Sasha’s Celebration Challenge #1

All good celebrations have a kick-ass cake and every piece of fan fiction has an original work to base itself on.  As you all know, my drug of choice is Fifty Shades of Grey. There is every likelihood that it will be the only fan fiction I ever write.  But not everyone who lowers themselves to read this blog has ever, or will ever, read FSOG.

So, to get this party started, tell me, have you actually read the book? Really? If you only skimmed the first few pages and gave up, you can admit it.  I don’t mind admitting to the world that I’ve read the books but I know that I have colleagues who will strip me of my post-structuralist feminist badge and membership if they knew just how much I loved them.  Maybe you didn’t read them but you have indulged in one of the many blogs that have parodied or ‘reviewed’ the books.  They’re great, aren’t they? They are so thorough that you might believe that you have read the books.  There are some really great ones out there but if you’ve never read one I recommend Fifty Shades of Dave (see blog roll).

Have you read ALL of the books? Yes, there are three!  Stop laughing! It’s true!  They’re a continuous story – you know, one follows the other.  No, really! I’m serious!  And they’re quite thick books with lots of words.  After a few false starts, I read them all in three days. I didn’t eat, I didn’t shower, I barely slept.  There is still a bum dent in the couch.  SuperGeek was overseas and my kids were not allowed to speak to me until I finished.  I think they may have chewed their own arms off in desperation.  There may have been pizza’s delivered.  I don’t know.  Now that I write fan fiction, things are not much better, I haven’t seen them in months.

Have you read the books multiple times? Go on, you can tell me.  Okay, I’ll go first.  I’ve read them four times.  Yep, count ’em Jim.  And you know what? There are people out there who have read them more than that. Yes! I may, in fact, not hold the record. I kid you not!  Since we’re confessing, I also read all the Twilight books four times and Little Women 10 times. I don’t know why.  Okay, I do. I’m obsessive when it comes to falling in love with stories and characters.  Now, I’m  thinking of reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood multiple times just to take the taste out of my mouth.  There are 12 books and counting in that series so I might be a while.

Did you try to read FSOG and fail? Or have you never had any desire to pick it up? It’s okay. As I said, I myself had three or four false starts. The ebooks sat for months on my iPad, taunting me. I’d spent all that money and I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters.  That whole interview scene did nothing for me. Let’s face it, it is dreadful writing but (IMHO) good storytelling.  Finally, it was a radio show that encouraged me to push on and read the whole book.  The words ‘spontaneous orgasms’ might have been used.  It was enough to tempt me. I have no regrets. I might have had spontaneous orgasms – I’ll never tell.

So please. Tell me your story.  Even your stories of resistance and repulsion interest me.  You don’t have to agree with those of us who love it (yes, there are more just like me out there).  And you lot who love it, you don’t have to defend your love to the world.  No judgements, just love and acceptance and sharing the juicy bits.  Now, this is a party for goodness sake!

Grab a drink and mingle!

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Hella Good

I am on a wild ride called the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Filled up with junk food, strapped myself in, no desire to get off until the journey ends but I thought I better let you know my thoughts before I go back inside my latest addiction. If you don’t like vampires or romance then don’t worry these kick-ass, tough talking and really funny wild men might still have some appeal.  Oh, and if you like good storytelling; the kind of stuff that reveals and doesn’t tell, then you’ll probably love it too.  And if you want strong females who don’t take shit from their men and who survive menstrual cycles that will kill or at least bring entire households of men to their knees, then this is probably the series for you.  If you want sparkly-skinned stalkers you will be sadly disappointed – although even when they stalk they realize that this is a bad thing and keep it on the low down.  Oh, and there is a lot of leather, hard-drinking, weaponry, fighting, seedy drug and club culture, sex and boys club shit going on too.  Downside, is just when you are enjoying the good old bad boys, she will rip your heart out and make you cry. Just saying….read on….
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author had me at ‘hello’. Wrath is great as a reluctant leader who realizes that his people need him more than he needs to hold on to the past. Beth is stunning as a hard-assed journalist who discovers her own heritage just in time. Together they bring their little band of warriors into line so beautifully that it is breathtaking. From the outset you get the feeling that you are going to love each and every one of these guys immensely, deeply and without reservation. And the world that they live in is really well planned and described. You could really believe that they are walking amongst us.

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rhage or Hollywood as he is known is one good looking dude. He should have the world at his feet and lord knows enough women seem to be hanging around there. So when he develops an attraction to mousey, damaged and fragile Mary, no one is more surprised than she. Both of them are dealing with a ‘medical’ condition that takes over their lives. For Rhage it is the beast and Mary is dying. Their relationship is difficult and doomed and so naturally there are going to be times in this story where you are just sobbing your heart out but probably not for the reasons you think. That is the magic of JR Ward. Mary is destined to soothe the savage beast and Rhage will learn about personal sacrifice. Sounds great – bring on the kleenex, you’re going to need it.

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am now thoroughly addicted to this series. The storytelling is good, the humor has you laughing out loud, the men are all so wonderfully alpha, the women takes no prisoners. And just when you think you are invested enough your heart gets ripped out and squeezed. Zsadist was always going to come from a world of hurt and I expected that. The bond with he and Phury is gut wrenching in its complexity. Bella is the only woman who is likely to reach him. You know this going into the story but then Ward adds in those subtle nuances that get your heart palpitating and your juices flowing. The ‘need’ is amazingly well thought out. The minor characters grip you as much as the majors and the moments where the depth of the connections come shining through just take it to a whole new realm. I love this author and this series. Mostly I love all of these characters.

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