A few weeks before I finished at my last job I was talking books with some of the girls & our Sales Manager asked me if I had heard of 50 Shades of Grey. I said I hadn’t & she told me that I probably wouldn’t like it as it was naughty & not as highbrow as the stuff I normally read. Well, I’m not averse to that kind of book, but it did make me chuckle that she would think that, cause I would say that the stuff I read is definitely not “High Brow” – though I do know what she is talking about as I have been reading a book about American politics & I do tend to favour that kind of thing in life, but not so often in my books.
So, of course I had to come home & download the first one on Thor (my Kindle, in case you wondered, lol). I flew through it & quickly downloaded Fifty Shades Darker. I found this one less entertaining than Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still enjoyed it. Next I downloaded Fifty Shades Freed & I really enjoyed it too, though I wasn’t too excited by the ending & the two extra bits tagged onto the end just seemed odd to me.
Through the course of reading the three books I became aware of the controversy around the books – that they are originally fan fiction (for Twilight, no less) & that a lot of people have really been ripping them to shreds. I read one blog where the blogger’s whole post was about the 50 things they hated about 50 Shades of Grey – Lots of people found it funny, but I didn’t. I just thought it came across as pure snobbery – the exact thing I try to avoid in my reading. Now, I’m not really wanting to wade into that argument, I firmly believe that people should read whatever they enjoy & who cares what anyone else thinks about it. Read them or don’t – the choice is yours, but I would suggest that you not pay attention to all of the hype (both good and bad) & make up your own mind.
The crux of it is, I read them & enjoyed them – sure there were things that bugged me about the stories, like Ana & Christian’s incessant need to be constantly reassured that the other one does love them & isn’t leaving them – that gets kinda old. And Ana constantly saying “Oh my” whenever Christian is around & does anything even remotely sexual did grate on my nerves, but it didn’t ruin the books for me. All in all, I thought they were easy, mindless, lazy-day reading & personally, sometimes that’s just what I need!