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Why I hate ‘Shades of Grey’ (personal opinion)

Disclaimer: So, just to make this as plain as possible:

This is my opinion. It’s a personal perspective on a highly subjective matter. And as Voltaire (might actually not really have) said:

“I disapprove of what you say,but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

So, be kind to me even if my words may be rather harsh and possibly cruel.


I loathe ‘Shades of Grey’. Not just the movie oder the first book but the whole series and his mere existence in general. Why? Funny enough because of three reasons:

First, as an amateur writer, I can’t stand the fact that something as bad as this former fanfiction (which apparently was NEVER proofread by anyone) actually made it to the bookshelves. Let alone becoming as famous as this. Is there envy in this hate? Sure, I don’t even try to deny it. But seriously? There are THOUSANDS of luckless writers who will never have the chance of publishing because titles like this are conceived as “better”.

Second, as a reader, I don’t want to be flooded with trash literature like this while other titles fall of any radar imaginable. Yet again: there are LOADS of better books who will never see the audience they deserve because the media focusses on stuff like this. And while I’m quite good at finding new titles I could be interested in, it’s just sad that ‘Shades’ seems to be THE most important thing around right now and EVERYONE jumps on the bandwagon. Really, it isn’t. No one should even read the books. As far as I’m concerned burning them doesn’t seem that bad.

Lastly, as a bookphilic, I always want to recommend books I love or like. Which is hard with a series with so many problems (read here). ‘Shades of Grey’ is not a BDSM series. It’s about abusive behaviour, stalking and overall the unhealthiest relationship imaginable. Love stories shouldn’t be like this and there ARE good and consenting relationships with BDSM. ‘Shades of Grey’ isn’t one of them and seeing it becoming a role model for it is both disgusting and saddening.

So, I want good books to be written, read and be spread around. Not badly written and badly researched fanfictions based on an also badly written series and bad example for healthy relationships.And I don’t even want to spend even more time on explaining the reasons for my disgust. I know I – and many more – could write better, I know there are better BDSM books out there and seeing both getting wasted sucks.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Neues Jahr, neues Glück?

Ich bin eigentlich nicht der Mensch, der sich irgendwelche Vorsätze macht, schon gar nicht zu Beginn eines neuen Jahres. Denn wie Yoda so schön sagte:

Do or do not – there is no try

Dennoch gibt es natürlich irgendwie immer Dinge, die man ändern möchte, anders, überhaupt erst oder endlich wieder machen will. Und weil ich derzeit gerade irgendwie nicht ganz weiß, wo ich stehe, jedoch ein Mensch bin, der gerne plant und Listen erstellt, hier dann vielleicht eine Übersicht zumindest möglicher Ziele, die ich in der kommenden Zeit umsetzen oder zumindest angehen könnte:

  • mehr bzw. wieder schreiben. sowohl hier im Blog als auch in Sachen Reviews und ganz eigener Texte. Irgendwie rostet mein Deutsch ein und vielleicht sollte ich was dagegen tun
  • mehr lesen. Um Reviews zu schreiben, muss ich erst einmal etwas haben, über das ich schreiben kann – ergo: mehr Input. hier vor allem endlich wieder mehr Literatur nach einem doch sehr Videospiel- und Serien-lästigem letzten Jahr.
  • mehr lernen. je nachdem, was jetzt in den nächsten Wochen passiert, habe ich entweder relativ viel Zeit zum Lernen oder bin förmlich dazu verpflichtet. In beiden Fällen sollten meine grauen Zellen mal wieder stärker unter Strom gesetzt werden. Idee hier ist vor allem endlich mal aktiver an meinem Spanisch zu arbeiten.
  • mehr unternehmen. Der Dezember ist ja bei mir meist eher der Monat, in dem ich mich nach der Arbeit daheim verkrieche, damit ich (endlich) meine Ruhe vor all den Menschen habe, aber eigentlich ist es deutlich schöner, sich mit Freunden zu treffen und irgendwas zu machen. Mehr davon wär also nicht verkehrt.
  • mehr Zeit. Eigentlich ja eher “besseres Zeitmanagement”, aber jetzt haben alle Punkte mit mehr angefangen, da sollte man das auch beibehalten. Aber im Ernst: wenn ich auch nur einen Teil davon schaffen will, muss ich schauen, dass ich meinen Tag effektiver nutze. Oder den 48h-Tag erfinde, was auch nicht wahrscheinlicher ist.

