I noticed that she ran a popular youtube vlog where she reads and critiques the novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by EL James.
I was curious about this for a couple of reasons.
Despite this, I still can't stop myself being genuinely saddened by the explosion of popularity that these books have enjoyed across the past few years. I have listened with an open mind to the numerous arguments made in their defence and I'm afraid I don't agree with any of them. I don't regard them as doing anything positive for the publishing industry or opening the doors for unpublished authors by breaking down the barriers between writers and publishers.
While I'm sure that Waterstones et al, love rolling in the money that the sales of this franchise have provided them with, the fact that independent book shops are currently having to sacrifice a little piece of their soul to cater to the expanding market for this dross is truly dispiriting, almost as dispiriting as the fact that EL James has now sold more books than Ray Bradbury did in his entire lifetime!
Ultimately I don't feel that the publishing industry is any better off for dumbing down its output by printing, poorly written, barely disguised fan-fiction and marketing it as a rebirth for reading when in reality it's merely a rebirth for Mills and Boon.
But back to the smart, funny lady in question. I was a little perplexed as to why someone like Cara would be choosing to wilfully read this stuff for a global audience. Then I began watching her videos which are both ingenious and very, very funny.
Cara does not so much read the book in her vlog as dissect it so that we the audience don't have to. She provides a rolling critique for her viewers, dismembering the text and sharing her frustrations, laughter and disturbed reactions to EL James peculiar and, at times, worrying interpretation of female sexual empowerment. Her comments are amusing, revealing and actually shed a whole new perspective on the book from the point of view of a bright, intelligent, sexually confident and open minded female audience.
Please take a look at Cara's smart, funny and insightful vlogs. We owe this lady a debt for putting herself through this so that we don't have to...