Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Read Fifty Shades of Grey: Chapter 9

Last time on Fifty Shades of Grey, our heroes were having blandly mechanical sex while Buff RockGroin continued to pout and fume any time he didn't get his way about everything, and Ana continued to act like "I don't mind, it's sexy when he doesn't consider my needs" isn't something a lot of people convince themselves at some point in a really bad relationship.

Content warnings for this chapter: Emotional abuse, sexual coercion. As per usual.


His sculptured, pouty lips are parted slightly, and his shiny, clean hair is a glorious mess. How could anyone look this good and still be legal? I remember his room upstairs… perhaps he’s not legal.
Hey now, BDSM is legal in Washington!  Stalking, kidnapping, and sexual assault might be more of an issue.
I feel different. I feel a little sore, if I’m honest, and my muscles - jeez it’s like I’ve never done any exercise in my life. You don’t do any exercise in your life, my subconscious has woken.
Okay, new theory: Ana spontaneously appeared out of nothingness, full-grown, a few days before the events of the book.  She's never done anything before because she literally did not exist.

(Also, being so new to the universe means she hasn't had much time to learn about grammar.)
I find two welcome hair ties at the same time in my bag and quickly tie my hair in pigtails. Yes! The more girly I look, perhaps the safer I’ll be from Bluebeard.
Wha?

I don't think she's literally afraid he'll kill her, so is she trying to be "safe" from BDSM?  Or sex?  Isn't it creepy that she thinks of these as things she needs to be safe from?  I've never worried about being "safe" from BDSM, for much the same reason that I've never wanted to be "safe" from cuddling with a pile of puppies.

And isn't it SUPER MEGA ULTRA CREEPY that Ana knows she needs to do this by manipulating her appearance rather than by telling him no?  Even if this is kind of a joke, isn't it... kind of not?  And why the hell does she think looking girly would help?
“How would you like your eggs?” I ask tartly. He smiles. “Thoroughly whisked and beaten,” he smirks.
YES. YOU'RE KINKY. YOU LIKE HITTING STUFF.  GOOD FOR YOU. WE GET IT.

I'm kinky too, but I don't like scrambled eggs that much, so I just have to order "over easy, and by the way, I've been really enjoying double penetration lately."
"I wondered if we should continue your basic training.” [...] “What sort of basic training did you have in mind?” I ask, my voice slightly too high, betraying my wish to sound as natural, disinterested, and calm as I can with my hormones wreaking havoc through my body. “Well, as you’re sore, I thought we could stick to oral skills.”
She never actually agreed to that contract, y'know.  He showed it to her, she went all goggle-eyed, she tried to set some limits, he argued her out of them, she said she was a virgin, he flipped his shit, and they fucked.  But the contract is still tabled.

If this book were pure fantasy, if it were a "fair maiden whisked away to a castle of debauchery" sort of story, I think I'd cut it more slack on the consent issues.  I'd understand that it wasn't trying to depict real BDSM, but a kinky fantasy, and nonconsent can be a part of a fantasy.  But I don't get this same understanding from FSoG.  It tries to depict negotiation and consent.  It's just goddamn terrible at them.
“Was he gentle?” “Kate, please!” I can’t hide my exasperation. “Ana, don’t hold out on me, I’ve been waiting for this day for nearly four years.” “I’ll see you this evening.” I hang up. That is going to be one difficult square to circle. She’s so tenacious, and she wants to know – in detail, and I can’t tell her because I’ve signed a – what was it called? NDA.
A fucking relationship NDA. I still can't fucking believe it.  I think E.L. James honestly does define kink as "abuse, but with signatures."

Also, it's supposed to be "a difficult circle to square."
“I’ve never had vanilla sex before. There’s a lot to be said for it. But then, maybe it’s because it’s with you.” He runs his thumb across my lower lip. I inhale sharply. Vanilla sex?
Oh no.  I think this is a beginning of a trend people warned me about.  The thing where rough BDSM sex is for people you don't give a shit about, and true love is expressed via soft sweet sex.  I fucking hate that.  I hate it for so many reasons.  The simplest and most personal one is that last Wednesday, the man I dearly love Saran-Wrapped me to a chair for sexy purposes, and I don't much like any implications that doing this means we aren't really in love.

