*Pulling a barrel of rum forward and balancing upon it…
Let me start this with a disclaimer. I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I haven’t seen the movie. Not from any particular held belief in the subject matter. I like reading erotica, I don’t mind some BDSM in the mix. I simply don’t have time.
With the book – I’m writing constantly and I choose the books I read with great care. I generally read cozy mysteries. For the pure distraction of stepping into a world I don’t write and likely never will write. (I’ve written erotica. I’ve written BDSM – someday I’ll publish them.)
With the movies…again, there are so many I really want to see so why spend energy on something I don’t really care about? (To be brutally honest, if I wanted to observe real BDSM in action, or a realistic depiction of it, I’d watch some porn.)
Now, with all of that being understood, I’ve watched the FSOG hysteria with some amusement. Firstly, I wish some TV doctor would call my books ‘mommy porn’. I’d like the money. Secondly – and this ties in with Dr. Drew and his infamous words – books are not reality. Neither are movies. FSOG has about as much to do with actual BDSM as Pirates of the Caribbean has to do with the actual men sailing under the pirate flag in the 1690s. And despite the oft used term ‘tachyon energy’ from the Star Trek universe…there is no such thing. (I bet some geek turned scientist will one day name an every source tachyon…)
While we’re dispelling myths – I think it’s extremely doubtful that Hitler almost had the Ark of the Covenant in his hands. Or that George Washington knew Ichabod Crane. I know that Samuel Adams wasn’t a roof hopping rebel, in 1774. (Image courtesy of the History Channel’s Son’s of Liberty.) (The man was in his 60s or 70s at the time.) (I like spry seniors – but lets consider reality here…)
Oddly enough, I won’t dispel the possibility of alien abductions, time travel, magic, bigfoot or a hundred other ideas. I’m open to all sorts of possibilities.
But does Hollywood, or the printed word, guarantee any sort of authenticity when they deliver entertainment? (Or attempt to deliver entertainment…)
That is a big fat NO.
The pure idiocy – or let me be kind and say naiveté – of people wringing their hands over someone believing FSOG is accurate regarding BDSM… I’m just a bit speechless. And I’m inclined to state that any person who embraces FSOG as a guide to the life…well, they sorta deserve what they get. Darwin’s survival of the fittest in action.
I know a lot of authors who write about BDSM. Writer’s who do the research and endeavor with all sincerity to correctly depict what is a lifestyle choice. I hope they reap the benefits of FSOG FICTION.
I don’t attempt to be accurate when writing about historical events. I don’t do the research – I like to say I’m lazy, but really…it’s because I don’t want accuracy to muck-up my stories. People should know the difference. I’ll step off the rum barrel now.
So, readers…what is the favorite bit of fiction you’ve seen embraced as reality? Anything you wish was real?