50 SHADES OF GREY: A RECAP | “Not that I am against descriptive explicit sex in a book… but for God’s sake.”

To find that base pic I did a Google image search for the word vagina.  Which by the way I recommend you do not do if you’re at work.  I cannot stress this enough – it is NSFW (not safe for work).  I am dead serious don’t do it.  Don’t you do it noooooo YOU’RE DOING IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT

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Aright ANYWAY people, let’s see here.  Where’s a good spot to start this story.  Oh right of course, the beginning’s probably a good place.

So you remember when I tweeted that I’ma take a pass on reading E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey?  (And if you don’t use twitter, well remember just now when you found out I won’t be reading 50 Shades of Grey?)

Well I remember.  Because my Twitter blew up with more like-minded responses than that time I tweeted I won’t be eating my placenta as a milkshake.  

Since I haven’t read much about it beyond the fact that it’s essentially an adult version of any of the Disney fairytales we grew up on (guy saves girl in distress) I didn’t give it much thought.  However it was interesting to find how many other women were, like me, weirded out by the soaring path to success this hella odd piece of fiction has taken.  Bestseller list.  Widespread, sustained media attention.  Women forming book clubs just so they could do everything short of physically rubbing one out in the same room together.

I thought to myself:

“I’m no idiot.  I understand that sex sells, and that sex packaged in a novel you can read while sitting on the sidelines of a soccer game (meaning a book that does not feature a gaping vagina on the cover with the title “Why Don’t You Come Inside?” written along the labia, which is the way romance novels looked to me the last time I saw a romance novel in person, which was on my grandmother’s nightstand the year of the Exxon Valdez oil spill) is a great way to take the shame out of the process, not to mention sell a f**kload of books.

But still… there are lots of books out there about sex.  Books written by authors who are on speaking terms with a thesaurus.  So why this one?  Why is this one so popular?”

I judged that this might be a topic people wanted explored, so why not here on this blog.  A blog about weddings.  lol.  So I tweeted the following soon afterwards, not really expecting anything but crossing my fingers I’d get some bites.

RT @theknottybride: I would be open to publishing a recap of 50 Shades of Grey if it was knee-slappingly hilarious enough.

And upon pressing send on that tweet, I wondered to myself; if Oprah was still around to offer her own book club suggestions instead of dangerously delegating that task to the general public, would Oprah recommend 50 Shades of Grey?

For the sticklers; I acknowledge the possibility that Oprah’s already expressed her position over on that thing called OWN, but – since you cease to exist in my world once you fall off my radar – I have no idea where she stands on this issue.  Plus I didn’t feel like looking into it, as I try to apportion the limited available time I do have to things I consider more important… like douching with Newman’s Own Organic Lemonade, and working out all the kinks in my “White Girl Wobble.”  (I’m being serious about one of those…)

ANNNYYYWAAAYYYSSS AS I WAS SAYING… I got a bite on that tweet… from the exact person I had in mind when I tweeted it.  Her name is Sharon.

The least important thing you need to know about Sharon is that she’s a reader (click here to find her on Twitter) with whom I tweet a lot.  The most important thing you should know about Sharon is that she’s a woman who lived through that l’il thing called the Women’s Liberation Movement.

And what she sent me was not the knee-slappingly hilarious recap that was her first draft.  What she sent me, instead, was a rewrite… part recap… and part “what the eff happened to my generation?!!”  And here it is:

Fifty Shades of Grey Recap & Personal Reaction ~ by Sharon

Where do I begin to recap “Fifty Shades of Grey”? Not that it is complicated, far from it; it is a simple teenage daydream, a pornographic fantasy. It starts with 21 year old Anastasia Steele, a last year college student in Portland, Oregon (almost forgot – she is also a virgin) meeting Christian Grey, an older man (I believe he is 27). Anastasia’s roommate is to interview Mr. Grey for an article for the school newspaper, but falls ill and requests that Ana do it. Before the meeting we learn that Mr. Grey is a self-made multi-millionaire who owns his own company in Seattle that employs over forty thousand people – remember, he is still 27. When Ana arrives for the interview, she is struck by the fact that all the Stepford staff have blonde hair, are gorgeous, and are intimidated by him. This forebodes a part of his personality.

