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50 shades of grey.....

Discussion in 'Book club' started by hazeymazey, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. hazeymazey

    hazeymazey New commenter

    I haven't read it. My 73 year old mother bought it as she assumed it would be a good read being a 'bestseller'. She is planning to return it to WHsmith and demand her money back, so disgusted was she! Oh my. I would like to witness this.....and have asked if I can accompany her.
  2. Good for her! I've read the first one at the recommendation of a friend. She said it had changed her life!

    What a pile of sh1te!! Poorly written, irritating characters, predictable and cliched. If this was aimed at men, they probably wouldn't care about stuff like that, but this book seriously is poor.
  3. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Oh so glad to hear you say that! Utter rubbish, like bad pornography written by a 15year old after reading playboy. Really baffled as to the number of supposedly intelligent women who loved it!
  4. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    What are you suggesting here?

  5. pixel

    pixel New commenter

    Sadly I started this book. My review would read "Twilight with BDSM". I wonder how it sold so well and why people rave about it. Maybe it is in the later chapters...
  6. Drdad

    Drdad New commenter

    You found 'American Psycho' erotic?
    (quietly leaves the room, trying not to make eye contact...)
  7. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

  8. Mrs_Frog

    Mrs_Frog New commenter

    No, I do not find it erotic, deeply disturbing more like it. However, the book is very good, but that is probably for another discussion.
    Was just a tongue in cheek comment [​IMG]
  9. Don't care if people don't like it. I or should I say 1/2 the staff at our place think its a good read!!!!!
    It has given us countless hours of amusement over the last week with even the most staight laced amongst us being 'tickled'
    We all know that its not the best literary prose ever but quite simply who cares?

    (LOL to your mother taking it back to WHSmith)
  10. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    You could play 'guess how many time Ana's 'inner goddess' is mentioned [​IMG].....or how often she calls Christian '50 Shades' 'My poor 50 Shades', 'Oh My 50 Shades', 'My ****ed up 50 Shades'....yes we get it!!!!!.....I'd suggest 'guess who the bad guy is' but that's too easy it is telegraphed from Book1!
  11. Yes, potential for all sorts of silly games. I'm not sure I can count that high though.
  12. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    It is jaw droppingly bad - repetitive and quite predictable. The author seems very short on adjectives, I didn't count how many times she used 'mercurial' but it was a lot. I havent read the Twilight books as i thought they were about vampires or are they kinky vampires?
  13. Given the subject matter and the eroticism nature "tickled" interesting choice of words I assume you mean you've found it amusing.
    Personally the most shocking thing in the book is how badly its written though from what I understand it was free amateur erotica that was picked up by a publisher.
  14. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

    Yeeeees, it is full of hot sex and BDSM but having read all three books - WOW!! Just the type of read to start the summer holidays - doesn't take a lot of thinking about but sure spices things up! Might have to read them again - luckily on my Kindle so much cheaper than getting the actual books!
    Sauciness value 10 out of 10
    Great Literary Classic - probably not a score
    Do I want to have made passionate entaglements with Christian Grey - most certainly!
  15. OMG, this load of tripe makes me bemoan ever lending out my highly superior copy of Princess Daisy as a teen (remember the goldfish!) I was so appalled that I had to wade through 112 pages of this tosh before the mere hint of something sexy that I invented a drinking game where mention of the any of the following equaled a big glug of wine: copper hair, tousled hair, pony tail, hair tie, lip biting, crisp sancerre/chablis/pinot grigio, Darfur, white leather, dark wood, grey eyes, white linen shirt. I rode it out (pardon the pun) until the end and found myself unsatisified (ditto). Also why to British publishers not translate the cringey 'panties"? Ugh. Lastly - did anyone else feel the whole helicopter ride/penthouse flat/ overuse of adjectives/compulsion to list material good felt like a year 10 piece of creative fiction about "being a grown up"?. In summary: sub-Easton Ellis, repetitive, mainstream drivel for people who like their books Vanilla.
  16. lrw22

    lrw22 Established commenter

    Hear, hear!
  17. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Mills and boon with knobs on. Well, one **** at least...
  18. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    It was far from a guilty pleasure for me....
    I feel no guilt in admitting I like to read pornography. (Well I say 'no' guilt....my Mum knows I read and write it......my sisters don't!....mostly because I don;t think they're ready to deal with it!)....I like sci-fi....I like whodunnits....I also happen to like pornography.
    The thing is - 50 Shades wasn't a pleasure! I think it totally fails as ****. Anyone with an interest in the genre knows there is much better than 50 Shades available.
    So much is made of the BDSM nature of the book....but this is appallingly badly written. I am disheartened that the genre may be judged by this one poorly written book.
    However, the marketing of the book has been phenomenal. And the film rights are being fought over...I wonder how true to the book the film will be? (I hope they get someone to write a decent script....50 Shades as a novel was nothing if not repetitive!)
  19. She obviously read quite a bit of the book to be so disgusted!
  20. louisea

    louisea New commenter

    I've read the first one and am currently nearing the end of the second. I have enjoyed the second much more as at least something happens (Leila with her gun).
    It is badly written and I hate the 'Miss Steele, 'Mr Grey' comments that they keep making to each other. It's very repetitive.
    But....I've read it for what it is, pure escapism!
    Everyone has been reading it at school and we have some great conversations in the staffroom about it - and with 4 men on our staff it's been very amusing!
    I shall read number 3 lying by a pool with a cocktail in my hand [​IMG]

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