I went to a sponsored dinner recently and on the table were little gifts. It’s everywhere. And I wondered what the secret is?
Have you read it? The book that everyone’s talking about? I know I heard (Courier Mail Aug 22 2012) that combining the three book sales comes to 2.7 million copies sold in Australia. Amazing when there’s just under 23 million of us. Every where I go, groups of women are talking about it. People who haven’t read a book for years have read all three. Is it the same where you live?
A man I met on the train was very derogatory about people who had read it. I wasn’t interested enough to ask if he had read anything in the last few years. My husband made a very good observation and I’d like to share it with you. He said ‘Stories and storytelling that people choose are really like music and musicians. So simple. I love that analogy.
Some people love classical, blues or country. Then occasionally, say a country star, shines so brightly that everyone falls in love with the song. And it doesn’t have to be the most technically exact performance, just strike a chord, or an idea, or a fantasy.
Now as a very young thing I loved The Partridge family and thought David Cassidy was worth swooning over. I’ve belted out ‘I Think I Love You,’ (probably his most famous song) and still know all the words when it pops up on a CD mix one of my boys made for me. Or Ted Mulry, ‘Jump In My Car. (I did try to put the link in there but it didn’t transfer) It’s on u-tube though. Not many technical riffs, so not a ‘literary’ song, but the tunes like that, they make me smile, big grin smiles. Story songs.
My husband shakes his head. He likes Southern Rock, great drumming and fab slide guitar, when seriously I can barely hear the instruments unless I strain because I’m listening to the words. Listening to the story. That’s the draw for me.
Back to Fifty Shades. I know it’s fantasy, I find the concept intriguing, as a teenager I read The Story Of O, and again I’m so pleased I can satisfy curiosity from the comfort of my armchair. I’m only 56% through the first novel, so my kindle says, and enjoying it very much. As usual I’m a bit slow jumping on the bandwagon here, but as a writer, it makes me think about what appeals and I really don’t think its all about the sex.
To me, that’s just the platform that propelled the story into stardom. I think it’s a romance and a well written one at that but I’ve read other comments that weren’t in agreement. That’s okay, tastes vary, and I find it easy to read. It sold to 2.7 k buyers in one small country. And the draw for me is how the young inexperienced heroine can change him. I haven’t read much so maybe I will be disappointed but that’s what I’m looking for in it.
So why do people like a particular book or particular author. And why do they dislike certain ones and feel so emotional about it they scream. There’s a whole load of books out there I wouldn’t read and others love. A bit like the different discussions about self-publishing or e-publishers who of course are appealing to lots of readers. ‘Long Live The Difference.‘ Just like in music. Different tastes are great…especially if you love a medical romance. Love to hear your thoughts