I have yet to read E.L. James’ erotic book, 50 Shades of Grey, though I don’t know that I ever will. I know. THE TRAVESTY!
It’s safe to say the book’s reputation precedes it. It has been widely panned by critics across the world for its poor use of language, with countless posts on FB, Twitter, blogs attesting the same, and yet women, it seems, can’t get enough of the spicy sex and sultry mystique surrounding the dominant/submissive lifestyle. I hear the movie is getting a fair share of stinging reviews as well, though that didn’t stop it from breaking box office records in its opening weekend.
They (the critics) had me at “poor use of language.” I’m about up to HERE with the plethora of poor writing available out in the ether. Seeking it out for a cheap thrill (even though buying the book or seeing the movie are not going to be so cheap now) makes not sense at all to me.
An interesting thing came across my desk this week that I couldn’t ignore, however. Apparently the folks over at Grammarly couldn’t help but jump on the 50 Shades band-wagon (COUGH – not me – COUGH). A crack team of experts on their staff took a look at the book. They reviewed it for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and learned that — although there were some mistakes — the errors were in alignment with similar gaffes in celebrated romances such as Tender is the Night, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice.
Their conclusion: The language of of love really is a language of its own.
They posted this infographic comparing it to some of the most celebrated romance novels of all time (clicking will take you to another website):
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I read Wuthering Heights at about fifteen years of age. It was right in my wheelhouse. That alone is evidence to me that the dumbing down of the human race is not a new phenomenon. It was going on then, is going on now, and will obviously continue.
Does that mean it’s not okay for people to thoroughly enjoy 50 Shades? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Enjoy every moment. Let them enjoy the book, the movie, and the trading cards to their hearts’ content. I’ll be over here submitting and resubmitting this text into Grammarly, until it stops telling me my use of colloquialisms, sentence fragments and wordiness are problems. I’m wating for them to develop an app for my writing style. HUMORLY. Let’s go with that.
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