Also, every time Thud StoneBang goes on about how he's never done this before and she's so special and the first one to really change him, I think about a car dealer saying that he's giving this discount just for you and he isn't even allowed to sell this cheap but he's making an exception just this once.
Oh! Turning to face him, I’m shocked to find he has his erection firmly in his grasp. My mouth drops open. “I want you to become well acquainted, on first name terms if you will, with my favorite and most cherished part of my body. I’m very attached to this.”
I think that crossed over from kinky erotica to Larry the Cable Guy routine somewhere in the middle.

I'd play along, though.  "Hi penis.  How are you doing today?  Lovely, lovely.  Yeah, I know, it has been unseasonably warm this month, but without the humidity!  I agree, it's very nice.  So, have you seen any movies lately?"
“Feel it, baby,” Christian whispers in my ear and very gently grazes my earlobe with his teeth. “Feel it for me.”
He keeps calling her "baby" and saying cheesy shit during sex, and it cracks me up every time.  It's like those male porn stars who think that to keep it sexy they have to monotone out "oh yeah. oh yeah. oh yeah. oh yeah." the whole time they're having sex.
Moving down, I push him into my mouth. He groans again. Ha! My inner goddess is thrilled. I can do this. I can fuck him with my mouth.
Yep, this is going to be a recurring thing.  She's committed to this "inner goddess" business.  Because, you see, if Ana were thrilled to be giving a blowjob, she would be some sort of dirty slut, but it's not her fault!  It's the goddess!  How can you blame her?
I pull him deeper into my mouth so I can feel him at the back of my throat and then to the front again. My tongue swirls around the end. He’s my very own Christian Grey flavor popsicle.
Oh ewww.
I suck harder and harder, pushing him deeper and deeper, swirling my tongue round and round. Hmm… I had no idea giving pleasure could be such a turn-on, watching him writhe subtly with carnal longing. My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.

“Anastasia, I’m going to come in your mouth,” his breathy tone is warning. “If you don’t want me to, stop now.” He flexes his hips again[...] His hands are really gripping my hair.
So how the hell is she going to stop?  He's clearly a subscriber to the "dribbling a basketball on your crotch" school of receiving blowjobs, and extricating yourself from that (especially if you don't feel able/safe to forcibly shove the guy away, which Ana surely doesn't) isn't easy.
“Say yes,” he whispers fervently. I frown, not understanding. “To what?” “Yes to our arrangement. To being mine. Please, Ana,” [...time passes during which Ana does not say "yes"...] he binds my wrists together with his tie, knotting it firmly. His eyes are bright with wild excitement. He tugs at the binding. It’s secure. Some boy scout he must have been to learn these knots.
So consensual, you guys! He totally asked for consent! Not that he got it, but, you know, picky details.
His eyes burn into mine, and I’m breathless from their intensity. This is not a man I want to cross… ever.
That's... not actually a good thing in a partner, especially not one who's been fairly clear that saying "no" to him about anything ever is crossing him.
“Tit for tat is not my usual style, Miss Steele,” he whispers as he gently blows up and down me. “But you’ve pleased me today, and you should be rewarded.”
He says this, and then he goes down on her for like 30 seconds before fucking her for another 30 seconds and coming.  She looooves it all, of course, so who am I to criticize, but... my inner deity is not impressed.

Oh, and I don't have anything funny to say about it (although it is kind of funny in its own right), but just to keep you up to speed, the chapter ends with Buck MudThump's mother walking in.

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Something I'm starting to realize about this book is that it isn't BDSM erotica.  Not exactly.  BDSM in this book plays the role that "we can't possibly, he's a prince and I'm a humble serving maid!" plays in other romances.  It's the barrier to the romance.  It's what the heroine has to overcome in her lover.  She's enduring it to reach her reward of a vanilla relationship.

There's some "having your cake and eating it too" here, because the BDSM is clearly there for readers to wank to.  I don't think we're meant to be totally repulsed by all those overheated descriptions of sweaty bondage sex.  But I guess we're supposed to be, like, turned on by it but also know that it isn't right and mustn't go on?  We're supposed to cluck our tongues reproachfully and feel bad for the poor girl while we wank?

I don't know, and I don't like it.  If I'm going to enjoy BDSM, call me a pervert who's actually violating the status quo rather than sternly upholding it while still getting my rocks off--but I'd rather enjoy BDSM.