When she enters his office, she trips and falls, but luckily he helps her up. It is at this moment that Anastasia notices his beautiful, hooded, grey eyes, his dark copper-colored hair, the way his pants hang off his hips, his long index finger and the fact that he is “freaking hot” (her words, not mine). Of course, in spite of his hotness she knows that she is a simple college girl a “…pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face….”

But because this is a teenage daydream, within a few days he has stalked her down, introduced her to expensive meals, fine wine, flying to Seattle for the evening and intercourse. I was astounded, not that this worldly multi-millionaire hotty pursued her, but the fact that when he took her virginity, she had a mind-blowing orgasm. How many women do you know who can say that????

Alas, as our heroine becomes more infatuated over the next few days and actually falls in love with our hero, she starts to learn one of the much darker shades of Mr. Grey. He has a red room in his condo (of course, a large expensive penthouse obtained before he was 27) that is equipped to provide pleasure or pain, depending on your proclivities, to his “Submissives”. He has had a few in the past and makes them sign a contract where he controls what they wear, what they do, how they perform, etc. Ana is not keen when he suggests that she sign a contract. Ana is looking for love not submissiveness.

He introduces her gradually to his red room, and even though she feels guilty about it, she actually enjoys it and has “intense,” “body-shattering,” “delicious,” “violent,” “all-consuming,” “turbulent,” “agonizing” and “exhausting” multiple orgasms. His true personality starts to show and he wants to control her in every way, not just sexually, but he doesn’t want her to touch his upper body. The answer to why we find out later and is the reason she forgives him for the way he is. She is becoming more and more in love with him in spite of his sexual quirkiness and his controlling ways (he only wants to protect her!!!). Of course, he is also madly in love with her and has been since she fell into his office.
He has a walk-in closet filled with designer clothes for her picked out by his personal shopper, he buys her a car for her graduation, a laptop and a Blackberry. The latter two items are so he knows where she is every minute and what she is doing – oh, no, I didn’t mean that. They are so he can stay in touch because he misses her so much, yah, that’s it! She claims that she doesn’t want these gifts but ends up keeping them and using them. She also gets a job as a junior copy editor and moves in with him.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that he owns a helicopter that he flies himself, has a large sea-going cruiser with crew, a live-in housekeeper who cleans his red room, a chauffeur-man-friday, more money than God, is an excellent classical pianist and his company, between making millions, has an altruistic project to solve third world hunger (oh, and he is still 27). All this in spite of the fact that he doesn’t seem to go to work very often and has all the time in the world to copulate with and/or control our young heroine.

They have sex, kinky, and otherwise in many places, including new experiences in the red room, and she never fails to have at least a mind blowing orgasm. He tries to control her every move and is extremely jealous. She fights against being controlled because she is a liberated woman (oh, yah!). She wants it to be love making and not just sex, no matter how mind blowing. She wants to save him from his past and heal his broken personality. They have more sex and mind blowing orgasms (it seems that there is a sexual encounter on every other page).

This takes us to perhaps chapter 8 and covers a 3 week period. For chapters 9 to 25 repeat the previous paragraph.

In the last chapter she leaves him after he spanks her several times with a belt when she has asked him to, “Show me how much it can hurt.” and he really does and she is upset. They are both desolate without each other and I am cheering and doing mental cartwheels. Being pragmatic though, we know they must get back together because there are two more books to go.

Am I crazy to expect a little bit of a plot with my gratuitous sex? God Bless the lady for creating a multi-million dollar empire out of three books and the same 150 words used over and over and over, ad nauseum.

Some of the sex in this book is extremely graphic, even though some of it I am not sure is anatomically possible. Balancing out the explicit descriptions are simple ones, such as “he touched my sex”. What the hell is that? I didn’t know I had a body part called that. The sex scenes are repeated in great detail and with such repetition that after the first one or two, they are actually boooooooooring, but I was afraid to skip any in case I missed a piece of plot.

Also, the fight within her about his control and dark nature led me to scream out loud, “Don’t allow that you stupid bitch!” However, she was so in love with him that she forgave everything and always went back for more.

