I'm back blogosphere and had an awesome holiday...well I am technically still on holiday, as I am in Germany, but I am back to blogging like a crazy person!
So there are a few updates! I am still looking for some more folks to be Blog Angels. Cut off day is Wednesday 25th July (TOMORROW) so please sign up if you haven't already.
I will be writing lots about the festival and my holiday, but not all at once...that would be an overload - besides I need to sort out my photos first and do boring, yet necessary things, like washing...unpacking...sitting on my butt reading the Internet! I missed you guys. My boyfriend did an awesome job with the surprise tour of Spain. I loved it. Just look at that water (a salt lake); what's not to love?!
While I am still on holiday, I would love to do some guest posting. Anyone want me to guest post? Just shoot me a comment below or an email.
Sooooo, it's the last week of Bloggy book club. I can't wait to start reading 'Fallen' the new novel we are starting. I downloaded it to my Kindle yesterday and once I have done some German revision, I'm getting started!
I have enjoyed chatting about '50 Shades' with you guys and reading all of the different opinions. I wish I could have loved the story a bit more - did you pick up that I didn't?
So let's start chatting about the last two questions,
"How would you sum up this novel?"
"How did you feel about the ending of this novel?"
I would sum up the novel as: sensationalist. Like other texts before it, it relies on the shock factor to win readers and, well, it's worked, hasn't it? She has made a good old retirement fund for her right there - and I wish Ms James every success in the future. I feel kind of empty though for those writers who are writing ground-breaking, life-changing literature and are not even picked up by major retailers. The dying book- shop industry is every more reliant on stuff that I wouldn't pass for literature and it devastates me that exceptional authors are almost past the investment as they don't make enough profit. Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming E.L James for the decline in literature. Fair play to her, and her publishers for reading the market well. I just wish that other people, who are actually 'talented' at writing, rather than rehashing a 'been there bought the T-Shirt' plot line, were making their millions and enriching as many people with their stories.
At the end of the novel, I felt like I needed to read the next one. NOT to see if they got back together again (as that was the lamest cliffhanger ending ever - there are two more books folks), but to see if she was going to continue into the world of the BDSM lifestyle or cop-out completely by blaming his 'interests' completely on a damaged up-bringing. If you read the other two books already, you'll know how I felt after book three...
A really brave move would have been to write honestly about a community of people who just like doing things a bit differently because they find it fun. This is not a brave series of books - it is a predictable one.
I'm off to do me some sun bathing - it is roasting here in Germany and I intend to make the most of it.