18 Aug '12

BDSM Event Day 17: Kelly Jamieson gives her opinion on the Fifty Craze and offers a giveaway

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Welcome to Day Seventeen of the BDSM Appreciation Event here at Scorching Book Reviews. So far we still have the BDSM Blog Hop which you can enter here,the wonderful Kele Moon giving away her Eden series,the lovely Cari Silverwood giving away a bookJoely Sue Burkhart giving away her latest release, Eve Berlin giving away the first book in a wonderful seriesSherri Hayes giving away a copy of Need, there’s a giveaway on Eliza Gayles post, the marvelous Bridget Midway is also hosting a giveaway, an amazing giveaway from Lissa Matthews, a fab giveaway from the amazing Kim Dare, a femDom giveaway from Lucy Felthouse, A Lexi Blake giveaway, A Portia Da Costa Giveaway, a Cassandra Carr giveaway and there is also a fabulous article by Reggie and kasi Alexander on the BDSM lifestyle. Just Click on the name in the above paragraph to play along.

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Today, we have the pleasure of hosting the wonderful Kelly Jamieson. Kelly is an author of many many books that are on my keeper shelves and I truly recommend trying her work. Today, Kelly is addressing something that is bugging me; are these books that people are being recommended because they like Fifty Shades actually anything like Fifty? Yes, there may be a flurry of sales for an author based upon this label, but will the long term implications be as positive if these new readers get something they weren’t expecting and therefore leave scathing reviews?


Here is what Kelly has to say….



Lately, there’s been a torrent of recommendations about what to read if you liked Fifty Shades of Grey. Have any of you tried new authors based on some of those recommendations? I did. I actually read a new to me author because her publisher said her books were like FSGO. My opinion – nuh-uh. I didn’t care for the author’s voice and although the hero was very alpha, I didn’t think it was anything like FSOG. And although I’m in the camp that thinks FSOG was pretty tame in terms of erotic romance, this book wasn’t even anywhere near erotic. Does it seem like a lot of people are recommending things just to add that tag “if you liked…”?  Lots of authors of BDSM romances are doing it, and even publishers are re-releasing books with new covers in the hopes that they’ll be discovered by new readers. But I’m not sure if they’re all really getting what it is about FSOG that appeals to so many readers.


So what is it that readers like so much about FSOG?


The book isn’t particularly well-written and there’s certainly nothing new in there, but there’s no denying its huge popularity.  Is it the BDSM? The characters? The trope? Readers do seem to like the alpha hero who’s very dominant, very successful in his career, experienced sexually, and wealthy. The trope of the alpha billionaire falling for the sweet and innocent (if not virginal) younger woman with the male main character in a position of power over the female main character has been done many times (Harlequin Presents) and is undeniably popular.


Is it the fantasy of a hero who falls instantly for the heroine and has to have her? Some people were uncomfortable with the “stalkerish” feel of Christian Grey’s actions in FSOG and felt his obsession with Ana was creepy. Others loved how much he loved and wanted her. The fantasy of an ordinary woman attracting the attention of a successful, powerful and wealthy man, a man who could have anyone he wants, and being desired by him above all else?


As for the BDSM part of it, there is a certain appeal to the idea of giving up all control to a man you trust completely, knowing he will only give you pleasure in return. In my opinion, FSOG didn’t totally deliver on that aspect, because my feeling reading it was that Ana didn’t get pleasure out of some of the things Christian made her do, and was only doing it because he wanted her to. That struck me as unhealthy. However, for readers looking for a little naughtiness, this somewhat conservative exploration was probably exciting.


I think people want to read quality stories that are well-written, with believable characters that you can root for (sorry, I have a hard time believing in a virginal college student who doesn’t have a cell phone or a computer), stories where the sex/BDSM/power exchange is hot, believable, and emotionally engaging,  stories with a strong male character who’s not creepy and stalkerish, but who’s maybe wounded, and also a female character who is mature and strong, even if she’s not very experienced sexually or in the BDSM lifestyle.


If that’s what people want to read, then I want to write a book like that! Oh wait…I  already did. Power Shift.


Gabe is a mature, strong, successful businessman who overcame great obstacles to achieve his success. He’s wounded by a tragic past where he had no control and was forced to do terrible things he disagreed with. Now, BDSM gives him back control. He’s sexually experienced, a Master Dom with an unsuccessful marriage in his past to a woman who couldn’t handle his need to control and dominate. He also helps others who face the same kinds of obstacles he did as a young man, in many different ways.


