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Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
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May 19, 2012

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Ok. Roll your eyes. Judge me. I am English teacher who considers herself fairly well read and a feminist. But I read these. And I read them very quickly. But...you know what?? I not-so-secretly enjoyed them...
The bad: These books are horribly written. I mean horribly written. Besides the fact that writing is awful and I literally laughed out loud or blushed at times (and not at the sex...at the horrific dialouge), the plot (if you can call it that) is all over the place--James clearly isn't aware of a subplot works, how to seriously work out conflicts or find a climax (no pun intended). But let's be honest,I didn't pick these up for the literary merit. It'd be like my husband reading Playboy for the articles.
The good: These books are deliciously trashy and fun. Again, I consider myself a feminist and while I did take issue with some of Christian's comments and observations on women, I had to remind myself what I was reading. And what this is really about--a good trashy read. And you got to hand it to James--the woman can't write to save her life (though I don't think she sees herself as such), she has tapped into many women's fantasies: an incredibly rich, sexy, handsome man who is just damaged enough that the woman can actually save him. And yes, the woman goes from being a clumsy plain Jane to a high powered sex goddess (I won't even mention how James totally ripped off Meyer's Twilight b/c I think she's pretty honest in that regard admitting that this did start as fan fiction).
You have to take these for what they are worth and just enjoy. Or at least appreciate a laugh at times.
So yes, I did it. I read them. And I'm not ashamed to admit it (ok, a little ashamed). But thankfully it's on my Kindle so maybe I will re-read these on the beach this summer...and nobody has to know...
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Jillian love this review. now i'll definitely have to read them so we can discuss.

Nancy Sandeman Yup horrible writing.. But had to read them all..

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Trisha Thank you for this review! My words exactly!

Sandy Newcomb Great review. Couldn't agree mire.

message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen I'm a high school English teacher. I read them and actually liked them. The writing is inane, silly at best, but fun. And I'm not ashamed to admit I've read the books. Hamlet had some risqué moments himself!

message 6: by Monica (new)

Monica I am also a bit ashamed to admit I read these and enjoyed reading them!!

message 7: by Monica (new)

Monica I am also a bit ashamed to admit I read these and enjoyed reading them!!

message 8: by Kat (new)

Kat After reading your review, I'm definitely going to give this book another chance.

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