Attn: Writers of Fiction or Otherwise–50 Shades Won. Get Over It.

This is going to be a short little tidbit of opinion that I would like to share with the writing community. I’m a member of a dozen writing forums on Facebook where open discussion about writing runs rampant, and I’ve noticed an irritating trend.

Why is it that every time the topic of “bad writing” surfaces, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey get dragged out as the whipping boy? C’mon. Writers hate cliches right? Your hatred of Twilight and 50 Shades is the most cliche attitude to have in the fiction world, and it is time to let it go. Let me break this down for you…

All manuscripts, writings and opinions–if presented to the public–become free season for critique and feedback. BUT, we are all writers pursuing the dream of publishing that awesome book that makes a lot of money, gets a movie contract, and inspires/entertains readers everywhere. Guess who did that already? Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James. Yes, these two “talentless, tasteless, grannie-fantasy” authors who mar society with their terrible writing…what did they do again? They kicked all of our asses and showed us how it’s done.


I’m sure your work is WAAYYY too abstract to be understood by the same peasants who read this scum. I’m sure your need for words to be nothing but art-form is exactly what makes you successful. Oh, yeah. What was that book you published again? Never heard of it.

It’s time to retract our vehement hatred for Twilight and 50 Shades and accept the fact that they won. They. Won. Whether their form, grammar, punctuation perfection, plot dynamics, or general style rubs you the wrong way, the point is we all have something to learn from these empires. No one has heard of us. Everyone has heard of them. Their words have been transformed into endless varieties of souvenirs, T-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers. They made it, and you’re mad.

You can dislike a book because you simply don’t like it. Not all books are for all people, but you can’t hate something because it’s successful. The most productive people in the world study what sells and try to find learning lessons within those. I promise this will only get you ahead in life. Ignore the hype, and you are just shorting yourself the secret of the Emerald City.

Your work is probably stellar. It probably deserves as much recognition as these other books, but it just hasn’t happened for you yet. Don’t give up. Define your goal and study how others have reached it before you. You don’t have to copy, but you can incorporate some tips into your unique journey that will put you on the literary map.


I’m not saying we should all give up our moral codes and hard lines that have shaped our distinct voices, but it is well beyond time to end the hatred we have for the successful ones in our community. We are, in fact, a community—from the literary giant to the budding poet. As the greatest Author of all time once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” 

I challenge the “Haterz” of multimillion dollar dynasties like these to take a hard look at themselves. Are your words genuine criticism? Are you analyzing objectively? Is your feedback helpful? Are you insanely jealous that other people have more success than you, so you feel oppressed in the writing world and have to satisfy your need to shit on others because you’re a sore loser?

Think about it.

P.S. #TeamJacob #Mr.GreyWillSeeYouNow #savage


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