I must get serious for a minute. The major thing that bothers me, other than the f______ repetition and her immature, inane, internal comments (such as, “oh crap” or “holy crap,” or “double” or “triple crap”, “Jeez” or the ever used in sexual situations “oh my”), is that so many young soccer moms love it and are even forming clubs to discuss the book and the bondage aspect. I ask myself, “Where did my generation go wrong?” We came through the sixties and seventies enlightened about sex and liberated – reading about it, writing about it and enjoying it as we pleased. For this atrocious writing to be hailed and lauded just for the sexual descriptions is outrageous. I though Harlequin had the world rights to bodice ripping sexual adventures – but at least those have a story line, or so I have been told. What has happened to this generation that this “crap” (excuse my English) could be so titillating (that is after the first two or three sexual descriptions)? I am afraid to think what they have been missing in their relationships and sexual encounters to need something this terribly written to get excited about and as some have said turned their whole relationship around.

Not that I am against descriptive, explicit sex in a book, or anywhere else for that matter, but for God’s sake please make it well-written!

~ Sharon

Alison here again… sup.  So here’s what I’m interested in learning from you:

1) You ready to start working on that Wobble?  Because if I ever get around to organizing a Meetup, it’s going to involve us making that dance the new Electric Slide of weddings.  Because I am so. done. with the electric slide.  And if you make me Macarena one more time I’m going to reconsider you as a friend.

(… Also, I will try to arrange the Meetup near a pool because, like I always say, pools just make everything better.)

2) I’d love to hear thoughts on the book, the popularity of the book, and/or Sharon’s review.  Also, have you read it or are you skipping it?  And are there any book defenders in the house?  I’m curious what other people’s personal takes are (regardless of whether you’ve read the damned thing).

Okie dokie.  I’ll see you inside the labial folds of the comment section shortly…

xoxo – Alison

Alison (that’s me) has posted on this topic today as both a concerned citizen, and as a person who has trouble getting off on the written word because… you know… modern girls have built up a bit of a tolerance.

(image credit: here’s the source of the image of that sexy-ass piece of fruit, before I added the sassy text.  which by the way… was quite sassy of me.  very much out of my typical comfort zone of sass.)

Fem·i·nism /ˈfeməˌnizəm/ noun.
1.  The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Feminist /ˈfemənist/ noun.
1. A person who supports the equality of women with men.

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32 comments

  1. Jennifer on July 23, 2012

    My SIL and I came up with a way to make Fifty Shades of Grey tolerable: enter the Fifty Shades of Grey Drinking Game!
    As a group activity, get the audiobook. Get your booze lined up. Put the audiobook on. Then drink when any of the following happens …
    1.) Ana says/thinks “Oh my.”
    2.) Ana bites her lip, rolls her eyes, or blushes/flushes.
    3.) Ana says/thinks “Crap.”
    4.) Christian appears confused by his feelings.
    5.) Christian’s mouth makes a hard line.
    6.) Christian opens a condom.
    7.) There is a mention of her “inner goddess.”
    8.) A reference to food – getting it, making it, eating it, or making Ana eat it.
    9.) Any mention of twitchy palms.
    10.) Any mention of her special place as being “down there.”
    11.) A mention of Mrs. Robinson.
    12.) With any mention of a Blackberry, those who do not have a Blackberry on their person must drink.
    13.) Ana thinks/speaks of him as “Fifty” or “Mr. Shades.”
    14.) They have wine or champagne.
    15.) When Ana calls Christian “Sir.”

    Following these rules, you should be Fifty Shades of Drunk in fairly short order.

    Of course, please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. Mr. Grey would not approve.

    (Best review of the book(s):www.goodreads.com/review/show/340987215 )

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  2. Alison on July 23, 2012

    Jennifer – Fabulous game! Only thing I wish it didn’t require was the reading of the book 50 Shades of Grey. ;)

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  3. Marie on July 23, 2012

    Have not read the book, had no plans to. Let’s fast forward to later in Ana’s life and see how she really feels about a relationship where everything about her is defined/chosen by her partner. I am sure that will work out great!

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    • lee on August 11, 2012

      i thought that was called motherhood

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  4. Maire on July 23, 2012

    I agree with this and enjoyed hearing someone else share my opinion. I read all three books. I wanted to know what all the hubbub was about and I was disappointed in both the writing and the content. Also, I felt like I had read it all before. A little research proved that to be fact. This series started out as a piece of fan fiction inspired by the Twilight series. How that series can inspire anything but nausea is beyond me. After reading about where the 50 Shades series came from, it no longer surprised me that so many people love it. The girls who adore Twilight grow up to be tre girls who love 50 Shades of Grey and look at you like youre speaking in tongues when you ask what they thought of Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

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  5. Alison on July 23, 2012

    For a second I thought someone was expressing the two sides of their split personality. But upon closer inspection I realized that one comment was written by Marie, while the other was contributed by Maire.

