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Slartibartfast

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #855 on: April 29, 2013, 03:35:09 PM »
50 Shades of Grey made me refuse my poor DH for the week it took me to finish that travesty of a book.

The basic plot: 
GIdjut Girl: "Hi, I'm a virgin female college grad."
Grey guy: "Hi, I'm hot and rich.  You should have sex with me and let me beat the tar out of you, because I find it kinky."
Idjut Girl:  "okay, but only because you're handsome and bought me a car and a blackberry."

 :o :o

What the eHell?!?!?!

Yes it's porny but dear Lord, can't we get something a bit less "domestic abuse" these days?  I'm still irritated and it's been
Fantastic author absolutely evicerates 50 Shades, chapters by chapter

and

her much better re-imagining of the same type of story minus the abuse and anti-feminism


She's releasing her story a chapter per week, for free, one I'm enjoying it a lot.  She took the "rich kinky older man plus younger naive heroine" trope and made it something really hot without all the creepy baggage.  She's only halfway through posting it so far, but it's absolutely worth a read if you don't mind your romances explicit!

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #856 on: April 29, 2013, 04:46:56 PM »
50 Shades of Grey made me refuse my poor DH for the week it took me to finish that travesty of a book.

The basic plot: 
GIdjut Girl: "Hi, I'm a virgin female college grad."
Grey guy: "Hi, I'm hot and rich.  You should have sex with me and let me beat the tar out of you, because I find it kinky."
Idjut Girl:  "okay, but only because you're handsome and bought me a car and a blackberry."

 :o :o

What the eHell?!?!?!

Yes it's porny but dear Lord, can't we get something a bit less "domestic abuse" these days?  I'm still irritated and it's been
Fantastic author absolutely evicerates 50 Shades, chapters by chapter

and

her much better re-imagining of the same type of story minus the abuse and anti-feminism


She's releasing her story a chapter per week, for free, one I'm enjoying it a lot.  She took the "rich kinky older man plus younger naive heroine" trope and made it something really hot without all the creepy baggage.  She's only halfway through posting it so far, but it's absolutely worth a read if you don't mind your romances explicit!

Another good analysis by someone who has no issue with the sort of relationship this is purporting to be, just when it is used as a cover for abuse.

http://das-sporking.livejournal.com/242338.html

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #857 on: April 30, 2013, 06:25:19 AM »
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The trends in publishing to have covers look like Twilight, 50 Shades, etc.  The blurb on the back makes sound similar too. It may be nothing like those books, but the publishers are willing to take your money and not apologize later.
I was in the bargain bookstore yesterday that had a copy of a book like that. It was Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the cover in question had a strawberry on it. Having read the book I can not figure out what a strawberry has to do with the story. It also had some silly tag line that not all angels are good. It seemed misleading and odd. 

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #858 on: April 30, 2013, 07:35:42 AM »
--Roma, by Steven Saylor. Great books for learning more about ancient Roman history and development. But in every single chapter all the likable characters get beaten, raped, tortured, exiled, and/or murdered. It's depressing.

The audiobook was bearable. I agree - I couldn't slog through the book in print, but the audiobook's narrator had such a wonderful delivery, it somehow made it bearable.

I have found that's the case for a lot of books. Gulliver's Travels, while just bearable in print, when read by David Hyde Pearce is simply smashing. Thanks to some freebie Audible/Amazon books, I'm rediscovering the classics, one commute at a time.

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« Reply #859 on: April 30, 2013, 08:10:54 AM »
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The trends in publishing to have covers look like Twilight, 50 Shades, etc.  The blurb on the back makes sound similar too. It may be nothing like those books, but the publishers are willing to take your money and not apologize later.
I was in the bargain bookstore yesterday that had a copy of a book like that. It was Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the cover in question had a strawberry on it. Having read the book I can not figure out what a strawberry has to do with the story. It also had some silly tag line that not all angels are good. It seemed misleading and odd.

There's a copy of Wuthering Heights where the cover is all black with a single red rose and the tag line is that it's Edward and Bella's (from Twilight) favorite book.  Gag.
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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #860 on: April 30, 2013, 08:27:28 AM »
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The trends in publishing to have covers look like Twilight, 50 Shades, etc.  The blurb on the back makes sound similar too. It may be nothing like those books, but the publishers are willing to take your money and not apologize later.
I was in the bargain bookstore yesterday that had a copy of a book like that. It was Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the cover in question had a strawberry on it. Having read the book I can not figure out what a strawberry has to do with the story. It also had some silly tag line that not all angels are good. It seemed misleading and odd.

There's a copy of Wuthering Heights where the cover is all black with a single red rose and the tag line is that it's Edward and Bella's (from Twilight) favorite book.  Gag.

I don't know...if it gets the people reading Twilight to actually read something approaching literature (although I prefer Jane Eyre to Wuthering Heights), I think I can live with that cover.

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« Reply #861 on: April 30, 2013, 09:42:47 AM »
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The trends in publishing to have covers look like Twilight, 50 Shades, etc.  The blurb on the back makes sound similar too. It may be nothing like those books, but the publishers are willing to take your money and not apologize later.
I was in the bargain bookstore yesterday that had a copy of a book like that. It was Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the cover in question had a strawberry on it. Having read the book I can not figure out what a strawberry has to do with the story. It also had some silly tag line that not all angels are good. It seemed misleading and odd.

