April 16th, 2012

In fact, if I were a member of the Christian right, sitting on my front porch decrying the decadent morals of working American women, what would be most alarming about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena, what gives it its true edge of desperation, and end-of-the-world ambience, is that millions of otherwise intelligent women are willing to tolerate prose on this level. If you are willing to slog through sentences like “In spite of my poignant sadness, I laugh,” or “My world is crumbling around me into a sterile pile of ashes, all my hopes and dreams cruelly dashed,” you must really, really, want to get to the submissive sex scene.

— from Newsweek’s “Spanking Goes Mainstream"… and yet another reason to loathe "Twilight", as it gave birth to another trilogy, whose grammar and use of the English language send a collective groan around those of us who know where to find better written fiction with the same, if not better, content that is not getting even a tenth of the attention as this ridiculous work of fan fiction.  

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