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Publishers Weekly Names E.L. James Publishing Person of the Year: Good Choice?

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Publishers Weekly selected E.L. James—the author of the erotic “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy—to be its Publishing Person of the Year.

PW’s Rachel Deahl explains, "James, the pen name of Erika Leonard, became the author of the fastest-selling adult series of all time after her erotic trilogy, initially posted online as 'Twilight' fan fiction, became a massive viral hit. The series was acquired by Random House's Vintage unit in March and the books--'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed' -- have sold over 35 million copies in the U.S. alone (combined print and digital), bringing in more than $200 million in revenue to the publisher. Because the success of the series continues to reverberate throughout the industry in a number of ways--among other things, the money it's brought in helped boost print sales in bookstores and turned erotic fiction into a hot category--we have selected James as the most notable player on the publishing stage this year."


Los Angeles Times writer Caryoln Kellogg wasn’t very impressed with PW’s choice or their supporting explanation. Kellogg argues that James’s influence on the industry has more to with luck and less to do with talent or an effort to reform the publishing world. Not to mention the fact that her ideas are “borrowed” and her prose is “embarrassing.”

What do you think SodaHeads? Is E.L. James a good choice for Publishing Person of the Year?

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  • zz 2012/12/12 21:38:41
  • chaoskitty123 2012/12/05 14:10:57
    Yes
    chaoskitty123
    They can choose who they want just as i can name Stan Lee my websites Publisher of the Year... if it's good for them then it's their right and frankly, I never even heard of Publishers Weekly until this topic so it looks like a great choice for them to make to get noticed. I only read part of the first book and hated it so I can't say I agree with them but then, as few books as i read these days, I don't have a lot to compare it to that I've actually read so it's unfair to say it was a bad choice even if I know there are better writers.
  • the fuze 2012/12/05 12:03:58
    No
    the fuze
    But in the end... who really cares? Collect all the awards you want, they don't mean squat.
  • VenomHalos 2012/12/05 03:44:36
    No
    VenomHalos
    +1
    I haven't read more than a few pages from those books but, not only are they completely outrageous, they're SO poorly written.
  • EmoKiss:3 2012/12/05 01:07:37
    No
    EmoKiss:3
    -.- What about Christoper Pike common' people! :c
  • Jim 2012/12/04 21:35:33
    No
    Jim
    Who is E.L. James again ?
  • zbacku 2012/12/04 17:06:02
    No
    zbacku
    +1
    But it reflects perfectly as to what America is today. A country with no morals, no decency, no standards, no pride, and no future.
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/12/04 15:37:52
  • Cn2012 2012/12/04 15:27:00
    No
    Cn2012
    +1
    I tried it. It's not very original. I mean, it's not terrible but it is definitely not award winning material.
  • firelooker 2012/12/04 15:10:35
    Yes
    firelooker
    Sounds like the critics are jealous of her success.
  • disclaimer 2012/12/04 07:12:43
    No
    disclaimer
    +1
    This is porn. Need I say more?
  • Harley Quinn 2012/12/04 06:39:22
    No
    Harley Quinn
    +2
    There are so many great writers out there. Would these guys ever give their award to, say, Neil Gaiman?
  • MissAdventure 2012/12/04 04:25:46
    No
    MissAdventure
    +2
    Good lord. How low can we go, America?!
  • Rude I3itch 2012/12/04 04:19:11 (edited)
    No
    Rude I3itch
    +2
    pornographers shouldnt get publishing awards
  • Commander Pyle 2012/12/04 04:00:08
    No
    Commander Pyle
    +1
    I haven't the slightest clue as to who she is or why it matters.
  • CAPISCE 2012/12/04 03:38:15
    No
    CAPISCE
  • codenamev 2012/12/04 02:44:47
    No
    codenamev
    +2
    Just read this part of the sentence:

    "initially posted online as 'Twilight' fan fiction"

    I think that says it all. It's hacky, derivative garbage that for some reason has tapped into the consciousness of lonely women everywhere and made millions. But we're also a society that has seen a program like AMERICAN IDOL become a multi-billion dollar franchise. I guess this was to be expected. I'd like someone to conduct a real survey amongst people that have purchased it to see how many actually like it, and how many bought it out of morbid curiosity.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/12/04 02:33:31
    Yes
    NarcolepticGoat
    I've never read her stuff, but it seems a lot of people do. I'm laughing about it though, people were so pissed off about Harry Potter's success, you think *that* was bad? LOL
  • Feria~Badass of PHAET~ 2012/12/04 02:24:09
    No
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    +7

    From what I've read, there are many times where the main character has told 'Grey' to stop, and he kept at her. That's not romantic, that's rape. Any time she said she wasn't comfortable, he pushed it on her until she gave in. Any time she said no, he didn't respect her wishes, and used guilt to get her to doing it anyways, or simply just did whatever it was to her.

