E.L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, might be uber-popular with readers, but she's not so popular with other authors. First, Twilight author Stephenie Myer said she would never read the kinky trilogy, and now massively successful author Jackie Collins had some rather snarky things to say about Anastasia Steele, submissive extraordinaire. Jackie, who wrote seven books starring her character, mob daughter Lucky Santangelo, sniped about Fifty's heroine:
I prefer women who kick ass and don’t get their ass kicked!
Ohhh, snap! Jealous much, Jackie?
Well, Jackie doesn't have much to be jealous of. She's sold bazillions of books. But she just couldn't stop yapping about her character versus Anastasia Steele, saying:
Lucky is the woman who inspires other women. I wanted to write a really strong female character who was not just a sex symbol.
But then she added about E.L.:
Good luck to her. She sold a sh*tload of books!
Well, I never thought I'd agree with anything Jackie Collins has to say, but yeah, it's kind of sad that the heroine of our era is ... a submissive? Someone who signs a contract to do whatever some dude tells her to do?
What happened to women like Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlett O'Hara, Lisbeth Salander? Is this really the type of woman that women want to read about? The only reasonable explanation I've read so far that helps explain the books' popularity is that women are so exhausted these days having to do it all that they enjoy the idea of a woman who has everything done for her. Who doesn't have to make any choices. Not even about what to do in bed.
On the other hand, Jackie throwing shade at Fifty Shades does sound a little bitter. Which is perfectly understandable!
Please, no giving Jackie Fifty Shades perfume for her birthday.
Do you agree with Jackie or think she's just a tad bitter?
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