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All right, individuals, it's time for another installment in 50 Shades of Meh!

When we last left off, I was on page 11. Let's see how far I get today...

P. 12: "You sound like the ultimate consumer."

Anna makes this observation after a string of control freaky observations on Christian's part. I think she's onto something here.

Christian is an extremely materialist individual who wishes to possess the newest, latest, most expensive objects. He also believes that he can possess people by controlling their finances, as he does with his ex-domme [owning a stake in her salon chain] and ex-sub [bankrolling her therapy]. If he can't control people financially, he attempts to create bonds of obligation between them and him with extravagant gifts -- he gives Ana first editions of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, as well as a phone, a computer, a few cars, etc., etc.

Do we notice a pattern here? Christian substitutes economic transactions for emotional intimacy. Everything has a price, and he's willing to pay it to create attachments between him and other people. He really doesn't know about the giving and receiving of oneself that forms a non-obligatory, mutually enjoyable, emotionally based relationship.

In other words, this interview that Ana's conducting gives Christian opportunity after opportunity to advertise his complete unsuitability as a romantic partner. But who cares? He's hot!

P. 13: "'Are you gay, Mr. Grey?' ... How can I tell him I'm just reading the questions? Damn Kate and her curiosity!"


Again, Ana -- you chose to ask this question. Kate did not force you. You are not being impelled by forces outside of your control, but by your own damn self. Stop  having an external locus of control.

...Okay, I got up to page 19.

Date: Jan. 27th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
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HA. Oh dear. What a colossal ass.

A translation of this snippet:
Christian: AM SUCH LE ALPHA MALE BLA BLA BLA POWER BLA MONEY RAWR. WANT OWN THINGS. PEOPLE=THINGS ALSO.
Ana: THAT'S PRETTY COOL HEY BTW D'YOU LIKE SUPERFEMME GIRLY FEMALE WOMEN, I JUST WANT TO KNOW BECAUSE I LITERALLY CAN'T NOT ASK EVERYTHING ON THIS SHEET, THAT IS MY EXCUSE TO ASK YOU THIS EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT'S INAPPROPRIATE BUT I AM SRYS HOPING YOU LIKE MY VAGINA, IT'S JUST NOT COOL TO ADMIT IT YET BECAUSE AM LIBERATED WOMAN.

My guess as to the next section, and possibly the rest of the book:
GRUNT
FLAIL!
UNF
OMG YES DO THAT MOAR
NO WAIT TEEHEE I CAN'T I'M SHY
BUTBUTBUT
WELL OKAY
LET'S DO MARREED!
K! BUT IN A COLLAR LOL
(don't think it matters whose lines are whose...)

This is what people think relationships are these days. Which, I mean, okay, they ARE, all too frequently, but holding it as an ideal to aspire to... I'd laugh into my wine, if I drank wine.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm a terrible person for reading so many of these things just to point and laugh/facepalm.

You should see the parody I started. Oh it's so deliciously painful.

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