    This series is making it seems like abuse and even rape are nothing to care for. That 'oh, well, she said no because she just didn't know she wanted it'. It doesn't matter how much it sold in my eyes. What matters is what it's teaching it's readers. It's ok to read sexy and smutty books, but not when they're making light of something like abuse.

    The fact that people actually enjoy reading such scenes, such abusive scenes disgusts me.
  • Rude I3... Feria~B... 2012/12/04 04:20:01
    Rude I3itch
    +2
    THANK YOU!!!
  • Feria~B... Rude I3... 2012/12/04 04:30:50
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    +3
    No problem at all :)

    This book sickens me and I honestly had to stop reading it.
  • Rude I3... Feria~B... 2012/12/04 04:36:28
    Rude I3itch
    +2
    i read the first page of the sequal and he storms in all pissed off calling her a stupid bitch and starts beating her i was like didnt we evolve past this?
  • Feria~B... Rude I3... 2012/12/04 04:43:27
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    +1
    I didn't finish the first, but I've read the part you're talking about online and I was absolutely livid!
  • Rude I3... Feria~B... 2012/12/04 04:49:00
    Rude I3itch
    +2
    are you sure its the same part cause thats prett ymuch the whole series actually i didnt even have to tell you what part of what book that was you would be able to open any page and find the same scenerio lmao
  • Feria~B... Rude I3... 2012/12/04 04:53:00
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    +2
    This is true lol!
  • Dori 2012/12/04 00:40:01
    No
    Dori
    +1
    Apparently the inmates are running asylums outside of D.C. How sad for all of us.
  • kdalexander 2012/12/04 00:25:47
    No
    kdalexander
    +1
    No way. Her writing is pretty horrible. And can we talk about the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey started out as a Twilight fanfic? All she did was change the names and voila, Fifty Shades of Grey. A book that romanticized a terribly abusive relationship - and please note, I'm not saying that because of the BDSM element. The relationship itself is abusive and disturbing. I'll never understand its popularity.
  • VampFreak13 2012/12/03 23:26:50
    Yes
    VampFreak13
    She has a unique perspective for writing...people must like her...her books are still selling well and I am still loaning my copies out...and they are making it a movie... :)
  • tori 2012/12/03 22:52:29
    No
    tori
    +3
    How much talent does it take to write porn?
  • paenite... tori 2012/12/04 02:30:28
    paenitentia
    +2
    It's actually takes quite a bit of writing talent to write good porn - though I haven't read it, so I can't testify as to whether it's good or not.
  • Shadow Wolf 2012/12/03 20:59:32
    No
    Shadow Wolf
    im pretty sure they are others who sold more books...but i give credit when its due..its actually not that bad
  • Robert Strobel 2012/12/03 20:35:37
    No
    Robert Strobel
    I have not ead any of her writing however, from the reviews that I have read I probably wouldn't consider doing so. In my business we have a name fort people like her ,"NO TALENT HACK".
  • greenticky 2012/12/03 19:59:57
    No
    greenticky
    There are already a ton of erotica/romance novels that are pretty much the same as FS. It's not exactly an original idea. I guess it just got popular because people were too embarrassed to buy ones with the obvious covers?
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/03 18:46:30
    No
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Sad really - why not Larry Flynt
  • cents-less 2012/12/03 18:07:09
    No
    cents-less
    The part of this year's Publishing Person of the Year will be played by a porno writer.
  • Sister Jean 2012/12/03 17:59:21
    No
    Sister Jean
    sad
  • kevracer 2012/12/03 17:55:15
    No
    kevracer
    +3
    if they wanted to name someone who turns out bad pornography, they should have picked Larry Flynt
  • Mya Faire 2012/12/03 16:49:40
    Yes
    Mya Faire
    +1
    If the criteria for this honor is primarily sales volume, then she is a good choice. After all, the body bestowing this honorific is a publishing trade magazine, and her books were wildly $uccessful. Now, if this were a Nobel Prize for literature, I would have a completely different opinion!
  • S Perkins 2012/12/03 16:35:28
  • Resp 2012/12/03 16:33:55 (edited)
    No
    Resp
    +2
    She is atrocious looking. The only thing she could hope for is a fantasy!

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