Are you reading Fifty Shades of Grey? Have you read Twilight? Are you seeing similarities?
In her review of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books writes:
I found it to be melancholy and meandering, and the heroine narrator is so maudlin and wimpy I grew more and more irritated with her and with the story and had to stop. It’s amazing how powerful a first-person narrator can be – and what a turn off it is when you don’t like her.
This has been precisely my experience with the novel. I’ve not yet reached the fifth chapter and I’ve been nothing but irritated by and embarrassed for Anastasia Steele.
Part of me thinks she might be written as a stumbling fumbling bumbling mess to titillate submissive readers with a proclivity for humiliation (this is, after all, a book about power play in the context of BDSM). Alas, most of me thinks she’s the product of clumbsy writing.
James’s trilogy was conceived as Twilight fanfic. I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s series, but I understand Bella is a klutz.Twilight readers: Was Bella “maudlin” or “wimpy”? Does she clash with Edward in any way, or merely submit to his sparkly vampire sex power?