I'm fully aware that the title reads like a social science research topic and - if that were my area of study, and perhaps even if it weren't - I would absolutely love to write that paper. Considering I spend the majority of my time these days reading political theory & philosophical abstracts I can't help it. But I seriously digress.
One day my mum asked me if I read or had heard of Fifty Shades of Grey and I perked up, commenting that I had.
It wasn't until a few days later that I had completely confused it with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I have read neither, but only one of them is on my TBR. I'll let you guess which one.
Regardless, the only thing I know about Fifty Shades of Grey (I need to stop mentioning the title, I'm afraid of the redirects I'm going to get) is from the snippet that someone shared with me. I was promptly repelled - it was a scene involving blood for no purpose that I could discern - and I have absolutely no interest to read any further. On Twitter and through some posts from you guys I have seen it related to Twilight, the most direct having been this:
Now, I'm not sure at all if that's the case or not, but the two series do indeed seem to have a few things in common, and there may be others, or, I may be wrong:
- Both authors emerged from relative obscurity and became known rapidly for their books
- As such, I believe, there was relatively little editing on behalf of both books (speaking here of the first installments) due to publishing deadlines
- Female characters that have a strong male attachment