    So, carry on.

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  6. Amber Danese Moralis on July 23, 2012

    Excellent post! I haven’t read the books, but after reading this recap, I understand why I haven’t read them.

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  7. Lael on July 23, 2012

    Love this. This post made me laugh out loud (oh that grapefruit) and informed me on all this stupid hubabalou. I had heard of 50 shades of grey but didn’t know anything about the book. I am glad I do now because I certainly am a feminist and I like to know what is going on in the world of women and popular culture. It seems that this book is a sad attempt at liberation through talking about sex, but obviously its just a poorly written sexy-book that actually doesn’t support a feminist attitude. I like how you suggested that not reading this book is a little protest against the stupidity of society. Those women who are getting groups together to read it probably just aren’t used to talking about sex and like that idea, which is good, but of course they are getting on the wrong track since they are supporting a book that is dumb and paints women in a poor light. Thanks for this post.

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  8. I think that Jennifer has the best idea. If you played the game you would be drunk by Chapter 3 and you wouldn’t notice the rest of the book.

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  9. Laura on July 24, 2012

    Finally someone with another opinion! All the women at work think I’m crazy as I read the first book and have no desire to buy or even borrow the second. (Thanks…I’m good) They are wild about the series here in the Bible belt passing around hard copies of the book and downloading like crazy as ebooks.

    The most interesting part to me? The girls who are the most zealous about the series are the ones who can’t stand their husbands or are the most unhappy in their relationships.

    *love, love, love your blog and twitter*

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  10. Jenelle on July 24, 2012

    I’m with Laura… I read the first book and have no desire to read the rest. I am pretty sure I can guess why Mr. Grey’s so 50 shades and I am also pretty sure they could have cut out most of the sex fluff and finished the story in one book.

    At first the descriptive sex was entertaining and even exciting. Then it go to be too much. I was exhausted just reading them. And seriously… it’s unrealistic which makes it more difficult to read. If I want fantasy, I want to fantasize that it could really happen.

    And is anyone else wondering how they are going to make a movie out of this? If they cut out the details of the sex scenes the movie will be like 15 minutes long!

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  11. Anni on July 24, 2012

    I love this, so glad that you posted it. I was one of the Twitter-ers (tweet-ers?) who begged you to post this because I’m incredibly curious about this book, but don’t want to actually poison my mind reading it. (I’m ridiculously susceptible to taking up the style of dialogue I’ve read last. Hilarious and awesome when it’s something British or, you know, good, but not so awesome if I were to read this.) I have to say, it didn’t disappoint – thanks, Sharon, for the hilarious recap!

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  12. Tula on July 24, 2012

    I feel it is important to mention that 50 Shades is based on TWILIGHT FAN FICTION…

    No seriously…

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  13. Casey on July 24, 2012

    I think the vagina fruit is pretty!! Great write up, Sharon. I hate being left out of trends, so I went to reserve a copy of 50 Shades at my local library…I was number 71 on the list. SEVENTY-ONE!! I couldn’t bear to think what the physical book will have gone through after the ladies before me, so I was too icked-out to pursue it. But now I’m pretty glad I’m not – ladies know if they need to get their rocks off with some sappy dom/sub stuff they can download stuff like that for free, right??

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  14. loose diamonds for sale on July 24, 2012

    Haha, I read it and had to stop a few pages in. The writing was god-awful and not only that, I couldn’t stand the female protagonist. I googled it and it was written by someone who writes Twilight fan fiction or something like that. No wonder. Bad writing inspires more bad writing.

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  15. Hey Casey,

    If I had bought the book in paperback I would send you all three, but I bought it on Kindle. I kept reading because I kept waiting for a plot to develop – fool that I am. Yuck, could not imagine getting it from the library.

    Sharon

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  16. Megan on July 24, 2012

    OMG yes. I just finished it. At first I was all, “no way, totes not reading that.” but then I got it from a friend at my bridal/lingerie shower. And I got curious. Too curious.

    The two biggest things I hated?

    1) that you can totally tell it was written by an Englishwoman! – I’m FROM PORTLAND and no man or woman talks like them, and none of us say “bits” instead of “parts,” or “bank a check” instead of “cash a check.”

    2) that she’s ALWAYS trying to talk about feelings with him, and he ALWAYS lets her. No guy would ever indulge that.

