About a month ago, I was talking with a friend of mine and she mentioned that she had just finished reading a Number One Bestseller titled “Fifty Shades of Grey.” When I asked her what it was about, she winked at me and said that it was a very different kind of love story. She offered to lend me her copy and I quickly snatched it up and raced home with it!
I had heard the book was a bestseller but other than that, I had no idea of what to expect from this 2011 Bestseller by E L James. Within one-half hour, I started to yawn…after another tedious fifteen minutes spent in the company of Christian and Anastasia I threw the book on my nightstand and decided not to waste any more of my evening on such a poorly written novel.
I finally plowed through the rest of the book over the next few weeks (I am a fast reader, but I kept falling asleep while reading it). Once I finished, I set it down and wondered how in the sweet heavens above anyone considered this book worthy of a place on the bestseller list.
The dialogue was dull, the characters fell flat and the whole concept of BDSM was a major turnoff for me. I’ve been more captivated by the writing on the back of a box of Cheerios than I was by this novel.
The characters had a major problem…they weren’t believable…they weren’t likable and they weren’t interesting at all. The sex was explicit…much too explicit for my taste. I found myself turning page after page to get past the bondage, submission and graphic sex scenes and a never ending set of contracts setting out “hard” and “soft” limits the woman was willing to endure in exchange for some fancy duds and jewelery.
I’d rather imagine a sexy vampire nibbling on my neck with a promise of eternal love than a pompous putz who wants me to sign a contract that allows him to use me to fulfill his desire for BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism/masochism).
Somehow this book sold over 50 million copies…I just wonder how many of those 50 million readers actually enjoyed the book. I know that I felt the time I wasted turning it’s pages could have been spent in the company of a talented author with a real story to tell.
There was one thing I was very thankful for…I didn’t buy this book, it was borrowed. I’m certainly not going to buy the two sequels and you won’t find me in line at the movie theater when Universal releases it’s film version of this novel. There are too many talented authors out there for me to read to waste a minute more on the antics of these two ridiculous characters.
You might guess that I would rate this book a zero and give it a huge thumbs down. I do recommend you buy it if you suffer from insomnia…it’s a sure cure for those sleepless nights!
Yours in Writing,