71 comments:

  1. oh Cliff, your egg analogy made me weep with laughter. personally I don't eat eggs full stop but bacon would be great and man am I obsessed with pegging these days!

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    1. That was my favourite bit, too, and I finally joined Fetlife!

      Hey, sexy non-sequitors are fun. :D

      -Fishgoat

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    2. I once sucked an (raw) egg, and in my native language that's totally innuendo for a blowjob!

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  2. The "legal" bit just made me think that Ana's secretly a pedophile or something, with the way it was worded. So awkward.
    Anyway, at my day job, I work with books in a thrift store. I scan in all the ISBN numbers and if it's an expensive enough book, we ship it off to be sold on the internet. We've gotten some copies in, and all of them end up going over to Amazon. So on the one hand, they're still pretty expensive, all things considered. On the other hand, people are still getting the books, but at least they won't be getting them from me...at least, not for a while.
    Also, I will fully admit to saying "hi, penis" to the boyfriend's. There is no shame.

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  3. The last bit about this not even really being BDSM erotica is what confused me so much about this book. The whole marketing thing and how everyone said this was sexually liberating or whatnot makes no sense. Every person in the book who actually likes BDSM is portrayed as either evil or a victim. I'd say that it's just for the sex, and who cares about the plot, but it takes so long to get the sex, that doesn't work either. I mean, is this just porn for people in denial? Or it's not about BDSM and is just about the fantasy of "curing" a guy?

    Oh, and apparently there were ads saying that this was the guide to what all women want. ...I don't even know what that is supposed to be referring to. The first time I heard it, I thought they were saying all women wanted to date some rich dom, but now I wonder if maybe it's a joke, and you read it and find out women just want vanilla sex? That's what Ana seems to spend half the book saying she wants. The ad was bad to begin with, but now it's just unclear, too.

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    1. I wonder how all these people touting the greatness of Fifty Shades of Grey would react to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.

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    2. I suppose that's an accurate comparison, as I recall reading something about how the kink community was having the same types of conversations about that series as well, and reception was generally mixed.
      Though, it's also somewhat of an unfair comparison; what I've read of Anne Rice suggests that she is rather good at writing, but has editor issues. (More specifically, her writing is generally pretty good, but I really couldn't read further once the phrase "sweet baby woman flesh" came up.)

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    3. I wasn't a huge fan of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, but it's much more clearly fantasy. The fact that people in that book don't sign a contract or talk about negotiation or consent (or even use the words "BDSM" or "kink" or "sadomasochism", if I recall) actually makes it better, because hey, books don't have to always depict exemplary behavior. I'm okay with fictional characters doing immoral things. I'm not okay with the author presenting these things as realistic and exemplary.

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    4. TCoSB was plot light/wank heavy, but at least it didn't make my brain bleed.

      (*when I read it surreptitiously in the stacks at Barnes and Noble sophomore year.)

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    5. Does the sweet baby woman flesh come with a side salad?

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  4. Being on first-name terms with your sex partners' genitals is great! Sometimes my partner's penis and I sing Broadway showtunes together (well... I sing, it mostly does the choreography) while he looks on in amusement. Or was that not what E.L. James had in mind?

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    1. I like to think "first name terms" implies that his penis has a surname...and a hereditary title...and a tragic back story...

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    2. And that is why my penis is named Lord Byron.

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  5. Did she really call him Bluebeard? Because that's...problematic, to say the least.

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    1. Makes sense. He does act like a serial killer.

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  6. Note from the boyfriend (I read this out whilst we were lazing in bed).
    "Well of course vanilla sex is for longterm serious relationships. Too much effort to have kinky BDSM sex every night, I mean you both have jobs, uni... It can just be hard to fit in a proper session!"

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    1. Okay, yeah, this is so true it hurts.

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    2. This is why D/s is so great, at least for my partner and I. It doesn't take much effort to maintain, since the dynamic is a relationship style we're drawn to anyway. And it gives a nice reminder that he's mine, even though we don't have much time for long scenes - life gets in the way. YMMV, we're not into high protocol stuff which would probably be more of an effort to keep up. But little gestures and acts of service are just lovely. Also, yay for another FSoG mocking!

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  7. Also, it's supposed to be "a difficult circle to square."