Ja, soviel erst einmal von mir. Frohes Neues Jahr und viel Erfolg bei euren Vorhaben und Vorsätzen ;)

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in deutsch, leben, meta

 

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Unfinished Business (AC Unity short review)

(Disclaimer: as with all reviews, there might be spoilers ahead)

So, last night I ‘finished’ the storyline of Ubisoft’s newest current-gen pearl, Assassin’s Creed Unity. Why the quotation marks? Because it doesn’t feel like I actually ended the story. Not because of some major cliffhanger or something. The baddy is dead after all, right? Well, yes (and no) but that’s not the point.

Maybe it’s because the problems of the French Revolution aren’t dealt with to the end, meaning Napoleon’s ultimate end of reign after 1815? Or at least the Congress of Vienna the year before? Could be one of the reasons, but this is Assassin’s Creed and it’s ultimately about the Pieces of Eden.
Though Arno wields the Sword of Eden and the text saying that its power was broken, we KNOW that Napoleon had – at least while his reign – an Apple of Eden. That is if Ubisoft doesn’t change their story too much.

And then is the question Élise is asking in one of her (really touching) letters: what does happen with the Templer and Assassin Order? There must to be at least one Templer still around and kicking. And we know that two of the Assassin masters are alive as well. Does Arno return after all he saw, did and was done to him?

And speaking of what Arno did: he still needs at least one child and in the end, maybe that’s the real unfinished business I still have.

After Ezio taking three games (and an animated movie) to finally become a father, I expect that Arno’s story isn’t quite done yet. Others may call it ‘milking the franchise’ now but Ubisoft is known to stretch stories over multiple games by now. Ezio, Desmond and even Altaïr if you’re counting Bloodlines had three games in total. The Kenway family also had three with the whole North American saga spanning over five games.
Surely one of the best known revolutions/wars prior to the World Wars can’t be told in only one game, right? And Napoleon as a mere sidekick? From a French publisher?

Ubisoft, you’ve unfinished business, go get to it ;)

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in english, game, review

 

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DriveClub is like a smartphone… (preliminary review)

Instead of a full review – which may still take a while, because of reasons…  – here just a short analogy of Sony and Evolution Studios latest PS4 exclusive:

DriveClub is like a smartphone without an internet connection. Nice to look at and full of possibilities that are sometimes quite hard to really grasp but at the end rather disappointing, because really everything you can do right now is some basic stuff every other phone of the last ten years can do as well. Some of them even longer and without breaking or other hiccups.

Basically, it’s rather pointless. If you want to really USE your smartphone you’re connected to the internet. You want to stay in contact with your friends via social networks, you want to stay up-to-date on the latest in the world via social media or more or less “real” media and you want to share your thoughts and achievements. That’s a lot of social interaction and DriveClub promised more of the same. Social interaction, driving with and against your friends, building your own club and climb the latter through achievements.

But all that isn’t possible right now because for the most time, the servers have been weak at best and staying connected for a longer period seemed only be possible if you’re online at night, when the virtual streets are way emptier. But the problem is: The actual number of racers should be much, much higher. Sony promised a free version for every PS+ member. That’s about 7 MILLION people. Sure, not all of them care to play the game but the servers are bad enough right now and there’s no end in sight.

DriveClub shows a lot of good potential and can be fun to play. But right now it’s nothing more than what we saw in the last two console generations – with better graphics. The selling point was the social aspect and thats the only thing which isn’t working right now.

So….I won’t write a full review right now, it just wouldn’t be fair. But then again, should I really wait and wait till the servers are up and running? If a game isn’t fun because the crucial part is broken, you should move on and try alternatives, should you not? Ubisoft’s The Crew is maybe best described as the arcade version of DriveClub – with one exception: it’s still in BETA and the servers run like they should. It may not be a better game but it’s a game with all promises intact. An open world racing game with social interaction and a LOT to do. With DriveClub all you can do right now is play single player or wait with decreasing patience in the lobby in the hopes of maybe getting in two or three races in an hour while staying connected to your friends….

