Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fifty Shades...this book is about WHAT???

Confession time.

I've read Fifty Shades of Grey, or rather the first book and I kind of feel like I sold my sweet soul to the devil.

Funny side note. The first time I heard about this book, my husband and I were out to dinner with another married couple. One of them (I think she) asked if I/we had heard of this book. They mentioned it was on that show The Dr's and that the concept is how women really want men to take control and dominate them. I believe the bedroom was eluded to. What did I take from that description? That is was a SELF HELP book. Seriously. I mean, from the conversation we had about it and the fact that they saw it on the Dr's....it was not a giant leap of my imagination. For the record. Its most certainly not a self help book. Unless of course you prefer to be tied up and whipped in which case it could serve as an instruction manual.

Its much rauncher than anything I would normally allow myself to fall into, but curiosity got the better of me considering every housewife in America seems to be lusting over the likes of Christan Grey. I was so weirded out by the mere concept that I checked it out of the library on my Nook. No way was I walking around carrying the hard copy of that book. I feel like there is a club for those reading it. Like if I walked around with it, women would blush and cast their eyes down and men would wink at my husband knowing what he would be "in for" while I read it. Loins are waking up far and wide my friends.

What do I have to say about it? It is not the best written book. Then again, it is erotica, so its not like I expected the writing to jump into my soul. While it was intriguing to read of the concept of this submissive/dominate relationship and the contract and all it entails, it was also horrifying. So much so for me, that I kept thinking and at times saying aloud "REALLY? Forget it. Not in a million years". The "relations" between these two took place so often it quickly became mundane and I found myself skipping through that "stuff" to get to the character relationship that I found interesting. The character dynamic is JUST intriguing enough for me to want to read the second and third to see how it ends. But then again, once I finish a book, no matter how terrible, I typically make myself finish it because I hate to quit on a book. I will say I want to know what happens to the two of them in the end and I suppose that is the key to a good book series when you boil it down, right?

Second confession.

I have requested the other two books from the library. Its a long waiting list by the way.

I don't want to sound judgemental for people who are super into this book. I don't judge a person by the books they read (well, not usually- haha). I know and love many many people who are obsessed with Christian Grey. This book could be the ticket to an awakening that many women are in desperate need of. If you are used to reading romance novels then this will probably not be that much of a shock to your system. I on the other hand, am pretty prudish so that lends itself to my horror. This book is flying off shelves so obviously the woman who wrote it knows what women want and need. In a book....I'm not sure she really has the ticket to what they need and want in the bedroom.

 I hear the book is being made into a movie, as most well selling books are. My husband says its going to be the first book to movie that is going to go straight to DVD. He might be right. Haha.


  1. I've heard a lot about these books. I once read The Sleeping Beauty series by A. N. Roquelaure...I'm guessing it's much the same.

  2. I loved these books, yes they are very detailed to say the least lol but i couldnt stop reading. I read all three in a week and i have to say even if you took the sex out of it the story being told is amazing! A true heartfelt love story, its going to make a great movie!

  3. I heard they are thinking of casting Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for the leads in the movie...Not what I pictured at all for these characters...What do you think?

  4. I think that if you are really going to buy into it- they need a fresh couple. Edward and Bella has been done.....I don't want Fifty Shades to taint their fictional relationship in my head. :)