    See, a square has area (cookie bar)^2, while a circle has area (pie)*r^2. So to circle a square, you have to break up the cookie bar and squish it into a circle and spread blueberry filling on it. It is difficult to do this without getting blueberry filling all over your shirt or eating the whole cookie bar. Thus, math proves that some squares are hard to circle.

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  8. Comradde PhysioProffeDecember 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    The internal dialogue is so stilted and unrealistic, I can't imagine anyone even wanking to this shit. It's just impossible to suspend disbelief.

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  9. Oh man, I was just rereading my MST of this chapter. The whole Bluebeard thing really got me. Anastasia's all like, "Oh, this is so sudden... I've got to go somewhere and be alone, I have to think... I know, I'll put on pigtails, listen to my ipod, and dance around the kitchen while cooking him dinner!"

    I mean, I know this is a hack job but... what? I expected Point A to Point B and ended up at Point Sigma Phi or something!

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    1. Yeah, this is where Cliff's "Ana was literally born yesterday" theory is really the only thing that makes sense.

      Because the one thing that helped distract me from the frankly horrific implications of the heroine trying to think of a way to indirectly manipulate someone into not having sex with her wedged between two scenes of that person having sex with her is the sheer ridiculousness of her going "I know, I'll wear pigtails! That'll definitely make me totally unsexy to him! No man would ever be thinking sexy thoughts about a woman with pigtails!"

      I don't care how sexually inexperienced she is - we're supposed to believe she's never heard of a sexy Catholic schoolgirl outfit, or seen a Halloween costume along those lines, or heck, glimpsed a few seconds of a Britney Spears video?

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    2. You know, the more I think about it, the more that theory really does hold weight... (Minor spoiler maybe?) I remember reading something about how she doesn't even have an e-mail address, which is just absolutely baffling to me. (If this isn't true, tell me, but if it is true, that's...well.)

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    3. **minor spoilers, I guess?** She also doesn't know how to use Google until he explains it to her! Nor does she have internet access until he gives her a computer. I understand that some/many college students can't afford a computer, but how does this college not have a computer lab she can use? Not to mention, a .edu address? It's so painfully obvious that it's a middle-aged British woman trying to write a 22-year old US-ian woman...

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  10. ... I honestly do enjoy giving oral sex. That is not how it feels. I mean, maybe it does for some people? But not me.

    And I agree with Comradde above. Not even the dialogue, not even the grammar (yes, I demand decent grammar in my porn. no kinkshaming), I just don't want to read about her "inner goddess" dancing when I'm trying to get off.

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  11. Frankly, I'm starting to see where the people who claim this book infantilizes Ana and then sexualizes her childishness are coming from. Because she seems to be making all these weird mental connections and comparisons/references to childlike/infantilizing stuff during sexual moments, and now there's the pigtail thing...plus her "innocence" has been sexualized from page one, basically. I've heard people say FSoG has some pedophilic undertones, basically, and while I don't think sexual inexperience = childishness, it seems to be associated with it in the universe of the book, and I'm starting to see said undertones.

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  12. You do realise, Cliff, that now every time I give a blow job I will be seeing that dog doing it's salsa dance in my mind's eye.

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    1. Yup. I will basically never be able to feel pride or self-satisfaction in bed ever again without...that dog.

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  13. Okay, new theory: Ana spontaneously appeared out of nothingness, full-grown, a few days before the events of the book. She's never done anything before because she literally did not exist.
    Even those of us who really weren't fans of Dawn from Buffy wouldn't wish this fate on her.

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    1. Seriously. That's Dawn's *actual* origin story, and she still has way more character depth than Ana.

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    2. If this were Ana's origin story, it would GIVE HER more character depth, because of the emotional crisis and whatnot. Having memories that aren't real is scary.

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    3. If Ana is an AU version of the Key you'd think those monks would have fabricated a few more sexual memories for her. Like, just to give her enough know-how to not be immediately taken advantage of. Order of Dagon just really dropped the ball on this one.

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    4. Not to mention Kate (who is clearly the AU Slayer) is clearly not close enough to Ana to properly protect her. If she can't keep Dirk BlueBalls off of her, how is she supposed to hold Glory back? Clearly this universe is screwed.

      On the plus side, we can all now imagine that, however E. L. James closes this out, the real ending is Glory tearing Pectoralis CockMachine a new one while hollering "where's my Key?"

