Friday, May 4, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey - The Obligatory Post

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Because I too have read the trilogy, I felt like I should go ahead and jump on the bandwagon and write a post about it.  It's sure as hell not the first post, and it most definitely won't be the last, but it feels like it must be done, so here we go...

About a month ago I saw some mentions on my Twitter timeline regarding this book called Fifty Shades of Grey.  My first thought was, "Meh, if I start seeing a lot of folks mention it then I'll check it out."  And then I started seeing a lot of talk about it in my timeline...and then even more on TV and thought..."Well I'll just download the first book and see what all the fuss is about."  The only thing that I knew about it was that it was described to be erotica.  Well okay eyebrow lifted in interest.  Mind you, I had no background on how the story came to be, the inspiration, the link to Twilight, etc.  The truth of the matter is that I saw absolutely no resemblance to the Twilight story really with the exception of it being set in Seattle.  Then again, I wasn't looking for any similarities either...and not once did the thought crossed my mind that hmmm, I've read this story before.

Thus began my own tale of devouring the first...then the second...and then the third book all in the course of a week.  I just couldn't stop myself.  I'm not sure specifically what kept me drawn to it.  Here's my take.  Keep in mind that I read through the trilogy...VERY fast, so I'm gonna have to go back and read it more slowly, you know, to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time around.  ;)

The sex was hot, but descriptions of sex over and over and over and over...and over...again and you're thinking...geez really?  Again?  I mean, how many times can you describe the journey to an orgasm?  In detail?  At the same time, I'm not gonna front and say I didn't like the raunchy descriptions.  I totally dug it.  Just seemed like a lot, especially when you consider how quickly the first encounter to marriage takes place.  I mean books 1-3 takes place over like what...4 or 5 months?  But I guess suspending yourself from reality is kind of the point when reading a story like this.

I have read some criticism regarding the quality of the writing, and so on.  First of all, this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea.  The writing isn't Pulitzer Prize winning, but millions of copies have been sold, and it's a fun raunchy romantic novel, so does that really matter?  If you want to read literature with a love story, pick up Pride and Prejudice. By the way, my style of writing can't exactly be compared to Shakespeare either, but here you are reading it...

Like everything else, a lot of people are also going to form an opinion before even reading the back cover and decide not to read it because they think it's an offshoot of Twilight or they're not into BDSM or whatever.  All I can say is, give things a chance before forming an might just change your mind...that is, only if you're willing to have it changed.  And I'm not necessarily just referring to this book. Otherwise, just accept that this is a fun read.  Or just don't read it.  Isn't democracy grand?

Some of my favorite parts were the emails back and forth between Christian and Ana...because I sorta have exchanged similar type emails and can see myself doing it I definitely giggled a lot reading them.  The author has said that those emails were fun to write.  I had fun reading them.  I enjoyed the characters and the possibilities of future books from Christian's point of view.  There's so much the author could do from that side.


So I started writing this post right after I finished the trilogy.  I took a week off, couldn't help myself, and picked up the first book again to begin reading.  As I was in the middle of Chapter 4, it hit me.  I know a big reason why I'm loving these books personally.  It's not that I want the Christian Grey in the novels.  When Christian says Anastasia's name in the book and then Anastasia's feelings are narrated about how she feels when he says it, I think of my special someone.  How I feel similar if not the same when he says my name.  How I feel when he touches me, kisses me, looks at me.  I read a passage, then I close my eyes and relive real moments of feeling the exact same way.  I think that's why this second read through is even more enjoyable for me.  I know what's going to happen.  I don't have to get sucked into wondering what's going to happen next.  I can just read it, enjoy it and relive my moments all the way through it.

So my take in 140 characters or less:

Read the books.  Loved them.  Re-reading them. The end.

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