Fifty Shades...

Louise89
Louise89 Trusted RegularEngland, UKMAAT Posts: 296
Everywhere I go people seem to be talking about it; the office, friends, family, colleagues, strangers (overheard), housemates, the radio, etc - you get the picture. I see people with copies on the tube, bus, parks... it literally has been everywhere lately...

Soooo, has anyone read or started to read this trilogy?
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  • PGM
    PGM Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,954
    Louise89 wrote: »
    Everywhere I go people seem to be talking about it; the office, friends, family, colleagues, strangers (overheard), housemates, the radio, etc - you get the picture. I see people with copies on the tube, bus, parks... it literally has been everywhere lately...

    Soooo, has anyone read or started to read this trilogy?

    My other half has read it, and says its good because its so badly written. She read snippets out for me, its sounds pretty cheesy. The author has got away with a bad GCSE in English by being a bit rude...
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    Thank you for this thread! It has been everywhere

    I am guilty of reading it and talking about it! finished first one, (and awaiting to borrow the next one from a friend)
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Trusted Regular England, UKMAAT Posts: 296
    PGM wrote: »
    My other half has read it, and says its good because its so badly written. She read snippets out for me, its sounds pretty cheesy. The author has got away with a bad GCSE in English by being a bit rude...

    Fabulous response... I'm going to have to read it and see what it is like, cannot stand not knowing!
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Trusted Regular England, UKMAAT Posts: 296
    SashaDella wrote: »
    Thank you for this thread! It has been everywhere

    I am guilty of reading it and talking about it! finished first one, (and awaiting to borrow the next one from a friend)

    You know what, it really has, I thought I was going crazy!

    I've been eyeing them up but haven't succumbed to them yet... that shall be an after work task tonight! :D
  • acc1077
    acc1077 Well-Known Registered Posts: 138
    Guilty - have read and re-read all three
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    Well even if it was badly written by opinion, I really enjoyed reading it - and read it in a day!

    Although the ending was unsatisfying and means you have to read the next one...
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Trusted Regular England, UKMAAT Posts: 296
    In one day! Ha, it must be a page turner of sorts!

    Also, love to find books that you can re-read, sounds as if they have potential!

    I wonder if they will turn it into a film if it is this popular.
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,525
    Louise89 wrote: »
    In one day! Ha, it must be a page turner of sorts!

    Also, love to find books that you can re-read, sounds as if they have potential!

    I wonder if they will turn it into a film if it is this popular.


    Hello Louise

    I have read the first and am half way through the second... but its on hold whilst I do ICAS! A few of the girls at work are reading it too and we would chat about where we were in the book till I fell behind :lol:

    I have read and seen on you tube that it is being made into a film and there is a sound track based on the music talked about in the book....


    JC :o
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  • aaron0121
    aaron0121 Trusted Regular BirminghamRegistered Posts: 422
    I've never heard of this trilogy

    Time for some google research :)
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  • GemmaS
    GemmaS Well-Known Registered Posts: 178
    I read all 3 in 2 days.... Having a kindle makes it far too accessible! The writing style isnt brilliant, however its an easy read ;) what makes me laugh is that there has been a baby boon across the world since its been released..... :P
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    They are definetely making it into a film.. but who will be casted?!

    those who have read it may know that no human can be Mr Grey

    HAHA
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071
    Ok, so I've read books 1 & 2. I'm not sure where book 3 comes in, because the "love story" pretty much ends right at the end of book 2. I got so fed up with the awful writing I couldn't bear to go on.

    The characters are 2-dimensional.
    The writing is appalling.
    I hate first person present tense.
    The sex is formulaic and dull. And utterly unrealistic.
    I want to throttle Ana's "inner goddess" and burn her chaise longue.
    I want to throttle EL James for suggesting Grey is kinky because he is ****ed up (but it was a clever way to get it into the mainstream). It's offensive to normal people into that stuff.
    I want to throttle EL James for making Grey's emotionally abusive behaviour something for women to aspire to.

    I decided to read it so I could criticise it from a point of knowledge, not hype, and so I could enjoy the inevitable parodies even more (I intend to buy 50 Shames of Earl Grey, amongst others).

