I've recently come back from a 12 day holiday. During this brief vacation I simply could not escape the current ''Fifty Shades of Grey'' hype. Seriously, every corner I turned it was there. Upon reading and watching loads of reviews (whether meaning to stumble upon them or not) I have come to the conclusion that it is complete and utter tripe.
As it turns out the inside of the book states that an earlier version of the story was published online for free under the pseudonym '' Snow Queen Ice Dragon''-It started off its life as Twilight fan-fiction. Which with all the problems surrounding the twilight story i.e the abusive relationship between Bella and Edward (if you don't know what I mean let me know and I will write a Post about that too.)
The book is poorly written. Yes it flows form page to page meaning the reader reads it from start to finish easily hence why it has become a best seller. However, there are many grammatical errors such as a line taken from it being ''I'm not interesting in that'' a faux pas I can put up with and may even have done myself in the blogging world but I expect more out of a best selling novel which apparently had 3 proof readers who failed to notice the repetitiveness of words such as ''Oh'' and the fact that Grey tels Ana that she smells good so many times without describing what she actually smells like.Another issue with the writing of the book is that fact that it has many one dimensional characters as well as plot lines which don't get developed at all.
The thing that annoys me the most about this book is the fact that friends of mine say they want to find their own Mr Grey. Just like many wanted to find their own ''Edward'' As you can tell from the title I have not read it but from small bits that I have heard Mr. Grey is not Mr. Wright in anyway shape or form. He gives the girl Anastasia Steele a 'Sex Contract', tells her what she can eat and cannot eat from a prescribed list foods to maintain her ''health and well being'' He also controls what clothes she wears and provides her with a personal trainer as well as outlining how she should maintain her ''personal hygiene'' and outlining Safety measures which involve her not being able to get drunk. The list goes on.
I get that people are into BDSM thing. That's fine. People can do what they want when they want and how they want it its none of my business. Its just...I dont feel this book talks about BDSM at all. Ana doesn't like being spanked and ends up in tears after doing it for him. There are many people who are into BDSM who would tell you that this is not what BDSM is about. This is part of the Wikipedia definition of BDSM '
'Although it's increasingly common for couples – particularly younger couples – to have "power neutral" relationships and/or play styles, activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants' taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential.''
The real issue stems from the fact that people are seeing the behavior by Mr Grey as acceptable and women fantasize over it. If this was set in a different context such as say in the Middle east then there would be a whole different perspective on it. Westerners would see it in a whole different light. Even condemning certain religious who practice certain behaviors just to have something to blame as a reason why this book was popular in that culture.
There are many other issues I could pick with this book but I'm just not going to bother. I would probably be sitting writing this way past the interest of my readers.
What did you personally think of the book and why?