I’ve got a good chunk of signatures going for all who are wondering. I have not yet put them up in any type of display which is why I don’t have pictures. But obviously this kind of thing is in the “more the merrier” type category. Meaning write in! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here. Do know what I’m talking about? You can still write in to WriteRightWithBex@gmail.com. I’m working on figuring out a way to incorporate an electronic signing system. I think many people are wary of giving out their addresses despite my incredibly reassuring disclaimer. Remember, I’m a twenty-something blogger who is interested only in signed business cards. I’m not going to sell your information, and you’re not going to start getting daily newsletters in the mail from me about the newest sales at Macy’s.
Now that that’s out of the way, we are going to have a little (read: super long) post for those who have missed Ranty Bex.
So the story goes like this. My fiance and I went to the movies to see the newest Woody Allen flick for lack of anything better to see. It was alright…not that great. As we walked out of the movie theater, I caught a glimpse of a poster. I have Googled it for you (Incognito window…don’t want Google thinking I’m actually interested in this thing). Here is a picture:
Yup. That’s what I saw. And honestly it took me a second to figure out what it was, but something in my brain was desperately shying away from it even as I came to the inevitable, terrifying conclusion.
They made 50 Shades of Grey into a movie.
They actually did it.
Now…some may think they know why I have a problem with this, but I think some are only partly right.
I have written about this before, but I will reiterate: You can read and enjoy trashy novels. I have. I still do occasionally. They’re fun. This is not what bothers me. See what bothers me is that 50 Shades was never a novel. It. Was. A. FANFICTION!!! For whatever reason, either because E. L. James found a spectacularly good lawyer or because Stephenie Meyer isn’t particularly litigious, a Twilight FanFiction got published and started making money.
THIS IS ILLEGAL!!
The only reason people get away with writing their own stories using other people’s characters, settings, worlds, etc. is that they do not make money from it. Because when you do make money from it, that means you are making money from plagiarizing! From stealing! E. L. James is a thief and everyone is letting her get away with it. Which brings me to point #2…
This was not a secret!! Everybody knows this started as a Fan Fiction (No I don’t know why I’m capitalizing it. Just looks better this way). Even people who know nothing about this book know that it was a Fan Fic. Seriously. Despite E. L. James desperately sweeping the internet, trying to take it down. Which screams guilt right there. She or someone who works for her knows exactly what she did. What she got away with. With enough Googling you can still find the old story. I’ve read some of it. I have seen the exact same words that I first saw on the pages of 50 Shades on some website somewhere. Only there was one difference. The names Christian and Anastasia had mysteriously disappeared. Now there was nothing but “Edward” and “Bella.” Whoever they are.
Okay, so if you’ve read this far, you get my point. But there is one more tiny thing I want to bring up.
Yeah. There’s no going around that. This book started as a Fan Fiction written by a woman who wanted to see Edward and Bella get kinky. And that’s exactly what happened. Granted it’s a very poor representation of how BDSM actually works. Can’t say that enough. But it’s still just pages and pages of build up to, and then the enactment of, sex and kink. It is a pornographic novel. It was written to be pornographic. And it should, as such, be rated NC-17 at the very least. BUT!!
IT’S COMING OUT ON VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!
They want people to take dates to see this movie!!
“Hey, honey, remember that book I couldn’t stop masturbating to?”
“Yeah…You called me Christian in bed for like a week…”
“Yeah! They made a movie out of it! Let’s go see it on Valentine’s Day!”
Seriously!! Look at the poster! This is what they want!
50 Shades of Grey is a Fan Fiction that got published (illegal) and it’s now being made into a movie (even more illegal) which is (presumably) not a porno (not true to source material) and they want people to see it on Valentine’s Day!
So yeah…I’m royally pissed. I’m trying to get my original work published, but I can’t. Because we need to leave room on the shelf for 50 Shades of Grey.
Which leads me back to: Please join the Support Hellbound Initiative! It is not the most original book in the world but I am 100% confident it is better than 50 Shades of Grey.