-Takes a deep breath-
First off, I'm not talking entirely through my hat here. I'm a published author (short fiction). I'm not famous... I'm not even somewhat known. I do know a bit about writing, publishing, etc.
First off, the success of 50 Shades is a sign of something that has been somewhat known for awhile, and that is that the e-reader revolution allows people to read stuff they normally wouldn't without being questioned.
There's been a rise of both the Mommy-porn and what we'd call Pulp, or Dime store, novel in the e-verse. i'm not complaining about that... one of my serials that I actually sold is pure pulp. It's fantastic, really, and is allowing writers to play around and experiment, and maybe churn out something that's just "fun", maybe a bit trashy.
It may not be art, but a fun read is just as important as art.
That being said.
50 Shades of Grey was... a book written without an editor. It's not that it's a dirty book... hell, the Sleeping Beauty stuff wasn't too terrible... but the prose and writing...
I'm sorry, I tried. I got about 10 pages in before I simply couldn't take it anymore. There are writers who use simple prose and through that carry an earthy power, like Hemmingway.
There's writers who use simple prose to help get a fascinating story out, like in Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse.
There's writers who have a simpler style, but the -content- is so stylish you can't help bt love it, like Jim Butcher.
And then there's writers who write simple prose because they're not very good, and who reuse the same crutch words 1000 times.
we all do it. Hell, my blog posts have more crutches than an ER. But that's something that goes away with editing.
and this stuff... isn't edited.
Plus, this guy? From what i can see, he's the type of guy that in the real life BDSM scene, no one interacts with because he's a creeper who has a string of failed relationships. I get fantasy, but christ. Don't give me a creepy guy then try to convince me he's not creepy by simply repeating how awesome he is.
And I swear to god, her Inner Goddess needs to be chained to a truck and roadhauled.
There used to be a gif here. It was awesome. But it's gone now.