This is the best ask I have ever gotten. That’s not hyperbole. Put it on the record. This is my favorite.
Ana only mentioned Kate shaving her legs and armpits, I believe.
I am slowly growing convinced that E.L. James is a robot designed to look like a middle-aged woman.
The majorly important phrase here is ‘prior discussion’. The issue with Fifty Shades is not Christian calling Ana a good girl, nor any of the other kinky things he and she get up to; it’s that Christian does these things without talking to Ana about them first or finding out if she’s all right with them.
… that you actually only have to describe hair color and eye color once? You don’t have to say “her blue eyes looked at him” or something of the sort every ten sentences. Your readers will remember. If a pressing need comes up (like describing how much a character’s appearance has changed or examining a certain feature for plot reasons) then go ahead. Just don’t put a color adjective in every time your character enters a room.
(That’s literally what this story I’m reading is doing and it’s driving me bonkers)
Ana’s mentioned her vagina (in the sentence “[H]e inserts his thumb inside me…stroking the front wall of my vagina”), so it seems unlikely that she currently has typical maab genitalia. That doesn’t rule the possibility out entirely, as Ana could be post-op.
That said, I doubt that E.L. intended the Ana character to be interpreted as trans, given how stodgily, stalwartly conservative she (E.L.) is. It is interesting to think about, though.
Beats me…it’s probably different for different people.
A Fifty Shades blogger who agrees with me? Now I’ve seen everything.
Don’t die! Instead, get angry and write your own bestselling novel. Show E.L. who’s boss.
That makes sense, I guess. Why would Christian have some of each, though? Wouldn’t you want all of your towels to be the same size?
Someone named Curtis just generously sacrificed some of his money in the name of Fifty Shades of Why. Thanks, Curtis!
I’ve seen quite a few people who entirely missed the point of Lolita and thought it was about ~forbidden love~ instead of the skeevy sexualization of a child. Otherwise, I agree with you.
Gosh, yeah. Imagine if Christian asked for consent before he did something. That would be shocking.
I started this blog on May 24th of 2012. I managed to run Fifty Shades of Why for more than a year without noticing how long I’d been doing so.
There’s a special name for screwing up your grammar in Swedish? That is the coolest thing I’ve heard all day.
I as myself that every day, anonymous. Why are we reading this?
And there we have it. Thanks, Tracey!
This is hands-down one of the best asks I have ever received. I applaud you, ma’am.
Of course! One would think, though, that authors are reasonable enough to listen when their editors point out that they’ve made egregious grammatical mistakes or factual errors.
E.L. had an editor, but I don’t know how much they did to improve the story. Vintage was in a hell of a hurry to get the story out.