My friend wrote this article on Reddit and it is now going viral everywhere. She really did nail it. Reblog the shit out of this and spread it like wildfire!
This is pretty much the truth. Good for her to write it out.
Well, when FSOG is based (and I use the term lightly, considering they are over 80% the same in content) on a Twilight fanfic that E.L. James wrote, this is hardly a surprise. Edward and Bella’s relationship is unhealthy and abusive in many ways, too. FSOG takes it further, and becomes more problematic than its predecessor, however, by wrongly painting an entire community of people as abusive, by association.
^ Admittedly, I never knew much about BDSM apart from what I read in fanfics and what I saw on CSI in the earlier seasons. But when I read quotes and such for 50 Shades, it really seemed to put BDSM in a bad light. Anastasia being uncomfortable with a lot of the stuff they do, Christian being controlling even with things that didn’t have to do with sex, the fact that this girl was college aged and had never had her own computer before Christian bought one for her, etc.
And if I recall correctly, I think EL James was told by both abuse victims AND BDSM participants that this didn’t correctly portray a BDSM relationship but abuse and she didn’t listen.
I know enough, based on my research into the shady origins of FSOG, and those critical of E.L. James’s work, to know her portrayal of it is grossly inaccurate; but neither she nor her publishers seem to care about that, so long as it makes them money. But then, neither of them care about its ethically questionable origins, either.
Because at least for all her other faults, Stephanie Meyer came by her money honestly, through her own ideas. And I can at least respect that, and Meyer herself as an author, even if I don’t like her writing. E.L. James, on the other hand, is profiting off the back of another author’s hard work, in my opinion, and I can in no way support that by reading it. I have zero respect for James and her books. The inaccurate and problematic portrayal of BDSM subculture is simply icing on a cake that I have no desire to partake of to begin with.
Google “50 Shades of Grey and plagiarism” sometime. It’s eye-opening.
Honestly, EL James should just be glad that Stephanie Meyer doesn’t find it worth pursuing. Probably because even she doesn’t want her name linked to this book. I just looked up 50 Shades of Grey and plagiarism and just about everything was plagiarized. The only major change is there not being any vampires.