Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Take on Fifty Shades

First things first, let me get a few things out of the way.

1.  Don't read this if you haven't already read the Fifty Shades books but you plan on it and don't wait to ruin any of it.

2.  I have never read or seen any of the Twilight books/movies...nor do I have any interest to do so.

3.  I have no clue what fan fiction is and I don't know much about the author, E.L.James .  I just read the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, because my friend lent it to me and I had nothing else to read at the time.

4.  I was not all wrapped up in the Fifty Shades hype prior to reading the books.

5.  I LOVE to read.  Not crappy fiction...but all sorts of books.  I just haven't had much free time lately to read, that is until I started this trilogy and made some time.

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So this isn't a book review.  Well, maybe it kind of is.  I am not sure.  It's just my take on the series.

I have mentioned a few times that I got completely wrapped up in reading all three of the Fifty Shades books.  And that is true. 

But maybe not for the reasons that people think. 

I find that I get annoyed when people act like these books are some type of "mom porn". WTF is that about?  Are moms these pathetic women that sit alone in their homes reading books to get their rocks off?  Sorry, but it is pretty annoying.  Yes, the books have sex scenes in them.  A lot of them.  Yes, some of it is  crazy S&M stuff.  But truly, I really got wrapped up in the story of Ana and Christian.  I wanted to see what was going to happen between them (even if the plot line was a little cheesy). 

So when I finished the first book, I HAD to start the second one immediately.  I could not just leave it at they broke up and that was it.  I wanted to read more.  And NOT for the sex scenes.  Because to be completely honest,  they got old.  They were pretty repetitive and the wording was all the same.  Ana was annoying at times and Christian was a weirdo that would have scared the shit out of me.  But besides that, I loved to see their relationship change over time.  You know, it's like the good girl falls for the bad boy and changes him.

I read all 3 of the books in a little over a week.  I loved them.  Am I saying that I think it is wonderfully written classic literature?  NO.  I am just saying that I really enjoyed reading them.  I could have even done without all the sex and Ana's obnoxious conversations with herself...oh and her inner goddess.  (UGH!  I did have quite enough of that by the time I finished Fifty Shades Freed.)  I could have also done without them having the same conversations and arguments over and over.  And them claiming each other as "mine" all the time, having sex an unreasonable number of times in one day, and how everything works out so conveniently with Ana's best friend ending up with Christian's brother.  Really?  Those parts reeeeeaaaaalllllly got on my nerves.

The bottom line:  The books were good and got me back into reading...and wanting to read for enjoyment.  It is a nice escape from whining, arguing and Nick Jr. 

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(Yes, I am aware that this picture is super cheesy. I meant to do that.)


  1. I've never read them and don't plan to, but the constant references to "mom porn" killed me, too. It just seems degrading and makes moms sound like they are pathetic, sad, and lonely and as though a poorly-written (from what I keep hearing) book is the only thing that gets them through the day. Ugh.

  2. I'm reading it now, and I'm no expert at what's poorly written or well written but I have the same annoyances so far, as Katie.
    In the author's defense though, I saw an interview with her and she didn't write it with the intent of it being what it is. She wrote as a hobby and for fun and knows it's not the best writing out there. She had no idea it would take off like it has.
    I see it like a movie with bad acting, it's a great story and still entertaining even if there's flaws.

    1. I feel the same way!!! I really liked the story. The author completely owns up to the fact that it might not be the best writing. And I really enjoyed all 3 books:)

  3. LOVE your take on this book...I have heard so much about it but haven't read it yet. I really never have time for more then reading blog posts these days and magazine articles,lol! You might have just inspired me to read an actual book though ♥

    btw, love your blog, found you on the TGIF bloghop! I will be voting for you on Top Mommy Blogs too! Happy Friday!

  4. You nailed it right on the pun intended. They weren't greatly written...but we were all intrigued by the characters and wanted to see how it ended. The whole mommy porn thing is ridiculous...considering most of my friends that were reading it before me aren't even mom's yet. And by the middle of the 3rd book...I'd had more than enough SEX scenes!!! I've been single far too long to comfortably read these

    PS: Found you on the blog hop. Check mine out when you have time :)

  5. I have not read them and really have no desire to, however all my friends are reading them and they all said the same thing. It was about the love story, the sex got old and was a bit ridiculous.

  6. I'm not gonna lie. The story was intriguing. Glad you liked it. I tried to read just because you liked it. I failed miserably.


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