Confessions of a naughty reader
Now, you may remember my little rant about Fifty Shades Trilogy a few weeks ago. Well…I am confessing, I am reading book 3 Fifty Shades Freed now. Once you get past the poor writing, the repetitive phrases, gestures and the predictable storyline, the sex saves it. If anyone tells you they are not reading it for the sex they are lying. The sex is titillating, thrilling and not exactly vanilla.
If you are an fanatic feminist, do not read this book. You will be very angry. If you are into serious BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) do not read this book, it will be a big old yawn for you. I am sure if the Marquis de Sade found that this was called and BDSM book he would convulse in the restraints of his coffin.
It is all fantasy, a young girl falling for a fantastically wealthy, gorgeous, experienced though haunted man. He is messed up and the sexual world he introduces her to is not your everyday experience. For the first time in a long time the world is taken with a book that has a realistic fantasy element, the main character is bizarrely wealthy, he makes $100 000 an hour and he is a philanthropist. No magic, no vampires, no werewolves, the most unbelievable thing about the book is that Anastasia is a 22 year old virgin, so beautiful men would die for her but totally unaware of her beauty, oh and she is not interested in money at all.
Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists in the US the UK and around the world. The series has sold around ten million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time surpassing the Harry Potter Series
I have been thinking about why this book is so successful for a while. Does it speak to the fantasy aspect or is it the left of center sex. I think it is the latter. For the majority of people work, children and life takes up so energy that vanilla sex is all you have time or energy for. This book suggests playing. Spicing things up. Whether you take on the challenge or just revel in the story, I am sure you too won’t be able to stop reading. This is not a classic, you may not even be brave enough to confess that you have read it. It will not survive the ages, it’s a fad, it is short and easy to read, it really is a no brainer, but it fun, and sometimes that is all you need to make your journey a bit more interesting.