I have not read or seen the 50 shades phenom that’s been in all the news, but, from what I’ve seen and read about it I’m glad I haven’t gone out of my way to read or see such “entertainment”.
Currently I have three books and one fictional sermon available on Amazon. Offerings that are selling next to nothing. Free promo days are doing OK, but not many folks are plunking down a dollar or three to read my eBooks. Less are plunking down the cash to buy the paperbacks. I’m writing crime fiction, sermon excluded, about damaged people doing bad things. Obviously a genre I like enough to base books on.
I see the Romance and Trash offerings on Amazon, see their top 100 listings, and wonder why I’m not writing such things. I could do that and make lots of money, I’m thinking, but, that’s not the genre I want to be associated with.
Unfortunate for me?
Women want to be empowered. I’ve seen news reports about the fact that women don’t make as much money as men in Hollywood. They don’t command the starring roles as men do. The roles for women aren’t as empowering as the roles for men.
Women want to be in control of their own lives and bodies.
So why the bleep does a story about a woman being overpowered and controlled by a man, in a highly sexual context, resonate so high in our society?
What does that say about our society?
Does it say something about women?
The local news here interviewed people as they left the theater. The number of women seeing the flick were higher than the number of men.
The reviews were mixed.
Is it just titillation?
No wonder men are so confused. Women want empowerment but seem to want to have strong men in their lives.
Strength through subjugation??? Is that empowerment?
There was an email going around a few years ago that showed two pictures. The thoughts and actions of a man were depicted by a panel that had an on/off switch. The thoughts and actions of a woman were depicted by a panel that had hundreds of switches, lights, dials, etc., etc., etc.
It was humorous.
Pretty much true.
So, why did this story get to be so popular? I stand by my stories, for sale on Amazon, linked in the “My Books” section of this site, but I’m not getting sales.
Are we just looking for escape through racy, tingly writing and visuals?
If so, why? If you have any thoughts on why, please tell me, I’d really like to know.
Right now I sit here and ask myself for the gazillionth time, “Where are we going and why are we in this hand basket?”
For you youngsters who may have never heard the term from your granny, they sometimes opined, “We’re going to hell in a hand basket.”
Can you imagine past presidents posing for buzzfeed selfies? I think it’s a disgrace to the office. What do I know? I’m an old fart.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” has transmogrified into this? A stick to hold a cell phone with a camera?
No wonder the world is laughing at us and all hell’s breaking loose.
Shoot, this has nothing to do with 50 shades of nothingness.
But, maybe it does.
We were once a God fearing, Judeo-Christian Constitutional Republic. NOT a Democracy. Now even Republicans call us a Democracy.
Can we be saved?
Saved from our masses flocking to such entertainment that’s being promulgated by godless executives looking at the bottom line?
Profit from sin is big business.
But, look at the more moral and religious type reads and flicks that, all too rarely, make it to mass market. They do a durned good business.
There is still a majority of folks who believe in the Bible’s version of the Judeo-Christian ethic and Founding principles.
They’re usually silent.
When they (we) finally speak, what might happen?
50 shades will still have a voice. It should. We have that 1st Amendment right. There will be an audience.
It’s not necessarily about what’s available for reading and viewing. Adults should be able to see and view whatever they want.
The crux of it all is our mindset.
Our thoughts and feelings of what is good and bad. What is right and what is wrong.
I’ve written some twisted stuff in my aforementioned 3 books. I’d hate to have some thought police tell me what I could and couldn’t write. That wouldn’t be freedom. Our Founders wanted us to be free. And free citizens we should be.
I’m not advocating that the 50 Shades franchise should be shut down.
But, again, where are we going and why are we in this hand basket?
And how many folks believe in the Bible and God these days?
These last days???
Is this too much reading into entertainment?
We’re all going to find out someday.