Years ago, while still deeply immersed in the Potter fandom (no need to mock, thanks), my friends and I would eagerly await what would become a tradition: reading Harry Potter and the Fill In Title Here film synopses ala “Movie in Fifteen Minutes.” Cleolinda Jones is still doing these hilarious parodies and has even made a little cash in the process. But since that time, (How It Should Have Ended notwithstanding), there have been very few parodies I’ve read that made me giggle quite as hard.

That is, until, a dear friend of mine linked me to Cassandra Parkin’s blog.

You see folks, I’m a bit of a book snob and when something massive and all-consuming is launched on the reading world and when I read and subsequently hate the novel, well, I have no qualms about mocking it.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest in the “what’s all the fuss” club. I haven’t read. I won’t read it based on some very valued opinions who have and the fact that, well, the small bits I have read are, in my opinion, a literary disaster.  But Parkin has read the first novel and as a result she’s written her  “Fifty Things That Annoy Me About Fifty Shades Of Grey.”

So popular was this post, thanks to a massive amount of Retweets and Facebook shares, that Parkin has just inked a deal to write “Lighter Shades of Grey: a (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’” The book “will cover the whole of the magnificent folly that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ chronicling the many, many more things that annoy” her about the book.  Parkin has graciously allowed us to share of few of those annoyances here on LitStack.

Enjoy the read and, please, check out the entire post on her blog. Congratulations, Cassandra!


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