Anything goes if you say yes, apparently.


There's only so much I can endure--look, ma! I used a Twilight word--and this was a tough one to. The only reason I was curious about this book was its link to Twilight. Even though it was poorly written saga, at least the story overall was exciting, and you could put the big typos in the back burner. Fifty Shades of Grey, on the other hand, had none of anything at all. Well, I lied. It had weak characters, bad dialogue and a whole lot of sex. All of which you can find on any porn site without spending the time and effort to read a book.

I actually started writing a review for this book a while ago, but it was turning into a sociology paper, so I stopped. I thought, why should I bother? Also, I've never enjoyed reading fan fiction; I don't know what made me think I'd like this one. Fan fiction, for me, is a platform where people "jot down" the juicy details of their fantasies to share with others so they don't feel alone. And that's okay; whatever rocks your boat. But turning it into a book? No, thanks. Still, the publishers who picked this up are probably the smartest people in the publishing world because it's selling like crazy. But does that make it good? NO.

So, here's the summary of what I got from the book and the reaction it received:
  • Most people wouldn't know "literature" if it hit them in the head. 
  • Most women are embarrassed to watch porn, but if it's in paperback form, they think it's not dirty.  Well, you know what? It's still smut.
  • Women like men who are controlling, manipulative and unattached. 
  • Physical attraction is enough to let someone do whatever they want to you.
  • Most people are so unhappy in their relationships that they need something like 50 Shades of Gray to make it better. How? I have no idea.
  • Women are weak, and it's okay. Especially when they're hitting it off with a sexy, rich man.
  • Pain = Pleasure, apparently. More so now than ever, which says a lot about our generation whether you like it or not. 
  • It's okay for someone to hurt you if they make you sign papers.
  • You don't have to have sex or make love; 'fucking' is cooler.
  • It's okay to be two-dimensional; humans don't need depth or anything.
We live in a world where women need to be stronger, know who they are and have their own mind, but this book puts all that to shame. There are organizations that help women get the hell out of abusive relationships before they end up dead, and this book puts that to shame as well. As a woman, I'm honestly offended that there are people out there who think I would / should enjoy something like this. Is Joss Whedon the only person out there who can write strong, real women? 

I heard that the 50 Shades of Grey movie was already picked up by a studio. How will that happen? Will we go to the theater and watch porn among teens and kids? Why doesn't the book come with a parental advisory sticker? There are so many young Twilight fans, hello! What if they read this, too? I'm surprised many mothers are raving about this book instead of getting worried. Then again, what do I know about raising children, right?

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