Friday, August 24, 2012

50 Shades of Grey, My Take....

Really, this is Vicki Archer's fault that I'm discussing this book here.
If she can, I can, you know?  Cause Vicki is all things polite, refined & elegant, isn't she?

Anyway, this book is being read by millions of women it seems, 
I believe very young women are the readers
as they probably haven't seen or heard anything about all this 
as they never read Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann or the others way back when.

I asked a couple of men friends what their take on this is & I quote:

" do not do SM or Dom Sub stuff, 
I like romantic and wild sex, that's enough, 
I have never done a 3 way."

"I never wanted to tie anyone up or spank them and I don't
think I'm weird"

"Only a perv would want to humiliate a woman and
make her beg.  This is sick."

"Sounds like a total f------ waste of time"

These are well-travelled, educated, highly professional & successful guys.
Like Christian Grey.

Christian is a man determined to get a girl who will be submissive.
That is his only goal. Period.
He can romance her along the way, but the prize for him is her
letting him do as he will with her, anytime, anyplace, anything.

Now, meet Anastasia Steele

  Mostly I didn't believe there could be a girl/woman like
Anastasia, so naive after 4 years of college, 
so desperate for love and/or attention,
so willing to sacrifice herself for the benefit of Christian Grey.
OK, so she got a laptop, a car, yada yada yada.
What else did she get?
Spanked. Demeaned. Dominated. Isolated.
I was not turned on, I was not titillated, I was not entertained,
I was bored.

  I thought if her inner goddess spoke
of how HOT he was again I would D.I.E.
I also thought the saying of "Oh my" was way overdone.
The continued over-stating of her innocence was also
vastly overdone as the story marches on and she is
playing all these abhorrent games with him.
Goodness, if I could find a way to make as much money as the author
I would be so happy, but to tell the truth I couldn't do it this way.
The S&M porn movies do all this, and most people laugh out loud when
they see this stuff.  A nude woman suspended by leather straps from the ceiling,
or hanging from the ceiling in a cage, all the while the man taunting them.
Now, I ask you, seriously...can anyone reading my blog relate to this
and/or think it's waaaay cool?

But, mostly what I think about this book is that it's an episodic story which,
hopefully, has SOME redeeming value at the end of the 3rd missive.
I won't know because I will never read another word.

For an hilarious and thumbs-down review by a professional
book reviewer please go

be warned the reviewed is very very profane & very very angry that
a book this terrible could receive the attention it has.

And, just today I heard it could be a movie !!
A movie?  Really?
"50 Shades of Porn" is the working title, I hear.
Anyway, what break-out actor/actress would agree to be in this film?

The author was asked if she thought it invoked the "Twilight"
spirit, and eager to jump in that train, she said it did.
Of course, it's nothing like the "Twilight" books or movies which
offer imagination, creative imagery, and a love story which
is completely normal, if you forget one of them is a vampire.

My take:  it's juvenile, does not have a decent story at all,
and if you are over 30 it is seriously boring.
Anyone who sees a love story in the 1st book is reaching, it
spans only a few weeks & leaves one hanging.
At that point only the author knows what could happen next.
Crazy world, isn't it?

Your take, please?



carolyn bradford said...

Marsha, never have I been so over joyed by a book review than by this one! My daughter has literally just been telling me what the book is about and I truly didn't believe her except that some of the women at my shop had been complaining about it already. No matter what stage of life we are in…why do we need this? Are we not comfortable in our own roles as wives, mothers, lovers, etc…? I absolutely loved the Twilight series and lived for the next book…I'm sure this author thinks this might bring out a new audience….I truly hope it doesn't…as we try to raise daughters to be assured of themselves as individuals and wives that truly love their husbands I also hope we know and are able to distinguish the real meaning of love and security. I have not read the book and don't intend on reading it but I 'm confident in saying that true love doesn't involve any of the stuff this book insinuates….Thankfully!
Your take on it is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Ann said...

I'm with you on this one,
at first I thought I might just be too old for this book,
but no it is not my cup of tea and I hope many people agree with me too.
Love your review. I'd gladly read a Harold Robbins, Sidney Sheldon, or a Judith Krantz again than this. But I have to admit, the hype and publicity of this book made me get one and read it up.

Victoria said...

When this book was first hyped, I thought it sounded like a cheap romance novel. I believe people should be able to read whatever they want. People in droves read cheap romance novels. No judgement here, but for me that would be a waste of precious time. I also think 50 shades would be a waste of my time. I agree with your take on it and I also have no intention of reading it.

Henhurst Interiors said...

Hi Marsha, I haven't read it, I really had no interest even though it was getting a lot of press, and now I am so glad I didn't bother. It never ceases to amaze me when badly written books are published. What a waste.
Have a great weekend,

The enchanted home said...

My thank you. I never had a desire to read it, thumb through it or see what all the fuss is about. Its not a genre I have any interest in then when I heard it was so poorly written, I knew it was not for me. There are too many amazing books I have yet to read then to waste my time on this. Just my own 2 cents, I know not everyone agrees but that's what makes the world go round. When I saw her on 20/20 for an interview..gotta admit my jaw frumpy and unpolished, but laughing her dowdy self all the way to the bank I am sure:)

Nuit Hernandez said...

omg what a great review!!!! xoxoxoox

Lauren said...

I completely agree. It's very sad to me that this is what our society has come to, that people actually enjoy reading such trash. A sign of the times I guess. Have a great weekend Marsha!

Simone said...

I have absolutely no desire to read it whatsoever!!! I enjoyed reading this review tho...and will be interested to read Vicki's take on it!!

Can't believe it will be a movie, seriously?! Xx

Elsie said...

Total waste of my time, was not worth it. Thanks God i did not buy it, got it from the library. I had to skip pages of nonsense. I love your review!!

Splenderosa said...

What I especially appreciated are the men's opinions of this book. Of course, not one of them had read it, but had heard the gossip. Thank you ladies, for taking the time to honestly respond on your feelings of this book.

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The-Countrypolitan said...

I'm sure the author is laughing all the way to the bank and I have no interest in reading it or adding to the profits.

I love the comments by the men who are basically saying that they want a normal experience with a lot of uninhibited passion. I guess I'm wondering if maybe that isn't also what the women reading this book are wanting... but maybe to reserved to experience it...? And me?... well I never kiss and tell...

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I love you! I love your honesty and frankness! I personally have not read it, have no desire to or plans in the future. But I am happy for all of the people that read the book, loved it, and most especially for the author. I hope she makes a mint!

Have you read the blog post Joni did I believe yesterday at Cote de Texas? She mentions that this book did in fact have its start inspired by Twilight.

I hope you are well and that your husbands treatment is not wearing him out. Take care of yourself.

Have a great weekend, Elizabeth

Acquired Objects said...

I'm reading the second book in the series but probably won't read the last, it is getting boring to be honest. The first book wasn't well written and people kept saying read the next book so I am. This whole thing though isn't my thing and you really have to take it for what it is, the written word and not well written at that. I definitely won't be seeing the movie.


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Loui♥ said...

i too grew up in the time of Peyton Place, Harold Robbins,Jacuqueline Susan..
in fact, I grew up a well adjusted woman, who experienced sex in all the right ways..
with love, respect, adoration, mutual fulfillment..
have no need to read an steamy thigh trashy novel of female degradation ..
nor to contribute to the author's trips to the bank..
a movie? heard william levy was being considered for the lead.. thanks..have no need for porn movies in my life..
love your review..
hugs from Florida..