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Copies of Fifty Shades of Grey Positive for Herpes?

Via PopCrush

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.  Snort.  Copies of Fifty Shades in the Antwerp library tested positive for herpes.  No, seriously.

Check out this post from PopCrush:

Ever wondered what diseases library books carry? You shouldn’t, because your local libraries need your help. Still, that didn’t stop two Belgian professors from running tests on the 10 most borrowed books in the Antwerp library and finding out what horrors lie between their spines.

The professors ran each book under a gamut of bacteriology and toxicology tests and found that in addition to all of them testing positive for cocaine (because what doesn’t test positive for cocaine?), copies of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ tested positive for herpes.

On the plus side — before you go screaming to the nearest doctor to get tested — books cannot pass on sexually transmitted diseases. Which is something we never thought we’d have to type.

The profs said that the traces of herpes were so tiny that they did not pose a health risk and that it would be impossible to get herpes merely by reading a book with herpes.

Still, makes you wonder how those copies got herpes in the first place. Wait, nope, nevermind. Don’t want to know.

Yup, that’s right, Fifty Shades has an STD.  Amaaaaazing.



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S.E.C.R.E.T. Review

My marketing on this book would be S.E.C.R.E.T. : The antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey, by L. Marie Adeline.   Also, part of the secret is that L. Marie Adeline is actually Toronto author Lisa Gabriele.  This is not her first bestselling novel, and it shows in the quality of her writing compared to other <cough> “writers”.

As the Globe & Mail put it, fans of Fifty Shades would call this book “pure vanilla.”  If you’re looking for erotica in the S&M genre, this is not your book (neither is Fifty Shades, try Jacqueline Carey).  What it is, however, is erotica for women that is about not just lust, but emotional needs, and how sex is tangled up with them.  The main character is in her thirties, is a widow, and has been suppressing her sexual side for a long time.  The S.E.C.R.E.T. of the title is a mysterious organization run by women, to help other women achieve a fulfilled sex life.  The tagline is “No judgments, no limits, no shame.”   It actually had a story.  The ending was not your stereotype ending – I won’t ruin it.  But if you’re looking for sexy writing that won’t make you want to light the book on fire and throw it out the window, this may be it.

Happy reading!



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Fifty Shades for Mother’s Day…

This video is hilarious.  And not remotely appropriate for children.



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how to get kicked out of a book store…

Source: http://imgur.com/gallery/iBleZ

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Fifty Shades Abusive… Duh


I’d love to think that maybe other people are being convinced by what I write, but I have the feeling that I’m preaching to the choir.

That being said, my feelings about Fifty Shades of Grey have been, once again, validated.  This time, a woman who was interviewed on talk show “This Morning” spoke about her own Fifty Shades style relationship – and they weren’t fond memories.

According to the UK Daily Mail , the mother of two recalled her relationship with someone who was charismatic, charming, and worldly-seeming… and was also abusive and controlling.

Here’s a quote from the article:

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, she said: ‘We started seeing one another more but I was very concerned that he wasn’t very affectionate, he was aloof and didn’t seem to be very warm.

‘I don’t know why, because he was very charming, there was an air of arrogance and he was very clever with words. He talked me round.’

E.L. James’s novel has become a best-seller but many worry that men are taking advantage of the sex it portrays

When Sarah questioned why he wasn’t very tactile, he explained that he had experienced a troubled childhood and asked Sarah to be more patient with him.

‘He initially asked me if I had ever been tied up and I said I had never done anything like that.

‘It was very gentle to start with, trying new things, it was exciting. It wasn’t at all abusive but things gradually progressed and became more and more frightening.’

Sarah was left feeling as though she had led a very naive life and not indulged in what other people did, or so Tim made her believe.

Dr Jo Helens, a behavioural psychologist said: ‘Because he was so charming, he lulled Sarah into this sense of “it’s fun, it’s role play”

‘But this man is an abuser, he made Sarah a victim by talking all of the control and making her feel rather foolish.’

Sarah added: ‘At first I felt safe but then he asked me to write a contract stipulating what I had to do.

‘It was a game, I didn’t take it seriously, he made it theatrical.

‘But then the games were becoming very extreme and painful and I was afraid.’