Regan is also mature, in her mid-thirties. In her past, she was that sweet, innocent, passive woman we see in some of these Harlequin Presents type stories. When her younger sister was abducted and murdered, her parents became overprotective. She married a man they wanted her to, and lived the life he wanted for them, until it all fell apart when her husband betrayed her. She had to make a new life for herself, learning how to do things for herself that she’d never had to, like pay bills, rent an apartment, find a job. At the point where she meets Gabe, she’s no longer helpless and passive…but she’s a little afraid that with someone dominant and controlling like him, she could end up being like that again. And she doesn’t want that. She’s not sexually inexperienced, but she is new to BDSM, and despite the incredible pleasure Gabe can give her through BDSM, the idea of giving him control terrifies her.


So I’d like to think that this story has many of the things readers liked about FSOG, with hot BDSM sex but also characters who are mature and intelligent and strong, who have difficult pasts to overcome and who learn much about each other and themselves through BDSM.


If you read FSOG, what was it that you liked or didn’t like about it? Was it the BDSM? The hot sex? The characters? The trope? Leave a comment to enter – I’m giving away a copy of winner’s choice of Power Struggle, Power Shift or Taming Tara, my three connected BDSM romances. You can find out more about them at my website www.kellyjamieson.com .



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34 Responses to “BDSM Event Day 17: Kelly Jamieson gives her opinion on the Fifty Craze and offers a giveaway”

  1. Hello! I have read all the books in the Fifty Shades Trilogy and I love the books! My favorite aspect of the books is the love story. To me, there isn't a lot of BDSM scenes in the books. I like the vulnerability of Anastasia's character because I think she feels the same way about the BDSM lifestyle that most people, in reality, feel like when they hear the word BDSM. It seems scary to

  2. I work in a Waterstones bookshop and I can't begin to tell you how many copies of FSOG we have sold as a store and a company. Most of the readers from my part of town basically said they want a Mr. Grey because of his money, because that's the way a woman wants to be treated but many of the readers said they want him without all the BDSM stuff.

  3. I have not read the Fifty Shades books. Not that I didn't look into them. I read several excerpts and couldn't engage in the first person POV and actually found Ana annoying and wanted to reach in a give her a shake and yell "Grow Up!". And that was just from the excerpts! LOL! I couldn't believe in either character. Having said that, my cousin read the series and

  4. I have not read FSOF and I'm not sure I want to. There's just so much hype about it. Thanks for the great post.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  5. Hi. I have read all three books, and while I did like the idea of the story, I didn't like how it was written. I read all three, hoping it would get better. And it certainly had its moments. I didn't find it sexually explicit at all. I found it very repetitive. Frankly, I think if the author cut out all non-value added stuff and reduced the scenes, she could have been left with a very

  6. I read all three FSOG books. While they were ok, they sure were not my favorites. I really didn't like the inner goddess/talking to herself for three books…it got OLD.

    On another note, I am loving Kelly Jamieson's books =)

    mhay@panhandle.rr.com

  7. i have read FSOG trilogy and i was surprised how big the hype around this book cos i thought the trilogy was so-so yet able to pop out on the highest ranks constantly in months. the writing was lousy but i found that i could throughly finish it cos of the vulnaribility of the Grey and Ana. For all i care as a woman, i don't think i can handle a man like Christian Grey in real life but as long

  8. I finally read FSOG a couple of days ago and while I wasn't appalled, I wasn't enthralled either. The 1st person POV irked me and I felt that the story would have benefited from some editing but I like the rich lover guiding naive newbie trope. That being said, I do like the heroine to have a backbone and become strong in her own right (which is why another very popular trilogy with a

  9. I have not read the 'Fifty' books yet, at some point I will, but not just yet. I think I have a big pile of current authors whom I enjoy their BDSM stories. Thanks for giving us your point of view. I have read all 3 of the books you are giving away, so no need to enter me, just stopping by to give my support 🙂

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I have to say I really did enjoy FSOG, at times I agree that he was a little stockerish, but for the most part I really liked it. I loved the power he had and of course the money. I again was a little creeped out about the whole beating and fu**ing of girls that reminded him of mom, but Im pretty sure I also could have over looked that, lol. So there were a few parts that were a little creepy

  11. I liked the hot sex in FSOG and the introduction to BDSM to a degree. Mostly I like that it opened the door to this genre where I have discovered other authors and learned more about BDSM which has always interested me. I sort of thought I was alone in my dirty girl mind until recently!!! FSOG opened the door for me to delve further.

  12. I haven't read FSOG and I am not running to the store to purchase it either. I have been reading REAL well-written BDSM for years so my desire to read FSOG is low!

  13. I also haven't read FSOG because a few friends warned my it may be a bit too tame for my palate and that Christian Grey would probably strike me as immature and annoying. Many of my friends told me it took till the second and third books before her became someone people might like. Of course they knew I was enjoying books written by you, Cherise Sinclair, Sophie Oak and Joey W. Hill.

