Fifty Shades Of Grey Not That Great, Admits Author of Fifty Shades Of Grey

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"As you're writing this, are you thinking, 'Oh, man, this is good. People are going to love this'?" NBC's Michelle Kosinski asked EL James, author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, this morning on Today. "No," James replied. Later, she described the book as "kind of raw," and conceded, "I'm not a great writer."


In addition, when asked if there's anything revolutionary about the story she penned, James insisted "absolutely not," and said she is "stunned" and "amazed" by the book's popularity.

And yet! The book — and its sequels — are numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. James can't explain the success, but called the fact that the books exist at all "her mid-life crisis."

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I read this the other day. (Or at least, part of the original fan-fic before she did a find/replace on "Edward" and "Bella") The main character should have been remnamed "Toilet" for all the times she "flushes" (multiple instances in every single chapter), and says "Crap" or "Holy Shit". Far more annoying, however, are the many many many cutesy poo references to her "inner goddess", as in "My inner goddess jumped like a cheerleader" and "my inner goddess licked her lips in satisfaction". The whole book was just really lazy and poorly edited, and not sexy at all.

I also don't really feel like it WAS an accurate BDSM novel because the book makes it seem like the ONLY reason someone would be into that sort of thing is because of deep-seated emotional trauma and they need to be "fixed". Isn't that kind of offensive?

I'm curious, though. I got bored before I finished it, and I kind of feel like this book is more dangerous to women than Twilight was. The book constantly drives home the fact that the heroine is often LEGITIMATELY FRIGHTENED of physical punishment from the "hero" when he's angry (she pleads with him not to beat her more than once), and not in the sexual spanking sense either. He berates her for doing things wrong or for not behaving a certain way when she has no idea what he wants from her. The biggest problem, however, is that the book heavily implies she can "fix" him if she loves him enough, and basically says that if you really love an abusive controlling asshole, all you have to do is stick with him and love him and eventually he'll see what he's doing is wrong. It seemed super irresponsible.