility. Characters, no matter where and what world, this world, fantasy world, 20 minutes into the future apocalyptic world, have to resonate with us readers in the real world. They have to be believable. They have to be real, not fantasy, even if they have all the powers and trappings of a fantasy being. Look at Dumbledore from Harry Potter. He’s a fucking wizard! He has super cool badass powers! He’s the greatest headmaster that Hogwarts has ever known! And…he’s incredibly human. He has faults. He concerns himself too much with the greater good and often, as a result, puts good peoples’ lives at stake. He is not infallible. He’s human. He’s real despite the fantasy decor. I don’t expect every book to be Harry freaking Potter (in fact, I’d get bored!) but I expect every book to give me a world that has rules and characters that have beliefs and values and personalities that don’t simply bend and sway to meet the plot’s needs.
Fantasy would be assuming a book of such sub-par quality could get such recognition and popularity without suffering backlash. Hate is as intense an emotion as love. This is why you have hatedoms and fandoms (see Twilight. See this shithole book.) It’s not funny, it’s not a joke, it’s how realistic human emotions work—something you’d find in realistic fiction and fantasy, provided you have a competent writer (something E. L. James is not.)