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#81 JohnM

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:49 PM

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#82 Bleep1673

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:40 PM

The Sugar Barons on Kindle
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#83 Severus

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:13 PM

I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.
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#84 Bleep1673

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:19 AM

I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

That's not the point though is it? It is never going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but it has a good publicist, who fooled a lot of people into buying into written porn, and made it almost acceptable.
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#85 Severus

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

That's not the point though is it? It is never going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but it has a good publicist, who fooled a lot of people into buying into written porn, and made it almost acceptable.

Why do you say almost acceptable. Erotic fiction is nothing new and judging by the sales I would suggest that Fifty Shades has shown that it is acceptable. Pretty much every one of my female friends has read it.
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#86 Stevo

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:24 AM

Why do you say almost acceptable. Erotic fiction is nothing new and judging by the sales I would suggest that Fifty Shades has shown that it is acceptable. Pretty much every one of my female friends has read it.


Can I make a joke about them "flicking through it"?
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#87 Wolford6

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:21 PM

I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.



90% of the newspaper reviews and articles on the book that I've read are by female harridans who comment on how badly written it is. They are primarily saying this because: -
- they are jealous because EL James will make more money this year than they will in the next twenty.
- they wish they'd had the idea to write it.
- they know the book is already hugely popular and, whatever its merits, no one will take any notice of their judgement. Writing a bad review and dissing it is the only way they can exercise their innate cattiness.

No one could say that books by Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins are great works of fiction, but they have been too successful for too long for any attack by the sisterhood. So let's kick the new kid on the block.

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#88 gingerjon

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:28 PM

90% of the newspaper reviews and articles on the book that I've read are by female harridans who comment on how badly written it is. They are primarily saying this because: -
- they are jealous because EL James will make more money this year than they will in the next twenty.
- they wish they'd had the idea to write it.
- they know the book is already hugely popular and, whatever its merits, no one will take any notice of their judgement. Writing a bad review and dissing it is the only way they can exercise their innate cattiness.

No one could say that books by Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins are great works of fiction, but they have been too successful for too long for any attack by the sisterhood. So let's kick the new kid on the block.


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#89 hindle xiii

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.

If you use "should of", "would of" or "could of", you are a moron.

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#90 Wolford6

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

There's nothing rabid about my mind. i just live in the real world.
You've been down south so long that you've been Guardianised.

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#91 Futtocks

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.


The male protagonist in (what for the want of a better word we shall call) the story has the surname 'Grey'.

I've read a few excerpts in the papers. It makes Jackie Collins look like Turgenev.

Edited by Futtocks, 22 August 2012 - 12:45 PM.

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#92 hindle xiii

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

The male protagonist in (what for the want of a better word we shall call) the story has the surname 'Grey'.

I've read a few excerpts in the papers. It makes Jackie Collins look like Turgenev.

So other than that it's a nonsense title, it isn't a play on words or summat? Although seeing some of the comments on here a title that is a play on words would probably be a stretch too far.

If you use "should of", "would of" or "could of", you are a moron.

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#93 Severus

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:50 PM

There's nothing rabid about my mind. i just live in the real world.
You've been down south so long that you've been Guardianised.

:lol:
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#94 Futtocks

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

So other than that it's a nonsense title, it isn't a play on words or summat? Although seeing some of the comments on here a title that is a play on words would probably be a stretch too far.


I think a play on words would be beyond the author's capabilities, to be honest. This is just some episodes of 'Twilight' based fan fiction under the pen name 'Snowqueen's Icedragon' (stop sniggering).Some publisher picked it up, the names were changed from Edward and Bella, knocked into some sort of bookish shape and found themselves with an unexpected best-seller.

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#95 Wolford6

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.


I don't know but I used to work with a former mill owner who told me that there were, in textile classifications, several (nine?) shades of black. Perhaps the book alludes to different shades of character in its male protagonist, who is called Christian Grey. Maybe, as it involves BDSM, she gets fifty shades of skin colour.

Better ask Ginger Jon; he's possibly read it, though, if so, he probably thinks the writing style is awful.

;)

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#96 Futtocks

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:54 PM

Oh, there are already two more volumes, as well as (no doubt) a tsunami of 'me too' imitations from all the other publishers, which will descend on an unsuspecting public in time for Christmas sales period.

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#97 Futtocks

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

I don't know but I used to work with a former mill owner who told me that there were, in textile classifications, several (nine?) shades of black. Perhaps the book alludes to different shades of character in its male protagonist, who is called Christian Grey. Maybe, as it involves BDSM, she gets fifty shades of skin colour.


There's a song about Ireland called 'Forty Shades of Green' - maybe the author of this book wrote it during a British Bank Holiday. ;)

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#98 hindle xiii

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:58 PM

Oh, there are already two more volumes, as well as (no doubt) a tsunami of 'me too' imitations from all the other publishers, which will descend on an unsuspecting public in time for Christmas sales period.

Fifty Shades of Greer and Fifty Shades of Gay.

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#99 Futtocks

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:28 PM

For aficionados of the hidden bits of the London Underground, or just people who like a bit of good writing, here's the John Betjeman short story 'South Kentish Town'.

Enjoy. :)

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#100 hindle xiii

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:34 PM

It's a long shot but does anyone living in the Bradford area have Peacock's autobiography? I fancy reading it while travelling tomorrow.

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