I've heard 50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan fiction, but don't know how The Martian came to be. 220.127.116.11 05:56, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
-- Still missing from the explanation is what kind of brand The Martian is about... -- 18.104.22.168 08:18, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- NASA? 22.214.171.124 08:22, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- A Mars bar? --126.96.36.199 09:09, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- I'm going with NASA. --PsyMar (talk) 09:30, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- The Martian has a feel a lot like Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and other Mars stories. Jv (talk) 18:37, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- It is Twilight fan-fiction. The original version is still availble for free. They just renamed the characters and removed references to Christian being a sparkling vampire and published it as a new book.188.8.131.52 08:43, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- Allegedly removed by the author, first from the fan fiction sites and then her personal site just prior to publication! And you're right, the original is 89% similar to the published trilogy. Names have been changed to protect the author from legal battles, and crucial changes from "holy cow" to "holy crap" were also made.
- [http://www.literarykiss.com/2012/10/communication-in-fifty-shades-of-trey.html I even found a few graphs about its literary horror and crap references, for people like me who are easily amused. Unfortunately it's so bizarre I'm feeling the effects of Poe's law here. Is it really that bad, or is this some parody? I'll never read the books to find out. --Fedora-tionOfPlanets (talk) 11:28, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
I believe Ponytail is not terrified by suggested title. That's more like she thinksthat Cueball will almost certainly read it and dares him to say otherwise. --184.108.40.206 11:46, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- I agree; the tell is italicized, and that emphasis indicates she's using an American idiom to indicate her enthusiasm for the idea. 220.127.116.11 12:11, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- To clarify: in English (American?) slang there are two ways to use "tell me you didn't/wouldn't X".
- A) "(please/AUGH) tell me you didn't X" can be translated as "I am horrified to think you did/would-do X, please reassure me you didn't/wouldn't do it:" (usually preceded by a pleading "please" or some exclamation of horror): "please tell me you didn't cross the streams", "ARGH! Please tell me you didn't tell Blackhatguy my email-address, living address and greatest fear!"
- B) (smugly/challenging) "tell my you didn't/wouldn't X" would be translated as "I know you well enough to be 99% sure that you actually _did_/_would_ do X, and I really enjoy your blushing right now because you realise I caught you red-handed, but you cannot lie about it to deny me": "Oh dear Randall, tell me you wouldn't watch a debate between the reanimated corpses of Feynman and Einstein. *Randall blushes in guilty admission* Haha I knew you would"
- 18.104.22.168 12:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- I agree, that was my reading of it too. 22.214.171.124 12:48, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- I also agree that she thinks it's a great book idea, I made the change. Not sure how I like the wording I jsed so please edit. Bbruzzo (talk) 12:53, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Considering the timing, I wouldn't be surprised if Randall did indeed saw the movie, but had the comics ready in advance and after the movie only added the title and published it. So the part about him not liking the movie based on comics is unfounded. -- Hkmaly (talk) 11:47, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- It also seems like pure speculation. Is Randall's opinion on Fifty Shades of Grey even known? 126.96.36.199 15:08, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Is the sojourner used to communicate in the movie? It seems like it is just kept around to beetle around the hah module and the Lander is used for comms. 188.8.131.52IB
Curiously, in Italian the third book of the series (fifty shades freed) has been actually translated as "Fifty Shades of Red". --184.108.40.206 13:22, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Is it of any relevance that "red" is a common safe-word for bdsm?220.127.116.11 15:29, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- My first thought was that it's a reference to menstruation. And isn't there an infamous tampon scene in the book/movie? PhantomLimbic (talk) 10:50, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
So "The Martian" could be more validly compared to "John Dies At The End"? 18.104.22.168 21:18, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
Why are there no references to the London Fire Brigade's "Fifty Shades of Red" campaign? See here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/558213/Fifty-Shades-of-Red-London-Fire-Brigade-tweets-funny-callouts --22.214.171.124 05:01, 1 February 2017 (UTC)