Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey


So I finally decided I had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.  And my verdict is a bit mixed.  The scenario is pretty implausible.  The writing is really not very good.  The main characters kind of get on my nerves.  And the sex scenes . . . well, I'm not sure what to say about those.  Although fairly steamy at first, by the end I was kind of like, really, again??



If you haven't yet jumped on this bandwagon, here's the basic  plot (don't worry no spoilers) - awkward, innocent, college girl, Ana, meets Christian, a 27 year old multi-billionaire (we're talking Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg rich) who looks like a movie star - because we all know those are just floating around everywhere.  They proceed with all sorts of kinky sexcapades.  If you're at all modest, don't read this book!


Yet, despite the fact that I'm not sure I really "liked" the book, I think I am going to have to read the next one in the series.  It does kind of draw you in.  Not to mention the ending of the first book totally leaves you hanging - and I can't stand not to have everything neatly tied up!

If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

And apparently, there's talk of making the book into a movie - a regular old movie - not quite sure how they're going to manage that.

15 comments:

  1. Totally agree with what you have said, two thirds of the way through the book and still waiting for the story to start... I wonder if 'Grey' would be as interesting if he didn't have a millionaire bank balance...its Mills & Boon with handcuffs. Wont be reading the follow-ups.

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  2. I couldn't even get through the first book. Like you, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. He obviously has mental issues and she's a bit naive for me. And seriously... I'd bet there aren't too many twenty something virgins floating around either. Umm not the kind that would attract a gorgeous billionaire!!!

    Cindy Bee

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  3. You can't stand it when things are not neatly tied up? I guess you DO like this book! LOL! ;). Seriously though, I haven't read it yet and I don't Think I will. It reminds me too much of the old Harliquin Romance books, but for today's porno obsessed Internet generation.

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    1. Ha, ha, very funny!! I didn't even catch that truly unintended pun!

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  4. Here is what i think: words are to women what pictures are to men. I would not want my husband looking at pornography, so how could i justify reading it. This is a classic case of double standard. For some reason, this summer, a dam has broken and even the women who i look up to to set an example of Christian living (i honestly don't know if you even care about that, but I do) have decided to let this little foothold in. They have decided that it is ok because they are women and this doesn't affect them like it does men. But the problem- it DOES affect them. They have also justified it because it is culturally popular. We sneer at smut shops, but if they sell it at wal-mart it must be ok!
    Even you will continue reading it because you need a neat little ending. Even though, in your own words, everything else about the book is bad.

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    1. Yes, I probably will read the second one. I've heard that it has a bit more of a plot. And I'm not really offended by the sex scenes (I'm fairly open-minded when it comes to that). I think I'm more offended by the poor writing/scenario and annoying characters!

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  5. I have one friend who read all 3 and said it's not worth the effort. None of my other friends will admit to reading more than the first one, so I don't think I'll bother. I did skim a few chapters, but the writing was so bad I couldn't seriously read it (plus, how many times does the f-word get used and why? My mom used to say foul language is the crutch of the uneducated and that seemed to be true of this book.) It's not something I would spend any more time on because there are so many good books out there.

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  6. Hi there, I have not read these books, and don't intend to (SO many great books in the world, so little time, also too many sewing projects to do!), but would like to suggest having a look at what Sheila at www.tolovehonorandvacuum.com has to say. Also just check out the rest of what she has to say - so very much great advice on marriage, sex etc. By the way, I really enjoy your projects, you really come up with some great stuff, often way prettier than the original expensive inspiration! I love thrift store shopping too, it's amazing what can be found, especially if a person starts to look at how items can be changed, altered, etc. Thanks for sharing!
    Shauna

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  7. Totally agree.
    Read first book, was too distracted by inner dialogues. I don't remember having an "Inner Goddess" when I was 20. I already read Goodreads reviews on books 2 and 3 so I kind of know how it ends. (BTW there's a very funny gif. jpg review with movement)Said that there are many romance/sexy writers that have more believable storylines.

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    1. Yes - the inner dialogue stuff was soooo annoying!

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  8. I haven't read it. And I'm not going to. Just thought I'd let you know a fun fact about this book I found out today. This was originally written as fan fiction for Twilight. Just change the girls name to Bella.

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  9. Personally all the women of my/our generation that are spouting off about how they wish their boyfriends/lovers/husbands were more like Christian Grey make me sick to my stomach. Ana is a classic victim of Stockholm Syndrome and at the end of the first book I was perfectly satisfied with the ending and their should be no other books. LOVE DOESN'T HURT!!

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  10. Personally all the women of my/our generation that are spouting off about how they wish their boyfriends/lovers/husbands were more like Christian Grey make me sick to my stomach. Ana is a classic victim of Stockholm Syndrome and at the end of the first book I was perfectly satisfied with the ending and their should be no other books. LOVE DOESN'T HURT!!

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  11. I haven't read any of the books, just like I completely skipped the Twilight series, because usually when books create a hype they aren't my piece of cake. But I still wanted to be informed about popular culture (yes, I stand by that excuse) and I came across this little, hilarious summary, so maybe you will be spared reading the other books too in order to be informed: http://speaker7.wordpress.com/fifty-shades-of-grey/
    And I agree that Mills&Boon has some better novels of this sort.

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