I was at my doctor’s office this morning, and a woman who was probably in her 60s was talking to the receptionist about the great book she’s reading, 50 Shades. So in my head I’m like, “Really?” and I said to her, “Oh, that book is making a big hoo ha in the publishing world right now.” She told me, “Well, all the book groups are reading it.” And I’m sure she knows, being a Great Neck Lady of a Certain Age. Then the receptionist went on to say how she’s reading The Hunger Games, but she’s not loving it and doesn’t see what the big fuss is all about.
What’s wrong with a little S&M Romance in the book clubs? How come the middle aged receptionist dabbling in YA dystopian didn’t get it? Let me just say, first of all, that I love that people are talking about books everywhere I go. Of course, if “all the book groups are reading it,” I’m probably going to have to read 50 Shades of whatever just to see what the big deal is. As an agent it’s part of my job to stay abreast of what’s going on in publishing. But honestly, I’m not looking forward to it. Sorry, but I bust my S&M literature cherry on that Sleeping Beauty stuff Anne Rice wrote back in the 1980’s. I suppose it’s titillating, if you’ve never read anything like that, but what. ever. If I had more energy I could probably pull a feminist diatribe out of my ass about S&M “Romance,” and how of course the receptionist didn’t get the point of The Hunger Games, because it’s about the disempowered rising up against the man, it’s about culture gone completely plastic, it’s about a society (our society) inured to violence, and the televisionization of our lives. I wanted to shake the receptionist. How could she not like it? Maybe she’s just shallow or something. And clearly the old bat reading 50 Shades needs to feel all bad and excited and adventurous. All the book groups do, you know.
Or maybe I’m just a blabbermouth know it all with a fever. Oh wait. Of course that’s it. The doctor sent me home and told me, “drink plenty of fluids and rest.” Ok. I guess my fever and I will just go lay on the couch. We’ll read.
So? What do you think?