50 shades

More on the Matt Bomer/Brett Easton Ellis 50 Shades Deal…


In a way, following what’s been happening with author Brett Easton Ellis and what appears to be his obsession with who is right (or not right) for the lead role in the movie adaptation of the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has almost been entertaining. It seems the more Ellis tweets about the topic the more of an asshat he becomes.

To refresh everyone’s memory, Brett Ellis Easton was a boy wonder author who got lucky with “Less Than Zero.” It was a breakout novel in the 1980’s that I read simply because of all the hype I’d heard. At the time, there were far better books out and far more talented authors. I wouldn’t say he was the Snookie of the 80’s, but I wouldn’t exactly put him in the same literary category as Jonathan Franzen. One thing I’ve learned in publishing is that luck has a lot to do with success.

Evidently, the same luck that brought him the huge success with “Less Than Zero,” hasn’t helped him much with his wrecked Twitter Feed. According to this piece, this is what Easton Tweeted when J.D.Dalinger died:

Mind you, this is the man who Tweeted, when J.D. Salinger died in 2010, “Yeah!!! Thank God he’s finally dead. I’ve been waiting for this day for-f*****-ever. Party tonight!!!” He was rightly condemned for that tweet, but somehow didn’t get the greater message.

Brett Easton Ellis also “knew” that gem of a woman, Rielle Hunter, and we all know what SHE’S famous for doing in life. He even Tweeted this once, in spite of the fact that it turned more than half the stomachs on his Twitter feed.

Somewhere in the late 1980’s I almost found myself in a coked-up threesome with Rielle Hunter in my condo on 13th Street in New York.

Now, if that’s not enough to make you cross your legs, his thoughts on the Tyler Clementi case proves just how lucky he got with “Less Than Zero.”

Worst of all, I think, is his odd obsession with the Tyler Clementi suicide case. Ellis seems to have decided that his Rutgers roommate Dharun Ravi was simply not guilty of bullying or intimidation, and thus railed against the verdict rendered in the case last month in the most uninformed way possible. One is entitled to opinions, but not to stupidity.

You can read more here.

The problem with pop culture icons like Easton is that everyone is always so afraid to be honest and say what they really think. I’m just a small genre author writing books that I hope will entertain people for a while and no one cares what I have to say. But just once I’d like to see someone like Barbara Walters tell someone like Brett Ellis Easton what a douchebag he really is, in person, face to face. It might just shut his big misanthrope (Who speaks that way?) mouth for a while.

One of the drawbacks of social media like Twitter is that we are often subjected to the likes of Brett Ellis Easton. The good thing is you don’t have to follow him either…and I don’t.

In this article, you can read Easton’s Tweets from August 9th about Matt Bomer.

(10:09 pm) Reading all of these articles about Matt Bomer: I NEVER said gay actors can’t play straight roles, or straight actors can’t play gay roles.

(10:11 pm) However: in the VERY specific case of trophy-husband Matt Bomer playing Christian Grey then it makes things problematic. That’s the truth…

(10:12 pm) To reiterate I NEVER said gay actors can’t play straight roles. If that were true my entire generation of male movie stars would be jobless.

Apparently something ignited his Grey fervor again and Ellis felt the need to vent:

(4:37 am) Scene in Fifty Shades of Grey I’m most looking forward to: Matt Bomer as CG: “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?” Matt sighs: “No, Anastasia, I’m not.”

(4:55 am) After Anastasia asks the gay question Matt Bomer as Christian “raises his eyebrows, a cool gleam in his eyes. He does not look pleased.”

(5:11 am) Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother: central joke being that he’s a gay actor playing a het womanizer. Um…

(5:18 am) Then why not cast Jason Segal in the Neil Patrick Harris role in How I Met Your Mother? The meta-joke is that Harris is openly gay. Lame…

(5:30 am) Look, I like Neil Patrick Harris especially when he’s hosting The Tonys but “How I Met Your Mother” is like all CBS sitcoms a piece of crap.

(5:38 am) You don’t think the makers of How I Met Your Mother didn’t KNOW that Neil Patrick Harris was gay and that would be part of the joke? Really?

(5:43 am) And please don’t get me started on the gay The Big Bang Theory. I’m too tired to go there. Gayness personified. Another terrible CBS sitcom.

(5:53 am) You’re missing the point. I’m not a homophobe. I’m a misanthrope. I hate the way homosexuality is presented in our entertainment culture.

