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On Saturday author J.A. White came to visit me at work and give me the ARC of the second book in The Thickety series - The Whispering Trees. Unfortunately due to work I only just completed it, but I have to say it was even better than the first! The plot twists and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat, think you know what’s going to happen next? WRONG. I have to commend J.A. White’s writing style, it is perfect for the ages it’s geared towards (8-12) but it’s still captivating for any adult that has still maintained any semblance of their imagination. He paints such vivid pictures with his words and the creatures and humans you met all have such depth and character. Y’all better be on the lookout come March and get prepared to lose yourself in The Thickety!
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.