The author of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is set to be named the “Publishing Person of the Year.” Aside from the industry standards for what makes a person the Publishing Person of the Year (which I am assuming is book sales), the book was horribly written. Am I alone in this thinking? Please tell me no…..
I am thrilled for E.L. James and her success as an author (aka..I am jealous) Way to go and good for her…blah blah
Truth be told, I have not read the books. I only thumbed through the first few pages of the book at the store because all of my friends were insisting that I read the book. When reading those first few pages I immediately thought,“UGH! This is worse than a Twilight book!” I put it down and have never looked back even though people INSIST that I should read it because it because “it is SO GOOD!” What is wrong with people?
Those same friends also begged me to read Twilight a while back. I have zero interest in vampires but they insisted it was SO GOOD and I caved. Three pages in… I hated it. The writing was HORRIBLE! I suffered through it, laughing along the way, because they told me that it got better. Ah, no. It did not. The writing seemed to get worse as the story went on! How is that? Ok, I can see that maybe the writer was new and that is why, but wait a second. There is an agent who thought the writing was wonderful. Then, there had to be an editor who love it too. An editor, I thought, is supposed to make the work better and if that editor made it better, what was it like in the raw form? I shudder to think. Then, there was a publisher who loved it too! I am doomed.
It makes me think that either all of those agents out there really don’t want a polished, well written novel presented to them. They would rather a crappy, unsophisticated book instead. I must have one of those in me. Right?
I know this is not true and that I sound bitter but I guess I am just feeling discouraged. Writing is subjective, I know that. I can only hope that one day my stories will have their own place in the big wide world of publishing.