Well fright fans, fiends, freaks, perverts and sickos, I know it's been a while since I've done a review, and this first one up is somewhat far from the normal fare reviewed here, however it does fit with the theme of the next few reviews to come. Instead of a book, short story or collection this time up it is an essay A Million Shades Of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades Of Grey by Sean Black. I had initially expected this to be an unfair skewering of my least favorite book and author, however Black, whose own normal forte is action thrillers, composes a very well written, researched and thoughtful piece.
In this essay Black goes back and delves into the origins of the "book", fan fiction (what it is, why people write it and how several "legitimate" authors feel about the subject), and probes into some of the questions surrounding "pulled" fan-fics and what sort of trends may follow. It's a quick and easy read, and I think written on a level that a majority of people not involved in the worlds of writing and publishing can understand. Black does an excellent job with the subject matter within the span of 25 or so pages, and I feel he does his best to take a thoughtful look at the Fifty Shades phenomenon. Although I did not agree with all of his ideas in regard to "pulled" fan fiction Black still delivers a very well written essay, and that alone is enough to make me wonder what his own fictional works are like.
Perhaps the main drawback to this little essay is that it is somewhat dated, initially written within the first few months of Fifty Shades Of Grey taking off. However, even in that Black delivered a little piece of humor in an otherwise serious and thoughtful piece, when he mentions Anne Rice and her abject hatred of fan fiction. Of course you remember her, maybe. she was big a long time ago until one of her books was made into a movie and it bombed because it didn't have Tom Cruise in it. If you don't I'll remind you that just a few months ago that she was praising E.L. James (a huge writer of fan fiction... I'll leave whether that was a pun or not up to you), coincidentally just in time for the re-issuing of her erotic "Sleeping Beauty" series.
Yes, Anne Rice, it's safe to say I think you can pretty much go fuck yourself, and back into that little hovel you've been in down in New Orleans since 2002, churning out shit your true fans keep buying only because it has your name on the cover.
Oh, the irony! If only Erika had picked Lestat de Lioncourt instead of Edward Cullen. Then "Master Of The Damned" would have never seen the light of day. Hhehehehehehehehe.
But anyway, I'm getting away from Black's essay, which, again even if it is slightly dated, is a great little read, and that's why I'm giving it Five Stars. The essay itself has been pretty much ignored on Barnes & Noble and has mixed reviews on Amazon, though reading most of the negative reviews on Amazon it becomes apparent that a majority of those who hated the essay did not even bother to read it, as they accused him of attacking Leonard, which he did not, as he took a fairly neutral and thoughtful look at the entire picture.
P.S. - Bunker Bitches, attacking Erika Leonard and her shitty pieces of fan fiction is my thing.
Here is where you can get your copy of A Million Shades Of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades Of Grey:
Barnes & Noble
Be sure to give this little essay a read, as it is well worth the price.
See you after vyle!