Who do we blame for this?

KeyMaster45

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I only heard about this 50 shades book a few days ago when the author of the web comic Girls with Slingshots pissed some people off in the S&M community. This is a very big thing I take it? Cause up until now it has passed silently below my internet radar.

Though if Gilbert Godfried is doing a reading of a trashy romance novel I guess there's some laughs to be had from it.
 

Dangit2019

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I'm not too mad about the twi-tards thing, but I do make a silent facepalm when I'm in a bookstore and there's a huge section reading "Supernatural Romance". I mean, seriously? WTF?
 

SecondPrize

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Television and our increasing use of it. Given the general lack of reading going on, it's unsurprising that people can't tell complete and utter garbage when they find it. The horrifying thing is sometimes you think, "well, at least they're reading something."
 

Lt._nefarious

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I blame you! No, I'm not just saying this for giggles. I mean you specifically John! Yeah you heard me...

But seriously how is a bad book gaining a massive following a new thing? It's happened countless times and will happen again bitching about it won't solve anything.

(On that note not enough people have read the Dexter books... Seriously they are fucking awesome and too few people have read them...)
 

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Spot1990 said:
No one... These books are aimed at teenagers. They're allowed read shit. Giving out about teen fiction is like giving out about the lack of depth in The Hungriest Caterpillar.
Exactly.

Anyone over 17 caring about this stuff is just weird imo.
 

Nerexor

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Preacher zer0 said:
Spot1990 said:
No one... These books are aimed at teenagers. They're allowed read shit. Giving out about teen fiction is like giving out about the lack of depth in The Hungriest Caterpillar.
Exactly.

Anyone over 17 caring about this stuff is just weird imo.
Heh... You do realize this book is not at all marketed to teens right? The primary demographics buying romance novels, and almost certainly this one in particular, are 40 year old housewives. Just like the author of this piece of dreck.

Interesting fact: According to the guy who works at the comic book store I frequent, it's the same demographic that buys up all the Yaoi manga. As he put it, "they crawl out of the woodwork for the stuff."

Enjoy that image.
 

The Great JT

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Who don't we blame, that's the shorter answer. Here's my blame list:
WRITER for obvious reasons.
PUBLISHER for putting out this atrocious garbage.
ADVERTISERS for marketing it.
THE VAPID IDIOTS WHO BUY IT because their standards are so low that "garbage" equals "glorious."
HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVES for cashing in on garbage by throwing millions at it to produce a movie of it.
SCREENPLAY ADAPTERS for translating the awfulness of the original product to another medium without in any way improving it.
ADVERTISERS AGAIN because they're advertising it in two mediums now.
MOVIEGOERS for supporting this tripe with their money instead of going to see something else more worthy of their time (see also: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World -vs- The Expendables).
 

SacremPyrobolum

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Oh come now, there is no reason to become upset over a piece of erotica aimed towards middle aged women.

It would be the equivalent of getting angry over the sub-par plot of a pornographic film.
 
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Hazy992 said:
Only thing I actually know about 50 Shades though is Gilbert Gottfried read it


If this doesn't get your juices flowing I don't know what will
Now THAT's doing the source material justice!

On topic, it's a long established fact that there is a large volume of women who get their motor going by reading "romance" novels like that.
 

RatRace123

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We obviously need to blame women, yes all women for smut like this polluting our beloved popular culture.

All that this pornography proves is that women only think with their vaginas! They don't care about the quality of what's on the screen just so long as it features a hot guy with his shirt off for them to get all squishy over.

This is crass exploitation and I for one will not stand for it any longer!
 

The Artificially Prolonged

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Spot1990 said:
No one... These books are aimed at teenagers. They're allowed read shit. Giving out about teen fiction is like giving out about the lack of depth in The Hungriest Caterpillar.
How dare you sir. The Hungriest Caterpillar is a genre defining masterpiece and a classic in it's own right. And as such has no place being compared to such drivel as teen fiction :p

On topic
I blame the internet. Its nearly always the internet's fault somehow.
 

Nerexor

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The Artificially Prolonged said:
Spot1990 said:
No one... These books are aimed at teenagers. They're allowed read shit. Giving out about teen fiction is like giving out about the lack of depth in The Hungriest Caterpillar.
How dare you sir. The Hungriest Caterpillar is a genre defining masterpiece and a classic in it's own right. And as such has no place being compared to such drivel as teen fiction :p

On topic
I blame the internet. Its nearly always the internet's fault somehow.
It can't be though, there are no women on the internet, and this type of fiction is aimed primarily at women. QED.
 

Frission

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I blame fanfic writers.

Frankly, I think you can get angry at the fact that it sold so well, when there has been good books which haven't sold as well. Imagine if some of your favorite games felt the need to pander to the sweaty horny teenager demographic. Wouldn't you feel slightly peeved? Whenever I go into the book store and see an aisle for this I can't help but resent those who buy and propagate the trash. It doesn't that it's popular that I have to like it.

It might not have an effect on the long run, but I can't help but feel that it's not doing humanity any favors that this sold more copies than Harry Potter.
 

Corporal Yakob

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Err......50 Shades of Grey?

Captcha: "make my day" Yeah go ahead make my day punks by answering my question!
 

Corporal Yakob

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Buretsu said:
Corporal Yakob said:
Err......50 Shades of Grey?

Captcha: "make my day" Yeah go ahead make my day punks by answering my question!
A piece of Twilight fanfiction turned standalone novel series, about a naive college girl who signs her life away to a rich older man, who proceeds to beat, humiliate, and borderline rape her. And people love it for some reason.

Would it be too optimistic to think that the reason people love it is because at the end, the now no-longer naive girl packs in the life of submission and cuts off the older dude's goolies, perhaps stealing his money in the process?
 

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I blame stephanie meyer. after reading the whole twilight series i can conclusively say its a poorly written, shallow mary sue fantasy. (not that you need me to tell you that)

but when i looked up 50 shades of grey i was suprised to find it featured so much sex, considering the twilight trend of "blank personalityless female being pursued by a/many handsome men"

although one thing about 50 shade, the lead characters called "Anastasia steele". seriously? what kind of fucking name is that, thats a porn name, thats the name you expect a stripper to have. Apart from that 50 shades looks like its nothing too bad, just another author insert fantasy but with a better author then twilight.