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!
I give Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker & Fifty Shades Freed
So, at the moment I am reading a book on Thor (not the book that is in the picture to the right, btw), which was sent to me by the author to read & review here. Only – 5 torturous chapters in, I am ready to slit my wrists & find myself wanting poke my eyes out & to scream “No more! I surrender!”
Yes, it really is that bad! So, the dilemma? Well, I have already stated on several occasions that I will be honest about my opinions of people’s books that I read, so saying I enjoyed this book is just not going to happen. I am tempted to email the author & tell them that I just don’t think I can review the book & give them the option of withdrawing their book, but is that the right thing to do, or even the fair thing to do? I think it’s a bit of a cop-out to me, my blog & to the people who may read it, but I don’t know how I can review this book & bite my tongue about it. I mean, I would be polite, but I would point out what was wrong & would have to give examples of why I feel the way I do about the book/writing. Is this wrong?
“I don’t have an e-reader & would never (although they do say never say “never”) buy one.” – oh how I knew that those words would come back to haunt me! Technically the above is still partially true – I do now have an e-reader, but I didn’t buy it. Does that count? My main Christmas present this year was a Kindle.
Thor – My Kindle
So now it is time to eat my words! Don’t get me wrong, I am not thrilled with the idea of having the Kindle (which is why I’ve given it the name Thor) – I suspect I am going to have a very volatile relationship with my Kindle, so a strong name like Thor is fitting(for those of you who may not know, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning & storms – aka: volatile things).
I’ve now had Thor in my life for 6 days & I have only bought one book – but haven’t started reading it yet (partly because I am in the middle of a really good paperback about Zimbabwe & partly because I feel like a bit of a fraud). Need to get over that though, because the reason I needed the Kindle was so that I could continue to read review books. I love the idea of being able to read books & review them here on my blog – books that authors have sent me, or books through the various other possible sources (librarything early reviewers, Netgalley, Smashwords, Nurture Book Tourz, etc), but they are all e-books these days. Not having an e-reader meant that I had to read the books off of my laptop, which I just could not do. This has meant that I now have a massive backlog of books waiting to be read, with no chance of them being read any time soon.
So, now I have bitten the bullet & am the owner of a Kindle (but I’m going to dig my heals in & refuse to like it for a little while longer! 🙂 )