Anbody's wives reading this. Not sure if it is a good thing or not...
Anbody's wives reading this. Not sure if it is a good thing or not...
my sister posted about how she hated it on fb... my 2 cents.... [cue GoT people bitching cuz i posted about a book]
Grey is one of my favourite colours but I haven't read the book
My wife is reading it, she can't put it down. And yes, she has been behaving differently since she started reading them.
My fiancee started it, wondered what all the hubbub was about. She got about 10-15% into it on the kindle, said "Oh, housewives are worked up about BDSM. That's not really my thing." and hasn't picked it back up.
Here's all you need to know: when originally written, it was intended to be Twilight fan fiction. The book basically takes Twilight and makes it "adult" ( the damn thing is even set in Seattle ). I'm injecting a huge amount of bias here, but the reason I think it resonates w/ suburban women so strongly is a desire to be taken beyond their mundane existence.
Quick synopsis: young, slightly attractive, very innocent recent college girl signs a contract w/ "the most powerful, mysterious, and eligible bachelor in Washington State" ( that's actually a pretty much verbatim quote from the book ). The contract basically states that he gives her a ton of money, and she in return has to do whatever he tells her to do. That includes lots and lots of BDSM. She gets $#@!ed in a variety of ways, then they fall in love.
tl;dr: women like to be dominated by rich guys.
Tell them to read penthouse forum. Way better.
penthouse forum, newspaper, gum, clark bar.
My wife's book club apparently read the first one. My wife has read at least one other. Have heard it's total garbage.
1. Write story about vulnerable woman being taken care of by good looking, powerful, mysterious man.
so it's ok to treat women like $#@! if you're rich and she thinks you 'might' fall in love with her ?
in other news, water is wet
gf is reading it.
cant wait for the end results
Wife read it, sex is up and is now up for some new things.
Once in the middle of reading it, she put it down, woke me up, proceeded to rape me, finished up and went back to reading. I didn't mind.
i saw this book on our kitchen counter; my wife is reading it now.
I flipped through this for about 45 minutes at a friends house this afternoon.
I'll admit; its much, much better than I thought it would be. I flipped through it expecting to laugh, but I didn't do much of that. From a literary standpoint, the book makes an extremely overt reference to Tess of the d'Urbervilles , on multiple occasions. While the author doesn't spill spell binding words on to the paper, she's not your typical fan boy retard. One can easily make the case that this first book is simply a modern update to the first third of Tess, when Alec rapes Tess. Unlike Tess though, this isn't a societal analysis, simply a modern day love story ( though I can't help but feeling that this book's sexual episodes can't be much more shocking to our society than Tess was ). I was surprised by the female protagonist . . . unlike Twilight ( yes, I read one of the books ), she's not a simpering hapless clown. The author does a good job of letting her be a modern and realistic female lead, and in the pages I skipped around on, there appears to be a character arc that is more than just typical plot progression.
However, the Christian Grey character is a major problem. Writing archetypes is damn hard work; in the hands of a master they are remarkable and memorable. In the hands of a new writer ( the author is too smart to be called stupid ) though, attempting archetypes often leads to caricatures, and that happens here. The author tries her damndest to make him an archetype of the perfect modern bachelor, but she's just not skilled enough to do it efficiently. I would say she is inexperienced, not stupid. Her use of quotes, and in particular he use allusions to multiple gothic ( Jane Eyre being the big one ) and romantic British novels is not the work of fool.
It felt awkward reading the sexual parts of the book when I was around so many people, so I only got about half of one. They are as graphic as you would expect, though she does a nice job of "white collaring up" some of the sexual language . . . for example, instead of saying "he came in me" or "he exploded in me", she writes something like, "I could feel his release filling up my body". It's also interesting to read the similes attached to the sexual parts; for example, a description of this dude's $#@! is described like this:
God knows I'm not an expert at female sexuality, but given what I do know, I can see why this book works so well for women. The sexual parts are typically many pages in length, and the author mixes her metaphors constantly to describe everything from the sensation of swallowing $#@!, to the taste of a woman's vagina when he makes her suck his fingers after he fingers her.both remarkably soft and incredibly hard at once, like a piece of velvet wrapped around a steel shaft
Yeah, there are a few painful moments, like calling his $#@! room "The Red Room of Pain" ( or something like that ).
In summary, while highly sexualized ( " I don't make love, I $#@! hard" ), this book isn't the garbage I first posted it was. It will be interesting to see if the rest of the trilogy follows the Tess path or not.
Keep posting... I'm halfway there.
my wife started reading this. should I start buying leather and building a dungeon?
I bet Fabio just had a tense meeting with his investment advisors.
I was at a literary salon tonight. And sure enough, the conversation broke down into this damn book. I surrender. the women there were actually published authors featured at our book festival but they still were swept up in this $#@!. I dunno...
Yep, was talking to my publisher friend a bit yesterday, she has read these. She admits they are poorly written, at minimum in terms of vocabulary.
but alas, she read every last word of them. when asked why, all she did was smile and say "do you really have to ask that."
closetojumping's favorite book.
I know it might be a bit sexist but female biology is a very powerful thing. Evolution forces them to
adoreworship a perfect alpha protector.
Wasnt this a movie with James spader and maggie gylynhall?
Chick next to me on my last flight was reading this book. Might could have used this info.
Yeah, to say that was a disappointment is a hue understatement. I rented it thinking it was gonna be sexy Maggie gagging on his balls. Instead she sits in her own urine for a couple of days waiting for him to come ravish her.
what the $#@! is a literary salon ?
what was interesting that at this talk, women that were themselves published authors began raving about this 50 Shades book. I knew then, that we had to leave.
I love that none of you have realized so far that saloon is derived from salon.
Oddly enough, "they don't know what a literary salon is" would not have been my conclusion as to why nobody else has started a post with "I was at a literary salon tonight."
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