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Fifty Shades of Grammar from Grammarly

March 26, 2015

I’ll begin this post with a confession: I haven’t actually read more than a few pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.

I have read the first books of both series that inspired it. I did not enjoy reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer or The Submissive by Tara Sue Me. I found both books troubling for a whole host of reasons: the questionable power dynamics of the relationship, questionable ethics, uncomfortable characterizations… that could be a whole post of its own. Based on commentary I have read about Fifty Shades in its book and movie forms, I feel fairly certain in the assumption that these flaws are exacerbated in the book and movie. But these thoughts are fodder for another post entirely.

I also found both books to be exceedingly poorly written, and have seen similar sentiments expressed about the text of the Fifty Shades series. To shore up my arguments against Fifty Shades of Grey, I should probably read at least the first book of the series. I can’t quite bring myself to do it.

The following infographic is a guest post, courtesy of Grammarly. I’m sharing it because it made me laugh, and it brought me up short, examining my own criteria for, and dismissal of, bad writing.
Grammarly: Fifty Shades of Grammar

Thank you, Nikolas Baron, and the Grammarly Online Partnerships team, for making me think…

Although, if I have to sit down and actually read Fifty Shades to make sure my own arguments are sound… I’m totally blaming you.

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