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Say Goodbye to Hollywood

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When she’s hired to adapt the blockbuster novel, Beautiful Darkness, for film, screenwriter Jessica Yates sees an opportunity she can’t pass up. The only thing standing between her and a guaranteed hit movie is the author. Lynn Baldwin’s rise from Midwestern housewife to literary superstardom has gone straight to her head, and she’s not willing to see her creation hit the ...more
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Published March 21st 2017
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OMG this was really funny! If you are familiar with this author's blog, you already know her view on the fifty shades phenomenon. Let's just say she's not a fan, and once you explore her thoughts, some of her reasoning may rub off on you (or may not if you're a die-hard supporter). Full disclosure: I've never read the wildly successful trilogy. A very enthusiastic and ultimately awkward FSoG conversation initiated by my mother kinda ruined any interest for me. But because I don't live under a ro ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author was inspired by the ongoing shitstorm surrounding the making of 50 Shits of Fucked-up: the plagiarist behaving like a spoiled child with no boundaries, actors rejecting roles and fleeing to the hills, the plagiarist being unhappy with the final version of the first film, etc.
As some might know, the second movie of the 50 Shits series is in complete hands of the plagiarist and the consesus is: the second movie is beyond awful, as one would expect.

So what happens when one of my favorite
Genevieve St-Yves
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Say Goodbye to Hollywood (aka Throwing Shade: the Novel) finds its genesis in a long running series of by chapter by chapter analyses on the author's blog of a certain run away best selling "romance" series. However, readers unfamiliar with the Trout Nation blog should not be scared away, thinking this novel is one giant in-joke. It tells a legitimately good story.

Jessica Yates has had a colorful work life after arriving in Hollywood. She's worked as an exotic dancer and professional dome while
Emily Hurricane
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much! The characters were very realistic and I enjoyed the different relationships. I was pleasantly surprised by the romance and found it to be incredibly fulfilling while not taking away from Jessica’s main struggles with her job.

I definitely put this on my favourites list of Jenny’s books. Bravo!
Lynn Baldwin is the author of the "sexy" best seller Beatiful Darkness , the bastard child of Beautiful Disaster and Fifty Shades of Grey. It's a book with inaccurate portrayal of BDSM; a catty, spineless heroine and a hero whose only job is to abuse the heroine - Jessica Yates has to adapt it into a screenplay, what could possibly go wrong?

I've been waiting for this book for ages and right off the bat, I knew it was going to be very interesting. The egotistical character of Lynn Baldwin is an
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
As someone who's read Jenny Trout's reviews of the Fifty Shades books, I thoroughly enjoyed this sly, funny book. I read the sample, and no other book would do until I owned and read the entire thing. I have stayed up late reading this book and laughing.
Like her Boss series, this book can stand on its own, but is so enjoyable as a roman a clef, packed with juicy celebrity gossip and potshots at the terrible writing of Fifty Shades, with some other franchises rolled in for variety. Really, consid
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. I'm an amateur playwright and I plan to read this book often if my career flourishes--using this as a 'what not to do' manual. If my career doesn't take off, I am still going to read this often.
I opened up the book eagerly and by page three or so, had started to giggle. I've been reading Jenny's blog since 2012, and cheered at the references she makes throughout the novel. If you're not familiar with her blog, you'll still get the story. This book was very well-put tog
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, so a bit of backstory: I started reading Jenny's blog a few years back when I was looking for a good recap of the 50 Shades books because I was curious but couldn't bring myself to read actually them. Jenny's posts were fantastic, because she herself is an erotic romance author, and so she didn't go for the cheap (and often sexist) jokes about "mommy porn" that you often see in mainstream coverage of the books. She broke down why the books didn't work by the standards of their own genre, whi ...more
Mrs D
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Rivers is my favourite female narrator, so I knew I'd enjoy the performance. I'm always amazed at how she gives each character a different voice. There are subtle changes in accent, tone & pitch for each one, yet none of them seem forced or unnatural.
For me, that's essential in audiobooks. Too many times I've listened to a narrator doing different authors and felt like it was the same old characters in different situations.
That never happens with Lucy!
Jenny Trout, on the other hand, w
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love how there are lots of twists and turns to the story . And the main characters Jack , Lyn and Jessica.
The Narrator Lucy was great loved how her voiced changed for all 4 characters
This story is about the authors take on 50 shades of Grey and how the success of her made her out to be bigger than a queen. Her book story is called Beautiful Darkness
When a Hollywood studio wants to turn Lyns story into a movie she calls Jack. He as a producer calls on his old friend Jessica to cast write it Jes
Tre Talbot
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great story within a story. We’re introduced to Lyn the author of Beautiful Darkness just like 50 SOG she hit it big and it’s become a movie, Jack will be producing and Jessica the screenwriter. Of course not everything goes to plan as Lyn wants nothing changed from her words in the book and wants complete control. Aside from this we see a whole other side to Jack and Jessica with a Dom/Sub role connection throughout. I loved how in this case Jessica was the one in charge, the Dom and ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really should honestly know by now not to start reading a book by Jenny Trout in the evening. Because I will not be sleeping until it's read. I bought this book as soon as it was out, but only now got around to reading it and I'm so sad I put it off so long. I was drawn in immediately. The plot with the "famous author", especially knowing who it's based on, is so hilariously terrible (terrible for Jessica, not terrible writing). I also love love love books that show sex workers in a positive l ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, romance
This is a fun read, which I mostly enjoyed as a delicious and funny takedown of an E.L James/Cassandra Clare type novelist who tries to control the movie version of her novel to the detriment of everybody involved, including the screenwriter heroine and the producer Jack.

The book doesn't work quite so well for me as a romance, but I enjoyed the screenwritery bits too much to mind. I did like that the heroine isn't ashamed of her sex worker past, and I love how competent she is at her job(s). Thi
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So going into this book I didn't know very much about the 50 Shades books. The sole experience I have had with them is a roommate attempting to sarcastically sexy read a few passages. Still, even only know the very little I did, this book was cracked me up.

It's incredibly well written and the characters are done so well that I had to set the book down a couple times because Lynn reminded me to much of a former boss. Even with romance not being my first choice of genera I loved it.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
It's fun. If you hate 50 Shades of Grey, you'll probably enjoy this frolic where a fictional author an awful lot like James is skewered.

Also worth noting, fabulous strong female friendships and a passage where a 50-something female film director who wears Converse sneakers is described as looking like one of the coolest woman on the planet. (Yes!)

And the two main protagonists are both in their late 30s. Which, given that one is a male movie star who IRL would be more likely to be dating a 20-so
Tiffany Williams
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jenny Trout has made a career move out of ripping Fifty Shades of Grey to shreds and I support her.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I could have done without the raunchy bits, but the struggle of trying to adapt an awful book into a script was funny.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really funny, especially knowing the inspiration of this story.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Humorous payout

This is a crisp, funny parody of the making of a film that is not very far from 50SoG. I had ss good laugh. Some sex, romance, but that was not the main focus for me.
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Jenny Trout is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.
“That’s what happens with Millennials. They’re so used to getting participation ribbons and trophies for losing, they think everything is owed to them. They’re ungrateful.” 1 likes
“One of the worst parts about working in entertainment is that there’s so much you’re expected to have seen. Oh, you’re a screenwriter? You’ve seen the new Batman, then, right? I’m watching this show on Amazon, right now, and oh my god, it’s so good—but I’m sure you’ve already seen it. The reality is, I’m usually so busy on my own work, I rarely have time to see anything that isn’t required for some kind of voting.” 1 likes
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