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E.L. James: Fifty Shades of Grey

Discussion in 'Romance Books' started by Anamnesis, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

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    There are many reasons for not reading the books and many more people who are reading them. Nobody's arm is being twisted either way as far as I can see.
     
  2. beer good

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    "Mommy porn" better in translation

    I'm not surprised that James' prose reads better after it's been through professional editing and a decent translation, though it raises an interesting question; what is a translator supposed to do when they realise that they're actually a better writer than the author? Do they have the right to improve the text, or are they expected to reproduce it, warts and all?
     
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    Improve it provided that the meaning isn't changed.

    That's my opinion anyway.
     
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    That was a rhetorical question, wasn't it? :cool:
     
  5. beer good

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    Not really, no, but perhaps a more general one than is appropriate for this thread.
     
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    I think a translator has to get the translation as close to the original story in the original language as possible so warts and all is an appropriate metaphor.
     
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    Including genital warts?
     
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    If they're in the story...
     
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    I think they are implied.
     
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    I'll take your word for it...
     
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    Speaking of translations, the Swedish edition of 50 Shades Of Gray was published yesterday. The earliest review date for newspapers, blogs etc? October 15th.

    I know this is common practice in the movie business, but I think it's the first time I've ever seen it done for a book.
     
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    Music "inspired" by Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    It must be rubbish on Kindle, the Kindle can only handle sixteen shades of gray...
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    A novel that unites women... in a VERY different way!

    I think Fifty shades does an excellent job of bringing out a dark side of women, and it unites us over something we have in common which is normally so 'tabboo.'

    It is new and experimental, and so descriptive. I feel like this book isn't as respected as other massive best sellers and I guess this is justified in the sense that it started online, and the perhaps common view that it is (in some parts) not very well written, but it is addictive and its ability to unite women in such a new way is just incredible!
     
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    Interesting take on this popular book(s) - haven't read it. You feel that women have a dark side which is a unifying factor?
     
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    ^ Yes, I too want to learn more of this dark side women possess. E.L. James should be celebrated for unifying us. :|
     
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    If any women want to express their dark side, let me know.
     
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    What makes this novel "new and experimental", and is descriptive another word for explicit?
     

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