    It’s like twilight with no vampires and tons of sex. Mutual obsession from the start.

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  17. Steph on July 25, 2012

    I’m with Laura and Jenelle…read the 1st one, no desire to continue onto book 2. I never read Twilight, nor care to, either.

    My best 50 Shades story is how the guy next to me on the plane pulled it out of his bag as we took off…I said “oh, nice choice”. He said he heard all the commotion about it & wanted to check it out. After I told him what it was about, he put it back in his bag! Haha.

    As always Alison, great post.

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  18. Cait on July 25, 2012

    During a bout of unemployment this summer I took it upon myself to read all 3 books. I too wanted to know what all the hullabaloo was about. I fount the sex scenes hot during the first book but found myself skipping them by the second. Too repetitive, too weird. The storyline itself was interesting enough to get me to read all 3, but really not that good. I have to admit it was a nice mental escape. Wouldn’t we all like to be swept off our feet by a rich attractive man? I could do without the emotional baggage and the controlling-ness but hey. Better than Twilight though I didn’t even make it past the first chapter on that one. Now THAT is piss poor writing.

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  19. Paul on July 26, 2012

    Yeah, I was told by some of the ladies at the Chiropractor’s office to read it…from what I’ve heard, it makes one of Fabio’s books read like “Cat in the Hat”

    Oh, and I have to give props to Cait for the Twilight dig…there is still hope for art and entertainment after all :-)

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  20. Ashley on July 26, 2012

    You know I googled vagina right? Well it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I had to share this one with you since you shared such a one with us, go to img dot moonbuggy dot com slash arm-vagina please, it will be worth it, not as sweet as the one you posted but definitely the funniest I’ve seen…umm, NSFW, obvs.

    I am with you, btdubs, I specifically refuse to read it because while I love smut I heard it was poorly written and I refuse. I love any kind of smut, literally, but it has to make me feel like I’m also getting smarter while I’m reading it :)

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  21. Kelli on July 30, 2012

    Am I the only one? Or are there any women out there that felt that there was NOT enough sex in the 50 Shades trilogy? I know I’m not the only one that thinks the author’s writing style is rubbish. Same goes for the cliche infested ridiculous plot and ridiculous dialogue. All in all the story is rubbish – but it could have been better… if there was more sex, more variety of kinky sex, and more development of the BDSM aspect of their relationship. The sex scenes are still vanilla with a light splattering of kink & BDSM. The only reason I got the 2nd & 3rd books was I was hoping this aspect would develop further… I kept hoping that Anastasia would get to find out what/who that leather couch was really for in Christians play room. (Along with all the other hints at kink/BDSM but failed to develop. I honestly thought that the male tenant that Christian & Ana met in the elevator was going to be some added excitement… Why’d the author even bother to mention him?! AND it’s a ridiculous cliche that a person has to be horrendously emotionally damaged in order to enjoy the level of BDSM that the main character does. The sexual relationship between the main characters became more and more vanilla and boring as the story went on.

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  22. Chelsea on July 30, 2012

    ahhh another reason to love knotty bride! Agreed on all accounts! I’m glad I’m not the only one on in this anti-50 shades movement.

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  23. Heather on August 1, 2012

    I too, am over the moon to hear others are NOT reading this! I am originally from Alabama and can see how the soccer moms are eating it up.
    BTW…I am gonna start working on White Girl Wobble TODAY!!!
    Also, I love your blog and so happy you made it to top 100! Congrats!!

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  24. Niki on August 7, 2012

    Comments on the recap… First of all, I had no idea that this was erotica when I picked it up. A friend just told me “You have to read it”, so imagine my surprise when I got to the 100th page… I almost totally agree with everything in the recap, especially that the writing was annoying and terribly sub par. I thought it was funny that she mentioned the part about the author calling her vag “her sex”. That totally grossed me out. I also agree that after the first encounter or two, the sex scenes were so repetitious that it was just boring. I do kind of agree with Kelli (previous comment)- if there had been more of an exploration of the S&M stuff, it might have been more interesting. To be honest, I’ve had some pretty amazing sex in my life, so I wasn’t all turned on by it. Also, I have read some pretty good erotica and this just wasn’t.

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  25. Louise on August 12, 2012

    I still haven’t got around to reading any of these books. All my friends have raved about all three of them, but have heard they are a bit naff and cheesy. Still debating on whether to borrow/buy them!

