A recent article on GalleyCat informs us that in the past six weeks, ten million copies of E.L. James' loathsome, laughable, loogie-worthy Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have been snapped up by readers with sticky fingers and tiny forebrains.
Do you need any further evidence of the dumbing down of the American mind?
Recently, someone in my LibraryThing group referred to Fifty Shades "soccer mom porn", which provoked peals of laughter. What a demographic! Bored dingbats with two kids, a serially unfaithful husband and all the things they can buy to paper over the cracks in their existence--
Including a fancy new tablet or e-reader which allows them to devour all kinds of crap...and no one around them the wiser.
Few of the people buying and reading Fifty Shades seem to take the slightest notice of the howls of derision the book is provoking in critical circles. Dumbstruck bloggers are posting excerpts of the most salacious (?) bits and what I've read makes me wonder how popular fiction could have sunk to this new low. The naughty scenes have all the eroticism of a plate of rotten fish-heads. Really, gals (and the reading audience is overwhelmingly female), if this is your idea of hot times in the boudoir, you need to seek help. Soon. Seriously. Counseling, medication, group therapy, elecro-shock. Trepanation. Whatever it takes. Because I've got news for you: I've read more torrid passages in The Kinsey Reports.
You are lonely, sad, pathetic people.
The fact that there are ten million of you reminds me of one of those zombie apocalypse movies, where the main character wakes up one morning and everyone is a drooling, braindead remnant of their former selves.
Only this is reality. It's not a film or wicked nightmare. There are only a few of us left, trying to maintain a semblance of civilization. Tiny pockets of resistance. The last islands of intelligence and culture.
But we can't hold out mucg longer.
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