Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James was published a mere three months ago and has already sold over 10 million copies. The question is why? Fifty Shades of Grey is James' first novel, but unfortunately isn't her last. Critical, you say? That may be true. But for goodness sake, someone needs to be.
Fifty Shades of Grey is about as unrealistic as it gets. Young Christian Grey is perfect; perfectly handsome, perfectly rich, perfectly groomed, perfectly goal-oriented and perfectly perverted. His need for bondage and control over his partner is sick and degrading.
And then there's Anastasia. She's never even had a boyfriend let alone done the deed. But that doesn't stop her from being completely in tune with her sexual needs and desires. I guess her inexperience might account for her stupidity regarding putting herself in such a relationship, though. (NOT!)
If you're IQ isn't so severely lowered that you have the ability to keep reading after the first few pages, you'll quickly discover that the title, Fifty Shades of Grey, could have been fifty shades of crimson, red or blushing. Or it could have been Fifty Shades of Grey-the book of lip chewing.
It's terribly disturbing to me that someone would want to write a book like Fifty Shades of Grey. But what's even more disturbing is that so many people have read it. And just for the record, I haven't. I'm basing all my information on reviews, the jacket, publisher's synopsis and media hype. Does this make me unqualified? I don't think so. Remember, you don't have to get sprayed by a skunk to know it stinks.
But if you don't want to take my word for it, here's what several people who actually did read the book had to say….
"This is depressing…Is this how young girls really think and act these days? I have never seen such poor quality writing in my life."
"I was sucked in by the great press the book was given. Fifty Shades of Grey was horrible. It reads worse than a Harlequin Romance. It worries me that there are two more books in the series to come."
"The author has stolen so much from the Twilight series that she ought to be sued for plagiarism."
"Entertaining but unrealistic."
"Fifty Shades of Grey was a great book. Can't wait for the rest of them." (This reader was probably 16)
"I don't think there are words to describe how much I hated this book. I read 60 pages. And that's 60 pages worth of time I'll never get back."
"If you read Fifty Shades of Grey you need your head examined. I'm just glad I didn't waste my money or too much of my time on it."
"Fifty Shades of Grey will be used to keep my family warm this winter…in the fireplace."
Well, there you have it. Readers (or in some cases, partial readers) of Fifty Shades of Grey are for the most part, very disappointed…put off…disgusted. But did you notice it wasn't so much about the plot of the book as it was the poor quality of writing?
Fifty Shades of Grey…it's painful on the gray matter.
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