So, books #6, 7, and 8 in my 12 book challenge for 2012 were a trilogy. Are you surprised to hear that I was reading the ever popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy?
I’ll be honest: the allure was too strong and my curiosity was piqued after seemingly every woman in the world was reading these books. I was feeling flashbacks to a few years back when the Twilight series was taking the nation by storm. Oh, those books were terrible (no offense if you like them, but I’m just not a fan), but did I read them? Yes. Sometimes when it comes to these cultural phenomenons/crazes, I feel the need to follow along so I have an informed opinion. How can I possibly say I dislike the character of Bella Swan if I haven’t read the books? Anyway, I felt the same way about the Fifty Shades trilogy. I had heard they were easy, fluff reads, so I decided to take the plunge.
I’ll spare you the details of the story, because I’m sure at this point you’ve heard some of it. Instead, I’ll give a few thoughts – and keep in mind these are my thoughts (and if you feel differently, that’s totally fine!).
These books are fun, summer fluff reading. They are rather poorly written, so if you’re going to read them, be aware of that fact. The author seems to have had a thesaurus by her side as she was writing and she inserted whatever word was listed as a synonym…even when it didn’t necessarily make sense. The plot has some pretty ridiculous flaws: I mean, I’m pretty sure that if you were in college in 2011, the school would require you to have your own computer. How in the heck Ana never had a computer (or an EMAIL ADDRESS) before meeting Christian Grey is so ridiculous it made me want to throw my book out the window. And a 28 year old who has somehow amassed millions and millions of dollars without a college degree, flies a helicopter, yadda yadda yadda (insert eye roll here)? TOTALLY believable. Cough cough.
And, yet again we are met with a female character who seemingly has a hard time having a mind of her own. Don’t get me started with how her food intake is monitored, or how she is always worried about doing things (like going out for a drink with a friend) because of how Christian would feel about it. Heaven forbid she have a life of her own! E.L. James attempts to give Ana some moments where she is independent, but honestly they seemed rather hollow to me. But whatever, like I said: it is all summer fluff reading, so I take it with a grain of salt.
I know there are some skeptics out there who are of the mindset that people are crazy to be reading these books. To that point, I just have to say this: you’ve got to take these books for what they are. They are NOT literary works of art. They are fun. They’re a little scandalous. If your life is changed because of reading these books, then perhaps there’s a problem to be addressed. But for me: they were just a bit of fluff to enjoy during the summer months. I’ll be moving on to books of a different quality now, but I don’t regret taking a few hours of my life to read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. And if you’re looking for some easy summer reads for the beach/pool, go ahead and get yourself reading them as well.
And more importantly, who do you see as the actors being cast in these movie roles? My money is on Ian Somerhalder in the role of Christian Grey. What are your thoughts?
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