Don’t believe the hype? E L James – 50 Shades of Grey

After a discussion about this at our book group I decided to see what all the fuss was about being as it only cost £3 for the Kindle version with the advantage that no-one would ever see it on my bookshelf.  I have to confess to just skimming the first part and initially it just seemed like Mills and Boon with a lot of S and M thrown in.

Scarily by the second part I found myself being drawn into the story of Anastasia the inexperienced virgin and Christian her screwed up  boss.  It is all stereotypical stuff (apart from the end), woman has multiple orgasms even though she’s a virgin, the man can do it at least three times an hour – aren’t these people ever tired from having a job?

I scarily find myself wanting to know what happens next but can I take the humiliation of reading more?   I have read that this is great as it is encouraging more women to read, but is this really something to be excited about or am I just a book snob? Am still at a bit of a loss to understand what makes this so much more successful than other books of its type but maybe some people can advise on this.

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4 responses to “Don’t believe the hype? E L James – 50 Shades of Grey

  1. You must understand that this book was written with ‘you know who’s’ blessing with the assurance that all twilight fans would buy it, and they did. It’s written poorly, which shows the lack of writing skills, but this is also an ideal book for people with poor reading abilities, and they are only interested in the erotic (pornography is in the eye of the beholder) and a man can have regular ejaculations if the poor fellow is suffering from (must look that up) a mental disease, as for multiple orgasms, any self-respecting sexually active male knows this is possible in all women.
    And another thing, this writing in the first person present tense, I tried it but it just doesn’t work. I’ve tried reading it in several teeny books too, but it doesn’t ring true in my mind, and I find myself constantly disengaging as my thoughts wander.
    If you are interested in high erotic, try Fifty Shades of Blue (NYPD faded uniform shirt). It’s not about the erotic, its not a ghost story, its not romance either, or a thriller in fact its everything rolled into one, and its available on amazon.
    It will never be a best seller, but it is entertaining.

  2. Thanks for that interesting and funny comment, I hadn’t read about the Twilight connection before so just had to look that up. It’s a shame that it’s a ropey book that is getting more people into reading.

  3. Vicki

    I’ve heard the punctuation is shocking, for me that is reason enough never to read it – it would drive me to distraction!

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