Reading novels and short stories has been my salvation for as long as I can remember. In the past few months, I’ve struggled with travel and other family issues, and reading has once again come to the rescue. These novels and short stories have been on my bedside table: I’ve dipped into one or the…
The writing life is a crazy thing. I can’t speak for others, but for me, I’m constantly writing, if only in my own head. Each person I meet, each place I go to, becomes a what if, and within minutes of being left alone, I begin wool-gathering, spinning yarns. Before I started on the writing…
Maria Vicente is an associate literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Maria is dedicated to managing authors’ literary brands for the duration of their careers. Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list.
What about you? How many books did you read this week? Ever had a panic attack about the number of books still on your To-be-read list? Thought of taking a reading vacation? Want to add to my TBR list? Fire away!
And it is this part, the part of E.L. James being a human like any of us, (despite her freakish success, her deplorable writing skills and Everything Else : I’m not posting excerpts because this is a PG 13 blog, and the internet is so awash that a simple google search would tell you more than I ever can)– this is the part that holds me back.
What has she done, after all, other than produce some bad fiction? Does being on the internet give everyone the right to bring anyone down? Yes, she’s a public figure, and as such, ‘fair game,’ but must we put her on trial for making money out of incompetently-written smut?
What about you? Do you think E. L. James deserves the flaying she gets? Have you read any of the books? Do you have opinions on her writing, and its effect on the publishing world?