I bought my friend an elephant for their room.
They said “Thank you.”
I said “Don’t mention it.”
Is there a joke here that 15 thousand people get but I don’t?
i am literally the only person in my history class who has been turning in work consistently all year and i just got an email from my professor saying that if i’m not feeling up to it i dont have to bother writing the 18 page final paper he assigned i just have to not tell anybody god is real
For a while i thought you meant that you had to not tell people that god was real.
This is why punctuation was created
the true american experience is wondering if you just heard firecrackers or gunshots
PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE
bonus points: both are illegal in your state and you still cannot tell
even more bonus points: living in florida
the thrilling saga in which Panic! owns the fuck out of WBC
A+ handling of the situation
"i TRIED to read the 50 Shades books.... everything was "grey" and every other sentence had someone "cocking their head to one side". It got so repetitive that I had to quit."
I’m not disputing how badly it’s written (I also had a friend who tried to read them and she couldn’t do it). I’m criticising the fact that Twilight and 50SOG are the only examples I can think of when literally everyone decides to don the good-judge-of-literature mantle and decry how poorly the book(s) are written from the mountain tops. And I’m criticising the fact that that is not a coincidence.
People read poorly written books all the time. Some (particularly snobbish people) would argue that ‘poorly written books’ more or less equates to the bestsellers. I myself read shit books all the time; I see other people read them. It takes dedication, hard work and an incredibly fastidious (and boring) person to only read literary fiction and nothing else — and i have also read some marvelously abysmal ones of those too. (Just because an author has a poetic turn of phrase doesn’t mean they’re presenting you with an equally impressive STORY). I can guarantee you that, however bad you think 50SOG is, there are 15,000 other novels out there in all different kinds of genres that are equally littered with cliches like ‘he cocked his head to one side’ (sidenote: there are a very limited no. of synonyms to indicate a character tilting their head to the side slightly. i would know bc i’ve struggled with that phrase myself) and other colour and imagery repetition. In short: 50SOG may be lazily written, but it is one (three) novels in a galaxy of other novels that are also ‘kinda crappy’.
It seems much more likely to me that all this criticism is stemming from the novels’ much more scandalous content. There is something to be said for the fact that romance/erotica novels, out of all genres, tend to be amongst the most — if not the most — denigrated in literature. (This is evident economically, as well — think about how cheap Mills and Boon books are). And the fact that these books are are usually labelled as overtly ‘feminine’ literature; that, again, is no coincidence. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.
50SOG’s success was literally unprecedented. Never before had an erotica novel (the underbelly of the publishing industry, if you will) broken the surface into the mainstream bestsellers. And I can’t help but feel that, actually, whatever you think about 50SOG (and any issues with the writing/plot or the male/female characters you have therein); you have to at least acknowledge that these books, almost exclusively written by women, for women, featuring women as protags, exploring feminine sexuality, dispelling the myth that women are not — and cannot — be sexual beings in the way that men are, being projected onto an audience of colossal numbers: is a good thing.