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Initial post: 15 Aug 2012 08:07:08 BDT
byekitty says:
not read 50 shades the book but have to admit its becoming a guilty pleasure to read the negative reviews as their so funny maybe someone should cash in and publish a compendium of them?

Posted on 27 May 2013 06:04:29 BDT
They're the only reason I'm tempted to read the series-so I can try my hand to see if I can write a more scathing review.

Posted on 27 May 2013 09:48:31 BDT
Catherine says:
Have you read Lighter Shades of Grey: A (very) Critical Reader's Guide to "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Lighter Shades of Grey Trilogy)
Her blog is even funnier.

Posted on 27 May 2013 10:01:19 BDT
Say what you want...the author is Oprah rich because of those silly books. I'd take it.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 10:39:33 BDT
I Readalot says:
The reviews are still funny though!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 10:43:17 BDT
Absolutely.

Posted on 27 May 2013 10:54:14 BDT
I Readalot says:
Talking of funny reviews some for DB's Inferno are hilarious, though I think they were meant to be serious!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 11:58:06 BDT
Absolutely agree. Find it funny that people rip the book to pieces. I'm sure the author doesn't mind while she sits on the plane to the Maldives.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 12:30:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2013 13:00:59 BDT
TomC says:
Well, ripping the book to pieces is fine; a dispassionate analysis of the book's lack of merit is in itself a worthwhile exercise. By any reasonable critical standard the book is trash, and it's perfectly valid to point this out.

The problem that many people have, and what really gets under their skin, is that it is popular trash. A reasoned criticism of the book is a different thing to a pointless rant about the debased literary standards of readers making them buy 50 Shades rather than what they ought to buy.

Posted on 27 May 2013 16:19:45 BDT
If I may...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2DEYS4PN6QTVC/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0099579936#wasThisHelpful

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 10:21:11 BDT
E. C. says:
I think it's cruel to trash someone's work, it's like stamping on a child's toy because you don't like it. I'm not saying you have to lie, and yes, I take constructive criticism on board as I should but look at the sales figures for the fifty shades trilogy, how can millions of people all be wrong?
(It also scares the heck out of me as I just know that if and when someone trashes my ten months of blood, sweat and physical tears, I mean my book, it will reduce me to a blubbering wreck! Anyone got a thick skin coat I can lend?)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 10:28:14 BDT
Ethereal says:
"cruel to trash someone's work"

If it is that bad and many agree you could be doing them a favour since their nearest and dearest aren't likely to do so.
In any case, if an author puts their work out there, regardless of the blood, sweat and tears it took out of them to produce, they have to be prepared to take what they get. Not talking about personal abuse, of course.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 13:41:50 BDT
"I think it's cruel to trash someone's work, it's like stamping on a child's toy because you don't like it."

As we all know 50 shades is an adult based parody/fanfiction of Twilight.
So how is this ten months of sweat blood and tears when all she did was rip off a well known series. She is rich off the back of "someone else's idea".

I understand that anyone can do this, but it is so blatantly obvious and a disgrace due to it's shoddy writing. I am not a fan of Twilight, but at least it was well written.

I am so saddened by the fact that so many females who have read the book accepted this shoddy work.
Therefore I feel the negative reviews should be allowed to let the author and publishing house know that we want "well written work".
In fact it should be demanded.

I would like to believe that your ten months of blood, sweat and physical tears will show in the book being read, it is your idea, and a good author deserves that. Not someone who taking what rightly belongs to someone else.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 14:50:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2013 14:51:23 BDT
E. C. says:
In that case, I am glad my book was from my brain and no one elses! And my first review was a good one.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2013 22:55:32 BDT
Marion Stein says:
I doubt the author cares much. I don't think she believes she's written great literature. Clearly, she has managed to connect with her readers.

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 23:49:35 BDT
E. C. says:
Does it really matter? If the reader wants great literature, then there is great literature out there. If they want what you term 'shoddy writing' then they have a choice for that too.
I appreciate that fsog started life as fan fiction, but that's not how it ended up. Twilight is essentially a love story about vampires, wolves and one girls wish to join the un-dead. Fsog, is not, not a vampire in sight!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 07:24:45 BDT
Mr F. says:
"I'm not a fan of Twilight, but at least it was well written".

Now that's one of the funniest reviews I've ever read! Twilight? Well written? Seriously?!

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 07:57:22 BDT
E. C. says:
You all sound a bit snobbish to me. Just because you do not like something you automatically tag it as shoddy or written badly.

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 09:32:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2013 09:35:49 BDT
There are entire websites devoted to that book's crimes against the English language, with copious evidence to support them. Bad writing is bad writing; no cries of 'snobbery' will change that for an instant.

I don't understand why you think people shouldn't be free to express their opinions, especially when they save others from wasting their valuable time and money.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 09:34:58 BDT
Ethereal says:
All? Don't think I (nor others) said anything that would lead to that conclusion.
I haven't read fsog because I'm not interested in the subject matter however popular, and I have heard it's not good writing, but I say congrats to the author. I think the same was said about JKR. Then you have the 'classics' whose authors didn't make it big in their lifetime ...

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 09:35:04 BDT
E. C. says:
For every person that calls something bad writing, there will be another person that calls it a work of genius.

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 09:38:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2013 09:39:18 BDT
Which, by odd coincidence, also happens to be the defence used by semi-literates all over the world.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 10:08:10 BDT
Ethereal says:
I agree to a point. The writing can be bad but the story can be good (I recently reviewed such a one). Then I love Woolf's prose but many loathe her (Michael Scott, are you around?) yet no one can deny her mastery over putting a sentence together. I wouldn't take these differences of opinion personally or worry how your own book will be received, you mentioned developing a thick skin!

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 10:38:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2013 10:39:53 BDT
E. C. says:
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Posted on 14 Jul 2013 11:51:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2013 11:53:02 BDT
I'm saying your argument is a cop-out, designed to remove an author's responsibility from the equation.

Semi-literate, over-hyped authors deserve to be exposed; and I notice you avoided addressing my second point.
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