Monday, July 2, 2012

Whats All The Hype about 50 Shades of Grey?

What’s the Big Deal About 50 Shades?
Author Sharita Lira

Greetings fans of Sweet and Sexy Divas! Happy Monday and since it’s my post again, I decided to take the opportunity to talk about the hype of 50 Shades of Grey. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and hadn’t heard, the 50 Shades Trilogy is all the rave right now. It’s brought erotica and soft core BDSM to the forefront, making people everywhere talk. Many have dismissed the book as Twilight fanfic and or Mommy Porn which I absolutely despise. Still, the book is on the NYT bestsellers lists and has landed the author spots on 20/20 as well as a multi-million dollar movie deal.

Now, let me say first, this article I’m writing is not to dismiss 50 Shades. It does irk me that many who’ve read it have said it’s not well written. One of my friends who writes fanfic as I do says it’s very flat and uneventful but I can’t say anything till I read it, so I won’t chastise the author at all.

Still, this article is more of a conversational piece. To those that have read it, what do you like and why? Again, my friend also says the best part is the email conversation between the characters but she couldn’t connect with either person because the descriptions were close to nil. She also said, she saw the female main character as Bella. the female lead in Twilight throughout which annoyed her. *giggle and rolls eyes* Honestly, I haven’t read the Twilight series but just the trailers were enough to turn me off.

Despite all of this, the book, 50 Shades intrigues me and I look forward to seeing for myself. What bothers me more than anything is the reactions. Women act is if there weren't any erotica books before this one but I have to say, it's been a while since I've seen an erotica book on Walmart bookshelves so the lady has made an impact. 

Please leave your thoughts but be respectful of the author. Though I’m not a big fan of Twilight, I’m happy for the author’s success! Tell me your honest thoughts are on the book.

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 I'd be remiss if I didn't give my latest two books a little pub! Here is my first het release as well as Rawiya's m/m!

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Officer Vanessa Daniels is fast approaching her 35th birthday which also happens to be on Valentine’s day. She seeks a specific kind of man to be her lover and likes being the one in the driver’s seat.

Jayson Freed is a bartender by day and a writer by night. He’s looking to find the right woman to help fulfill some of his inner most fantasies. The two meet on an internet dating site and immediately start talking. Will the connection work? Will Jayson turn out to be just what this hard nose girl needs?

Brendan Walsh is an uptight business executive working for his father and missing out on real life due to his relentless drive for success. Fearing his homophobic father’s wrath – and the potential to destroy his financial future – Brendan hides is true orientation and lives a life of boring celibacy.

Upon meeting Davori Jenkins when the hunky barista serves him a latte just the way he likes it, Brendan takes a chance, leaving his number with the tip in the hopes of changing his future love life.

Will Brendan be able to come clean with his father – risking his fortune – or will he take a chance at losing a man who he wants as his future?

Warning: This is an m/m interracial romance. Real romance. Some sappiness is ahead with two very good looking men who are searching for that happy ever after ending.

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BLMorticia is currently a published writer with Rebel Ink and Naughty Nights Press. Her first two novellas, My Lieutenant and Something Fresh Served Hot are Silver stars on All Romance Ebooks. She writes bi weekly for Red Lipstick Diaries and a column twice a month on Blak Rayne Books. For more info, please visit, Erotica With Snark

RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. Rawiya's first sole author book, Time to Make the Donuts released in Feb and her first MMF Living in the Now released in April from NNP. The third book, Smooth Like Latte is out now. She has several shorts in anthologies, the latest, That Thing in the STARbooks collection, Tall Dark and Delicious. A lot of her shorts are also on Every Night Erotica. She blogs regularly at Wicked Sexy Writers. For more please visit the Rawiyas blog on Wordpress.


Tina Donahue said...

Haven't read it, so I have no idea if it's good or not. I'm surprised that readers are surprised that there's erotica or erotic romance out there. Have they been living in a cave for the last 20 years?

As to Twilight - didn't read the book, but the movie was on TV the other night. I started thinking about Edward and his clan going to high school. What happens when they graduate? Do they start all over again since they never age? Won't one of the kids notice that they're doing it all again? Or do they just pick up and go to different schools for the next go around?

And as to going to school if you're a vampire - why would you do that? It's not like he's into student government or hanging out with chicks or anything. What's the point? Is he a bookworm? Loves learning? (Sorry, but I kept falling asleep during the movie, so I wasn't able to follow the plot).

One more thing: I found the actor who played Edward to be really creepy looking. When I was a teen, I wanted a guy who smiled often, had a wicked sense of humor, liked to tease in a playful way and looked healthy, not ghastly gray.

jean hart stewart said...

Haven't read it, so can't comment on the book itself. It amazes me though that a new author can have such success and I wonder why. Must be some reason...but I don't get it as the comments are all over the place.

Fiona McGier said...

I haven't read the books either, but based on the comments I've read about the bad/lack of editing, and the fact that it's basically stealing someone else's characters, re-naming them, and making a butt-load of money, I'm not about to add my money to what she's already making!

I did try to get into Twilight, but after reading about 3/4 of the first book I drop-kicked it across the room! I thought the writing style was boring and had no connection to how teens actually talk...how many of them speak of "donning a raincoat?" And Edward was a creepy hero, spending all of his time stalking Bella, hiding out in the corner of the ceiling in her bedroom watching her sleep, etc. Any guy who would actually do stuff like that should be reported to the police!

And as for why any girl would choose the deathly-cold, brooding and moody Edward over the hot-blooded and usually almost naked werewolf? I guess it speaks to an adult's memories of teenage angst more than anything else.

But you are right, Tina, if any woman thinks 50 SOG invented erotica and erotic romance, then a cave must be her home! DUH! Or perhaps she's never heard of the internet and Amazon.com, or the concept of eBooks?

Stormie Kent said...

I get uncomfortable when authors disparage other author's work. I've read some author comments on Facebook and other places and sort of moved on quickly. I haven't read any of the works mentioned. I tried to read Twilight because I read what my teen reads to make sure the books are appropriate (I read anything I wanted as a child. And I do mean anything.) but I couldn't get through it. Personal preference.

S.Lira said...

@Tina, lol. I find Edward creepy as well. More like a zombie! Thanks for leaving your thoughts

S.Lira said...


Yeah i have heard mixed reviews. I've been told by my friends who write fanfic with me that the email convo is the best part of the book

S.Lira said...

I've heard everything too. I'm really curious about it so I wanted to read them. When I dunno.

Thanks for the comments Fiona and Jean

S.Lira said...


Thanks for the comments. I like to give authors a chance so I will at least read the first one