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message 1: by Andy6343 (new)

Andy6343 Hi all,

Need your help. I'm currently writing a news feature about men who have read Fifty Shades of Grey. I'm looking for a few more men to be interviewed.
If you're not a male Do you know one who has read it? Did your partner/ husband pinch your copy? What did he think of it?
If you'd like to help contribute please post here.
It will be a light and humorous article, won't take long to be help me and it will be a lot of fun to be profiled!


message 2: by Henry (last edited Sep 10, 2012 06:41PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Henry Le Nav I read it and you are certainly welcome to use anything in my review that you would like. I do not wish to be interviewed or profiled, anonymity is golden. But again if you wish, quote anything you like out of my review. You may refer to my user name here or on my blog. My blog has the same review as here but I added some edits.

http://navfin.blogspot.com/2012/04/fi...

Incidentally I may not exactly fit your demographic. I am 63 and happily married. I am quite enamored with sex, but BDSM is not my thing. I did not care for this book but I am fascinated with the reaction that it has caused.


Nicole Great review, Henry!


Henry Le Nav Nicole wrote: "Great review, Henry!"

Thank you for the kind complement.


David I've read them


Gayle After I had downloaded the series and read them, then ran out to physically have the books in my possession my husband thought I was nuts. Then I proceeded to read them all - twice. He started asking questions about the books so I filled him in. He is currently onto book 2 and reads them every night. He's enjoying them :)


S.L.J. I've read them and I thouht they were terrible. Not because of the sex scenes or the Twilight origins but simply because the writing was bad and the story was worse.

If I hear 'Inner Goddess' one more time I'm gonna start swinging!

Plot: What plot? There wasn't one. This trilogy was simply about sexual exploration.
Characters: I've seen pasta with more substance than them.
Structure: Reminds me of road works on the M25. They could do it in 2 weeks but instead they take 2 months.

All in all, a crappy story.

Gotta hand it to E.L. though. She knew the market and made it work for her. She's probably lying on silk sheets, rolling naked in money right now. It's definately not an honest way to make a living but it worked. She made it.

Can't fault her there.


Jenna S.L.J. wrote: "I've read them and I thouht they were terrible. Not because of the sex scenes or the Twilight origins but simply because the writing was bad and the story was worse.

If I hear 'Inner Goddess' one ..."


i love your whole comment and i agree 100 percent


Ross Interesting... Hadn't seen this thread till now. I read 1.5 of the series. At some point I finally realized that the experience was becoming an endurance test rather than one of entertainment. I give the author all the credit in the world and will not knock success. It is very rare to catch lighting in a bottle such as this series did. If anything, I think the appeal of the story initially opened a new world of possibilities for the reader. But, after that, the story eventually ceased to deliver on the promise of those possibilities.


Destiney S.L.J. wrote: "I've read them and I thouht they were terrible. Not because of the sex scenes or the Twilight origins but simply because the writing was bad and the story was worse.

If I hear 'Inner Goddess' one ..."


Of course its all about sex. Its an Erotic Romance!!!


Jettcatt My husband read it after all the fuss started and the only comment I got from him was "Do all you women have a low self esteem and worry about all the insecure stuff that Ana does" when I answered "Yes pretty much" he said "Whoa that is really sad" Yep I agreed with him women are their own worst enemies.


message 12: by Amit (new) - rated it 1 star

Amit 1 of the most horrible books I've ever read.....


message 13: by Jenna (new) - rated it 1 star

Jenna Jettcatt wrote: "My husband read it after all the fuss started and the only comment I got from him was "Do all you women have a low self esteem and worry about all the insecure stuff that Ana does" when I answered..."

not all woman are that insecure


Paris        (kerbytejas) I saw this in another GR thread and found it funny - fits this topic perfectly




Carrie P My question is "Do husbands feel insecure when their wives start reading the Shades trilogy to get their rocks off?" My cousin's wife read the first one & he was initially disgusted she even bought the book; he hasn't read it & probably never will because he's pretty secure in his own Christian Grey hotness.


