Fifty Shades of Grey

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  1. sweetlatina23

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    Have any of you read the trilogy yet? I just read about the book online. What did you think about it, is it worth reading? It won't be published until April 3rd, its only available online.
     
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    Nah... I'm too busy doing the stuff in the book to read about it...:whistle:

    I did read excerpts and it seemed like awful writing. If you want want romance erotica there are way better choices out there.

    Really, the book sounds Twilight for adults, minus the vampire nonsense.
     
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    Trash.
     
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    I read an excerpt. I.would hate to think that I had to read a whole trilogy.
     
  6. MissCeliaB

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    Just not my thing.
     
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    If your in to that type of novel, try the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.
     
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    Not a chance in the world. I have many, many other things to do with my time.
     
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    I've only heard of it recently. I'm not sure if it's my kind of book but if I had enough recommendations I'd check it out just to see what it was like...even if there were many, many other things I could be doing with my time. ;) It's just a book, can't hurt to try it. I would have missed out on some good reads and TV shows that weren't typically my "thing" if I didn't listen to recommendations from people!
     
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    I did some research, read some excerpts, and I'm still just not interested. I know it's the next "big thing" for adults to read, but from all reviews I've read it's a poorly written romance novel. From the excerpts I've read, I could write a better story. I know that I don't particularly like well-written romance novels. Why would I read a poorly written one, even if my friends did recommend it? (Though I would be very surprised if any of my friends recommended it...)
     
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    I've never heard of it until now. I just looked up a review and it said it was like "S&M for dummies" :dizzy: I'm glad I looked it up before I checked it out of the library. I might have gotten some strange looks from mild mannered Harold the librarian LOL
     
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    Many libraries don't carry it...If I was to read it, I definitely wouldn't want a copy that had been 'handled' by previous readers...:eek:
     
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    But you checked it out after recommendations...that's exactly what I said in my post. Not read the whole book. :confused:

    Honestly what I was getting at is that even though it's not my thing, I feel I can simply state that instead of making anyone who might actually enjoy it or want to read it feel bad for that or like I'm too good for it...(even if I might feel that way I wouldn't say it so that others feel shamed!). :)
     
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    Baahaha:) I'd never heard of the book. I googled it, and first thing I saw was the price for used books. :lol: This isn't something I'm interested in reading. I know that there is a huge huge audiance for this type of book. I've daydreamed about being a romance author.:eek: Alas, if I can't read one I suspect I'd not be able to write one.
     
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    I think there's a HUGE difference between romance and this.

    I'm a romantic. I love historical romances and romantic comedies.

    I'm not into the stuff in this book( Note: I'm editing out the normal term for the stuff that's described in this book. We really don't need to turn up on a Google search for people looking for that sort of entertainment.)

    There may very well be a large audience for it, but I'm very happily not part of that audience.
     
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    Alice, I guess I didn't read as much as I should have. I'm definietly not in to this type of reading material. I really don't like romance novels in general. I was thinking more of something like "The Flame and the Flower" but I know eons ago my friends that read it thought it was erotic. I have daydreamed about being another Barbara Cartland...but I've not gotten past chapter 1. In my 20s I did read True Story magazine. That was pretty romatic I think:) I wonder if those magazines are still around. So, No I won't read this book.
     
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    I love to read, but I'm not sure this is for me either. I wanted to see if it was worth my time. Many of my friends have mentioned its worth the read. Depends on what their into.
     
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    I am usually an equal opportunity reader. The reviews just didn't say anything that would get me to want to read this book. If anyone out there plans on reading it for the entertainment value then they should do whatever floats their boat.
     
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    To be honest, all I know of it is the review of someone at work who is in the middle of the book and is loving it. She described just enough that I know I have no interest in it.
     
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    This book has enough controversy that I'm sure at some point I'll pick up a copy to see what all the fuss is about.
     
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    I read a few excerpts, just to see what the big deal was. There was one line (which I can't post here) that was so ridiculous... I keep thinking about it and laughing.

    This is also hilarious and very accurate: http://betterbooktitles.com/post/19257399216/50grey
     
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    I actually did see several copies displayed at Barnes and Noble a few days ago, so if somebody wants a print copy it is available already! It caught my eye while I was waiting at the information desk for help. I'd never heard of it and just assumed it was the newest YA book trying to have crossover adult appeal--but didn't realize how "adult" it really is until the next day when I read an article about the newest trend in e-books in the Wall Street Journal, about how people can read books electronically they'd otherwise be embarrassed to be seen reading!
    I like romance books, definitely, but my tastes run more towards regency style books by Mary Balogh or Lauren Willig.
     
