50 Shades of Terrible

50 Shades of Grey Review

Maybe I’m behind the times on this, but whatever. I recently started reading 50 Shades of Grey, and these are my thoughts on the novel.

Full disclosure: I haven’t finished the novel yet. In fact, I am only about a third of the way through it. Perhaps by the time I reach the end my thoughts will have changed, and if that turns out to be the case I will amend this post. I don’t think that’s likely.

This novel is terrible.

Not to be all OMG THIS NOVEL IS TEH SUX! or, to quote Chuck Wendig from Terribleminds, “THIS WAS THE WORST THING I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED IT MADE ME STAB MY OWN MOTHER IN THE NECK WITH A BROKEN COKE BOTTLE,” but it really isn’t very good.

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Let’s Talk About Crutches

TL;DR:

I’m going to put this at the top because, in the off chance that someone does actually attempt to read this, you will probably not make it all the way through, and I don’t blame you for that.

Some people tend to dismiss the notion of treating mental disorders with medications as merely relying on a crutch. These people imply that the use of crutches is a bad thing, and ought to be avoided. These people are wrong. There is no logical reason to believe that crutches are necessarily bad. In fact, there is evidence that crutches are useful and good.

Let’s Talk About Crutches

Here’s a sentiment I hear tossed around every now and then; it usually goes something like, “You know, X is just a crutch.”

I was thinking about crutches a few days ago, about this statement in particular, and wondering just what the fuck it actually means. I want to spend some time examining the statement and the attitude behind it. When people say this, or something like it, what are they actually saying, why are they saying it, and is it a valid thing to say?

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On Art, and Why Writing?

Writing is an art. Fiction is art. Here are a few thoughts (hopefully intelligible) on art.

First of all, what is art? 

There’s a lot of controversy over the question of what constitutes art, especially in the world of video gaming. Many gamers and developers of games want to see their hobby/product compared favorably to paintings, music, written fiction, or poetry, but certain critics deny the comparison. This is also something I’ve come into contact with in the literary world. I’ve heard it said that genre fiction isn’t art, or that it’s some kind of “low” art. But what does that mean, and why would it be the case?

There is no authoritative definition of the term art. British romantics thought that art was inspired by a divine spark, something sublime that was meant to elevate the viewer beyond the realm of the ordinary, and enhance their perception of God’s creation.

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Clarification on the Purpose of this Blog, and My Goals and Intentions

Weighty title, no? Not very sleek, but it gets the job done.

This post is about illuminating the purpose of my blog, and outlining what I plan to achieve with it what the title says!

The Purpose:

To begin with, what is this blog about? Well, it’s a literary blog. I am a literary person. I love literature, books, reading, writing, and everything to do with the art of the written word. I am an English B.A., after all.

(Further clarification: in using the term “literature,” I don’t mean hoity-toity articles on literary theory, or exclusively “literary fiction.” I mean, loosely, anything to do with written texts, and more specifically, anything to do with written fiction.)

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Book Review: Old School

Old School, the first compilation of short fiction by writer Dan O’Shea, is filled to the brim with pieces that are as hard hitting and visceral as they come. As I read through the book I was so immersed in the stories, so involved with the characters, that a few times the events on the page actually prompted a physical reaction. My brain has been awash in violence and suspense for most of my life, thanks to movies and video games, and I thought I was inured to it all. Turns out I’m not. O’Shea manages to hone his fiction into a point sharp enough to break through the wall of desensitization and make the reader squirm.

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The Goal

So here’s an interesting little news article: Independent Writer Sells Millions

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What the Snow Covers

Click here to read another response to a flash fiction prompt. 500 words, something about snow. This prompt from Going Ballistic, the blog of writer Dan O’Shea, whose collection of short stories, Old School, I have read, and is great.

Please leave some feedback if you like it, and maybe check out some of my other posts.

Thanks to Dan O’Shea for the fun writing prompt.

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