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“This is Fuckarama Calling Literary Award – Come Back”


E.L. James: Author of Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James: Author of Fifty Shades of Grey

“Author EL James has been named the publishing industry’s most influential figure of 2012 for making ‘erotic fiction hot’.” – Natasha Wynarczyk.

Yes indeedy, an unknown talented writer wrote an  independently published erotic e-book, it went viral and she got a great book deal and probably some fantastic future film contract offers — AND, she has just received Publisher’s Weekly prize for publishing person of the year! 

Good for her 🙂

But, this award has upset a lot of folks, it seems — because of unseemly content ?

After many personal worldly travels, I’ve come to the belief that America has always been eons behind in adult sexual knowledge and sophistication — childlike, really (but that’s another story).  

But, whether the literary blue bloods (?) disagreed with the award due to my discussion above or some other literary hype or smoke and mirrors — I personally think the award is warranted due to a fact nailed in the second to the last paragraph in the following article by Natasha Wynarczyk for Marie Claire (of course it has to do with staggering money return and exploding print sales in book stores):

EL James wins publishing industry prize for making ‘erotic fiction hot’

Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James has been named the publishing industry’s most influential figure of 2012 for making ‘erotic fiction hot’.

The British novelist won the American-based Publishers Weekly prize for publishing person of the year, but it turns out many people in the sector were displeased with the result.

The New York Daily News went as far as to say ‘civilisation ends’, while the LA Times said: ‘James wrote fan fiction, she got it independently published by a micro e-press, it went viral, she got a book deal, she started collecting serious paychecks.

‘All that is great news for an individual author, but it hardly justifies making that individual the Publishing Person of the Year… It’s really impossible to say that James has done much more than get very, very lucky, although PW tries to make that case. Someone who stumbles across a jackpot is certainly fortunate, but should they be anointed with an industry’s laurels? Maybe someday, PW will find a person in publishing who is doing something, rather than having something done to them, and name the individual Publishing Person of the Year.’

Even the site’s commentators were very unimpressed, with one person saying: ‘I want to die. Or kill. Or just eat some cake until this literary pain goes away’.

Another wrote: ‘Seriously? Is this the best you guys can do? Hilary Mantel becomes the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice and you pick EL James? Lay off the eggnog and rethink your decision.’

However Publishers Weekly defended the decision by citing the staggering 35m sales of the erotic novel in the US alone and noting James’s influence.

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  1. It’s all true and valid except for EL James as “an unknown talented writer.” She may have once been unknown but talented writer she is not. Tedious, cliche-ridden drivel is not evidence of talent. Still, more power to her. Alas, though, she has started another trend for unknown, talentless writers. It was occult romance and zombie apocalypse that attracted the wannabees. Now every writer in literary training pants is churning out self-published erotica. Spare us!

    Comment by Larry Constantine (Lior Samson) — 12/04/2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  2. I think sales speak louder than critics, good article, thanks for the info
    Matt Schott

    Comment by Matthew Schott — 12/05/2012 @ 4:00 am | Reply

  3. @Matt – It has been said that sales are, indeed, the supreme critic 🙂

    @Larry – Talent, like beauty or art, is in the eye of the beholder – And, in this case, there seems to be a lot of beholders with different eyes than your humble self.

    Comment by gator1965 — 12/05/2012 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  4. Excellent post. I certainly appreciate this site.

    Keep it up!

    Comment by Lora — 12/09/2012 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  5. I have not read it but out of curiosity my wife did. Her comment was “it’s a book for people who don’t normally read”. So if this book has got people reading then I guess some kind of award was in order? But not a literature award- OMG,

    Comment by Steven Parsons — 12/11/2012 @ 8:25 am | Reply

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