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    How funny. The friend at work was reading it on her Kindle. She was flying to Florida for a funeral and figured she could read it on the plane.
     
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    Because porn is a great reading choice on the way to a funeral...:dizzy:
     
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    Well, with the Kindle and on a plane, there's a decent degree of anonymity.
     
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    Until ones eyes roll back in the head...
     
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    To call it "porn" is laughable. From what I've read it's a failed attempt at erotica.
     
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    There's no need to resort to attacks on others opinions. We can agree to disagree on the category into which this book might fit...call it what you want. I'll do the same. Thank you.
     
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    Wasn't an insult on you... more toward the writer. But alrighty.

    What's zme?
     
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    I fixed it...darn predictive text on my iPad....
     
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    Okay, it seems *everyone* is reading this book. That it's categorized at erotica lets me know immediately it's not something I would likely enjoy. Yet I am still so curious about its popularity...so I have done quite a bit of googling.

    It does seem poorly written. Perhaps the overall plot is well developed, but the excerpts were a little silly and dramatic.

    But what is really bothering me is the "sex slave" aspect of this book. And this "red room of pain". It all makes me a little...I don't know...I feel uncomfortable in my stomach when I read these things. Can someone answer a couple of questions for me? Why is she his "sex slave", or is that not really accurate? Is she completely happy with the arrangement (though I'm not really sure what the arrangement is)? Are the two in love?
     
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    Jeez. Don't believe all the stuff you read. Semi spoiler alert below (I am spoiling about the first 10 chapters or so.)

    She is not a sex slave. In the past, Christian has only had BDSM relationships where is a Dominant. She is a virgin (sorry for spoiling anything). He offers her a contract to be his next submissive. She never signs it, and they work on having a 'vanilla' relationship with a bit of 'kinky fuc*ery'. They never have a BDSM relationship. There are bits- blindfolding, spanking, tying up, but that is it and not all the time.

    The books are really about their relationship and Christian's transformation (not giving it away, but there are reasons he is controlling).

    Is it badly written? In ways. It is very repetitive with things (lip biting, eye rolling, twitch palms). For the most part, it is written on maybe a 5th grade reading level at best (word wise). It is fairly predictable.

    Overall, I enjoyed the trilogy. The 2nd book is the best, the first half of the third book is annoying because it fast-forwarded and has flashbacks to fill in the gaps. I don't have a lot of free time working two jobs, and I can get stressed a lot. I sometimes like to read purely mindless books to mentally escape. This did the trick. I don't typically read erotica, but it is not even as dirty as some people make it out to be. I think it is blown way out of proportion. Is it graphic? Yup. But to the extent people make it? Nope. I was expecting something a whole lot grittier based on the buzz.
     
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    That's why I came here to see what you all had to say. :)

    That does clarify things a bit. I have no intentions of reading the trilogy, but I was more interested in understanding why women would so enjoy a book that has what is, to me, very uncomfortable situations.

    Thanks!
     
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    For those of who who said it was twilight for adults...um it basically is. Originally the author wrote it as an AU fanfiction between Bella and Edward--but changed it when she wanted to get it published.

    I'm admittedly reading it because--well--I don't really care what people think of the books I read. As a teacher I have to read tons of (amazing) literature--so I don't see anything wrong with reading pure trash every now and then.

    I admittedly read--and loved--Twilight. It really helped me connect with my students :)
     
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    If that first sentence came out mean, it was just out of frustration. I teach in a very religious community and they were discussing how awful it is- and none of them had read it. :rolleyes: People have made it out to be a lot (more? worse? not sure what word to use) than it really is. I enjoyed it. Mainly because I fell in love with Christian :wub: :lol:
     
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    I did not read Twilight because I cannot stand fantasy books. I have went back and found the PDF of the original (Master of the Universe- not Fifty Shades then) and I couldn't read more than two pages with it as Edward and Bella.
     
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    I haven't read them, but several of my colleagues are currently reading or have just finished the books and loved them.
     
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    I ended up reading the first one. I laughed and laughed. It was just so far-fetched and goofy to me. I entertained friends with a few dramatic readings after work a couple of afternoons.

    I thought it was poorly written. My favorite laughs came from the multiple references to his long index finger. That is the kind of awkward details I get from my middle school writers when they are still struggling to understand adding details.

    Certainly not going to read the others, but when I used my melodramatic reading voice it was a lot of fun.
     
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    Now THAT ^ I know I would enjoy!
     
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    OMG! Can you please PM me the PDF of that?!

    As for not liking fantasy books, that's cool ;) Different strokes for different folks.

    What I cant stand is people judging *me* for reading it. As if it makes me a bad person. :( and I'm not saying you're doing that giraffe :)
     
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    This cracked me up!
     

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