Passionate Book Divas
Fifty Shades of Mancave
Ever since I dropped from the momma cave onto this great green Earth, I’ve been a force to be reckoned with, from a squalling robust infant to a twenty-something male model and playboy trillionaire. Which is why talk of Fifty Shades of Grey caught my ear–that and the incessant gushing I’ve heard from so many friends of the female persuasion.
I’ll read just about anything and all this talk about a BDSM book that was rocking the temperatures of married moms and single women alike piqued my interest. Learning that this book was based on Twilight fan-fic comes as no surprise either. What better model to base any book targeted at females off of than Twilight? Look at Amanda Hocking’s My Blood Approves series should you doubt me. The first novel in that series is a near clone of the first Twilight book, although I enjoyed Hocking’s book more.
Despite knowing all that, it never tempted me to change Sweet Blood of Mine into a BDSM-fest replete with an ultra-rich and powerful man who rescues a girl with two left feet and a dead-end job. I’ll save that for my next series.
But apart from that seemingly simple formula, what is it exactly about these sorts of books that attracts females in droves? And repulse others (albeit quite a few less) in the opposite direction?
Well, I’m going to find out.
My current theory is the “Jonesing Hypothesis” which is based on the “Green Grass, Other Side of Fence Theorem”. In other words, people want what they don’t have.
Here in the first world, we’ve had blissful ignorance jerked from our grubby little hands by the Intarwebz, especially with Facebook, Twitter, and a combination of other social websites allowing the Joneses to showcase that new house, car, or significant other they’ve just acquired.
The Joneses, by a contemporary definition, are those people who have or can get everything that’s just out of your reach.
So what does that make Bella Swan or Anastasia Steele? Why, Bella Jones and Anastasia Jones, of course! And what is it they have that all the other women want? Boyfriends that are almost comparable to me.
I’ve just started reading Fity Shades so I’ll find out quickly if I’m wrong, although I must warn you that even when I’m wrong, I’m usually right.