It can be said that within the realm of story telling, that every idea for a story has it’s roots in another story.
With the release of the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey, some writers are comparing the book’s leading man to other famous literary leading men, most notably Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen would be rolling in her grave.
To be clear, I have no desire to read the book or see the movie. While I adore stories of this ilk, I prefer well written stories that keep me engaged as a reader. From what I have heard, Fifty Shades Of Grey does not fit that description.
While the surface comparisons are inevitable, there is no way that these men are even remotely similar. A more ardent Janeite might demand that Christian Grey and Fitzwilliam Darcy not be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it is to create a wide gulf between them.
Christian Grey is not and will never be the new Fitzwilliam Darcy.
I was hoping that after the unfortunate success of the bloodless Twilight series, that the vampire genre was slowly receding and waiting to be replaced by another genre of the moment book.
I was wrong.
As I wrote last Sunday, I was given VM Gautier’s new book, Blood Diva at the Brooklyn Book Fair. I’m glad I did not have to pay for it, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.
1847, Marie Duplessis is Paris’s most famous and celebrated courtesan. She is also dying from consumption. VM Gautier imagines that instead of dying a natural death, Marie is reborn as a vampire. In present day New York City, she calls herself Alphonsine. She has fallen in love with with a young man who she believes to be the reincarnation of her lost love. Marie/Alphonsine finds herself torn between her Vampiric past and the future she may have with this mortal man.
This book is Anne Rice meets Twilight meets Fifty Shades Of Grey. If I felt like I was being kind to the author, I would say I was underwhelmed. If I felt like I was being blunt, I would say that the book is not very good. I don’t mind a sex scene in a book, but it has to be appropriate to the character and it can’t be every other chapter, which is what the author does. This book may be someone’s cup of tea, but it’s not mine.
I do not recommend this book.