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    5. Perhaps they're celibate monks and didn't know to fabricate them.

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    6. O.M.G. Satirizing Fifty Shades *and* talking about Buffy in one day. My Monday is looking up!

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  14. A blog post containing the sexy non-sequitur of the day and the dancing dog gif of the day deserved no less.

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  15. Great review as usual :) I especially love the expression 'the "dribbling a basketball on your crotch" school of receiving blowjobs' (though I'm personally a fan of that), that's priceless :D
    I also wanted to ask Cliff, have you considered reposting some of your posts over to the FetLife's blog system, to get them to more people? I'm quite surprised by that you aren't active on there (or I just didn't see you around), just curious about the reasons, I hope it's OK to ask what your relationship with FL is. :)

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  16. The having your cake and eating it too thing: I read a twilight fanfic way back when that was pretty good (by my standards at the time at least) And what I loved was that the main girl was inexperienced, but it wasn't played up as innocence. So instead it was like "wow I'm actually getting tied up, this is so awesome!" Until at the end they run away together and decide they don't need weird fantasies anymore because they're in love. There was some justification about how he was abused and role playing was a defense mechanism because he was afraid to be himself during sex, and that her dark fantasies were from "abandonment issues." Made me feel terrible for enjoying the earlier chapters so much, and I don't know what the author even intended, because it was still a smut fic! Because if it was really meant to be a destructive thing for them, why right 30 chapters of it for people to get off on?

    I guess there are people who treat kink the way some people treat cupcakes: you can enjoy it once in a while but you still have to feel guilty about it. And eat a lot of salad, I don't know. Makes me sad.

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    1. We should get together a rec list of kinky fanfics/original fics where this DOESN'T happen.

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    2. Not a Twilight fic, but there is this: http://archiveofourown.org/works/946360/chapters/1847860

      Features femdom (OC is a beginner Dom), light bondage, some whipping, and orgasm denial. And I think the author may post more kinky fics at some point.

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    3. Agreed! I'd love to see a list of fics that I could read without having to either mentally stick my fingers in my ears or have to skip over entire sections.

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  17. I'm seriously starting to wonder how all my middle-aged female co-workers were getting off on this. The dialogue is SO stilted and badly written it would just jolt me out of any sort of sexy mode.

    Also... UGH

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    1. My mum's read it and she said it was really dull!

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  18. This is the sort of thing that makes me very happy that all of my middle-aged female coworkers are librarians--and therefore they have Strong Opinions about this series that are mostly not positive.

    Jesus fucking Christ, that dialogue.

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  19. Loved the egg bit. I am really glad to see this because I really didn't want to read the book myself. I am actually a fan of romance novels, but I hate the hyped ones. They seem to take themselves too seriously. And I really dislike misrepresentation of BDSM.

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  20. "So consensual, you guys! He totally asked for consent! Not that he got it, but, you know, picky details."

    I guess EL James subscribes to the "well, she didn't say no" theory of consent.

    ...while at the same time providing a glaring illustration of why that theory is utter bullshit. (See also: "this is not a man I want to cross… ever", "fairly clear that saying 'no' to him about anything counts as crossing him".)

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  21. I just don't get how you can go on reading this drivel, but thank you for doing so and tearing it apart in such a brilliant manner. It means I can join the fun without the awful suffering :)

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  22. I think Ana's inner goddess was inspired by E. L. James's inner author, who spent the entire time James was writing this book sobbing in a corner except when the Bluebeard/similar oh wait this is horrifying references were included, at which point the author celebrated another successful insertion of secret code to be read by literally anyone with a brain.

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    1. So it's like in the Animorphs books, when some people managed to overcome the brain-slugs for just long enough to shout a warning or drive off a cliff?

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    2. Animorphs! My childhood <3

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  23. A friend of mine read this way back in the mists of time when it was first released and she raved about it, told me it was "our kind of sex". So I read a few reviews...so glad I did because it meant I read some of it on the Amazon look inside thing and I wanted to claw my eyes out at how badly written it was! Then I read about all the really badly written sex and I'm so glad to say I've not read this book. But I'm loving your chapter reviews :-)

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  24. This is the only way I will ever read this book - thank you.

