This is a nearly verbatim dramatization of an exchange I witnessed at BookExpo America last week between a self-published author and a small press publisher. (Although I made up the line about "original fiction"...)
I will be signing advance copies of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey at BookExpo America TODAY, Wednesday, June 6, from 4pm-5pm at the Perseus Books Group booth (3604). Earl Grey teabags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Today, we have a guest post by Janet Webb...
Team Fad: If you have a peripheral interest and care enough about Pop Culture to skim Fifty Shades and give an opinion, this is your team. Maybe you have a vote for whether Ryan Gosling or Ian Somerhalder should play Christian in the movie. You wouldn't have a cow if your book club decided to read Fifty Shades one month. Whatever!
Team Glad: You liked Fifty Shades -- maybe you even loved it. Guess what, you don't have to give a reason. You just did. You liked stuff about it and maybe the parts you liked are things you wouldn't mind seeing in books in the future. And gawd almighty, that James woman sure can write about sex.
Team Mad: How the F did this PoS end up on anyone's e-reader? Don't you know that reading crap like this can rot your brain and what's more, there are hundreds of more-deserving and more-talented writers than this unknown. Where does she get off becoming a super-nova sensation without tracking on our horizon in time to warn everyone off??
Team Sad: If only the BDSM had been accurate. If only the mileage between x university town and y city of Seattle hadn't been screwy. If only Ana had slept with a few guys before meeting Christian or at least had whacked off. Or had a cell phone at college. If only there had been no tamponage ... that would have made me willing to read the book.
So, what team do you play for? Are there teams missing, like Team Bad or Team Cad or even Team Vlad (if you think vampires rule!) After all, what good is a phenom if you can't have some fun with it!