My problem is with people who gush about it going "Omg you guys, no, it's totally different, this is a serious novel and it's nothing like a trashy romance novel, this is a brilliant work of art and the artist is a genius!"
I have a bigger problem with people who fight back, tooth and nail, when I disagree with that opinion - while refusing to offer any sort of counter-argument beyond "everybody I know loves it". Then again, I have this problem a lot when I disagree with what's clearly becoming the prevalent societal meme. In many cases I've suggested alternative readings for comparison. Maybe a little Anais Nin (not necessarily Delta of Venus
) or Henry Miller or Marquis de Sade or Pauline Rťage (i.e. Anne Desclos). Even Anne Rice for those who can't tolerate an older style of writing. Mostly they look at me like I've got two heads.
I genuinely wished she'd made him Dominant because that is simply who he is.
First: Sorry Kendra, I apologize for not making the quotes in my previous post spoilers. My bad :(
Second: Thanks for the well-thought-out dissenting opinion :)
That said: I, too, find it not only sad but a bit disturbing that this character is the way he is because he's "broken". Seriously, is it really necessary to make excuses for your character having a dominant personality? Or to try to explain the why
of it at all for that matter?
I've heard people argue that it's great to have D/s out there in the main stream, even portrayed imperfectly as in this piece of fiction... well, ok, hooray and all that... but if you tell someone you're a Dominant do you want their first comment to be: Oh you poor thing, were you abused?
Maybe I'm overstepping my bounds with these comments. After all, I'm not a member of the community, a lifestyle practitioner, nor do I consider myself a true Dominant (just skewed to that side of the bell curve).
Ok, now an exercise for the class: Imagine that Grey isn't a god-like example of male humanity. Instead he's mid-40s, 5' 9", slightly balding, has some pudge, and sweats too much. Everything else you can keep the same (he's a corporate big-wig, dresses well, and has a liking for fine things, all that stuff). Now read the book again. Is this a fantasy about D/s... or something else?