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Best SciFi shows I haven’t seen (yet)

With quill18’s Board game playlist running right now I thought I’d share some of the best SciFi shows with you that I never saw. Or just some more or less entertaining ones. Your choice ;)

And as it’s kinda obvious I’ll start with….

Battlestar Galactica

A show which is kinda on my radar for a while now but somehow I never got to it. The biggest problem may be that I’m not sure where to start. Do I have to watch the original series to understand the plot or the little inside stories and jokes? Or is it okay to stay with the reboot (like with Doctor Who)?

And then there are those other seasons/reboots/… things tied to the series but maybe not core to the series? It’s a bit confusing, really. [mid-PS: start with the 2003 ‘miniseries’, aka the two pilot episodes and you’re good. Again, thanks quill]

Then again, it seems to be quite entertaining and a long running series with lots of action, intrigue and just stuff. And everyone who knows me will know, that the argument can be made that a show with Grace Park in it can’t be bad enough to not enjoy it at least a bit….(sorry ladies, I swear I’m a nice guy. I just have my weaknesses^^)

Firefly

I know, I’m a terrible person and not just should be embarrassed but humiliated and whatnot to not have watched the mere eleven episodes of the potentially best series that was ever cancelled after just one season (and a movie).
But… I don’t know. There really is no excuse. Well, I don’t own the DVDs/Blurays, but yeah…. I’ll get to it, promise.

Stargate: Atlantis

To be clear: I DID watch the original series – at least until the really confusing death/resurrection/whatever of David. That stuff was just weird. And the whole Atlantis plot and crew? Dunno, never really clicked with me. Just give me the original deal and I’m quite happy and content xD

Star Trek: Enterprise

Yet again some clarification: I watched and liked (at least partially) every other Star Trek series – even the Janeway-infested Voyager. I dealt with the Borg, Q (whom my mother HATES) and species 8472. But Capt. Archer? No, thanks. Just terrible and ugh.

Andromeda

Another one of those ‘tried and failed’ series. For some reason I just couldn’t stand the Captain and was just a bit too irritated by a holographic computer looking like a photo model. Otherwise…. dunno. Didn’t like it enough to watch more. Maybe it IS actually quite good and I missed out? You tell me ;)

So, that’s five SciFi shows and though I actually started Battlestar Galactica since writing this post, I know I have a LOT to catch up to… well, one after the other.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in english, movie

 

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Ankündigung-ception

Wer kennt sie nicht, die Werbetrailer zu kommenden Filmen und Videospielen? Oftmals bereits Jahre zuvor werden sie – am liebsten auf den großen Messen – vorgeführt. Leider hat dieser Trend eine Eigendynamik entwickelt, die beinahe schon lächerlich wird.
Damit man nicht von Beginn an alles zeigt, aber frühstmöglich mit dem Marketing anfangen kann, werden zuerst nur Bilder oder kleinere Trailer (sogenannte Teaser) gezeigt, die das Publikum nur hungrig machen soll. So weit, so gut.

Nun ist unsere Medialandschaft mittlerweile so schnell, dass kleinere Nachrichten zu schnell vergessen werden können oder gar völlig übersehen werden. Abhilfe schafft es da, neue Trailer oder Teaser vorweg anzukündigen. Entweder mit kurzen Beiträgen in Sozialen Netzwerken oder – noch besser – mit Ankündigungstrailern. Die Ankündigung-ception ist geboren und kann nahezu beliebig weitergeführt werden.

Das Ganze mag vielleicht ganz lustig sein, wenn man es sich vorstellt, aber im Gründe zeigt es doch, wie der Medien-Journalismus heutzutage funktioniert. Oder zumindest, wie er seine Leser wahrnimmt. Natürlich, Werbung IST notwendig, zumindest zu einem gewissen Grad, ansonsten erfährt niemand, was man zu verkaufen hat. Aber ein solches Bombardement kann durchaus auch seine negativen Folgen haben.

Entweder man ist bereits durch all das Material, das man im Vornherein bekommt, übersättigt und braucht das Endprodukt dann gar nicht mehr oder die Erwartungshaltung steigt so stark, das selbst ein ausgezeichnetes Produkt nur noch wie Massenware wirkt.