Carrie P S.L.J. wrote: "I've read them and I thouht they were terrible. Not because of the sex scenes or the Twilight origins but simply because the writing was bad and the story was worse.

If I hear 'Inner Goddess' one ..."


Loved your STRUCTURE comment!


Stephania Henry wrote: "I read it and you are certainly welcome to use anything in my review that you would like. I do not wish to be interviewed or profiled, anonymity is golden. But again if you wish, quote anything y..."

great review henry!


message 18: by Ahmad (new) - rated it 1 star

Ahmad Qassab Bashi I hate it


message 19: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...so why in hell is this thing selling like hotcakes and making best seller lists all over the place...has our literature, tastes, intelligence come to this...???...good for her for making money but, so far, this is a terrible writing display and really insulting to both men and women...perhaps this is what we get from MTV and the media in general...LOWEST common denominator...I will try to finish reading it but...doesn't look good...may end up sitting next to The Time Travelers Wife...LOL...come on, girls...!!!...find some real books to read...


Stephania Rey wrote: "...so why in hell is this thing selling like hotcakes and making best seller lists all over the place...has our literature, tastes, intelligence come to this...???...good for her for making money b..."


hahaha sorry but i loved these books!try and finish it!it might get better for you


message 21: by Kae (new) - rated it 1 star

Kae Santiago S.L.J. wrote: "I've read them and I thouht they were terrible. Not because of the sex scenes or the Twilight origins but simply because the writing was bad and the story was worse.

If I hear 'Inner Goddess' one ..."


hahaha! I totally agree with yah!


Katrina Passick Lumsden Jettcatt wrote: "...comment I got from him was "Do all you women have a low self esteem and worry about all the insecure stuff that Ana does" when I answered "Yes pretty much" he said "Whoa that is really sad"... "

No. No, no...and no. No, we do not all have abysmal self-esteem and worry about the petty crap Ana did. Just no.


message 23: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...well, I have plodded through 1/4 of the book (not hard to do; reading "lite"...if anything it is WORSE...none of the characters are minutely sympathetic, the writing is horrendous ("...oh my...") and I am still searching for redeeming value...even the porn-lit was tame (so far)...guess it is just the fact that erotica and writing (well, more READING) in the modern world seems so new and forbidden (Victorian values, like racism, die hard)...so I am looking at it as a simple pleasure (like when I used to read Evanovich "novels"; really, they were all the same with minor adustments so I quit reading them; same with Coben and others; too formulaic)...I have obviously dropped the expectation of The Next Great American Novel but what did I expect...usually when the masses flock to something it is schlock (movies, tv, even cars)...speaking of cars...try this one out...Engines of Change...hey, why can't a guy post something here on the chick page...???...oh my...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...


message 24: by Henry (last edited Oct 24, 2012 05:44PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Henry Le Nav Rey wrote: "speaking of cars...try this one out...Engines of Change...hey, why can't a guy post something here on the chick page"

I thoroughly enjoyed Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars, much more than 50 Shades.


message 25: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...indeed...substance over silliness...the linking of Ralph Nader to the GWBush/Dick Cheney Presidency was the greatest revelation so far...and it is true...the Corvair was responsible for Bush, war, trillions of debt, Wall Street piggery, amazing...


Henry Le Nav Rey wrote: "...indeed...substance over silliness...the linking of Ralph Nader to the GWBush/Dick Cheney Presidency was the greatest revelation so far...and it is true...the Corvair was responsible for Bush, wa..."

Yes that was fascinating. After reading that I have told various people who are going to vote for a third candidate, to think about it. Voting for a third party candidate that doesn't have a snow ball's chance in hell, is really a vote for the candidate that you like the least.

