As an ardent reader of anything in the form of prose or poetry, I cannot help but feel guilty that I have not neither read nor ever touched any of the 50 Shades books which is apparently the fastest selling adult book in history.
I love to read. let me make this clear. In fact the only reason reason I created a blog was because I love to write as well. this new segment on my blog will bear a testament of most of what happens in the recess of I mind when I am not eating or sleeping that is.
So back to this 50 Shades of Craze. Can someone (preferably a lady) please explain to me what the madness is all about? I say ladies because I hear this book is ‘mommy porn’ at its best. Hmmm. If it is indeed porn for the single moms, or the exhausted housewife at the end of the day who just wants to slip in between those sheets not into the arms of her beloved partner but with a dog-eared Harlequin paperback cradled in her arms then I’d say that’s hardly a novelty is it? A good ol’ Jackie Collins novel will take a grown lady places that she has only dreamed of going in her teen years.
Because harlequin and Mills & Boons have been doing this for years, I rule out novelty as a reason for the widespread scramble effect this book is having on women (and the more more curious of their men). So what is the deal? I urge the readers to spill the beans please.
This is not a review or critique of the 50 Shades novels as I have never read one myself. We were watching something on TV the other day about these books and my friend says, “You’re the blogger. How come you haven’t read any of these books yet?”
My response was; “Give me 50 reasons why I should.”
This is an excerpt of a review of the book from The Guardian:
…The trilogy features Anastasia Steele, who falls in love with Christian Grey, a troubled young billionaire who likes sex only if he can accompany it with quite formal, stylised corporal punishment. The narrative drivers are pretty slack – improbable dialogue (“I’m a very wealthy man, Miss Steele, and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies”); lame characterisation; irritating tics (a constant war between Steele’s “subconscious”, which is always fainting or putting on half-moon glasses, and her “inner goddess”, who is forever pouting and stamping); and an internal monologue that goes like this … “Holy hell, he’s hot!”; “No man has ever affected me the way Christian Grey has, and I cannot fathom why. Is it his looks? His civility? Wealth? Power?” Yuh huh. Civility puts me in a blue funk too…
If this is supposed to make me anticipate further, then God help me because those short lines form the novel itself fail to convince me.
I generally don’t veer towards things that are overhyped. Call me old-fashioned but if a movie or book is released and there is non-stop hype about I generally tend not to succumb to the hype. Unless it’s in a genre that I would normally go for otherwise. Hype is good, but I guess what it does for me is that it shoves something i my face so much so that I feel I have already seen/read it by the time it’s released. Don’t shoot me but I have never watched any of the Twilight movies till date:(
The most hyped-about movies I have probably watched are the Hunger Games and Avatar.
So yes, back to 50 Shades. Am I the only girl in the world who hasn’t read the 50 Shades Trilogy? Or are there many others out there?
Should I jump on the bandwagon? I’m not too sure. Considering this post 50 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Reading 50 Shades of Grey on www.everywhereist.com sounds very convincing.
Give me reasons to do otherwise please. If possible, 50 of them!
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