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50 Shades of Grey

Discussion in 'Television & Books' started by SEA81, May 13, 2012.

  1. Lee11

    Lee11 Active Member

    This book is everywhere. In fact, I have never quite seen anything like it...ant many of our bookstores, it is the ONLY book they have on their advertising shelves. I heard that it has outsold almost all other books, or something similar. That is full on! I have not read it either...but I am sure going to have a look at it.

    There are 3 books apparently: the other two are 50 Shades Darker and then the final, 50 Shades Freer.
  2. dashboardc33

    dashboardc33 Member

    I haven't read the book, but I want to, since I have heard so much about it. I was going to buy it on my kindle but it was $10 so I decided against it. I have it on hold at the library, but I think there are so many people in front of me that it is going to be a while. I have a few friends that have read it and have said that it is an amazingly good book.
  3. MakingCents

    MakingCents Member

    If your are looking for soft-core erotica, there are many other books out there better than 50 shades of gray. At least in my opinion. I like the books that at least seem like something that could happen to me. 50 shades of gray never would :p
  4. feminista

    feminista Member

    OMG that book is absolutely everywhere. Ok, I just downloaded a copy to my kindle (I am VERY embarrassed to admit this, but it's all good). The book is definitely softcore porn, which is fine. Ladies, we need our fix, am I right?

    But, as a feminist, the Christian/Anastasia romantic dynamic makes me really annoyed. I haven't read the whole book, but he comes across as this domineering father figure who does some really creepy stuff. Case in point, he tracks her down to a bar using GPS, saving her from getting drunk and hooking up with someone embarrassing. At the same time, at least the main character is somewhat self-aware in thinking about the creepiness of that particular encounter herself.

    At the same time, as a feminist, I like that women are popularizing a piece of literature where the main character is comfortable having sex. This is like the anti-Twilight, where chastity is fetishized instead of sex. But the most irksome part of both novel - the trope of helpless female and dominating hero male, is in both. That makes me so annoyed! I want a female hero who makes her own sexual choices.

    /end rant
  5. claudine

    claudine Member

    My boyfriend forbade me from reading it but I still managed to read a few pages at the store, lol:p I was very disappointed, I truly don't understand why this book is so popular - it's so poorly written! I got bored after the first few sentences, I wasn't tempted to read the rest of it.
    There are so many better books, I have no idea why people keep buying this one.

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