The 50 shades of grey bandwagon, is it a bad thing or not?
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last night and I was discussing how some people out there are frowning upon other Authors jumping on the 50 shades of grey bandwagon. I say, why the hell not?
Isn’t that what marketing is all about? When you go to a fashion show and see the latest trends from the top designers, a few months later the high street shops will have a similar version on those very outfits. Some maybe better than the original design, some not so much. Isn’t that the same thing? If the option is out there, then why not take full advantage of it. Ride that proverbial wave. Didn’t people jump on the twilight and hunger games bandwagon also? Yet no one questioned this when writers started to put a supernatural/thriller story together?
50 shades was basically a door way, an opening for those out there that have struggled previous with their erotic books. I was a stepping stone for those who wanted to write erotica, but felt it was inappropriate, wrong timing or that it wouldn’t be successful – like me, might I add – until 50 shades hit the shelves. Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t the biggest fan of the book. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either, as it doesn’t portray a realistic side of the D/s relationships. This is also another reason for why I wanted to get me book out there.
I will not lie to you, my book has that fantasy like element that 50 shades also has, but I wouldn’t say its exactly like it. The story line is different; my characters aren’t a billion play boy or neurotic virgin. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Didn’t Sylvia Day create a story exact the same as 50 shades; just with a little less of the bdsm in it, and it was just as successful? So that proves that you can jump on that bandwagon and still be a hit.
So to end my note on this subject I say, let those who say those things… carry on. The way I see it, is they are most probably envious. What does it matter? If you loved 50 shades, then surely you’re going to love another book just like it, right? It will still be your own story at the end of the day, you’re just branding it within that same category.
So with that in mind I will continue to write books with the same aspects and with similar elements of 50 shades. If you don’t like it, don’t read it!