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Old 06-06-2012, 10:13 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by lharnish View Post
Well, the Fifty Shades of Grey is still spiraling out of control as word spreads! I'm late getting on the bandwagon. I don't usually pick a book based on current hype and I have a big list of books I'd like to read. This set got bumped to the top. In my large circle of friends and acquaintances on FB and in the real world, it seems like everybody and their dog is reading it or has read it. I haven't seen one negative comment on it until the one I've seen on here.

I'm 3/4 of the way through the first book and enjoying it. I'm finding it very tame but that's mostly because I had heard so much hype about it that I thought it would be raunchier than it was. It's not the "smut" that keeps drawing me in, it is the development of the characters and the storyline. It makes you wonder what will happen next and how the love story will play out. It certainly is fodder to make women think especially in the era of women's liberation and power.

In the stores here, they can't keep it on the shelves. Last week at our local Costco, I heard they had one copy left and two women almost got into a fist fight trying to gain control of the book LOL! It is also interesting to read the origins of this triology. Take a look at the wiki:

Fifty Shades of Grey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And on another interesting note, I read an article that says online stores that sell the type of "equipment" used in the book are seeing sales soar through the roof as women try to recreate some of the scenes with their partners. Maybe this is good for the economy LOL!

Anyone else have anything to share?
Like you, I've got a large list of books I want to read and this got bumped up to the top because of recommendations of friends and family. I'm about 3/4 thru the first one. It's not difficult reading, but I find it a bit hard to read because it doesn't keep my attention. The "smut" doesn't bother me. I actually find her descriptive writing very intriguing, it's her character development and their personalities that bore me and put me off. I just can't buy into them. They seem very one dimensional and non-believable. My husband said it best when I was picking the book apart. He said "Nobody watches porn for the plot and characters." I'll probably read the other two only because I hate to leave things unfinished, but this won't be something I recommend without criticism.
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