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  26. Passerby on September 10, 2012

    I agree with Kelli as well, for all that Christian is supposed to be this kinky uber-dom, Fifty Shades is woefully lacking in decent bdsm. Realistically, I suppose that’s the basis for its’ mass-market appeal: kinky enough to sound taboo, but nothing that might make the more vanilla readers squirm. I also think these books just paint sexual submissives as pathetic people who fall into it by accident when they couldn’t think of anything better to do with their lives. There’s enough stigma associated with being submissive as it is – if you’re a man, you must be effeminate, if you’re a woman you must be unfeminist – that we really don’t need bad writing thrown on top of it.

    I suppose I just can’t get over the fact that *this* fanfic (it was originally written as a Twilight fanfiction, remember) is the one to get published and become a worldwide best seller. I’ve been deeply involved in the online fanfiction community for over a decade – I promise you, this is not the best we have to offer! There are such better authors, and better stories out there that it just feels insulting that this one should be the one that breaks out of the box.

    It is not that difficult to serve porn with your plot. Or plot with your porn, as your tastes may be. And really, ‘her sex’? This is how fourteen year olds write porn, not authors deserving of a book contract.

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  27. Amanda on September 11, 2012

    I think this whole conversation is hilarious….especially the drinking game. My friends and I will get right on it!

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  28. ACohen on January 13, 2013

    Prepare to cry. Oprah has come out as a major fan of these books.

    Also in the third book, the birth control he forced on her (Depo) failed, and she got pregnant. Of course it was HER fault, and he involved his fists to make sure she knew it. I wish I was joking.

    Modern feminists are lapping this up. I’m honestly terrified about what the future of relationships will be. I have a little girl. Boys and men are being told to be more like Christian. I will kill anyone who treats my daughter the way Christian is praised for treating Ana.

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  29. gina on July 26, 2013

    Hi I found your blog by googleing fruit arrangements and came across the grapfruit picture but what caght my attention was “what is the deal with that 50 shades of grey book.” And I was happy to find out that there are others that dislike the book. First I should say I’m 27 and I liked Twilight ( I was 19 wen I first read it, but i never been a twilighter, yuck) to me its teens thinking they know love without loving and respecting them selves first. Like romeo and julitt who was 12 and romeo 18 ( pedephile) kill themselves for what they asure was love within day of meating, but people call it true love, the greatest love story of all times.
    Now 50 shades has never appeal to met he recap is what I expected meaningless sex with no plot nor making sence other that saying we women are stupid and get pleasure wen we are used, abused and contol. Now the way Christian is describe seems to me he is a drug dealer. I lived in Tijuana long enught to know that person that young that rich and that controling and hardly works is big time drug lord, kidnaper, assasing, polititian buyer, prostitution and human trafficking. For any woman to idolize that charecter and sexualy fantisyze with him (or even come up with this character) have major mental problems.
    Its also annoying that a college girl of 20 something years never learn to respect herself she keeps goinf for more, the sad part is there are woman like her, their husband or boyfriend beat them up and the woman exuces him for it and even defend them. I dont intend on reading any of the books they sicken me

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  30. Samantha on September 29, 2013

    I, fortunately enough, came across this little discussion (a year too late might I add) as I’m google imaging pictures for a 50 Shades party. (Unfortunately, I’m the Maid of Honor to a huge 50 Shades fan.)
    With that, I am very elated to know that I am not the only one who hates this book. I’ve put off reading it up until recently, like last week actually. Currently reading the 2nd book has proved to be much more of a feat than the 10 mile hike I unknowingly ventured on several years ago.
    The writing itself is unbearable. Repetitive phrases, words, etc. prove that a very uneducated women wrote this. I do not understand the overwhelming hype from this monstrosity of a book trilogy. She gives authors a horrible name. I think with the right author it could have been a decent book to read but luck was just not on our side.
    I only recently started to read it after much MUCH peer pressure from my bride to be and now that they’re coming out with a movie (Charlie Hunnam anyone?) I decided to take the plunge. Very disappointed in myself for caving, I went in with the thought the least I could get out of it were some pretty sexy scenes that could get me hot for my husband. Fell short completely and that is coming from a woman that is very much into the BDSM scene.
    I’m still racking my brain for an answer to the craze that is 50 Shades. I just do not get it. Maybe it was never meant to be understood by mindful readers. Only young and inexperienced women who were looking for a quick read.

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