Assault on Literature through 50 Shades of Yuck

There is a new assault on literature and it comes as a direct result of the garbage that passes itself off as a book series called Fifty Shades of Grey. After tremendous sales of the book series, adult fiction publishers are looking at the classic literature of the past for their way to big profits in the future. Rather than writing fully new works of fiction, the publisher will take existing classic novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and insert numerous sex scenes where the original author had none.

I fully understand that the expression “Sex sells!” has much validity especially in a world where people can click a link on their smart phones and get a dose of Wuthering Heights with sex scenes added in seconds — but just because you can do it does not mean that you should. In this case I think that the classic works of literature should be left undisturbed, so that people can read them as they were written.

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Fifty Shades of Literary Pornography

Let me start out by being completely honest — I simply do not understand why the novel Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels are so incredibly popular and sell so well. To a certain extent this is understandable. As the saying goes, sex sells. Does it really sell so well in, say, Barnes and Noble for example? I am sure that it does, although it apparently is no longer done behind curtains and in shaded bags exclusively. When you go to a bookstore and head over to the magazine section, you will notice that all of the magazines that feature pornographic images are in shaded bags.

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