Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I read Fifty Shades of Grey...and survived.

Now before you start judging me. Stop.

I had heard of the books and thought....yeah, not for me. Classified as 'mommy porn' I laughed, I'm married I don't need that. My life isn't that boring. But then everyone kept talking about it. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So I thought why not? If it sucks, then I'll stop reading it. 

See when the Twilight movie first came out I resisted it. I rolled my eyes at all previews and had no interest in a "teen" movie. One night the hubby and I were looking for a movie...and we picked it because we liked Buffy & Angel. Maybe it would be okay. And then I fell in love. Read all the books and fell even deeper. They were good! 

You know I love reading and I will read anything. So this was literally just another story for me. I'm not one of those that believes that a book or movie is going to corrupt my whole being. I feel like I have enough sense to know real from fake...and to not let it influence me. I mean, I watched Twilight but I don't think I can suck your blood, you know. And I don't worship vampires. Except Edward. Just kidding just kidding! :)

And in reading this, I didn't feel like I was going to turn into some kind of sex freak. The books, from what I had heard, was a love story...with a twist.

So anyways let's fast forward to me actually reading it and my thoughts....

In my opinion, it honestly wasn't that good. I just couldn't get into it. I literally dissected the story the entire time I was reading it. I laughed at the amount of sex in it. I mean come on people. No one does it that much. As for the freaky stuff...well whatever floats your boat.

I could see where some might find it exciting. I didn't. It was an okay story. For me, I just wanted a little more substance. The love story was buried so deep, it got boring for me. I read books 1 and 2...and started 3. But haven't finished. Sure I wonder what happened to Ana and Christian but not enough to try to dredge through it. At least right now.

I have ready many blog posts about why people aren't reading it. And that's cool. It's your choice. I applaud you for sticking to your beliefs. For those who read it and liked it. Good for you. Maybe you have some ideas for later.

As for me, I really don't remember anything particular about it. It wasn't a story that stuck with me. Most books I read do...

So what do you think?


  1. I read it to see what the hype was about. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the caliber of writing that I expected. I think that the wording could've been better and I found myself skipping through a lot of the sex scenes because it was repetitive.

    1. exactly! I hate skipping pages, but I did a lot during this book.

  2. I agree with Tracey, the writing was horrible. However, i thought there was a little more story in the 2nd and 3rd books. The first was almost ridiculous. I too read it beacause of all the hype.

  3. I liked the books...books 2 & 3 were definitely better than 1 for me. For the very reason you did not like them, I liked them. They were mindless...after working 60+ hour work weeks, sometimes it is nice to collapse into a book and not have to put too much "thinking" into them. I am a sucker for a good love story...I LOVED the fact that she brought out good in him that he could never see in himself. I LOVED the fact that he loved her and was willing to make sacrifices and give up everything he had known in certain aspects of his life. I truly felt her anxiety and sadness when she thought he had died in the helicopter accident. By the end of the third book, I could feel the love they had for each other.
    Now, on the flip side, I did not care for all of the sex in the first book. It was so repetitive that I couldn't take it anymore. I skipped numerous pages...
    All-in-all, I will read the books again and again. No, she is not an author of the same caliber as Nicolas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Piccoult, Janet Evanovich (some of my very favorites) but it was a nice escape for me from the real world.


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