Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Bear with me for a moment as I eXplain myself -
I firmly believe that the trilogy 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon that is all the rage right now has the classic novel Jane Eyre as it's inspiration. (The fact that the young woman in 50 Shades holds a degree in Early English Literature is probably just a little coincidence. wink wink nod nod)
Jane Eyre, Mr. Grey? What?? How? Who? Where?
Let me eXxplain - Poor girl meets rich jaded damaged man. Girl becomes enmeshed in the man's world. A world of wealth, privilege, power, and oh yeah - a brooding, decadent dark secret, that all of his loyal servants seem to be in on. Girl tries to resist falling under his spell. Girl finds herself doing and being involved in things that she is not sure she is comfortable with. Oh, but Man, he is so fragile despite l his gruff and domineering ways. He is in pain, pain of the heart and soul. But, Girl, well she who has led a plain life with little exposure to wild wanton things, she knows just how to help the poor man heal. She understands his demons. She shows emotional maturity not often seen in one who can still blow out her birthday candles in one quick breath. She endures his insensitive ways, his demanding unreasonable behavior, with little more than a demur "Yes, Sir".
And, then, of course, we have the crazy nutter broad in the attic, or the blond in the day spa. Both of which seem to have pasts that are shall we say 'wicked' - and not in a witch way.
Now, Jane runs away from Mr. Rochester once she finds out nutty in the attic is in fact Mrs. R. She leaves the poor man to deal with his past and she tries to make a new life in a much more austere (but safe) place.
Mr. Grey's young lady, she does make a token effort to split when she realizes just what Sir's proclivities might entail. Mr. Grey goes into a bit of a tailspin at her departure, the poor misunderstood billionaire.
BUT! It's kinda hard to stay away from a good looking guy, who is a billionaire, showers her with baubles and little fancy sports cars, the best wine and food, private jet and helicopter, clothes to die for, artwork. Her wish is his command.
So, she pulls up her big girl pants and goes back to 'fiX' her broken man. (With an emphasis on embracing the X).
Jane, also goes back, BUT, she goes back only after Crazy Woman has jumped off the roof, blinding Rochester in his attempts to save her. He is just a poor damaged blind dude heartsick over the loss of the only love he ever had, Little Jane.
And, this is where my question What the X is going on? comes into play.
Why is it that modern 'romance' novels require the male to be incredibly rich and good looking. No Joe the Plumber or Sid the Accountant for our young heroines. No, she can only be won by Mr. Rich Goodlooking Dude. The abominable behavior they eXhibit (and I am not even talking about the Xrated parts here) seems to all be eXcusable, because after all one should be a little more patient with Mr. Rich Goodlooking Dude after all. Umm....NO!
It seems that Mr. Grey may be in Mr. Rochester's storyline, but he bears a startling resemblance to the infamous - and for my money, the original Mr Stalker Psychopath - Heathcliff.
Oh well, who knows, maybe in mommy porn land one can miX the men, much as one would miX a martini, or maybe a metaphor. MiXing men, hmmm.....that leads me to another pet peeve in the world of romance novels, but that is best saved for another time, another place, another letter of the alphabet.
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Posted by VBR at 5:06 PM