(6:13 am) If you think Modern Family has a progressive attitude about gayness then you’re a retrograde tool. The fact that it’s being lauded: a joke.

Frankly, the odd thing is that I do think Easton makes one or two interesting points. I’ve often said that I don’t think the lgbt community is being represented well in our entertainment culture or our mainstream media. And I don’t think TV shows like Modern Family are representing the lgbt community very well either. But when he makes other statements that counterbalance the interesting points it’s hard to take him seriously. And he clearly does not know the amount of courage it took for men like Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris to come out in an industry that praises gay men on one hand and then shuns them privately on the other. But more than that, Ellis is not even connected to the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

From Twitter:

It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey…

And in the words of a very loud drag queen I once knew, “Get her!”

Melissa Jenna’s Good Christian View on Fifty Shades of Grey…

When I saw this post by blogger, Melissa Jenna, I thought I’d link to it. Given that I’ve been writing an essay for a book about 50 Shades to be released this fall, and given the fact that I’m about to do something interesting with my next release that hasn’t been done before with erotic romance, I found Melissa’s POV more than interesting. I tend to look at things from a publishing POV and I forget that others don’t sometimes.

What I find interesting is that I can find it simple to respect and honor opinions like this with regard to the good Christian bloggers, and yet I rarely find that same respect in return from the good Christian bloggers who rant about books like 50 Shades and movies like Magic Mike.

It’s an interesting concept. The author of erotic romance and erotic fiction doesn’t mind when a good Christian bashes erotica, but the good Christian thinks nothing of bashing the erotica and the erotica author…and reader. In the quote below she talks about 50 Shades and Magic Mike.

Christian women need to reject both of these works, and instead, use our voices in support of what is good, right and true. It is our responsibility, as daughters of the Heavenly King, to remain set-apart from the poisons of our culture, to rebuke temptation, and to celebrate and honor righteousness.

One of the 1800 people who commented on the post said this about 50 Shades:

I understand what you are saying here, but the books could have gotten the same point across without going into such graphic detail.

I don’t have a problem with that. I agree books can be written in different ways to get different points across. I’m not going to bash Melissa Jenna for expressing her beliefs and views. I don’t agree with them, but I respect them. And what I’m going to do with my next release, which I will talk about in detail next week, should be something that calms her down a little and keeps her free from the “poisons of our culture,” like erotic romance, Magic Mike, and all that other sinful stuff. It does have a lot to do with getting “the same point across without going into such graphic detail.”

What Will Be the Next Viral Hit in the Book World?


I came across an interesting article with a title about 50 Shades of grey while I was looking for information about the 50 Shades movie. I just submitted an essay for a book that will be out this fall titled, “Fifty Authors on Fifty Shades of Grey,” and I wanted to double check a few facts. I’ll post more about the essay and the 50 Shades book in the future.

What I found interesting was that the article I’m talking about now is titled, “50 Shades of Grey: Books That Will Be the Next Viral Hit.” Of course the article is more about popular book themes and how they seem to resonate with people with regard to predicting the next viral hit in publishing. It gets into “Hunger Games” which is why I posted a pic of Liam Hemsworth. But I suspect the author of the article knows the web well enough to know that anything with a title even remotely connected to 50 Shades will generate more hits than one that isn’t. You learn these little tricks the more you blog.

This just proves how much of an impact 50 Shades has had on everyone. I even saw a football related article in my search that was titled something like “50 Shade of the Future,” and it had absolutely nothing to do with 50 Shade of Grey or publishing books.

In any event, the article to which I’m referring is actually very good, and it gets into some of the more popular themes that seem to be tried and true with the mainstream reading audience. I’m a firm believer in following formula for the most part, and then twisting it and turning it around to make it different. In many ways, that’s why I love parody so much.

Well, there are lots of themes and they tend to change slightly from series to series depending on the plot, but my personal favorite and one that is fairly consistent is Good versus Evil. Ah yes, nothing better than the timeless tale of the little man who stands for all things right in the world, rising up to defeat his antagonist who happens to be the very face of evil itself. There are probably a thousand, deep rooted, anthropological reasons why we love these tales but the best reason I can come up with is that we love these fictional stories because we want to know it’s possible for good to defeat evil in reality.

As I said, I’m a fan of reworking old formulas with new elements, which could be anything from New Adult concepts to a suburban mom who gets into BDSM. You can read more of the article I’m talking about here, where there are a few more examples I thought were thought provoking.