Feb. 18th, 2015


Feb. 18th, 2015 10:31 pm
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I have a High School friend, who has an MA in English Lit... and who is defending the shit out of the 50 Shades trilogy and calling it (or, at least the third book) a "romance".

Um, what?

She's also telling people who are critical of it that they need to "read it again, and review it properly, thank you".

Um, no.

No, no, no, no, no!

It's complete and utter trash. It depicts an emotionally abusive relationship. And, what is most dangerous about it (and causes most women to see it as romance and idealize the whole thing)... SHE CHANGES HIM IN THE END!

I have never, ever seen an abusive relationship where the victim made her abuser change, in real life. EVER!

This just perpetuates that myth a lot of women (and some men) get into their heads that "I love her/him and I'll help her/him change and everything will be perfect!" *

And I'm not even going to get into the subject of some people planning to try out BDSM after only having read that book and done no further research. Some of the stuff done in the book is damaging emotionally, and could be dangerous physically.

It's one thing to read the series for titillation while being perfectly honest with oneself and knowing it's basically the junk food of porn, but it's a completely other thing to try to pass this crap off as "quality" fiction.

And, as an MA in English Lit, missy should be ashamed of herself for even daring to hint that the people criticizing the book need to basically do their homework, because she supposedly knows best, since she's an MA in English Lit!

Eat a bag of dicks, seriously.

* Oversimplification of genders mentioned in the text due to my writing this in haste while a bit angry (okay, pissed off) and not at all to mean that people who are non-binary or transgender or genderqueer or gender fluid (among others) can't get into the same situations.


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