Besonders schlimm ist ein solches Marketing, wenn sich der Verkaufsstart verzögert. Werbung hat einen bestimmten Rhythmus und braucht ein perfektes Zeitfenster, um möglichst wirksam zu sein. Wird dieser Rahmen unterbrochen, muss die Werbetrommel nicht nur unterbrochen werden, sondern startet direkt von Beginn an. Die Zahl der Trailer, Teaser und sonstiger Ankündigungen steigt ins Unermessliche und was man noch zu Beginn gesehen haben mag, muss am Ende nicht dem tatsächlichen Produkt entsprechen.

Das ist schade für den Kunden und schlecht für den Entwickler. Sonys The Last Guardian ist hier ein gutes Beispiel – oder fast noch besser SquareEnix’ Final Fantasy XV, das ursprünglich als Final Fantasy XIII versus angekündigt wurde. Beide Titel werden wohl noch irgendwann erscheinen, doch nicht einmal mehr für die Konsole für die sie anfangs beworben wurden. Beide befinden sich nun bereits seit mehr als acht Jahren in Entwicklung – kein gutes Zeichen. Zumal The Last Guardian bereits während der ersten Präsentation als bester Titel der Konsolengeneration und NOCH besser als Ico / Shadow of The Colossus angesehen wurde.

In diesem Sinne also: So gut Inception auch ist, bitte bleibt bei einer vernünftigen Zahl von Ankündigungen ;)

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in deutsch, film, spiel

 

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Currently reading (book review round-up)

After all this talk about video games in the last posts, it’s about time I talk about books again. The problem is, though, that it has been a long time since I last time since I actually FINISHED a book. I started several but apparently every time I pick up something to read it’s a new book so I end up with way too much cross-reading. But then again, it does give me several books to talk about today which is nice.

Promise of Blood (Brian McClellan, Powder Mage #1)

Starting with one book I was curious about since I first saw an ARC (advanced reader’s copy, basically a preprinted books for book sellers and journalist to review and/or just know beforehand what the book is about so you can sell it as soon as it hits the shelves. it’s a common practise in most media industries) at my last store.
Advertised as a mix of fantasy elements and a setting resembling the French Revolution I was quite intrigued about it. Now, having read the first few chapters (of my bought copy), it is probably the best books of the lot I read right now (excluding the last one in the list). The characters and their stories are mysterious enough to keep me reading, the writing style is good and lacks mayor issues and I really like the magical element and want to learn more about its rules.

So, yeah. I will eventually keep on reading and maybe even buy the next books. As far as I know, the third and last novel in the series will debut in February ’15, with several short stories available as ebooks.

Ein Sturm zieht auf (David Hair, Brücken der Gezeiten #1 – Mage’s Blood, Moontide Quartett #1)

As I’m reading this one in German I just mention both the translated and the original title which just shows again the weird discrepancy between the both. But that’s maybe a topic for another post ;)

As…well, both titles suggest, the world this series is set in heavenly centres around a artificial bridge across two continents and the war that breaks out whenever that passage is usable.

Woven into this west against east scenario is a mix of religious supremacy and a magic system which is quite interested albeit not as grasping as the one in Promise of Blood is. What very well be due to my lack of religious interest, though.

The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon, Bone Season #1)

That one’s sitting on my reading shelf for the longest time despite being really, really good. Maybe best described as a mix of Orwell’s 1984 (which is also on this list, funnily enough..) and the Hunger Games series, it tries – and succeeds – to add a complete Fantasy Layer into this distopian story.

Set in London and Oxford in a not to distant future our heroine Paige is one of the gifted and therefore outlawed part of the society, trying to come through in a small gang of criminals. But only until she gets abducted and brought to Oxford where she is trained by and forced to fight for and alongside a seemingly all-powerful race from beyond the aether – the mysterial world from where Paige and her follow gifted got her powers.

What makes this debut so good is not necessarily the setting (while it DOES help ;) ), nor the fantasy elements. It’s entirely the world building, the quite extensive descriptions and explanations. Shannon doesn’t just tells her story and tries to educate her readers, she takes them by her hand and gives them a tour through her world so they really understand the story and not just identify with the protagonists but become their friends and comrades with all the knowledge one needs.

And after all those rather over-hyped distopian YA-novels with close to none immersion and world building, I’m rather happy about this one.

I just have to finish reading it ;)

And now I have to go to work. I hope I add another post to this as there ARE even more books on my list….See ya!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in book, english, review

 

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