I know! I think those are hilarious. For a while every historical romantic fiction novel with a vague connection to royalty had on its cover a woman in a lush gown, with the picture cut off before her head could be shown. I first noticed this on The Other Boleyn Girl and assumed that, since that book was so popular, everyone wanted to do the "headless woman in beautiful dress" cover as well.

Or they're re-covering classics with a black background and one item in a pop of color, like a tulip or a strawberry (as mentioned) or a feather or something. Very Twilight. I could see a teenager picking up such a book because of the cover, but it's hard for me to imagine them getting very far into the story, if Twilight is really what they're after. Especially because the language might be a bit more difficult (being older) than they're used to. I enjoyed Twilight, but I wouldn't call the books a challenging read in terms of reading level or meaning, despite their length; so if that's what a reader is primed for, finding Bronte or Austen or Hardy under that cover would surely be like hitting a brick wall. Which would be rather peeving, I'd think, especially if you'd already bought the book.
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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #862 on: April 30, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
Oh. This is actually a big one for me.

Movie/ TV show tie in covers. I really, really hate them. Particularly when it's a book that had nice artwork to begin with. I don't like having the movie version of a character forced in to my head...I might have a totally different view of this person. They fairly recently did this for the Sword of Truth series, and it was worse than usual because the show had almost nothing to do with the books.

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« Reply #863 on: April 30, 2013, 10:22:45 AM »
Soooooooooo...for the cover of Jane Eyre....black cover with red veil torn in two?  Red tree blasted in two?  Or maybe just a shot of lightning coming down the center?  Mr. Rochester's glowing red blind eyes?  Or maybe Bertha's hand or foot, discreetly enclosed by a sparkly red cuff?

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« Reply #864 on: April 30, 2013, 10:40:32 AM »
--Roma, by Steven Saylor. Great books for learning more about ancient Roman history and development. But in every single chapter all the likable characters get beaten, raped, tortured, exiled, and/or murdered. It's depressing.

The audiobook was bearable. I agree - I couldn't slog through the book in print, but the audiobook's narrator had such a wonderful delivery, it somehow made it bearable.

I have found that's the case for a lot of books. Gulliver's Travels, while just bearable in print, when read by David Hyde Pearce is simply smashing. Thanks to some freebie Audible/Amazon books, I'm rediscovering the classics, one commute at a time.

I agree completely. Stuff I couldn't possibly actually read are awesome as audiobooks. I spend a lot of time listening to books from Librevox.com (public domain books read by amateurs). The quality can be a bit uneven, but for $1.99 (the price of the app at the App Store), I've "read" some really fabulous books. The first one I listened to was Gulliver's Travels. I only wish that the app somehow kept a record of the books I've downloaded (I delete them immediately upon finishing them). It was a while before I realize I'd already listened to Peter Pan.

I'll have to check out Audible/Amazon freebies!

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #865 on: April 30, 2013, 10:44:44 AM »
Soooooooooo...for the cover of Jane Eyre....black cover with red veil torn in two?  Red tree blasted in two?  Or maybe just a shot of lightning coming down the center?  Mr. Rochester's glowing red blind eyes?  Or maybe Bertha's hand or foot, discreetly enclosed by a sparkly red cuff?
Candlestick with melted red candle is the one I've seen.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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« Reply #866 on: April 30, 2013, 10:58:12 AM »
I wonder how authors feel about that?  For example, I've seen the covers of Anne Rice's vampire books get the Twilight treatment, and her sleeping beauty books get the 50 Shades treatment.  Is she happy it may sell more books?  Or unhappy because it looks like copying?  Or don't care because that's publishing and marketing and she's been around enough to know the score?

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« Reply #867 on: April 30, 2013, 11:21:57 AM »
I worry more about the artists. Keith Parkinson did the art work for the Sword of Truth, and it was really pretty (For the most part). Then they slapped this awful tv show tie in over some of them and it just looked crummy, especially next to the other books in the series that still had the old covers.

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« Reply #868 on: April 30, 2013, 09:35:54 PM »
Oh. This is actually a big one for me.

Movie/ TV show tie in covers. I really, really hate them. Particularly when it's a book that had nice artwork to begin with. I don't like having the movie version of a character forced in to my head...I might have a totally different view of this person. They fairly recently did this for the Sword of Truth series, and it was worse than usual because the show had almost nothing to do with the books.

POD!  And if the actors have no physical resemblance to the book characters it's jarring.

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« Reply #869 on: May 01, 2013, 11:38:17 AM »
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The trends in publishing to have covers look like Twilight, 50 Shades, etc.  The blurb on the back makes sound similar too. It may be nothing like those books, but the publishers are willing to take your money and not apologize later.
I was in the bargain bookstore yesterday that had a copy of a book like that. It was Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the cover in question had a strawberry on it. Having read the book I can not figure out what a strawberry has to do with the story. It also had some silly tag line that not all angels are good. It seemed misleading and odd.

It has been awhile since I read it, but didn't Tess' seducing cousin give her strawberries?  Her accepting them was supposed to be this symbolic thing of her letting him into their pants.

And the "Angel" is her husband who dumps her because of the sexual double-standard.

Not irrelevant.  But anyone who is expecting Hardy to be all about romance and not about being downtrodden by double-standards be very disappointed.  There is no desperate desire for eternity in Hardy.  They just have sex, ruin their lives, and die.