Too hot to do much of anything. I worked outside, pulling weeds and pruning back wisteria, till about 10 yesterday morning and gave it up to come inside, drink ice tea, and deal with some pages to be edited for my forthcoming workshop in popular fiction at Wildacres.
I'm not sure -- each student only submits 15 pages -- but one of the submissions seemed to be tending in the direction of erotica -- a genre I have trouble with because unless it's extremely well-written, it tends to make me giggle.
But, considering the fantastic success Fifty Shades of Grey has had (due, some suggest, to ebooks which one can read privately without the lady across from you in the bus knowing what you're up to) . . . well, I decided that, as a teacher of multiple genres, perhaps I should take a look at this blockbuster. So I downloaded a sample from Amazon.
After reading the sample, I wasn't tempted to go on. And it's fairly depressing to think that such mediocre (I'm being kind here) writing is selling so well. Though, perhaps I should find encouragement in this fact.
I did find one thing well worth reading. On big bestsellers like this, I always like to read the one-star reviews -- and there are some beauties -- Look HERE The one by DS from LA is hilarious, as is the next one by Ebeth from TX. These are terrific reading -- and FAR better written that the sample I read.
Still, a whole lot of folks enjoyed the book -- and as the sample I read didn't touch upon any naughty bits, I've missed the full experience. How about you all? Did any of you read it -- and what did you think?