Hey fellow readers, just wanted to rant about something that's been on my mind for awhile now. As you all probably know, I am a huge fan of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Than a blogger pointed out its similarities between the Twilight series. I thought, "Well sure, it might have similar qualities, but 50 Shades actually seems like Twilight for the naughty." At least the author made it more of her own style.
After reading 50 Shades, I loved the story behind it, and wanted to read similar novels, and decided to pick up a new novel called Bared To You, by Sylvia Day. But as I started reading this novel, I couldn't help but notice major similarities between this and 50 Shades. It literally felt like reading the same book, with different names. In 50 Shades, Christian has a body guard/security guy named Taylor. In Bared to You, Eva, a.k.a., Copycat Ana has a gay roommate with the last name of Taylor as well. Both main guys, Christian vs. Gideon, are super rich, handsome and steamy hot, but all they want from their "significant others" is sex. Both girls, Ana vs Eva, have strong attractions to the main male character, but are reluctant to start a relationship. And both series are a trilogy. And both series include a bar scene where the main male character swoops in to save the "damsel in distress" from other men. Even the covers have a similar feel to it.
I haven't finished Bared To You yet, but the writing feels sub par compared to 50 Shades. Nonetheless, I will continue to give it a shot, or until I can't take it any more.
But my real complaint is that, why can't authors come up with a more original plot? Just because 50 Shades was a success, doesn't mean that your novel will be. I'm about 40 some odd pages in, and it feels like the exact same story, so technically I bought the same book. There's even a review quote on the from page that states, "Bared To You Has an emotional feel similar to 50 Shades. If I were to recommend any book to a reader who enjoyed reading 50 Shades and were looking for another book like it this would be the first one I would offer." And another quote states, "While it is true that Bared To You has much in common with 50 Shades..."
I felt like screaming at these people who quote this, because it is the same book! And though apparently you can't steal ideas, I just get so frustrated and disappointed that authors couldn't make a story more original. So, for those of you who have stayed this long to read my post, I was just curious if any of you readers ever had the same experience, and what you thought about very similar ideas in books.