Thursday, May 30, 2013

50 Shades of Repetition


30.18  …his mouth a hard, impassive line.
62.14     His mouth presses into a hard line,…
71.32     Christian’s mouth presses into a hard line,…
75.33     His mouth sets in a grim line.
95.14     His mouth presses into a hard line.
102.6     My mouth presses in a hard line.
109.11  …his mouth presses into a hard line.
130.25   His mouth is a hard line.
147.29   His mouth presses in a hard line…
152.4     His mouth tightens into that hard line.
214.15    My mouth presses in a hard line.
235.9      My mouth presses into a hard line.
240.18   …his mouth in a grim line.
251.24    His mouth sets into a hard line.             
405.8      My mouth sets in a hard, grim line.
418.12    His mouth is set in a grim line,…
431.25   …and his mouth presses into a thin, hard line.

In a book of 514 pages--  on average, the same phrase every 30 pages.  

And don't pretend you don't know what book this is from.  


  1. AND... she "borrowed" her music from "The Hunger"

  2. I didn't notice that. Which music are you talking about? As a challenge to myself I've considered reading the books again (yes, I've read all three) and make more notations and lists of the literary crimes and horrors the author perpetrates. But, I'm not sure I would live through it.
    Not that I'm a quote whore, but I liked Salman Rushdie's appraisal:
    "I've never read anything so badly written that got published. It made 'Twilight' look like 'War and Peace'.

  3. The Flower Duet, Léo Delibes (from "Lakmé")

    Gregorio Allegri (from "Miserere")/Thomas Tallis - Miserere Nostri

    and both have selections from Bach.
    there may be more but that is what i immediately noticed when i watched
    "The Hunger" a couple of weeks ago.

    I just happened upon your site while researching "Daughters of Darkness".
    Your site popped up and I read your 'DOD' review with enjoyment! Then I started looking at your other reviews & the 50shades thing caught my eye....

    I like your site, your subject, and your style.

  4. Hey Lisa -
    Thanks for the sharp eye. I never noticed the music references in the book. I think I was so very much in awe of E.L. James' atrociously inept "writing" that I was incapable of noticing anything that touched any part of the real world, like music.

    I'm really happy you liked the "Daughters of Darkness" post. It is an unforgettably juicy movie! Speaking of juicy, "The Hunger" is another one, and one I should probably revisit. I haven't seen it for a long time.
    Thanks for the comments!