Talking Sense About 'Fifty Shades of Grey', or, Fanfiction, Feminism, and BDSM

Talking Sense About Fifty Shades of Grey or Fanfiction Feminism and BDSM Heard of Fifty Shades of Grey but don t know what the fuss is about Read it but not sure what to think of that fuss The mass media have created a lot of heat about E L James s trilogy but shed very l

  • Title: Talking Sense About 'Fifty Shades of Grey', or, Fanfiction, Feminism, and BDSM
  • Author: John Lennard
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Heard of Fifty Shades of Grey but don t know what the fuss is about Read it but not sure what to think of that fuss The mass media have created a lot of heat about E L James s trilogy, but shed very little light on it This short, analytical guide looks at her publishing phenomenon and asks why it matters to readers that it started as fanfiction, why so many feminists oHeard of Fifty Shades of Grey but don t know what the fuss is about Read it but not sure what to think of that fuss The mass media have created a lot of heat about E L James s trilogy, but shed very little light on it This short, analytical guide looks at her publishing phenomenon and asks why it matters to readers that it started as fanfiction, why so many feminists object to it, and why practitioners of organized, consensual BDSM also have issues with it.Clearly, concisely, and readably written, it reveals a story from within fandom that the media have ignored, and makes connections with the political, moral, and ethical issues that are affected by James s writing.John Lennard was formerly Professor of British and American Literature at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and edits the Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs list for Humanities Ebooks He has published two collections of essays on genre fiction, Of Modern Dragons 2007 and Of Sex and Faerie 2010.

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    1. I know most people who see this book will assume, like I did, that it is another pointless, throwaway book looking to piggyback sales on the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey. They would be wrong. What we have here is a well written, thoroughly researched and no holds bared exploration of the Fifty Shades of Grey.“A fannish obsession with Twilight may – not does, but certainly may – indicate a taste for unchallenging fare, cliched characters with teen emotions that are much stronger than [...]

    2. My favorite line is:"If Ana were ever to decide she’d been conned and seek to divorce Christian, citing his BDSM behaviour as coercive, not consensual, the courts in very many jurisdictions would take her entirely seriously (a Fifty Shades fanfic I’d really like to see)."I still have not read the FSoG stories themselves. However, I've read many of the reviews and recaps. As I read those, my dislike of the stories evolved from concentrating simply on the fanfic issues to also include the abus [...]

    3. This was a book I had to read twice. The first time I wasn't sure it wasn't just going to be another shirt-tail-riding-50-shades-book, but it was not. It actually stands on its own two legs and screams out a lot of my personal frustration. It takes my objections about this Shady Business seriously. This passage sums it up for me:"Ethically, at a general level, one could say that without Twilight itself, however flawed it may be, and without the Twilight fandom, there would have been no Master of [...]

    4. Effectively three short essays on fanfic, feminism and BDSM, this book is a hugely compelling, highly readable account of the Fifty Shades phenomenon. It filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of 50S, in particular my half-understanding of the book's origins as a Twilight fanfic, as well as doing a brilliant job of placing EL James in historical and cultural context. Particularly impressive were Prof. Lennard's accounts of the developing shape of feminism from the suffragists on (giving a ma [...]

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