Asrai Devin

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” ― Sylvia Plath

Fifty Shades of Gray is an old school romance!

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Okay, so I wrote about Jennifer Armintrout’s HILARIOUS (well formerly hilarious, as she keeps finding the parallels between Christian Gray and general abusive, controlling men the book makes me sadder) blog recaps of Fifty Shades of Grey. And the book is so prevalent, it’s popping up everywhere. EVERY other woman tells me she’s reading it or plans to read it and these are people who have told me “I don’t read romance novels.” ANd I clue them in to the Twilight link and they are like “oh.”

I was searching for other erotic romance to suggest to these people, because erotic romance has been around for ages and tons of it is better than FSoG. But I didn’t want to give them suggestions where there were there are threesomes or werewolves, because the people that are reading it are not those type of people. And I couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head because when I’m writing fiction I stick to reading non-fiction.

I stumbled upon the RT book review forums and found this quote:

I’ve become a very picky reader and I’m always looking for romances that interest me unfortunately I don’t see many romances featuring wealthy über alpha edgy imperfect heroes and average inexperienced shy heroines these days.

Which reminded me of when Sarah Wendall was on Read it or Weep, talking about old school romances and Twilight. She says that the hero was über alpha (and rich powerfyl men) and the heroine was a twenty year old virgin. And he takes over her life, completely absorbs her.

This is Fifty Shades of Grey. It is a 1970’s romance novel!! Christian is the alpha male who controls every aspect of Ana, his woman. And she has her sexual awakening through  him, because before him she’s never had a sexual feeling in her life, which was an aspect of the older romances, because women were not seen as sexual beings and the readers didn’t like a woman in charge of her own sexuality.

Here is Sarah Wendall (of Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels) on Read it or Weep:

Characters names have changed. What women want in a romance novel has not. Only now, it’s becoming cool to admit that you are reading romance in public. On Facebook. Everywhere.

And I’m glad that erotic romance is getting good publicity. I just … wish it were with my books.LOL Just kidding.

The best thing was this quote, which actually started my whole thinking about the damned book.

A third [reviewer]: “I bought the book after so many people at work were raving about it. I certainly know more about my co-workers now.”

Oh, yes, this has brought us all closer together. Thank you Fifty Shades of Gray.

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  1. I’m still confused why people want to read about a virgin who gets controlled by an uber alpha male. I like strong women who aren’t afraid to ask for what they want. But I guess that’s just me.

    • It’s not just you Tameri. You are not alone. I think what made the book so popular was the attention Edward showed Bella. It was all about girls and women craving more attention in their lives. Not about wanting to be controlled. That’s my take anyway.

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