When we announced at our book club that we would be reading 50 Shades Of Grey for our next pick, I was mildly excited because I had heard so much about the book in the blogosphere and in different media outlets.
I took my time to finish the Hunger Games trilogy and made my way to start 50 Shades. I knew what I was getting into and I was curious about what exactly made this book so controversial.
If you don’t know what I am talking about click here for a synopsis.
I decided to read for a very analytical point of view, since I usually co-chair the discussion, I needed to have valid, strong questions for the members.
There were so many themes of this book, at first it reminded me of a harlequin romance. Extremely cheesy, over the top, a bit gratuitous and just not real. However, as the story unfolded I realized to my great surprise that the story had serious depth. All of a sudden, I was breezing through the pages trying to figure out the mysteries of the plot.
There are some themes about these books that make women fall in love. The lead male character (Christian) is every single thing all women are looking for. He is perfect in almost every way. He is beautiful, rich, jealous, caring, and more. The author does a very, very good job pushing you to fall in love with him yourself.
The best parts of the book are when the author shows Christian’s vulnerabilities. He is not the perfect man we think he is in the beginning and I think that is what appealed to me to keep reading. The plot began to twist, and it certainly was not at all what I expected.
I am not a stranger at all to this type of fiction. If anyone has ever read an Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Omar Tyree, Mary Morrison(!) or Zane(!!) book, you are not a stranger to this fiction either. As an avid
obsessed urban book lover, Some of the scenes can be really strong. 50 shades had some very strong scenes, and I was very…um…educated on lots of things I had no idea about. However, the book has taken off in mainstream which is something that a lot of amazing authors like EJD, have been unable to accomplish. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for someone who hasn’t read anything like this in the past to start with this one! *fans self*
Was this the BEST written book? In my opinion: no. Was it a great story that kept me turning the page? Absolutely. All three books were extremely entertaining. This IS an adult-only novel which I feel like kids should be carded before buying this book.
There is talk about a 50 shades movie that makes me a bit nervous. I’m not sure how this insanity can be transferred to the big screen legitimately, but I’m not the one who gets paid the big bucks to create it J.
All in all, I would certainly recommend the books to
What do you guys think? Have you read 50 Shades? Any interest in reading it?