Destroying gender: E.L. James and “Grey”

Interesting opinions on E.L. James and her “Fifty Shades” series, from writer/editor David Brookes. I’d love to hear any comments – how does erotica compare to clean romance like “Return to Cameron Country”…?

The STP Literary Service

_83351580_greyIn my earlier post about originality, I wrote that E.L. James, the author of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its sequels, has managed to create a whole sub-genre of erotica called ‘billionaire romance’. E-book stores are being filled to bursting point by amateur writers seeking to replicate these popular story and themes.

I pointed out how utterly depressing it is to learn of how so many women fantasize about being subjugated by a violent male whilst being ‘looked after’ and showered with lavish gifts.We know that “Fifty Shades” sold 20 million copies, and James’ latest companion novel, “Grey”, is set to do the same.

Despite being fundamentally sexist and patronising, many readers seem to fail to notice that the genre is also incredibly damaging to the progress that society has made in providing equality for women, and in eradicating prehistoric gender expectations. This affects both women and men, and…

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