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So disappointed - not only in the book, but the standards of people who rated it 5!,
This review is from: Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)I usually don't write bad reviews on books. I would always try to pick out the best parts and maybe give a mention to what was lacking. I can't remember the last time I read a book where I thought "That was abysmal" but my God, this book was beyond terrible.
There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, but how this woman has been published is beyond me. She uses the same staple phases over and over ad nauseam. 'Holy crap' and 'Oh my' seem to be the favourites. I've also heard that 'inner goddess' makes a ridiculous amount of appearances, but I will be honest to say I gave up reading long before it got to that point. If one takes out the fact that EL James simply cannot write well, you are left with a plot that is mind-numbing in its tedium and characters that are more wooden than Pinocchio.
Anastasia is submissive from the word go. In BSDM fiction there should be some challenge in the submissive partner actually getting to that stage. There was none of that. Ana is basically a weak-minded woman who swoons over this billionaire and thinks "oh my" a lot.
Grey, who is being cited as this epitome of raw sexuality and heroism is actually just a character ripped from other sources. When he says to Ana that he didn't know what she'd want to eat so he ordered everything, I was astounded by how ripped off that was from Pretty Woman and Richard Gere's Edward. (Given that this was originally fanfiction and the character WAS called Edward, it seems even more odd).
To be honest I feel angry about this book. I feel angry that people are buying into this hype and consider it good erotica. For most this will be their first outing into the world of erotic fiction so for those people I say PLEASE broaden your horizons because there are some seriously talented writers in erotica out there who deserve a chance to have their work read. Otherwise, if you are someone who reads a lot and still consider this good, I can understand why people despair of the mess that our English language has become.
Dreadful. :( I hope this woman takes the money she has been given for the trilogy of books and never writes again.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2012 23:53:50 BDT
Hi. I enjoyed your review and i totally feel your despair. I have noticed that Fifty shades of grey has 1175 reviews and the following 2 books under 150 each, I am hoping this is because after reading the first book half the majority saw sense and abandoned the very idea of reading on, this thought brings me comfort. x
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 16:18:51 BDT
I really hope you are right!! I just feel so disappointed in how many people think this is good literature!! It's really depressing!
Thanks for commenting! x
Posted on 22 Jun 2012 17:19:23 BDT
I also feel angry about it. A lot of anger and a lot of despair at what trash people will read, and worse, celebrate!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 01:29:13 BDT
linda bee says:
I think you have missed the point of those who enjoyed this book. It is not the 'good literature' we enjoy it is the story.
EL James herself admitted (on Womans hour R4) that it wasn't written to challenge the Brontes but to just tell a modern romantic story about a very abused young man. I am not seeing any of this forced sex people are chunering about at all. If you can look beyond the repetetive sex scenes there is a heartfelt story about how they challenge his warped ideas. (In my humble opinion.)
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 14:16:39 BDT
Ryan Williams says:
"EL James herself admitted (on Womans hour R4) that it wasn't written to challenge the Brontes"
I doubt anyone assumed otherwise.
"but to just tell a modern romantic story about a very abused young man."
Which fails due to its poor writing, construction, characterisation, pacing, credibility and dialogue.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 16:38:10 BDT
linda bee says:
Mmmm in your opinion Ryan. Here's a tip for you luv, try opening your mind once in a while and it MAY lead you to recognise the connection this writer has made with her readers! Try to open your mind to different types of writing (for different audiences - like me for example I am obviously not as kultured as you [sic]) hence my enthusiasm for such a NEW, FIRST TIME WRITER! (Still learning her trade!) and you may become less of a prude and a vinegar **** it may even help you connect to being less critical and start to break away from your pompous idealisms!
Not sure why you felt the need to re clarify exactly the point I was making????
Book sales are very telling, prudism and pomposity as much!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 12:47:03 BDT
"opening your mind once in a while" - there's that saying again. I hate romance fiction but read this book all the same - that is what I would consider being open minded... reading stuff you don't normally go for but read it all the same. If it changes your mind then great.
"become less of a prude" - again I have read this in other reviews. Hating this book is not always a sign of prudishness, just because they don't want to gratify themselves afterwards or indeed feel anything after reading those scenes doesn't make them prudish. Some people didn't like the sex scenes in the book because it is too much for them. But SO many more people just found the sex scenes boring and too long. Also anyone who calls their genitalia "down there" or "my sex" is far more prudish.
People seem to love this book and those who hate it can't understand why, and vice versa. What is worrying is how people are using this book to manage their expectations on life. No book should do that. People should have the maturity to know what is fiction and what isn't.
This book is so poorly written yet people are prepared to ignore that and wish to live that life!
One final thing just because it is popular, doesn't make the thing good or right. Look at the ivory and tiger bone trade... millions of people believe in its "powers" it doesn't make it right.
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