Fifty Shades Trilogy – E L James

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2012

 

Yes, I too succumbed to the hype and joined the Fifty Shades Bandwagon; partly after a couple of friends were banging (excuse the pun) on about it on our girly trip to Ibiza and partly out of a need to satisfy my curiosity from a writer’s point of view – what has driven so many women wild about this book, causing a mass media frenzy and a sell out in supermarkets?

As an aspiring Indie Author, I like to know what makes readers tick; where the market is and if anything I write remotely slots into that area. After all, I love writing and there’s no greater pleasure than others enjoying your work.

Exactly three weeks since that trip to Ibiza, I finished reading the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, early this morning.

I have mixed thoughts on the books.

Credit has to be given for the storyline – it did have me intrigued and the author very cleverly leaves it on a cliffhanger at the end of Book Two, Fifty Shades Darker, which, with my insatiable inquisitive appetite, had me parting with a couple more English pounds to download the third.

However, I did find the dialogue very repetitive, to a point of annoyance where I was wishing the author had used a thesaurus more on these words; impassive and unreadable. Also, the phrases ‘lips parted to take a breath’ ‘turned on their heels’ (which I think appeared three times in one chapter in book three) were over used and I found myself getting irritated when I read them.

Saying that, I did enjoy the way the author created a comparison between Anastasia’s inner goddess and subconscious throughout the book, I thought that was a clever little insight into Anastasia’s personality and represented the constant battle of emotions she experienced.

The Author builds up the sexual tension in the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to an explosive Chapter Eight, which i think was really well done, keeping the reader in almost as much suspense as Anastasia.

Plus, I really enjoyed the snippet at the end of Book Three from Christian’s point of view when he first met Anastasia, reliving the experience through his eyes. This was a wonderful idea by the Author, particularly as it opens the gate of opportunity to release a book written entirely from Christian Grey’s point of view. This I would find interesting as he is such an angry, arrogant character it would be fabulous to see how his mind works.

I think back to when I tried to read the Twilight books, I had varied feelings about them (which I am still only halfway through reading) Again, this was to establish what all the fuss was about and I do think that those books could have been written a little bit better.

I compare them in a way to The Hunger Games, having read the first book in just over a day – something I had never done before. That addiction to the story and the writing lurks in my mind. Another fabulous writer is Rosamund Lupton, with her poetic dialogue making her books a beautiful read.

I think that the Fifty Shades trilogy, although it is not badly written, also proves that if you have the right target audience, you can be hugely successful, and that the best publicity is the oldest form; word of mouth.

Talking about it at work, in the hairdressers, nodding knowingly at the lady on the Metro who is reading the same book as you as another passenger looks on intrigued, harping on at your friends whilst on holiday with them, pouring your enthusiasm into your Facebook and Twitter statuses – women are excellent promoters of products without consciously realising it.

This is something to wake up and take note of.

I have dug myself a grave here, opening myself up to future criticism – I am going to have to practice what I preach now and ensure anything I write does not become repetitive.

Despite my criticism, I did actually enjoy the books and they pleasantly surprised me – as I envisaged with all the hysteria that it wouldn’t be all it was cracked up to be (as I am finding with the Twilight Saga although I am hoping I will be proved wrong when I eventually get into Book Three).

There is a love story in there that is carried along by a mystery that does keep you reeled in. I couldn’t put the books down so that is a good sign; grammar and dialogue can be corrected but if the story ain’t there – you are a bit screwed.

And I do think every woman (and possibly man!) should read it, to experience the Fifty Shades Revolution. (Purchase here)

Take a peek at the Author’s website here.

You can also follow her on Twitter @E_L_James

I think I am with millions of you ladies here when I say that every woman would love a bit of Christian in her life.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Novel Project 2012 – The Story So Far…

SUNDAY 15th JULY 2012

Me again! You don’t hear from me for a while and then you get two posts in one day, I’m sure there is a cliché saying in there somewhere but I will refrain from expressing it.

After spending the first two months of 2012 blasting my novel, I tucked the First Draft to one side for a couple of months to get it out of my head, in order that i could return to edit with a fresh pair of eyes.

And edit I did.

It has now endured one round of editing. I still feel I have a long way to go and have enlisted the help of a few Proof Readers to help me in my quest.

They are people of different ages and different sexes, enabling me to get a varied opinion. Ideally it is categorised under the ‘Chick-Lit’ Genre, but it is useful to have a bloke’s perspective and one of them is a very good friend who is now writing his own novel, so his opinion and help is valued.

So, hopefully if it survives proof reading stage, back it comes for another round of editing. I am also counting this as a first step in my Market Research.

As an Indie Author, I am slowly learning the ropes and I want to get the Marketing right for this piece (If I am ever happy with it!), as someone cleverly quoted on Twitter the other day; if you don’t know what you are doing with your Marketing, it shows.

I will keep you updated of my progress but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the people who are helping me at this stage, I appreciate your time and opinions.

Have a lovely Sunday Peeps!

Love Missuswolf xxx

Think Fast Die Last – H.C.Elliston

SUNDAY 15th JULY 2012

Afternoon everyone!. I am sorry I haven’t been nattering away on my blog for sometime a wee thing called work and general lifey things seemed to have stolen my precious blogging time.

That’s not to say I haven’t been reading, oh no.

I have once again been inhaling literature and I wanted to share with you a book I finished reading back on the 2nd July; Think Fast Die Last by  H.C.Elliston.

I follow this fab author on Twitter and this is how I became aware of her books. I have just recently downloaded Tick Tock Run, which I am looking forward to reading.

Back to Think Fast Die Last, this is a fast paced book that gripped me from the first page. It begins with Jenna and Dylan who have gone away for a relaxing weekend in a cabin in the woods. Just as they are settling, another couple arrive and it becomes apparent that it has been double booked.

Things start to go downhill from here.

The first few chapters had my heart racing as the action progresses, picking up pace quickly as you are sucked into the adventure. Armed men are after someone inside the cabin, but who? As the couples have to wittingly come up with plans, and fast, the course of events rapidly changes with each of them finding themselves in a battle to survive.

I enjoyed this book, full of suspense and immersing the reader within the story, riding along with the characters.

You can download this book from Amazon here.

The author also has her own website, which you can view here. I recommend you take a peak, especially to view a video trailer for the book.

Also follow her on Twitter @HCElliston.

Love Missuswolf xxx

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