Right, what really annoys me is all this shallow “true wuv 5ever!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!” pseudo-sexy sort of crap seems to be flying of the shelves. Now, I could look past the purple prose, the obnoxious characters, the terrible writing styles, the abusive relationships, the gender roles, the superficial values, complete lack of logic, the many research failings, the sexism, the self-inserts, undeveloped plot, the Mary-Sue’s and everything else which is covered in premise of “true wuv!!!!!!1!!!!!!”.
No, the thing that really gets me is that this sort of crap actually gets published and that the writers become “authors” and that what they wrote becomes best sellers so clearly they’re amazing super special authors! 8D No. They’re not good writers at all, they’re just pandering to a market which manages to incorporate both teenage girls and dissatisfied middle-age women, the latter of which the author belongs to.
These books are not “epic romances” and never will be. They dress up serious issues like abuse as actual romance, though according to these books it doesn’t matter if a guy stalks you or pressures you into sex as long as he’s hot and rich. That’s fucking brilliant. *slow clap* And people say that feminism is a dead issue.
Another thing is, the actual good literature is being so overlooked because everyone is flocking towards Twishite, 50 Shades of Fuck and other books like it. It devalues the art of reading good fiction and writing good literature. There are plenty more deserving authors and writers out there who don’t even get half the attention which these people get.
Twilight and 50 Shades are being made into films. Why? Not because they’re good but because people buy into it yet the author and their fans get to parade around like they’re the next Shakespeare or Brontë sister.
If you’re still reading this and thinking “hey, they’re actually good authors” go out and read books by George Orwell, Harper Lee, Markus Zusak, Khaled Hosseini, Yiyun Li, Stephen King, J.K Rowling, Ken Kesey and Eva Ibbotson and see how they compare.