Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Classic Corn with Knobs On!

EFFORTS to spice up the classics by burdening them with the language of Fifty Shade of Grey is, I suppose, just what we should expect in this day and age.  In the way that bad money drives out good, so shity literature should overwhelm the more refine books from the 19th Century.  Is there owt worth reading in E.L. James's novel Fifty Shades of Grey?  I would say that it may represent what has been called a 'Good, Bad Book' in the sense that it may reveal something sociological about the nature of the modern world and modern woman. 

The plundering of the classics to jump on Erika Leonard alias E.L. James's 'Fifty Shades' bandwagon using the trite vocabulary that is added to the fiction of Jane Austin's 'Pride & Prejudice', Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' and Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes'.  Mr Darcy turns to Elizabeth and says:  'I have long since desired to have your soft, beautiful body writhing in ecstacy beneath mine own.'  It's shagging on the back-seat of the car that sells stuff these days.

Yet, 'Fifty Shade of Grey' does tell us something of the nature of the legalistic culture of contracts, negotiation and business deals, even when it comes to committing consensual bondage, domination and S&M.  I think Ms. James, or Erika Leonard, has hit on something there about the systematic health and safety culture, and dignity at work policies, that perpetuate now in post-post modern society.

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