Fifty Shades of Grey vs. Ties that Bind

Despite the title of my new book, TIES THAT BIND, it has no similiarities to the immensely popular Fifty Shades of Grey. Other than than my title implies bondage. There is some bondage, but it ain’t pretty and it ain’t sexy. But there IS sex, and it is sexy sex. I promise. But it’s not Fifty Shades of Stupid, which is nothing more than Fanfic. In short, the author STOLE the characters of Edward and Bella, and changed their names, and gave them some pretty interesting sexual habits. Which makes you wonder about those characters, doesn’t it?

But my writing will never be like Stephenie Meyer’s writing. And I’m okay with that. I think vampires are silly. I’m waiting for someone to change my opinion of that, but as of yet, no author has done that.

Why is Fifty selling? Because EVERYONE heard it was originally fanfic based on Edward and Bella. More than one Twihard probably got the shock of their life when they read Fifty, because the author takes the Edward/Bella relationship one hell of lot further than Meyer ever did. But it is TIED to Twilight. And Twihards are called Twihards for a reason.

Now me, I read the first two books by Meyer, and by the third, I wanted Jacob to eat Edward, push Bella off that cliff she was pondering jumping off of, and head off to find Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and live happily ever after (whenever there wasn’t a full moon) or a session of The Games.

Come on, you know it would be a good match! Think about what a good alliance a werewolf would be!

I truly set down the third Twilight book, after chapter two, and simply was never able to pick it up again. I couldn’t do it. I tried to make myself. I read every one of the Harry Potter books. I’ve read everyone of the Stephanie Plum books! And there’s 17! But I could go no further than chapter two, book three. Nor could I pick up any of her other books. That was it for me. She wore me out, and it was done.

So, I’m not really the best judge of why things sell and why they don’t. But I do know this. Fifty Shades is selling for two reasons: Twihards are TWIHARDS, and controversy sells.

So there you have it. American women are reading about sex. Not just sex, but sadomasochistic sex. And liking it.

Maybe that explains why so many women in our country don’t seem to be concerned that men want to own their vaginas, and make all the rules about them. So what if the men don’t actually HAVE the parts they are trying to rule over? They’ve always wanted them, in one way or another. And these women? Well, they seem to LIKE someone telling them what to do, even if it involves their female parts.

And in the midst of all this Fifty Shades of Madness, my little book, Ties that Bind, is coming out. I don’t even know what to say, except for this.

This is a good story. Sam is a good heroine. It delves into the closed Mormon world, where things are handled within “the church,” and people are taught to put on a face and lie for the Lord. It wanders into the heartland of evasion and drive-by baptisms, and never letting people out once they join. It delves deeply into the violent past, and the still secret temple ceremonies, and the ritual and stigma attached to being Mormon. There’s a hint of paranormal. And no cliffs. Well, maybe one ravine.

It does a lot to explain why Mitt Romney is the way he is. Why the richest Mormons are the ones who are the highest up in the ranks, and the most admired.

And why it’s so easy for murder and deceit to go undetected in the state of Utah. Things are different here. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s bad.

But it is definitely different.

And I hope that enough people will be curious about Mormonism, and the murderers that walk among us, that they will buy Ties That Bind.

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About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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