It is very possible that I am the only sentient female in the galaxy that had not read Fifty Shades of Grey. It wasn't personal, I just lacked interest. It sounded, from all accounts, most of which came with a great deal of blushing and stammering, that the book was 514 pages of crazy ass sex, which is ok in itself, but maybe I've got better things to read. Fast forward 2 years (or has it been three?) and I see a trailer for the upcoming film. Watch for yourself. I am particularly fond of the clever use of cool Beyonce song.
Hmmm.....ok, I admit that I am intrigued. I'm still a tiny bit creeped out by the whole bondage thing because if there is one thing that I am not it is submissive, but maybe.........maybe I need to read this book. And so I do, and guess what? I can't stop reading it.
To be honest, it reads like a Harlequin romance on performance enhancing drugs, but I can't stop reading it. I am up at 1:30 am this morning reading it. Christian is so stereotypical it's almost laughable; handsome, rich, powerful. He buys her awesome stuff, takes her awesome places (in more ways than one) and rides in on multiple white horses to be her man but she can't touch him and he WILL NOT DO COMMITMENT, or so he says. The feminist in me is screaming "put that trash down" while some other side just keeps turning the page. In the past two weeks I've picked up and put down at least five different books because they don't hold my interest and here I am sucking this book down like koolaid. I have drunk of the Fifty Shades koolaid and I'm hooked. Every now and then I re-watch the trailer and go, "Valentine's Day?! That long?!"
I'm still a little skeeved out by the whole dominant/submissive plot line, but I do understand why it might be attractive to some people and I have to give this book credit for presenting it in a way that allowed me to be more open minded. Not my cup of tea, but for consenting adults, who am I to judge? I confess to skimming through a lot of the more gory details. If you've read one orgasm, you've read them all.
So, do I think this is a well written book of any value? No, but at this moment I am already thinking that if I accomplish half of my to do list I can sit down and read a few more chapters. The author has done something right to accomplish this. I don't know exactly what that is, but kudos to you Ms. James. Will I read the next two? Hell yes. If I've fallen this far into the pit of romantic trash why not dig all the way to the bottom? I've always said that I'll pretty much read anything. This is definitely its own brand of "anything".
And as I read, the one big, overriding question that continues to fill my head is; how in the world will they make a film out of this? I mean, let's be real, it's basically porn dressed up in a really expensive suit and tie. Do they even rate films X anymore or is that what the NC-17 rating is for? I guess time will tell.
Valentine's Day. Hmph.