Ok, so I have heard a lot about the Fifty Shades books being very sexual and such but I have yet to hear what exactly they are about of if they are good or not. I have not read them and I would like to ask those of you who have, what you think of them. Possibly, give a review of them? Or, even if you only read the first of the three of them, speak on that one. I thought about reading it but, I don't want to spead the money on the book if there is to big of a chance that I won't like it.
So, you can treat this as a Fifty Shades forum discussion if you would like. Just please, tell what you think and how you feel about them. Thank you :)
From what I've read on the internet, it doesn't sound like a book I'd parade around. I might put a book cover on it and read it for laughs, though.
Lol okay :)
In addition to single-handedly carrying the publishing world on its candle-wax-scorched back, Fifty Shades of Grey has gone ahead and boosted the music business as well.
According to The Guardian, the mention of a Thomas Tallis choral work called “Spem In Alium” amidst the pages of the finest S&M masterwork since that last thing you read on the Internet has rocketed the piece up the British classical music charts (rocketed being of course a relative term).
The 40-voice epic, composed around 1570 and recorded in 1985, has elbowed chart heavyweight Luciano Pavarotti from the top perch. Go ahead and sample it.
This is the piece of music that wealthy whips-and-wine enthusiast Christian Grey prefers as the soundtrack to his extracurricular activities. The piece gets a name check during this exchange:
“‘What was that music?’ I mumble almost inarticulately.
“‘It’s called Spem in Alium, a 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis.’
“‘It was … overwhelming.’”
You’re right, woman in a book I haven’t read whose name I can’t be bothered to learn but I know says, “Oh crap!” an awful lot during moments of pleasure, it is overwhelming.
Though honestly, it’s not the most ideal soundtrack to fetishized acts of violence. If you really want to go all out with your pain, there’s “It’s Hip to Be Square” or there’s nothing at all.
What’s perhaps most interesting is the fact that reading about a piece of music in a book has driven people to seek out said piece of music. Writers who build their fiction into the real world are bound to embrace certain elements of pop culture that illuminate their characters’ personalities and desires.
For example, a key passage in Jonathan Franzen’s critically acclaimed epic Freedom focuses on Conor Oberst. Not only does it provide historical context, but it also drives home the effects of Oberst’s music on Franzen’s characters — and likely, on Franzen himself.
Personally, reading Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity (an essential screed for young music journalists who aspire to a lifetime of mixtapes and heartbreak) provided excellent exposure to a handful of music that I had not yet been exposed to and that I was forced to seek out, including Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk and the work of Scottish dream-poppers Teenage Fanclub.
And though it was meant to be ironic, I took a renewed interest in Huey Lewis and the News after reading Patrick Bateman’s monologues about them in American Psycho.
So I ask you, dear readers: What artist, song, or album did you seek out after it was referenced in a novel? Let us know in the comments. (And I do realize that I somehow made two different American Psycho references in the same blog post — now if you’ll excuse me, I have reservations at Texarkana.)
You're welcome, Pei!
Nice to see you both here.
This is great Irene. Thank you. I missed you, Pei!
EMI Classics has just announced that it will release a classical album containing the 15 classical music pieces found in E.L. James’ “50 Shades” book trilogy. James will curate and select the tracks herself. The sultry soundtrack will be released digitally on Aug. 21st and in CD format on Sept. 18th.
James has already curated soundtracks to all three of her steamy books on her website, though those collections feature both contemporary pop and rock songs as well as classical numbers.
The various classical music references within the “50 Shades” trilogy has caused increased sales of the mentioned masterpieces—“Spem in Alium,” sung by The Tallis Scholars, experienced a sharp jump in sales and chart position as a result of the song’s mention in the novels.
“I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy,” James said in a statement.
Some of the 14 tracks include the aforementioned “Spem in Alium,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
Wendy Ong, Vice President of EMI Classics said in a statement that “The Fifty Shades books are a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and they offer an exciting new way to present this timeless music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it.”
Though the official album release is still over a week away, it currently sits at number 5 on iTunes’ top classical albums list.
Of course this album is classical and will feature no racy beats, but one can’t help but wonder why James never included Rihanna’s “S&M” on any of her own soundtracks.
The album has been released. Visit/listen to the album at: http://www.greatestclassical.com/fiftyshades/
You are so welcome, Pei, and a bear hug to you as well!
I love the books! Not so much of the erotic part of it but I know where it comes from. I love Christian and Ana. Their ups and downs. Christian is sweet, caring, loving. passionate and gorgeous! Who would have thought! This Fifty shades! And Ana, I admire her so much. For me she's the catch in here. I read the books in three consecutive days. I cannot put it down and I can't contain myself to be in their world and find out what is happening. I'm still reading it right now.I lost count on how many times it is. It was sad for me in the third book to read it at its end that's why I keep on coming back. Gasp!
Some were saying upon reading these books, they are reminded of Twilight novels. Well this is what I say...I think E.L. James is a Twihard! I don't mind it at all! I'm a Twihard too and what she did in the books is amazing. :)