Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I was so desperate to talk bookish stuff on Friday (I was at Urgent Care with my mom. I have a cold and I lost like 50% of my hearing in my right ear. It was scary. The doctor said he didn’t see anything wrong. Seriously!!!??? I can’t hear out of my ear, a-hole!!! Anyways, I put a hot compress on it since the doctor gave me jackshit and it helped) that I started talking to my mom about bookish subject and I could slowly see her eyes glaze over. That’s when I knew this conversation was wasted on her. It’s why I have you guys. To talk about bookish stuff that randomly pops into my head.
So here is what I was thinking about. Fifty Shades of Grey the movie is finally out. I have not watched it yet, but I plan to see it with my friend so we can giggle over it. But I have been reading the reviews on it. A lot of people are saying that it condones or promotes domestic abuse and violence. Now, I don’t want to get into that heavy topic because I could talk all day, but I was wondering about something else.
I feel like with books, I am okay with situations I wouldn’t be in real life. Same with movies. If a book has an aggressive guy in it bossing and pushing the heroine around, sometimes it sexy, but in real like that sucker would be punched…multiple times…in throat…by me.
I was reading these Fifty Shades movie reviews (not by bloggers but my newspapers and magazines) and rolling my eyes. I totally get if someone personally doesn’t like a movie. More power to them. But I just wanted to yell, “It’s a movie, not real life, can’t you just enjoy the silliness without getting caught up in Christian being overbearing, stalkerish, and a bit sadistic towards Ana?” (I know, it sounds so wrong) I mean, the point of the movie and book is that Christian is 50 shades of fucked up. He starts out as an anti-hero, then grows with each installment. Of course people aren’t going to like him. But do we really need to take it down the road of the movie encouraging domestic abuse? I guess it’s the same argument that video games promote violence. It’s a tricky subject.
But I am getting off point. What I am wondering is if it’s wrong that I can enjoy a book/movie that “promotes” violence in some way? I know it’s fiction, I also know it could happen in real life. But sometimes I just want to get lost in a story, not debate the ethics of it. I just read a book that crossed a lot of lines. Three, Two, One by JA Huss is a rough book to handle and many people will hate it, but I could see past it’s aggression and violence and enjoy the fun, beautiful parts. Is that wrong?
Should I be more concerned over violence in books (and movies), or is it okay to enjoy a story despite what it “promotes”?
Am I the only one who finds it tedious to argue over the morality of all the books we read?
Or do serious subjects in books need to be discussed since they can be real world problems?