Not another post about Fifty Shades of Grey

I’ve been pondering, nay wrestling with myself over whether or not I “should” read E.L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Maybe I shouldn’t on principle – by various accounts its provenance is close to plagirism, it’s poorly researched, less well written and even less well edited.

Maybe I should because of all of the above reasons to enable me to put on my serious face and pontificate about it in some way or add my review to the many others.

In the end it came down to this, I’m too lazy to read a book that I’ll not really care about.

I’ve read the reveiws and come to the conclusion that its probably no better or worse in style or content than the Jackie Collins novels that my friends and I read as teenagers, complete with corner’s of pages missing where they’d be turned down so many times to indicate the sex scenes.  In the end the books popularity will wane, the writer will, I hope, invest her royalties wisely and live a long and happy life, and everyone will move on to a new book.  I’m fairly sure the publisher nor the writer will miss my cut of the however much it is.

I was going to write more but the phone rang and I had a conversation with a friend about teenage depression and forgot how I was going to end the post.  That’s life for you.

50 shades of grey, fifty shades of grey

5 Responses to Not another post about Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. Michelle V May 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Same here. I kept thinking maybe I should read it just to read it for myself, but I have so many review books that I enjoy reading, and I don’t want to take the time to read something I don’t really care to read.

  2. Harper Eliot May 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    The only reasons I would suggest reading it are 1) to know what people are all hyped up about, and 2) to see how the erotic writing industry is being represented…

    But I think you already know.

    I like your take on the whole thing. Seems very reasonable.

  3. Kate Rizzetti May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    You are right to not waste your time. I did. It left a bad taste in my mouth. And I still don’t understand what the fuss is about – other than perhaps it’s attracted a readership who has never before in their lives read erotica. They are as innocent as the protagonist – and therein lies the attraction.
    I posted on my blog about it today if you want to take a quick look – and pointed out that in 12 months time there will be millions of second hand copies of the thing flooding the market.
    That EL James claims ‘anybody could have done this’ is testimony to her naivete`. Lots have people have been writing this kind of thing for years. It’s success has nothing to do with the book itself, and everything to do with the wild global digital village we live in and a media starved for a real story on real issues.

  4. gigi June 20, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I think Kate is right – the reason this book is being talked about SO much is that it has brought new readers into the genre. And whether it’s badly written or not, the fact that so many women are devouring it (and they are) is a much more interesting point. I read it, agree it’s badly written, but it’s a saucy (for want of a better word) page turner that seems to work.

  5. Inertia Creeps July 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Don’t bother. It’s not even as good as Jackie Collins. Thank the Gods they were all about £1.60 each on the kindle so I didn’t even spend a fiver!

    You write better stuff on here. Much better.