Following on from their intimate adventures, Sarah was left in pain for weeks with serious injuries.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2174824/Fifty-Shades-Of-Grey-Real-life-Anastasia-Steele-warns-dangers-abusive-relationship.html#ixzz210GFyLJ1

Romance novels, erotic novels, they’re fiction.  In that genre, people don’t get STDs.  They don’t end up getting hospitalized or killed by an abusive partner.  Because it’s a beautiful fantasy (well, sometimes), but it’s a fantasy.  There’s a reason it’s called fiction, people.  Take some ideas from it, fine.  Imagine it, okay.  But entering into a relationship and expecting it to work out like a storybook… is not going to give you a happy ending.


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Fifty Shades of Gr-Eh

Fifty Shades of Grey as written by a Canuck?  Oh hell yeah.

Scott Feschuk’s Fifty Shades of Eh.  Awesome.


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Fifty Shades of Fear

As a mother of two daughters myself, I agree with a lot of this Huffington Post article.  The article talks about what it might mean to raise girls in a world that thinks Fifty Shades is the ultimate fantasy.  I would love to think that other moms out there felt the same – but that hope has been dashed.  A woman in the bookstore, explaining to her daughter the reason for the giant Fifty Shades display: “Because everyone should read it.  It’s the best book ever!”

Lady, it really, really isn’t.

Dani Klein Modisett: Fifty Shades of Fear.

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Maurice Sendak Passes Away

Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, has passed away. One of the best children’s books of all time, in my opinion, and the opinions of many others.

In personal news, I have been given a Versatile Blogger Award, nominated by the ever fascinating Lea Jurock, a fellow Canuck.  Also a fellow book lover, it’s well worth checking out her blog.   I will do my duty to the award in a post soon, honest!

In other, also exciting personal news, MSN news linked to my blog at one point in their coverage of the Fifty Shades of Grey controversy over the library bans.  Woot!  One predictable outcome of the bans is that even more people are now buying Fifty Shades of Grey at my bookstore, just to see what all the fuss is about.  One guy bought it as a mother’s day present.  Here’s hoping it’s for his wife, and not his mom.

Okay, I’d better settle down now.  Going to go read some more Orson Scott Card.  Hoping to make it through the whole series soon.

Happy reading.


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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States

I’m not sure about the decision by multiple libraries to ban Fifty Shades of Grey.  Now, as I said in my previous post, I am not a fan of the trilogy.  But does this count as censorship?

I understand in the case of the libraries where they don’t carry erotica, period.  But what about where they decided not to carry it because the writing is bad?  That’s a little subjective. Since when do libraries only carry books that have universally received good reviews?  If they did, they would never carry any book.

Wishful thinking aside, I would never presume to tell someone else what they can or cannot read.  Unless the library doesn’t carry any book in this genre, including “classics” by the Marquis de Sade, then they shouldn’t be banning the book.

Anyone else have any insights here?

The link below takes you to the full Huffington Post article.

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States.


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Fifty Shades of Grey – Why I Hate It

I’m all for being open-minded, and trying to not be judgemental about other people’s sexual tastes.  To my mind, however, Fifty Shades of Grey is not a healthy book.  My understanding of BDSM is that it is, in many ways, about trust.  There are safe words.  It is consensual.  There is always a way to say no.  And it stops outside the bedroom.

Not in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The man in the books has controlling, violent tendencies.  Not just in bed, but out of it too.  He is verbally abusive.  He is physically abusive. He ignores it when the ‘heroine’ says no. His behavior is excused because of his traumatic childhood.

To me, this is an abusive relationship.  It’s not sexy.  He’s not hot.  He’s dangerous, and if it was real life I would be urging her to get the hell out.  Being controlling and manipulative does not make him an irresistable alpha male, it makes him an asshole.   I will include a link to another blog, Fifty Shades of Suck, to give you an idea of just how disturbing it is.  Warning: this material contains text from the novel, and is explicit.  Fifty Shades of Suck

The female character is spineless, whiny, and talks about her “inner goddess” who does pirouettes, apparently. The writing is terrible. But even if those weren’t true, I cannot like any book that makes abusive relationships “hot”.  Period.



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