Friday, August 15, 2014

Unwrapping: Talking About FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Again...Not Only!

This past Wednesday, I reviewed TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP, a Deadly Games Thriller by Lena Diaz as part of a blog tour. Btw, the Giveaway is still happening so if you'd like a shot at winning a copy of this fabulous thriller romance, please click HERE to go there.

 I can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book. The story was action-packed, the characters are fully evolved, and the mystery was one which kept me guessing even after I figured out who the killer was – although I had the motive wrong. It got me to thinking about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E. L. James being made into a movie. Yes, I'm back there again. I’m old school in that I very seldom have ever said a movie was better than the book. I have my favorites based on books, which I watch repeatedly – such as most of the Austen adaptations.

As many of you already know, I am not a fan of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Most likely I will never watch this movie unless there happens to be absolutely nothing else on the boob tube. Although I’m more likely to watch a documentary on oil rigs in the Gulf rather than succumb to the hoopla surrounding a movie based on a book so poorly written it made me roll my eyes on nearly every page. I never could move on to the second or third book because the thought of paying ten bucks more each was just ludicrous. It’s bad enough when I succumbed to my curiosity about the book that I paid out ten bucks I’ll never see again.

But back to TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP by Lena Diaz. This is a book I would love to see made into a movie. In fact, the entire series could make a wonderful film series. I happen to be a huge fan of suspense whether in print or on the big screen, but this book has everything it needs to translate well to the silver screen. I’d much rather see it transformed into film, even though much would probably be lost along the way, than to see entirely too much money spent to bring such a simpering, weak, unimaginative creation as FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the big screen. But then, that’s just one person’s opinion – mine!

So, I’m curious, if you could nominate a favorite romance novel to be made into a big production film, which would it be?

Happy Reading Everyone!

Btw, if you’re looking for some end-of-summer good reading, do check out TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP by Lena Diaz, and another good one is GODS AND GLADIATORS by Jaye Shields. I highly recommend both!

TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP, a Deadly Games Thriller by Lena Diaz, Avon Impulse, available in print (soon) and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

GODS AND GLADIATORS by Jaye Shields, indie pub, available in ebook format at Amazon.
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Shauni S said...

There are so many awesome books written by the authors we love. It's rather embarrassing that this is what Hollywood has chosen to make into a movie.

I actually enjoyed the book, it was fun and rather over the top. But it was clueless.

Honestly, I think this book was chosen BECAUSE it was so poorly written. BECAUSE it lacked any true continuity to the BDSM world, This way men (you know the ones who rule the media and movie industries) can continue to mock female literature. Continue to refuse to acknowledge the talent of so many of these authors. And by doing so continue to make women feel ashamed for reading books they don't get, want to get or approve of. said...

I think Ms. Diaz's series would be great! I'm a RS fan myself, in books and movies. But there are so many favorites I'd love to see brought to life. My almonst-15-year-long dream of seeing Outlander on screen has been realized and I'm loving it.

The book that really got me into reading romances, and also one of the first that my mother and I both shared, is Jude Devereaux's A Knight in Shining Armor. I'd love to see that on the big screen. :)

Amy Valentini said...

Jude Devereaux's anything would make a great movie, Kerrie! I agree with you on that one.
Shauni, I think you might be right about every bit of the hoopla around FSofG being about mocking the genre. There are so many more talented authors and so many more amazing romance novels to choose from, but this one made the cut. I don't get it, but I can't help but feel insulted by it.

Thanks for weighing in, my dears. xoxo

Lena Diaz said...

Amy, I'm so glad you enjoyed my series and thank you so much for your wonderful review and blog posts!

Amy Valentini said...

Lena, you're very welcome. So looking forward to EXIT STRATEGY!!

Jaye Shields said...

This book looks like a great read! I'll have to check it out!

P.S. Thanks for always supporting Gods and Gladiators

Amy Valentini said...

It's a good one, Jaye, and you know how much I love G & G!! xoxo