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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey

***This is not a book review. I don't go into many specifics or details. Just a few thoughts but if you are going to read it and are afraid I might say something to ruin it for you, you might want to skip this post.***

Have you ever been invited to a party that you had heard was going to be a blast? Everyone said it was the party to be at and then when you got there, after about an hour, you thought to yourself, I don't get it. Why does everyone want to be here? Maybe it is just me. That's how I feel about the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James and obviously it is just me because it is all friends, neighbors, talk shows and message boards are talking about. Maybe it is a case of the actual book (for me) not living up to all the talk. Maybe I haven't read a series of books that consumed all of my time since Twilight and got my hopes up high that this was the one and it fell short of what I wanted.

I enjoy a good romance novel and even on occasion a good smut book. This book hooked me from the beginning. I love a good love story, especially one where the woman is beautiful but doesn't know it and the guy is gorgeous and he is completely captivated by the woman. Christian Grey is gorgeous, rich and mysterious. Anastasia Steele is unsure, bumbling and he finds her beautiful. Their sexual chemistry is off the charts (it reminded me a little of Twilight). I was hooked and then...the book went into a direction that made me not like Christian very much and made me sad for Ana that she had to work so hard against who she was to make the relationship work (and in the complete opposite direction of Twilight). Don't misunderstand, she was enjoying the ride most of the time and a friend of mine said, "Read it with an open mind" and she was right. The problem was that I would forget that when I sat down to read it and found myself saying, "Okay, ew...not sure if I can handle that right now" and then I put it down. Maybe it is just that I don't have a submissive bone in my body so I don't get it.

Don't get me wrong, I am a little jealous of all the women that have been able to lose themselves in these books. If you can get past the "fifty shades of messed up", it is a thrilling love story. I just couldn't get past it.

Many people have said the second and third books are less intense and are an easier read but I don't think I am going to read on. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I have. Now I'm off to try and read The Hunger Games again. Wish me luck because I need to get a few things from 50 Shades of Grey out of my head and I could use a good escape.

I am open to any suggestions. :)


At April 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Blogger doseofreality said...

Wait, you have to try to read The Hunger Games again? Oh no, seriously, don't stop this time (how did you??) because it is SO worth it!!
Have not read the 50 Shades or the Twilight series. I like living on the edge! ;)

At April 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Melissa S said...

:) Hey AnnMarie! I'm on the 3rd book. Yes they are much less intense. I too have wondered what the big hype was. I haven't read Twilight (and have no plans too.) Coworkers are the ones who insisted I read the book. I keep missing all the interviews so not sure what the big deal is other than the graphic nature. What I've concluded so far is Take out the rough stuff in book 1 and its really a decent story which is why I downloaded book 3 last night. :) The graphic part really isn't my thing. I'm not a prude or anything but thoughts of some of that....anyways I kept an open mind and want to see what happens with Ana and Christian. If you can get past "that" (don't want to give it away) in book 1, I recommend you keep reading. Book 2 was less intense and that kept me reading late into the night. Good Luck! :D

At April 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Hi, Melissa! Thanks for commenting. I have heard the same stuff from others that have read all three. I do love the "love story" part and I am curious to see what happened in Christian's past to make him the way he is. Mayvbe I'll change my mind. :)

At April 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I think I might have been busy with the baby when Hunger Games was out. I am definitely going to try again. If you like living on the edge, you might like Shades of Grey. :)

At April 23, 2012 at 5:54 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

Hmm, I've been hearing a lot about Shades of Grey. Lots of mixed reviews. I'll have to check it out for myself.

At April 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Let me know what you think. :)

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