I want to start this off by saying I know I’m not a literary genius or prize-winning author. I have never been published or added to an anthology but I have been reading spanking and other forms of erotic fiction for years.
Wednesday night, I made a comment on twitter that has blown up and come back to bite me in the ass.
This was done late at night, after I had read blog post after blog post about how amazing the book was. Don’t get me wrong, I also consumed all three books of the 50 Shades trilogy. Honestly, I think it was ok, but it’s not amazing. In my opinion, comparing The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty trilogy to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, you’re comparing world class French wine to that tasty yet cheap $5 table wine you get a Trader Joe’s. Both are wine and both are delicious, but one you can remember your entire life while the other just scratches an itch.
This may also come down to a generational taste difference as well. Today’s generation and those new to the genre of vampire love stories seem to think Twilight is the most amazing series ever. From what I have seen, both sides can find a middle ground in Underworld, while a slightly older and darker demographic still feel movies like Lost Boys are superior.
Something else that was brought up in the cross talk and tweeting, is that maybe the success of 50 Shades of Grey trilogy will make brick and mortar book stores take notice and start having an erotic literature section. Many smaller mom and pop or local bookstores do. If I’m not mistaken, and some of my Portland friends can refresh my memory, stores like Powell’s Books have a large erotica section. As far as mainstream bookstores like Barnes and Nobles, I don’t see that happening. The only reason I say this is from what I have read the e-book sales crush the paperback sales. Now, the paperback sales are impressive but can you honestly see your average person scouring an erotic literature section for the next hot steamy BDSM or spanking book?
In closing, I do not hate the series. They are what they are and everyone has different taste. I just need to learn how not to make tongue in cheek comments on twitter.