Glenda's Reviews > Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Mar 31, 2012
Had I not read about this dog on "The Huff Post," it never would have been on my radar. E.L. James--the name's a pseudonym--found her inspiration from Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series. No surprise given the abusive male/female relationship at the center of this "romance."Just as the "Twilight" books depict a dysfunctional relationship between Bella and Edward, James has created a female protagonist whom readers are to believe is a virgin but who also finds pleasure in violent sex, including flogging. Please.I nearly abandoned the book several times, but curiosity about its appeal prompted me to persevere. I can't help but wander what the popularity of a book that sends such a disturbing message about sex says about our society. Before anyone shouts that I missed the point, I get that the book ends w/Anastasia leaving Christian Gray, but don't they get back together in the next book (which I haven't read). And I get that Christian harbors some deep, dark secret about his childhood that makes him desire dominance over women and gives him pleasure in causing them pain. A little titilation in a book is good for fantasizing, but is encouraging women--the target audience--to fantasize about a man whipping them with horse whips really something to promote? On a strictly literary level, the book is formulaic and predictable; the sex scenes are redundant in terms of James's descriptions.The characters are boring and unbelievable. Really, other than professional athletes, I can't think of one twenty-seven year old multimillionaire who owns a helicopter and a corporation. Is there anything Christian Gray can't do? Oh, yes, behave decently and respectfully to women. James was recently paid around five million for the film rights; the film will have to get an NC17 or worse rating if it stays true to the book. I only wish I could give the book 0 stars, and I sure hope the erotica crown on goodreads doesn't bombard me w/ friend requests as reading this trash was an anomaly for me. BTW, I actually thought about not posting this title to my update feed as I'm a bit embarrassed that I allowed myself to get seduced by my own curiosity.
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