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Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Finished March 5, 2015

Synopsis on Good Reads

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.


My review on Good Reads


1 of 5 stars (because I can’t give 0 on Good Reads)

Back in 2012 my husband and I joined my vacationing family in North Carolina for a few days of our vacation time at The Outer Banks. One afternoon I was sitting in the living room at the beach house with my Nook. My aunt asked me “Are you reading 50 Shades of Grey?” The highly touted for being scandalous book was new and very popular. I thought then and still believe it’s true ta this book could only become as popular as it did because of eReaders. With an eReader you can read anything anywhere and no one can see the book’s cover or title to judge.

I wasn’t reading 50 Shades of Grey in the summer of 2012. I was actually pretty shocked that my aunt asked if I was specifically reading that book instead of “What are you reading? I really do believe eReaders are what made the “scandalous content” popular for the average American Soccer Mom.

Now 2-1/2 years later the movie is out, the “raunchy BDSM content” is all the talk again and the debates about if the book; Is actually porn? Is the movie porn? Does it demean women or support the abuse of women? Is it a preachy sermon about a woman submitting to a man like the bible says?

Okay, that last one is a sarcastic comment by me. I really haven’t read about any ministers liking it.

The truth is, it’s just a romance novel and not a very good one. Yes, Mr. Grey has a fully stocked play room. It was referred to more than it was actually visited or used in the book. The sex, and there was a lot of it, wasn’t anything even a little kinky until 60% of the way into the book. (Thank you Kindle for measuring the book in percentages) I read a few Harlequin romances in my 20s. There was a 3-books-a-month deal with a very nice set of canapĂ© knives that came with a block for serving; one knife each month. I got the books until I had all six canapĂ© knives and then cancelled the subscription because the books were basically all the same. There is more sex in 50 Shades of Grey than I recall in the Harlequins but it was more boring than I remember the sex being in the Harlequin books. Maybe that’s because I was in my 20s then and I’m in my 40s now. Maybe a romance novel needs more sex to sell to the “modern woman.”

I read the book as fast as I could, often skimming through the sex scenes; all I needed to know was which piece of furniture and the rest was the same as the last chapter. The novel is in first person, told by the main character, Ana, and I didn’t like her at all; I really wanted out of her silly head. The book really wasn’t well written, the story was trite, and I disliked the narrator; a crappy book trifecta. Much like the lead up to the movie release of Blair Witch Project, the product was unworthy of the hype.

I got my 50 shades of pop culture. Now I’m going to find a GOOD book to read.

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