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message 1: by Samirah (last edited Jun 05, 2012 04:46AM) (new)

Samirah | 6 comments I haven't read fify shades of grey because I'm not into erotic stuff but everyone seem to be talking about it.Make me change my mind,tell me whats so good about it?:)


message 2: by Viola (new)

Viola | 1014 comments You aren't missing much.

I am guessing that you are feeling out of the loop. But really, if you don't like depictions of sex in your novels, this is simply not a book for you.

The writing is awful beyond belief. The characters are not that compelling. It's only redeeming quality is that it's not boring and the plot moves quickly.


message 3: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) I agree completely - except I thought it was boring and I do not mind sex in books.


message 4: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca There is discussion thread going on for a buddy read Samirah you should check it out and see what you think.


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) | 1445 comments Viola, I wish this was Facebook and I could "like" your post lol.


message 6: by Samirah (new)

Samirah | 6 comments actually somebody compared it with twilight and I'm a huge twilight fan


message 7: by Regina (last edited Jun 05, 2012 11:54AM) (new)

Regina (reginar) It is twilight fanfiction, so thus the comparison. The leads are modeled after Edward and Bella. For me, I could not stand Edward -- I thought his behavior was very disturbing and I saw the same behavior in the "hero" in 50 shades. So it was an immediate trigger (in addition to the writing) that turned me off.

Here are some articles about it being a fanfic work:

http://dearauthor.com/features/indust...

http://www.overthinkingit.com/topic/5...

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacke...

ETA: And I feel like I should disclose that I am a fan of fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult and erotica/explicit romance -- in addition to literary fiction, classics, etc. (I am all over the place. :) ) Anyway, for me it wasn't that the genre was not right, it was the book itself. I always say to people I know, if you want a really good romance, with a great storyline, good characters and good sex -- or you want just good sex, I can give you some recs. But this book ain't it -- just my opinion though. And I know there are many people who don't enjoy my favorites. :) It is all subjective.


message 8: by Viola (new)

Viola | 1014 comments Samirah wrote: "actually somebody compared it with twilight and I'm a huge twilight fan"

It is a fan fiction of Twilight, so there are some obvious (many too obvious) similarities. But, I don't think that just because someone is a Twilight fan would automatically make them a fan of this book. I myself am a fan of Twilight, but nothing that is good, sweet, and charming about it comes through in Fifty Shades of Grey. Like, Anastasia is clumsy, just like Bella is clumsy. But so what? That doesn't make Anastasia's character as likable as Bella. And I think Christian is NOTHING like Edward. Also, one appeal of Twilight, at least for me, was the lack of sex, so there is this huge build of of sexual tension. Obviously there isn't any of that in Fifty since they start having sex 14% into the book.


message 9: by Regina (last edited Jun 05, 2012 12:01PM) (new)

Regina (reginar) I thought Christian was a lot like Edward. :) But for me that was a negative.


message 10: by Christine (new)

Christine | 1311 comments Samirah wrote: "actually somebody compared it with twilight and I'm a huge twilight fan"

Personally, the comparison never crossed my mind and I have read all the Twilight Books and seen the movies (cannot stand Bella on film, I think the actress is absolutely horrible) and have read all 3 Fifty Shades.. I didn't see it.
Now if I said to you certain things about each character, sure, but honestly never crossed my mind.
If you aren't into ALOT of sex, this isn't the book for you.


message 11: by Vered (new)

Vered (vered_ehsani) If you want a seriously funny review on this book: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
The reader clearly hated 50 Shades, but the way she writes about it is worth reading!


Marialyce (absltmom, yaya) Vered wrote: "If you want a seriously funny review on this book: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
The reader clearly hated 50 Shades, but the way she writes about it is worth reading!"


Read it, loved it...the review that is! Thanks..


message 13: by Samirah (new)

Samirah | 6 comments Thanks ladies I really appreciate your help.Guess I wont be reading it


message 14: by Samirah (last edited Jun 08, 2012 06:35AM) (new)

Samirah | 6 comments Viola you are right I was feeling out of the loop


message 15: by Vered (new)

Vered (vered_ehsani) Sometimes a loop isn't worth being in!


message 16: by Samirah (new)

Samirah | 6 comments Vered wrote: "Sometimes a loop isn't worth being in!"

true


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 68 comments I wish we could "like" comments too. Vered put it brilliantly.


message 18: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Vered wrote: "Sometimes a loop isn't worth being in!"

Yup!

