Up is down. Black is white. And, according to Gabby Reece, submissive is strong.In an interview Friday on the ”Today,” Reece, who is married to surfing superstar Laird Hamilton, discussed her new book “My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper” and went at least a few shades of grey by declaring her submissiveness.Reece, who was OF COURSE introduced as a “mother, model, and former pro beach volleyball star” in that order explains in the book “to truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and – look out, here it comes – submissive.”Continue Reading… …
Anonymous hackers claim to have found documents that prove Emma Watson is signed to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. …
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer may have spawned a culture of mommy porn and subculture of vampire fetishism with her trilogy about Bella Swan and vampire lover Edward Cullen, but that was never her intention. The Mormon mother of three told The Guardian’s Kira Cochrane recently that she has not read E.L. James’s erotic “Twilight” fan-fiction,”Fifty Shades of Grey”–or even most romance books–because they are “too smutty”:”When I ask Meyer whether she’s read Fifty Shades, she quickly, emphatically, says no. She doesn’t wish James ill at all, she says, but ‘it’s so not my genre. Erotica is not something I read. I don’t even read traditional romance.’ Why not? ‘It’s too smutty. There’s a reason my books have a lot of innocence. That’s the sort of world I live in.’ “Her own “less-traditional” romance has been just as polarizing, though, with detractors labeling it as “abstinence porn.” (Meyer was taken aback by the “the massive amount of fans that I hadn’t expected, and the massive amount of people who hated it, which I also didn’t expect”). She insists, however, that “Twilight” is about “true love”:Continue Reading… …
Contemporary novelists feel a “commercial” obligation to write “detailed” passages about sex, the British writer Julian Barnes recently said on the BBC’s Radio 3. That, I thought, explains a lot — not the proliferation of sex scenes in contemporary literary fiction, but fiction’s pitiful commercial impact. If today’s novelists believe that the money is in writing explicit sex scenes (and the sales of “Fifty Shades of Grey” would indicate it is), then apparently they are running away from the money as fast as they can. Literary novelists write about having and raising children, about eating, about coming of age and making a living, but when it comes to one of life’s essential activities and pleasures, they mostly prefer to remain silent.Why? Barnes, in recalling the great sense of liberation following the collapse of the 1960 obscenity case against the publishers of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” said that there was then a great sense of possibility. British fiction could finally emulate the “truth-telling” of French novels. But being free to do something and being able to do it are very different, and Barnes thinks the results were sometimes awkward and implausible. Plus, the effort went unappreciated. “Expect to be laughed at by subsequent generations,” Barnes told aspiring authors, before affirming that he personally forges ahead into this veritable minefield despite all the anticipated mockery.Continue Reading… …
By Balazs Koranyi
OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian public television plans to broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours from Friday evening, with firewood specialists providing color commentary, expert advice and a bit of cultural tutoring.
“We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems,” Rune Moeklebust, a producer for state broadcaster NRK.
“It will be very slow but noble television.”
Moeklebust got the idea for the show from the wild success of a firewood book by Lars Mytting, Norway’s biggest firewood celebrity. His book “Hel Ved”, which means Strong Character in English, is a play on words because ved also means “firewood”.
Mytting, a guest on tonight’s broadcast, has sold close to 130,000 copies of the book since last year, a huge number in a country of 5 million people, with his publisher claiming that only “Fifty Shades of Grey” sold more copies during the recent holiday season.
NRK is not new to quirky programming.
In 2011, it broadcast 134 hours non-stop of a cruise ship going up the Norwegian coast to the Arctic, bagging the world record for the longest continuous TV program along the way.
At one point 600,000 people tuned in to watch that program with 3.2 million people, or over 60 percent of the population, glued to the screen at one point.
And an earlier broadcast of an eight hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen was so popular, NRK had to repeat it.
“People in Norway have a spiritual relationship with fire,” Moeklebust said. “Fire is the reason we’re here, if there was no firewood, we couldn’t live in Norway, we’d freeze.”
How will the fireplace do in the ratings?
“More people will tune in than on a normal Friday night,” Moeklebust said.
(Editing by Paul Casciato)
Cover of the ‘Beautiful Bastard’ bookAnother erotic novel inspired by the ‘Twilight’ vampire saga has snagged a movie deal, following in the footsteps of the best selling Fifty Shades of Grey.Constantin Film together with ‘Resident Evil’ producer Jeremy Bolt has purchased the film rights to ‘Beautiful Bastard’, a popular piece of Twilight fan fiction, The Hollywood Reporter says. The value of the deal has not been disclosed but The Hollywood Reporter says it is around $500,000.The novel’s story evolves around an MBA student Chloe Mills and her difficult but hot and passionate affair with her boss, Bennett Ryan. The book written by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, was originally published online by Hobbs. Initially it was called ‘The Office’ and was a much shorter piece of Twilight fan fiction. The writer didn’t even change the names of the main characters, leaving them as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga. Later the author hired writer Lauren Billings to create the book after the online version proved successful. The story was downloaded over two million times before Hobbs decided to remove it. ‘The Office’ was reworked and released in print under the combined pen name Christina Lauren. The authors are currently working on a sequel to the book, titled ‘Beautiful Stranger’, which is due to be published in May this year.The print novel ‘Beautiful Bastard’ has been released just recently, so it is expected to take a while before the film production begins. …