Tonight on many local PBS stations in the US, a documentary called 'Guilty Pleasures' will air. I've been on the receiving end of several messages about it, asking me both whether I've seen the documentary, and whether I'll promote it. I haven't seen it, but based on this review from Jennifer Lohmann from April 2011, I don't think I want to:
I was left with the impression that Moggan had no desire to actually understand her subjects. She was an outsider looking inside a culture and she made a shallow effort to learn why Roger wrote a novel and Hiroko, Shumita, and Shirley read the novels but ultimately it was a superficial effort. She read hundreds of Mills & Boon, but I get the impression that she allowed them to confirm her stereotypes of the genre rather than opening herself up to a new understanding. Perhaps she is confusing understanding with endorsement and, in her effort to make sure she didn’t endorse the genre, she forgot to try and understand it.
This makes me wonder about the audience. I worry the non-romance readers in audience left feeling like they learned something about the genre when, in reality, stereotypes of romance novel and their bonbon-eating readers were confirmed. Moggan made a movie about three readers and one author who writes for one category line in a very large industry. While she attempts to make a global statement about fantasy and reality, ultimately her conclusions are provincial.
Her full review was written after seeing the premiere along with a moderated discussion. If you watch Guilty Pleasures, I hope you'll let me know what you think.
RT Book Reviews is creating a digital magazine, and has a survey they'd like to ask you to take regarding the potential finished product:
I love whoever named Survey Monkey. I wonder if Survey Monkey's like Podcast Pickles?
Speaking of pickles (not really), Smash Entertainment has made an XXX-rated version of 50 Shades of Grey, and the cover art features all three of the items in the trilogy. You can see it here (SERIOUSLY NSFW YO).
There's also a shot of what appears to be some awkward dancing from the film. (NSFW)
Bonus hilarity: the back of the box copy (NSFW) includes the fact that there's BDSM “roll playing.” HIDE YOUR DINNER ROLLS, PEOPLE.
Graceful curtsey to James L for the link.
I totally want to build my own.
Finally, a few nights ago on Twitter, I posted about charities and asked which charities people like to support. The answers were so diverse and awesome I started retweeting them – and got put in Twitter jail.
Nobody knows the troubles I've seen. Anyway.
I made a Storify out of all of them. So if you're looking for ideas of where a little money might do a lot of good, there are some inspiring options in this thread.