I truly believe this is all a fluke and just a matter of the book falling in the right hands at the right time. It is not well written and really not that sexy. I think many many women didn't know that there are interesting romances out there that are not like the bodice rippers of the 1970s and 1980s. I think many many women didn't know about erotica that was decently written and involved a happily ever after. And this (a friend of mine's theory) one has a tame looking cover and name, so before the hype it didn't trigger automatic embarrassment for reading it and or buying it. Anyway, just my theory.


message 19: by Michele (new)

Michele Brenton (banana_the_poet) | 17 comments I've been avoiding this thread because I thought it would be all about how great the book was. But I let curiosity get the better of me and I am glad I did. That review was wonderful and now I know what I have avoided by not reading it. Thank you for this thread. I mean that most sincerely.


message 20: by Viola (new)

Viola | 1014 comments Regina wrote: "Vered wrote: "Sometimes a loop isn't worth being in!"

Yup!

I truly believe this is all a fluke and just a matter of the book falling in the right hands at the right time. It is not well written a..."


Yeah, I totally don't get it. Because even if you are looking for erotica and wanting to read about sex, this one isn't good. AT. ALL.


message 21: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Exactly!


message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) | 1445 comments There's way better stuff in my imagination than anything that involves pain of any kind in relation to sex. How that could be a turn-on to anyone is something I'll never understand.


message 23: by Beth (new)

Beth Knight (zazaknittycat) | 130 comments I tried reading this and could not get past page 27. I think the writing alone is horrendous! I skipped around a bit to read the sex scenes and I thought they were boring and very similar. I feel that if you read one of them you've read all of them. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.


message 24: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Haefner | 16 comments LOL! I don't need to be in this loop! I enjoy a good erotic romance from time to time...and I mean well written plot and sex scenes. I have not read 50 Shades, but from what I've been told by fellow writers I know and know the level of quality they produce, this book is not written well and is very redundant.

I think so much of the buzz is from women who didn't even know books like this existed. My SIL didn't know the entire erotic romance genre was even out there! I told her to tell me when she's ready for some good erotic recommendations...I know a whole bunch of great authors! LOL!


message 25: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Stephanie I completley agree. :)


message 26: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle (awaken80) | 353 comments Omg thank you for that awesome review, Vered! I haven't been interested in reading this book at all, and my suspicions of it sucking and it basically being sexist porn have been confirmed! Won't bother reading this trash!


message 27: by Vered (new)

Vered (vered_ehsani) Rachelle wrote: "Omg thank you for that awesome review, Vered! I haven't been interested in reading this book at all, and my suspicions of it sucking and it basically being sexist porn have been confirmed! Won't bo..."

:-)
I love Brigid's reviews, they tend to be excellent reading!


message 28: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Rose (thesingingroses) | 4 comments Most of the hype that came from 50 Shades of Gray actually didn't accrue until it came out that the book was originally written as Twilight fanfiction under the name Master of the Universe (which you could still find on the net as late as a couple of months ago!) I know this was mentioned above, but I know in the publishing world it became a huge thing because it is the first published fan fiction ever- and operates on the fanfiction principle. The whole thing reads like a badly scripted Dungeons & Dragons for women, with gross misrepresentation of the BDSM lifestyle- it gives no regards to the actual rules and training that goes into a healthy BDSM lifestyle, just the glamorization of what is an abusive relationship. The one thing that I have found most lovers of the book tout is the 'empowerment' that the book gives them. However, this 'empowerment' is simply a mask for taboo sexual kink and cliched, slapped on 'personal goddess' language that is disrespectful to almost any goddess religion followed. It's nothing more than a (badly) pre-written roleplay full of sex that enforces gender stereotyping, glamorizes abusive sexual habits, and yet is alluring because of it's emphasis on 'individuality' and 'forbidden-ness', all wrapped up in a super easy, quick read that is comfortable for most working women or mothers.


message 29: by Becky (new)

Becky (ebab) | 1891 comments Samirah wrote: "actually somebody compared it with twilight and I'm a huge twilight fan"

Read both. Never saw the resemblence. Grey is horrible. The vampires, werewolves and love story was much more interesting and entertaining. I wasted too much time reading the 50 shades books. Everyone said it got better. NOT!


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky (ebab) | 1891 comments Laura wrote: "There's way better stuff in my imagination than anything that involves pain of any kind in relation to sex. How that could be a turn-on to anyone is something I'll never understand."

I agree 100% with this.


message 31: by Becky (new)

Becky (ebab) | 1891 comments I know I am totally turned off of anything with erotic in the title. Or the BDMS. There is too much really good literature and good love stories with equal partnership sex in it. I won't read anything like this again. Sorry.


message 32: by Sofia (new)

Sofia (fivesunflowers) | 105 comments There is a lot of really well-written erotica out there. The content is not something that bothers me at all. The writing in this book is embarrassing, the characters are both pretty pathetic, and did I mention the horrid writing? lol

This is a "novel" for people who don't read on a regular basis - I'll just leave it at that lol


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