Fifty Shades of Grey, really? Yes, really, and I don’t really see the big deal about whether you’ve read it or not, but here are some of my thoughts.
How I got hooked on Fifty Shades Of Grey
One morning I decided to work in the dining room while my roommate was watching the TV. I was kinda half listening when I heard people talking and raving about a book called Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. Maybe it was for the purpose of that show, but all I heard were good comments about it. My New iPad handy by my side, I decided to check out the book on iTunes. It was probably the first time I had opened iBooks on my New iPad, I found the title right away and I downloaded the sample, which lets me read the first 98 pages of the book which is way enough to get me into the story.
Not only am I happy about founding that awesome feature on my New iPad, I also found the pleasure of reading again, and that has been on my to-do list for ever and therefore it is part of my “What Next” plan. I often browse iTunes to check out the new titles and for weeks now I have seen Fifty Shades of Grey being number one in the “Top Paid Books” category. There might be a lot of bad critics about the book, but the numbers speak for themselves!
Here I am reading and getting acquainted with the main character, with a smile on my face because her name is Anastasia and my step-daughter’s name is Anastasia too and both happens to be clumsy. The heroine falls in love with Mr. Christian Grey. My step-daughter’s boyfriend name is… you guessed it: Christian! How freaky is that?
But the resemblance stops there (and may I add, thanks God, because there would be too much information about my step-daughter I wouldn’t really know how to handle…). In fact, as I carried on reading Fifty Shades Of Grey and figured what it is all about, my face dropped and I try to completely wipe the image of my step-daughter and her boyfriend, especially at a time where her mother and her father are having reservation about the boyfriend because they don’t know him really and planning to go and work overseas for a while!
Fifty Shades Of Grey: First impressions
Some readers say the book is “unputdownable”. I would not push it that far, after all, I started quite a few weeks ago and I still have not finished the first book. Of course, the subject of the book (sex, especially if it’s kinky) attracts readers. Fifty Shades Of Grey is not porn, although it is specific and very sexual. And nothing to do with the fact that I am once again in a long distance relationship and the fact the book is extremely sexual, nope! It was more like curiosity.
Being on Second Life, where you can be whoever or whatever you want, the Dominant and Submissive behavior is not a phenomenon; it is a thing that people do all the time because they can’t do it in real life for whatever reasons. The book shows you nothing as bad as what I have seen on Second Life, such as women walking on a leash like dogs. The submissive has to ask her master, the Dominant, if she can speak. I always thought it was strange, and really not my cup of tea. But then again I have never met a Dominant for a boyfriend and I am not sure how I would take it either. Seriously, this is not something that ever crossed my mind. Until Fifty Shades Of Grey…
Fifty Shades Of Grey: Refuting the critics
As I said before, Fifty Shades Of Grey has received some nasty reviews, and now I’d like to refute some of them. It may not be the perfect book, but I think some people may get unfair prejudices just by reading some reviews. First of all, I am not an expert writer but like everybody else I noticed the repetitions and some forced comparisons and metaphors, but that was not enough for me not to read the book. Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely not a literature book, and that’s probably why I don’t feel like reading it in the morning while having my coffee. Hey, I’d much rather read the 4-hour work week book! LOL
On a different note, I have seen Twilight, my daughter absolutely loves the movies and although I have not read the books and I’m basing my opinion only on seeing the movies, let me just say I don’t understand why is it being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. Or is it just the love part? One is about Werewolves and Vampires and the other is about Dominants and their submissive?
And, by the way, why is it so hard to believe that a woman in her early 20s can still be a virgin? Believe it or not I have met quite a few, and I think good for them.
Fifty Shades of Grey Pros and Cons
To sum up, and to help you decide whether you wish to read Fifty Shades of Grey or should you skip it despite all the fuss, here is a list of pros and cons I find on this novel.
Fifty Shades Of Grey Pros:
- It is a fun, easily readable story which will keep you entertained.
- If you are a woman, you’ll probably like the main character: who wouldn’t? He’s sexy, rich, exotic, and full of dark secrets.
- If you are a man, you may learn a few tricks you can take into the bedroom and your girlfriend may appreciate. 😉
- It’s long enough to last several days, but not to make you bored.
- It has some suspense, some humor, and lots of sex.
- Everyone’s talking about it, so you may have a nice piece of conversation.
Fifty Shades Of Grey Cons:
- Sometimes the female character can be irritating, as she’s so naïve!
- The prose is not the best: E. L. James repeats herself quite a bit.
- Despite featuring kinky sex, there’s really nothing absolutely new in the book.
I have read books before that I just could not put down. This wasn’t my case with Fifty Shades of Grey in particular. People are saying so though, and when I stopped to watch the TV the women were saying too they could not put it down, that’s why it sparked my curiosity on top of needing something to read. Well, so Fifty Shades Of Grey is not one of them, but I still would recommend it (for open minded people, of course, as the sexual reference might not be for everyone’s taste).
How about you? Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Would you like to read it?