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Author Topic: 50 shades of grey  (Read 3354 times)
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« on: June 29, 2012 »

Has anyone read this book?  There is such massive hype surrounding it ans I wondered if it was justified?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012 »

I'm dying to read it, but can't get it anywhere!
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012 »

I've read about a third of it, and despite the smut, found it badly written and really dull. I genuinely couldn't be bothered to finish it. I couldn't care less what happened to either of them, and I do like to like my characters. Even my mum thinks it's a bit repetitive!

And as for Grey...I wouldn't.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012 »

I've read about a third of it, and despite the smut, found it badly written and really dull. I genuinely couldn't be bothered to finish it. I couldn't care less what happened to either of them, and I do like to like my characters. Even my mum thinks it's a bit repetitive!

And as for Grey...I wouldn't.

Well I am going to have to agree with you, I am onto chapter 10 now and am already bored!! Like you say its very repetative and I have no interest in the characters. The underlaying storyline is quite frankly ridiculous. I am very open  minded in all things, but even the sex scenes are too much for me- too graphic!! Really I think they should come with a warning on them, kids are not allowed to buy porn magazines!! Ok rant over lol
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012 »

With all the hype that's been going on about this book, it kind of makes me wonder whether this was just a ploy by the lit agent/publishers just to 'cash in' on something like this.  I've heard a lot of my friends 'banging on' if you pardon the parlance about this book, and being a bloke it's not exactly my 'cup of tea'.  I can write erotic pieces in my novels (which I kinda do  Shocked Roll Eyes)

Where RC says about it being overly repetitive, I feel that any repetitions I've 'inadvertently' put into any of my novels can be classed as a simple newbie author's error, but for a publisher/lit agent to overlook this blatant use of repeating dialogue or narrative beggars belief.
   This is definitely a series I have no intention of reading or even reviewing!!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012 »

Well, it's got all the girls(and guys) in the office (the office not the library) talking... I didn't read it yet, probably wont, loads of stuff on my TBR pile already.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012 »

And if anyone really wants a laugh, may I suggest the infinitely superior 50 sheds of Grey......


http://beaut.ie/blog/2012/irish-shades-of-grey-knocks-fifty-into-mileys-cocked-cap/




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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012 »

Mmm. Donít think Iíve ever known a novel attract the level of opprobrium that the 50 Shades phenomenon has. Have to say that Iím leaning towards the view that much of this is snobbery Ė and, yeah, Iím as guilty as anyone of literary pompousness, in fact probably more than most about what I will or wonít read - so Iím not excluding myself here. With this in mind it is a little disconcerting that this book is dismissed so scornfully by those who have no intention of ever reading it; this is the essence of my argument. Iíve heard it criticised on the grounds that itís badly written by individuals who wouldnít know a synonym from a simile. Itís almost as if we ďserious readersĒ are duty bound to hate this book and its detractors cast about indiscriminately in order to rationalise this hostility. Iíve even heard those who really should know better develop an expedient puritanical streak that is as ephemeral as it is disingenuous when referring to 50 Shades because of the theme. And, no, Iíve not read it myself and almost certainly never will, therefore I donít have much to draw from to back up my conclusions. Derivative? Isnít all literature in one way or another. Smutty? Well, canít see a problem with that myself. A market for titillating material will always exist and is that a bad thing in itself?. Furthermore, it could be argued that a work of overtly sexual content aimed at a predominantly female audience is liberating in itself and long overdue. Itís not as if one handed explicit material aimed exclusively at males it difficult to access. Whatís wrong with redressing the gender balance?  Itís trashy? So what?  Exploitative because of the S & M theme? Possibly so, but surely itís a little lazy and convenient to leap to the conclusion that S and M is inherently and of necessity demeaning without taking into context the dynamic of the relationship in question. Didnít the movie The Secretary plough a similar furrow and demonstrate the complexity and subtlety of dominant and submissive roles that can exist within the context of a sexual union. I have no problem with those who have read this and dislike it, but in many cases I feel that the rancour heaped upon this book is a consequence of its popularity rather than its lack of literary merit. Finally, during the past month or so, both at home and on holiday, Iíve encountered dozen of female readers who have enjoyed this and the general consensus seems to be that itís a bit of a turn on a bit of a giggle. Canít see any harm in that.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2012 »

Spot on as usual, Clash.

I didn't like it because I found it tedious, I didn't feel it was well written and even the shagging was a bit of a yawn, which is quite an achievement, considering the detail. I certainly didn't find it arousing in any way (submission not really being my thing, perhaps) but maybe it isn't written for 50-something left-wing feminists who have their own handcuffs and who love men but certainly don't need them to instruct us in anything other than the offside rule.

We all need a bit of a titilation, and I've nothing against a light read but I do find it interesting that it is as popular as it is, and I also find it interesting that everyone has an opinion, regardless of having read it or not. It's equally interesting that even I attempted to read it when it is so absolutely not my thing. I'm not surprised that so many e-books have been sold, because even people who don't want to be seen reading it, want to read it. It must have something.  Grin

I suppose it's the Harry Potter of the grown-ups - bites the zeitgeist firmly on the bum, gets people reading and gets people talking. Can't be bad, as long as no-one takes it seriously, it's no worse than the happy-ever-after fodder that's out there already.

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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012 »

As usual with so much publicity and word of mouth this book has been on the best sellers in NZ for about 3 months.  We have seen a lot of new faces in the Bookstore, and many admitted non-readers, there solely to buy 50 Shades, so that's a good thing.  I have noted that the first book has out sold the other 2 by about 10 to 1.  Either they haven't really enjoyed the first book or they have bought the others elsewhere.  I wont read it because a: it isn't my cup of tea and b: a book that is selling itself needs no one to recommend it.  It is doing for reluctant readers/non readers what Harry Potter did for kids and Twilight did for teens and yes even Dan Brown (Da Vinci code our biggest selling book ever!)
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012 »

I am going to attempt to finish this book, as I said I got to chapter 10 before and gave it up as wasn't enjoying it, but I now feel I should give it another go. My best friend borrowed my copy, thinking she would hate it but wanting to give it a go (she is a very intelligent woman and not read anything for a while)  She absolutely LOVED it!!! So taking her cue I'll try again!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012 »

I've just come back from holiday, and almost every woman around the pool had one or other of the 50 Shades books. I know the shop at the airport was selling all three for £12.99, but even so!

Let us know what you think, Sarah - I can't say I'm moved to read the rest of it myself but never say never.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012 »

There were two elderly ladies chatting about it when I was buying my "3 for £10" in Asda.  They were having a good old chuckle - one of them was waiting for her daughter to finish reading it and pass it on to her.  Just the thought of it had put a smile on their faces - hope neither of them has a heart condition!  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012 »

An interesting article- what do we think?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9495728/50-Shades-of-Grey-sex-scenes-are-like-crimes-of-Fred-West-says-womens-refuge-boss.html

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012 »

Hmmm.

Having not completed it, I'm not in a position to comment specifically, but it seems to me that most fiction is going to resemble someone's life or experience, because this is what we all write about and want to read about. I suppose it goes back the to old arguement about whether  sex/violence/war/abuse in books/tv/films encourages it in real life.

By now, I doubt anyone is going to open this book without a fair idea of what they are likely to find, and I think that the majority of readers are women, so if they feel it is abusive, or encourages violence or abuse against women, they probably are of this opinion before reading a word. And if someone read this, and feels it justifies and reinforces their view that abuse of women is acceptable, then they probably have more than a few problems already. No-one seems to be insisting that reading Hannibal encourages cannabilsm.

And I really don't believe in burning books, symbolically or otherwise.
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