Fifty Shades Takes Manhattan…While TwiFandom Whips Out The Chains…
I managed to go all weekend ignoring the controversy over the Today Show’s segment Friday morning about Fifty Shades of Grey. My TL was spinning faster than a Vegas slot machine over it and honestly, I just wanted to stick my fingers in my ears and hum in effort to block it out.
Bring up the idea of ‘to publish vs. not to publish’ and people seem to lose their minds in this fandom.
So, I finally gave in tonight and watched the clip. For those of you who have managed to stay under the rock with me – here it is. Watching it has given me twitchy palms. Alas, it’s time to unload…
My first thought: Where the hell did they dig up that Boca Raton book club? It looks like the cast of a Real Housewives episode.
My second thought: Dr Drew. WTF?
How can you claim a book demonstrates violence against women if you haven’t read it? And why the fuck are you sitting in on this segment if you just admitted you haven’t read it and therefore have no clue what you’re talking about?
In that whole 7+ minutes, it’s like you were the token dick in the room. And honestly – the ‘premenopausal’ comment made you sound like one.
Has the man ever spent 5 minutes on Pornhub? What does he think most of the men in this world are jacking off to? Most of that stuff doesn’t exactly depict men and women in a candlelit bedroom, making love on a bed of roses. In the missionary position of course.
We live in a world where we think the glass ceiling no longer exists – but apparently, women are still not allowed to have the same fantasies as men?
Whatever Dr. Drew.
Read the book and then come back and talk to us. I don’t care if you agree with us – but at least then we can have an intelligent conversation.
I can only imagine what his twitter feed looked like Friday. I am guessing the man learned that we should all be known as the TwiMafia. You mess with one of our own, we get nasty. You mess with our beloved Fifty, we pull out shanks.
My third thought: Why would anyone in this ‘family’ object to EL’s success? CLEARLY Stephenie Meyer doesn’t. If she did, she would stop fanfiction from happening.
Other authors have come out with guns and lawyers blazing. Handing out cease & desist letters to prevent fanfic from entering their universe. Steph clearly embraces it. I have always admired the woman. This is one more reason to adore her.
I’m gonna get technical for a second. Don’t let your eyes cross.
If you look at US copyright law the 4th clause says to prove infringement you have to show the ‘effect of the use upon the potential market or value of the copyrighted work.’ So ask yourself: Is MOTU being published and hitting the NYT Bestseller list REALLY gonna cause a dent in the Twilight juggernaut? Will it have any impact on Stephenie’s wallet? Yeah… I think not.
I have to laugh at the people who are all over twitter typing in shouty caps about how Icy will land in jail over all this. Do they not think Writer’s Coffee Shop has lawyers? Do they not think those lawyers made pretty damn sure copyright laws weren’t violated? Please give these professionals more credit than that.
One of the gifts Stephenie’s work has given the world is the inspiration so many women have found to put pen to paper themselves. I would hope she knows how much she’s inspired us and would feel proud of any success that comes from it.
Lots of writers are inspired by other people’s work. That’s why so many great writers are also prolific readers. If we were going to squash every novel that was inspired by Romeo and Juliet, we’d pretty much wipe out half of Barnes & Noble. Was Fifty inspired by Stephenie? Was Fifty inspired by looking at Robporn? Who knows. But he stands on his own. With a flogger in hand. And that is all that matters.
My fourth (and final cause my brain hurts) thought: I am going to go on record here. I pretty much only read fanfiction these days. In fact, I don’t think I’ve purchased a real book in over 18 months.
Why would I? Our TwiFamily is full of so much talent it consistently amazes me. But I don’t tell anyone in my real life this fact. Because let’s face it… they would laugh. Their asses off.
Fanfic has a bad connotation. Juvenile smut. Poorly written drabble. Plotless romance.
That is a load of crap. Having MOTU morph into Fifty Shades and get passed around Real Housewives Book Clubs helps show that there is quality fanfic out there worthy of respect.
I was so proud when they mentioned in the Today Show piece that this was indeed a Twilight fic. EL is one of us. She’s not trying to hide it. She is still out there tweeting about her sons and her day from her Icy account. I was also proud that apparently the Today Show had received so many emails with worry that EL and Icy weren’t the same person. TwiMafia in full effect.
Part of what I love about this fandom is the empowerment I feel being with so many great women. We are a sisterhood. And sisters should take care of one another. We should not be abandoning her now. We should be throwing her a tickertape parade. We should have her back while she is going out into the great big world.
I pulled up the New York Times Bestseller list tonight and got chills seeing her name AHEAD of John Grisham’s.
That’s just cool.
She gave us all Fifty. Not Edward. Fifty.
He belongs to her. Not to Stephenie. Not to us. He is all her own.
As much as he would like it – this fandom cannot chain him to the bed and hide him on ff.net.
She deserves to send him out into the world and we deserve to watch the rest of the universe discover what we’ve all known for years…
Think of how happy sooo many more husbands will be… the damn divorce rate actually might drop.
I am so proud of you Icy.
Go out there and get ‘em EL.
What side of the bed do you fall on? Chain fanfic down or send it out into the universe?