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A Million Shades of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades of Grey by [Black, Sean]
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A short non-fiction account of the story behind the publishing phenomenon that is E L James' Number One New York Times Bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey, what it means for the future of publishing, and the cultural landscape of America.

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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37789e4) out of 5 stars interesting look into the 'grey' areas of fan fiction and publishing April 30 2012
By Matthew Schiariti - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ok, sorry for the bad pun in my review title. I just couldn't help myself ;)

On to the review.

I found this essay pretty interesting. I admit several things up front. 1) I know OF Fifty Shades but I haven't read it as of yet. My wife tells me that I should give it a try but based on what I do know of the plot and the content I'm not really sure I'm interested. 2) I was completely unaware that FSOG started its life as a Twilight Fan Fiction. 3) I had no idea that fan fiction was so big. Considering how much I read that may sound a little odd but frankly, fan fiction was never my thing.

A Million shades is full of information and well written. I don't normally read non fiction because I'm more of an escapist reader but this short read was rather engaging. I found myself mesmerized by the world of fan fiction, especially in regards to the types of publishers that 'file the serial numbers off' (in other words, find fanfic stories using established authors' intellectual properties and basically change the names and print the thing). I was also compelled by the fan fiction community taking Young Adult novels and highly sexualizing them with an emphasis on BDSM. It also seems that the world of fanfiction is a rabid one. I guess that's nothing new. When people invest that time and emotional energy in pretty much anything an attachment is bound to happen.

Now, all that being said, I'm honestly not sure where the author is coming from. At times it almost seems as if he's railing against these types of 'pull to publish' tactics and publishers. At other times he almost sympathizes with the author of 50 shades of Grey. " E L James has been a prolific's a shame that a book that engages readers so much started its life featuring the characters of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan" he against what she did? Is he for what she did? I'm also not sure what he hoped to accomplish. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. Anybody who may have been dead set against reading FSOG (for whatever reason) may actually become interested in reading it just to see the parallels to Stephanie Meyer's books/characters. As for myself? I admit that I may be interested in reading FSOG to see if there's actually a story in between the BDSM scenes.

I think Sean Black found his own gray area here. I haven't read any of his books but something like this could be perceived as a way to draw attention to his own work, using a wildly successful and highly controversial series as a spring board. I'm not saying that's how I feel MYSELF but it's a conclusion that some people could, and probably have, come to.

In the end, a short interesting read. And that's my clear as mud review. Take it for what it's worth!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa382dbc4) out of 5 stars A Million Shades of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades of Grey April 12 2013
By Mary Rose Adler - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Sean Black gives a very brief and intense analysis of why and how Fifty Shades of Grey was created marketed. He gives a great insight into how a fan fiction story was turned into mediocre mommy porn fodder for the female masses.

I would have liked a longer read. Black skims the surface and gives us a brief view of the seamy underbelly of how someone can be motivated enough to lack originality to the point, they have to borrow heavily from the creative ideas of others. As a seasoned professional writer who dared to jump into the fray, he could have kept us there a little bit longer. I came out wanting more. I wanted a full on assault and longer analysis that might have needed more research and time away from his other writing endeavors. If he ever expands this treatise into a longer volume, I will be downloading it onto my Kindle.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3860930) out of 5 stars Excellent analysis of a fascinating phenomenon March 24 2012
By Jeremy Duns - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In this clear and well-structured essay, Sean Black provides a wealth of surprising information and thought-provoking analysis on the phenomenon of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. Black looks at the origins of James' book and its sequels as Twilight fan fiction, and their subsequent related success - James' initial fan fiction work, Master of the Universe, had over 30,000 reviews from Twilight fans before the characters' names were changed and it was republished by an Australian company specializing in 'filing off the serial numbers', as this practice is known in fan fiction circles. The staggering level of James' success, and the fact that a major publisher is now releasing the novels (with no editing for the initial print run, I understand) after a bidding war that resulted in a seven-figure deal is a dramatic and unprecedented event in publishing, and the issues it raises are fascinating. Black lays it all out in a way that will give anyone interested in writing and publishing considerable food for thought. Highly recommended.
108 of 155 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa382bcb4) out of 5 stars Isnt this book an oxymoron!!!! June 3 2012
By Shewolf87 - Published on
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Good people of Amazon and Mr. Black who seems to have his panties in a bunch ( so much so he had to write a book). Let me give you a few examples of some much loved popular media that is so called "plagiarism" Lion king...... based off of Hamlet. Someone better write a scathing essay! Disney what a fraud! And who can forget the popular 10 things I Hate About You? Based on The Taming of The Shrew. We better alert the media.....It is common practice to take one story, twist it, shape it and spit it out into something new and exciting. Trying to say that James ripped off Twilight because she wrote fan fiction at one point that had sex in it? Laughable. That is like saying I ripped off the dictionary because I wrote an email that had words in it. The Internet is PUBLIC DOMAIN. As long as she doesn't collect money using Myers EXACT story its not plagiarism. Names and themes are common. Having read both Twilight and FSOG, I assure you there are absolutely NO similarities between these two books regardless on how James rough drafted this series. If I missed a point in Twilight in between the glittering and nibbling on rabbits where Edward hancuffed Bella to a cross and whipped her with a cat of nine tails in intimate places please let me know I will most assuredly revisit those books in greater detail. There is a huge difference between teenage angst and a man who has an obsessive need to control women who look like his dead, drug addict,prostitute mother because he cant get over his past. If Myers had anything to contribute to these books she should be proud to be the muse. The title of your book is an apt description for what I think you are...100 shades of green with jealousy.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa378cccc) out of 5 stars Not worth .99 May 26 2012
By Chris in Fla - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you can read this for free on Prime, and you know nothing about fan fiction, then it may be worth your time. However, there is not much more content than what you can get reading the sample, so don't buy it. I read all 3 fifty shades books before reading this essay, and I would still read them. BTW, I have never read any of Stephanie Meyer's books, so the connection, if anything may entice me to read her novels. (I don't usually read anything with vampires).