It is supposed to be fantasy guys, not real life, I personally enjoyed Story of O because it was fantasy. I was only comparing it to Fifty Shades of Gray which appears to be the same type of book. I sent away for it and intend to enjoy it! Just like thousands of other women who enjoy reading fantasy books. Let's all take a breath here and realize it is NOT real life, just a book. Enjoy.
"It is supposed to be fantasy guys, not real life"
You know, I wonder why no one's written stories about children being brutally raped, or minorities being exterminated, in the backdrop of a fun, breezy romance. I suppose it could reflect badly on the author, because, you know, the author always puts a lot of themselves into their stories which will reflect their beliefs and ideals, but its JUST fantasy! Just pretend! It doesn't matter that people's opinions and even their DEVELOPMENT could be influenced by these stories and could be very emotionally effective, because the written word is powerful and always has been. But its not real! Therefore anyone should be able to write anything and it will be okay, no matter how disgusting, upsetting and triggering! Man I wish more people would just lighten up! Now where's my goat porn-slash-children's fable?
Jaime, this has NOTHING to do with real life, once again, simply fantasy of the RIGHT kind. You are not even relating to the discussion what's so ever. So once again, take a breath and keep it light. lol
I was just countering your extremely flawed, horrifically mistaken as well as woefully cliched logic. Anyone who could say that with a straight face can't possibly care about literature all that much, or any form of art. If you didn't mean it, why say it? And you can't just turn around and say "the RIGHT kind" of fantasy. What's the "right kind"? Whatever YOU decide it is? I don't care for rape and domestic abuse in my romances, but that didn't stop 50 million people from buying and getting off on this trash. Apparently their "right kind" is a little different from mine.
Oh, and until someone can give me a more flattering endorsement of this book, I'm not touching it with a twelve foot pole, if its even marginally like 50 Shades of Grey. Sorry. :-/
I am going to stick with the topic. I have read both and with the exception of the BDSM the stories really couldn't be any different from each other. The story of O is the M/s relationship to the extreme, I found it very depressing and I felt very bad for "O", it was not in any way a love story, it was brutal. I am not saying she did not like it, I just did not enjoy reading it, it was rough for me, but a lot of people consider it a classic. FSOG compared is very tame, it is the story of two people who fall in love and looking for their HEA (I am not looking to debate the other opinion's on this, just stating what the story is about, regardless of how they get there, Jaime, W already know you hate it) I personally enjoyed FSOG much more then "O" , but if you hated FSOG because you consider it abuse, well then I will tell you not to read "O".
So a friend suggested I read 'the story of O' which I am now wading my way through. Reading through this discussion board it sounds as though the book is sheer fantasy, but the book itself reads like it is based on a real person. I'm still undecided on this one. It feels as though it's crossed a line... but I guess I need to finish it before coming to those conclusions. Interested in what others think...
Jaime, I have NEVER said stories re: abuse of children or sex with children or animals or minorities is right! You have gone way over the top to say the least. Come back down to earth and realize that everybody has fantasies. It is about time women are not afraid to admit it. It does NOT mean a person will do anything even remotely related to the book but it does admit human nature and the freedom of thought to think whatever you want to and enjoy it! Once again, lighten up and keep on the subject which is 'Story of O' compared to FSOG. Have a very nice evening and do yourself a favor and do not judge people according to what you believe.
KD Forsman, As far as I know FSOG is not based on real life and the Story of O was originally a French book. Probably not based on fact either. It is fantasy and some people enjoy it and some don't. To me that is putting it in a simple way for others posting here to not judge people so harshly that happen to enjoy fantasy! :}