I was also amazed at all the gyrations Ford went through in the first chapter. It was an excellent book. The difficulties of VW right after the war was interesting as well. Not a boring chapter in the book.


message 27: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...and, while I was aware of it, very few people seem to know that F. Porsche was the father of the VW Beetle...air cooled bugs morphed into air cooled 911's, still the standard in sports car racing some sixty years after their debut...amazing...the Nader stuff though was very eye opening...now, back to girl porn...ugh...


message 28: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...back to the shades of grey...nothing to report...in spite of the fact that I have now made it through 1/2 of the book...this person cannot write worth a lick...and is now a multi-millionaire no doubt...see what happens when a generation or two sit in front of the boob toob and stop thinking...???...their brains turned to mush and this tripe becomes "interesting" to them...surprised they still know how to read...I will persevere however...wish me luck...trying to make it to the end of the book...this does not bode well for me reading The Time Travelers Wife...if all that does is make women cry, I can do without...if all this is is some soft-core porn for suburban housewives...well, it is what it is...sigh...oh my...my inner god is telling me to stop now...and danged if I didn't finish Engines of Change so I have no back up...may have to dip into my personal stash to relieve the tedium...a classic perhaps...Tortilla Flats anyone...???...


Heath Ochroch I read the first book, that was enough for me. I am a 31 yr old male.

I wanted to see what all the hub-bub was about, and it kind of made me sad for humanity that such a poorly written book could sell so wildly.

First problem: Ana was really freaking annoying. Bitch, quit your whining about Mrs. Robinson already, if you don't trust your dude enough to understand the boundaries he has set in his life relationships, that's on you, go eat a cookie.

Second problem: the terrible writing. "Eat.", "He smirked", "Eye-roll", "Murmur." "Blushed Crimson" Throw in sex, inner goddess, subconscious and the contract, and you have 35% of the entire book!

One thing I did find interesting was the aforementioned portrayals of Ana's Inner Goddess and her subconscious as different characters. The Inner Goddess referred to Ana's legitimate sexual desires, while her subconscious referred to the standards forced on her by society. This could also be looked at as a classic manifestation of the Madonna/Whore dichotomy.

I have spoken with a lot of girls that have read the book, and I have found an inverse correlation between their enjoyment of the book, and the quality of their own sex lives.

I'm still kind of hungover, and in the spirit of the abysmal amount of brain cells required to read this book, I shall skip a conclusion. *smirk*


Donalyn Paris (kerbytejas) wrote: "I saw this in another GR thread and found it funny - fits this topic perfectly

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haha! Priceless!


message 31: by Rey (new) - rated it 1 star

Rey Dekker ...boy...I just read a couple of "positive" reviews for this bird cage liner and I hope I never cross paths with ANYONE who liked this...they could flip at any moment and someone (me) could end up like an Ed Gein lampshade...mind boggling...there...I said it again...oh my...she says that a thousand times...my inner god counted... (someone actually took the trouble to inventory the REPETITION: http://illbeoutinaminute.com/2012/05/...) Ed Gein: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein


message 32: by Rtathgar (new)

Rtathgar Hi GUYS i really need MALES who have read Fifty Shades of Grey to participate in my dissertation its a short questionnaire and shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes. please also forward it to anyone else you know who has read the book!

https://westminsterpsych.az1.qualtric...

thank you so much


message 33: by Aaron (new) - rated it 1 star

Aaron Speer Filled it out :-)


message 34: by Henry (last edited Feb 10, 2015 05:41PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Henry Le Nav Rtathgar wrote: "Hi GUYS i really need MALES who have read Fifty Shades of Grey to participate in my dissertation its a short questionnaire and shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes. please also forward it to anyon..."

Interesting survey. However, do normal people stop having sex at 40? If so I didn't get the message. The survey has no age group higher than 40. I also was surprised that there were no questions regarding long term committed relationships.

A partner after 40 years of being in a committed monogamous relationship (dating and marriage) is not the same thing as a new relationship or a one night stand.

Also I hope that you will post a link to the completed research so we can see the results and how we stack up. The age omission is a serious flaw in my opinion.


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