After thinking about it, I realized that of all the fads I've seen come and go over the years, I find myself being the most intrigued by the fanaticism over the Fifty Shades franchise. I was planning on discussing this in a blogpost in the near future, and decided why the hell not now with the hype around the movie being started, and all?
One thing I stress here on this blog (and most everything I do) is maintaining a critical eye on pop culture and what is deemed as the new cultural phenomenon by the mainstream media and the powers that be. It is not necessarily my intention to knock the series (though I may in a few areas), but to perhaps study why the obsession when erotica has actually been around hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Why is it being hailed as this 'new and great' thing?
I've mentioned Jenny Trout's excellent and highly entertaining Fifty Shades recaps here before and she even recapped the trailer as well (and as someone who works regularly in the horror genre, I concur with all the remarks being made of it looking like a trailer for a horror film).
She's also written an erotica series titled The Boss, which I will discuss in further detail tomorrow (I'm in the process of editing the post) along with why I recommend checking it out.
Another I will be discussing is Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel series (which I actually did enjoy).
Til then, enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
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