  14. add me to the list of not read FSOG, I enjoy Cherise Sinclair and Kallypso Masters so when FSOG came out and all the hubbub I just didn't bother. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  15. I haven't read FSOG and honestly, have no plan to do so. The overkill hype for the book just ruined any interest I might have had.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  16. I haven't read FSOG yet… eventually I'll get to it. Even with all it's popularity, I hear so many negatives that it's not a big rush to me.

    I've already read to many AMAZING BDSM stories, so I think it will be too much of a disappointment to me

    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

  17. I wasn't going to read the Fifty Shades book since I had already been reading BDSM books by other authors not getting all the hype. But my mom had the first book and lent it to me. So I read it and then had to read the next 2. It was definitely the characters for me. The untouchable rich man falling for a plain ordinary girl. And the rich man isn't perfect but has a tortured past.

  18. I'm not really sure why I love the books, but I've read them all twice and I plan to read them again. It's not for the BDSM scenes because my authors (Cherise Sinclair, Sophie Oak, Shayla Black and Kallypso Masters) write more intense and better written scenes than FSOG. I like watching him come out of his wounded shell and even though they are both immature at times (yes alot of

  19. I didn't read FSoG all the way through. Got to the half point and said really this is it. The hottest book of the season. BIG BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!! It rang out with the current pop culture wanna be tripe that's all over the media now. No originality anymore. I read the Anita Blake series to satisfy my craving. Laurell K Hamilton knows and has always known what we want.

  20. I haven’t read the FSOG series yet. I own them but haven’t started them. I guess Im worried that they won’t live up to the hype. I’ve read so many awesome BDSM series that I’m just not sure something main stream can compete. Cherise Sinclair, Sophie Oak, Shayla Black, Kallypso Masters and Joey W Hill are very hard to beat.

  21. Hi

    I have a copy of the first book but have not read it yet. Not sure what is making me move other books to the top of my TBR list. Someday I will read it.

    I have read several of your books and enjoy them.

    Thanks for the chance
    Pam
    tpibrew@msn.com

  22. I was involved in the Lifestyle for many years and it’s odd that I have absolutely no desire to read FSOG.

    I think it has more to do with the author’s voice and writing style than the subject matter. I’m really particular about the Bdsm books I read — they have to be realistic (and I’ve been there, done that in a much edgier way than is written about for the mainstream).

    I just feel FSOG is a fad to make Vanillas feel edgy and “alternative” – there are so many better Bdsm books out there to read, I’ll spend my book dollars on those authors that really “get it”!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  23. I have read all three of the Fifty Shades books. I thought they were OK. Everyone talks to me about how steamy the books were so I decided to read them, but I found them rather tame compared to some of what I’ve read.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  24. I haven't read 50 Shades. I'm kinda like the person who doesn't jump on the band wagon because everyone else does. I've talked to a lot of people who have and each one has a different opinion of books. Which is fine because at the end of the day isn't that what it's all about, individual opinions and ideas? I might read 50 Shades someday, but by then, something else will

  25. I have not read any of the FS books, and they are not high on my list of books to be read. There are so many wonderful BDSM books out there that I know I will probably enjoy, with great characters and a good story line. I have been told that I should try at least the first book to judge for myself, and if I did not already have a large must read list (and keep finding more books to add to it) I

  26. I have read the FSOG series & loved them. Couldn’t put them down & finished them in about 10 days. I wondered what all the “hoopla” was & picked up the 1st book. My sister was reading it also & told me make sure you get book 2 before you finish. I’m glad I did. I got pulled into the story. I could feel it in my heart with the obstacles Christen & Anna went thru. I felt that the BDSM was an added plus to the storyline & very emotional. Look forward to reading this book of yours. Thanks for the post & the giveaway!
    JessieL62@comcast.net

  27. I have not read the FSOG books. I have thought about getting them and reading just to see what all the hype is about but at the same time I have flipped through and read excerpts and was annoyed with them. I have read many BDSM books and love the ultimate Dom meeting up with the one person who turns turns their world upside down. I have not read any of Kelly's book yet but I am looking

  28. I've read FSOG books. I really do not care for first person writing style. Liked that she was able to help him with his no touching issues. Overall I thought the books were ok. I prefer Cherise Sinclair, Shayla Black and Kallypso Masters stories. Power Shift sounds like a great story. Enjoy reading about more mature characters. Kelly is a new to me author. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. I haven't read FSOG and I am not going to read them either. I have been reading Extremely Talented, Creative BDSM Authors for years, who have done their research & pull their Readers right into the scenes with their Amazing writing skillss, so I have NO desire to read FSOG!

    Kelly, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway.

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