Friday, June 1, 2012

The First Fifty

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Yes, I've finally jumped on the bandwagon. Before picking this up I heard over and over just how bad the writing was, and maybe I should be a little embarrassed to admit this, but it didn't really bother me. I did notice some typos, something I very rarely find. So I know if I found more than 1, I can only imagine how many are actually in here.

But to the actual story. I read a review at Read It, See It that I completely agree with. In her her review, Megan touches on some of the topics of discussion on the book. We all have an opinion on Ana's & Christian's relationship. But if two consenting adults have a relationship, does it really matter what goes on between closed doors? If you are enjoying yourself, does that make it wrong because society says it's not normal? Yes, Christian is controlling, but is he abusive? After all, he does make sure she knows what she's getting into.

Also, what I thought was fun was knowing that Ana was basically Bella from the Twilight books and Christian was Edward. No James' interpretation of them doesn't match Stephanie Meyers exactly, but it was still fun finding the similarities (and differences too).

Basically yes, it made me uncomfortable in places. Part of me feels like I shouldn't admit to liking it (but again in a way that goes back to the question about whether if we enjoy something does it matter if other may think it's wrong). But I guess the most telling thing here is that I've already started the second book.

4/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

12 comments:

  1. Ha, I wrote an entire series on the sexual premise of the books, and then another post on people judging others based on what they read and my opinion on the whole thing is:

    Who cares what people read, or do in their bedroom? None of my business either way. We all have our preferences and our likes and dislikes, and IMO, no one should be ashamed to admit they enjoyed the books (or any book!) or that they like certain sexual things. Obviously, that last one is not something that you would want to talk about in random company like you would with books, but between partners, or talking about it with friends? No one should feel ashamed.

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  2. I haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, but I know that SO many people are reading these books that I'm tempted to as well. I'll be curious to see how you like the next one.

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  3. I requested this at the library, and began at no. 203 in the queue! I'm finally down to around 80, haha!

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  4. I haven't jumped on the bandwagon on these yet. I don't know if I will.

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  5. The sexual/erotic part of this book didn't really bother me, I just couldn't get into it because of the terrible writing and later on in the book when they were sending pages and pages of emails back and forth I wanted to rip my hair out. Basically I just found this book really boring, which I suppose shouldn't surprise me because I also couldn't get through the Twilight books because they bored me!

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  6. I couldnt wait to read your opinion. I cant wait to read these!

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  7. I still don't know if I should read them. I mean, I don't care about all the sex but bad writing and typos...I don't know.

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  8. I just didn't get hooked on this series like everyone else!

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  9. You wrote a great review! I loved your honesty. I know what you mean about feeling like you "shouldn't" like these. That's exactly how I felt. Like it was dirty or something.

    The writing wasn't very good, but then again we enjoy quite a few things where the writing isn't good. At the end of the day, I'm just happy people are READING. Turning OFF the tv and reading. Even if it's bad writing, it's still good. ;)

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  11. So I know the writing isn't that great but I didn't care. I thought the actual story was good.

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  12. I think I'm going to have to jump on the bandwagon also and read this book!

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