Saturday, 28 April 2012
Fifty Shades of Jealousy
Well done to the lady who wrote 50 Shades of Grey which is being blogged, talked about and by the 'academics' criticised for it's poor quality prose. It's jealousy. Your book has made an awful lot of money and there are some beautifully written books out there that haven't made a penny. The book has tapped into not just the mood of the moment, but probably for the past three to four years. Writers focus on the fact that the heroine is submissive, rather than the fact she's allowing herself to be submissive which is totally different. Three years ago, fashion led the way with the proliferation of pink, short skirts, and the doll like quality of style icons (Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham) both of whom, at under five four, look like dolls rather than women. Very bright, ambitious, opportunistic, (think Cowell described Cole like a beautiful cat playing with a mouse (him being the mouse), their qualities of vulnerability are focused on, their beauty rather than their brains - what they look like rather than what they say. OK this is probably mainly because with Cole, when she opens her mouth it rather destroys the illusion of the Audrey Hepburnesque beauty and Beckham who tries to be enigmatic by not saying much and not smiling but just comes across as boring, which is an achievement considering how much she has achieved. Neither are submissive but both play that way. As do many women who are obsessive about control.