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  25. Ana doesn't seem to express any feelings/responses to what's going on in a way that's at all sexy. Reading about her inner goddess dancing isn't my idea of hot. She doesn't say anything sexy, he doesn't say anything sexy, there's no sexy vibe between them. It's just . . . this this and this happened . . . my inner goddess danced. Okay . . . blah.

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  26. Are Brandon/Alan and Jon/Benny the same person? Just curious.

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    1. Since you didn't get an answer the first time, I'm guessing Cliff prefers not to discuss this for privacy reasons.

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  27. Your reviews just get better and better as the book gets worse and worse. I don't know how anyone can think this damaging drivel is romantic...If Ana's inner goddess gave a f*ck about her, she'd be screaming, "Run, Ana, run!"

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  28. ''You don’t do any exercise in your life, my subconscious has woken.''

    I know the bad grammar was mentioned but was wondering if anyone could help me out here? I've re-read this several times and I still have absolutely no idea what she's saying.

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    1. "You don't do exercise" is what her subconscious has woken to say. But as written... the subconscious has, in passive voice, woken that sentence. Like how some people shout. I don't understand it either.

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  29. "I know the bad grammar was mentioned but was wondering if anyone could help me out here? I've re-read this several times and I still have absolutely no idea what she's saying."

    I think it means "my subconscious has woken up and reminded me that I don't do any exercise." Not that she would be consciously aware of her subconscious, but I don't think the writer knew that.

    "The thing where rough BDSM sex is for people you don't give a shit about, and true love is expressed via soft sweet sex. I fucking hate that. I hate it for so many reasons. The simplest and most personal one is that last Wednesday, the man I dearly love Saran-Wrapped me to a chair for sexy purposes, and I don't much like any implications that doing this means we aren't really in love."

    I hate it for the opposite reason, which is that I can't enjoy sex unless it's gentle and has lots of foreplay, and so many guys seem to think casual sex is a license to not give a shit about the woman's pleasure because hey, you'll never see her again, so why not just jackhammer her for three minutes? Oh well.

    And if I might ask, isn't Saran Wrap a bit breakable for bondage purposes? Just wondering.

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    1. It's her superego, really. ELJ can't even get Freud right.

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    2. I think by "subconscious" she just means stuff she says to herself.

      Also, one layer of Saran Wrap is breakable. Wrap it around a bunch of times, and it becomes extremely strong. (It takes scissors to get out, because "untying" this is pretty much impossible.)

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  30. Love can be expressed either way, gentle or rough. I'm in a relationship with a man who doesn't want to do things in the gentle "lovemaking" style because he doesn't want this to be a love kind of relationship. Plus, it turns him on much more if he does it roughly and not lovingly. That's fine with me. It turns me on more too, at least mentally. But unlike him, I know that either way I'm giving and receiving love.

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    1. But I thought you said he doesn't want it to be a "love kind of relationship"? So then isn't it...well...not one? Where is the love you're receiving coming from?
      I don't think there's anything wrong with either type of sex or with a relationship that's not romantic/"love"-y in nature, but reading your comment I just am a bit confused about how you describe this relationship versus how you say he describes it.
      Also, the point was that rough, kinky sex can exist in a love relationship, and gentle, vanilla sex can exist in a non-romantic one.

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  31. I found your blog today and have been binge reading it. Cliff, you are hilarious, witty, and insightful. I have laughed until my tummy is sore.

    About some previous commenter saying that perhaps Ana is secretly a child molester, just wait til y'all get to the end of the third book: there is something strange about Ana, her 2nd child, and whipping....

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  32. The egg order....Jebus Crow! Now I have a little short story running through my head in which Christan and Ana go to Ihop, and all of the wait-staff hold their breath in terror to see who's section they'll sit in because he's the kind of tool that has to make a sexual inuendo about everything. "I'll have the pancakes...and make sure they're dripping and sticky because that's how I like things that go in my mouth." "I'll have the eggs benny grand-slam, because I like my eggs slammed and covered in salty goo."

    Then they call an ambulance because Ana appears to be having s heart attack or a stroke, but that's just her being overwhelmingly turned on by the thought of Christian putting food in his gob.

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    1. Dying.

      Thank you for writing this.

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  33. I feel like if people read more on the whole, they wouldn't make crap like this so popular because they'd recognize it for what it is. Every time I run into someone who likes FSoG I desperately want to fling a copy of Tolkein at them.

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