    Despire all of that, once I got over the serious flaws in the writing, it was a page turner. I enjoyed it. It wasn't arousing. It was funny in places (because of the awful writing, not because it was intentional). It's easy to read if you can get over her abuse of the English language. But I got fed up after book 2.

    If you've read it and liked it, there are plenty of very talented excellent writers in that genre, and if the traincrash that is FSOG helps the genre and talented authors, then that's got to be a positive.
  • Rinske
    Rinske Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,453
    GemmaS wrote: »
    what makes me laugh is that there has been a baby boon across the world since its been released..... :P

    I thought it was just the press trying to panic us all in this one creating another baby boom, rather than it being a real one?

    Anyways, haven't read the books and at the moment I'm not likely to either, so I can't really comment. I'm the only female colleague in the office who isn't reading it, so I am the exception, but I think I can live with that.

    I might consider it for after my resit, but for now I stick with Kathy Reich's books :)
  • mandatory
    mandatory Feels At Home Registered Posts: 59
    I haven't read it but I know plenty of people who have, including my nan! Based on reviews and how bad I hear the quality of writing is (I had a brief flick through a copy) I will be giving it a miss, but I will probably end up reading a parody. I just can't read a book written so badly that it makes me annoyed.
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071
    mandatory wrote: »
    I haven't read it but I know plenty of people who have, including my nan! Based on reviews and how bad I hear the quality of writing is (I had a brief flick through a copy) I will be giving it a miss, but I will probably end up reading a parody. I just can't read a book written so badly that it makes me annoyed.

    I thought likewise, but you can't enjoy the parody as much if you aren't familiar with the original. That's initially why I decided to read it!
  • vickie88
    vickie88 Feels At Home Registered Posts: 58
    Well I have never read a book before and I read all 3 in a month, I thought they where all good and I couldn't put them down. Very addictive.

    Yes apparently their bringing a film out and i have heard Ryan Gosling is rumoured to play Christian x
  • blobbyh
    blobbyh Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,415
    vickie88 wrote: »
    ... i have heard Ryan Gosling is rumoured to play Christian x

    And no doubt 'single-expression only Gosling' will roll out the the same gormless look he uses in all his movies...
  • mandatory
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    Monsoon wrote: »
    I thought likewise, but you can't enjoy the parody as much if you aren't familiar with the original. That's initially why I decided to read it!

    Hmm, maybe I should borrow a copy from someone then! There are plenty floating around, I'm sure. :)
  • Gem7321
    Gem7321 Experienced Mentor DevonMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,438
    I've read the trilogy and enjoyed it. Yes the writing is crap and Ana's character is hilarious sometimes but I wasn't reading it for the stimulating (excuse the pun) read, I just wanted something to wind down with and I admit to finding my idea of Mr Grey attractive :blushing: I would flick between 50 shades and Professional Rules and Practice Guidelines!

    And these days I do meet the demograph for 'mummy porn'.
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    To be fair... it was written for certain people. The woman is like a Twilight fan or something to do with that so its for the younger generation.. i.e. its not an adult love/romantic novel with words that I wouldn't understand with Princes etc.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone over 30 years old to read it as they will criticize the writing because its not what they are used to. Where as me (19) who last read a baby book its good! its a fantasy story and the characters are somewhat relate-able.

    Fair Point! :)
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Trusted Regular England, UKMAAT Posts: 296
    Great to hear a mixture of opinion!

    It is strangely addictive! I found the ending of the first book disappointing and rather abrupt, I also found it to be slightly repetitive in parts, but it is not stopping me from ploughing through the second!
  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    I agree Louise.. The ending of the first one was disappointing! Almost made me not bother with the second book!
  • JaffasGirl
    JaffasGirl Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 387
    Rinske wrote: »

    I might consider it for after my resit, but for now I stick with Kathy Reich's books :)

    I agree! I'm hoping to get my indirect tax exam out of the way before her new one comes out, so I can enjoy it guilt free!
  • aaron0121
    aaron0121 Trusted Regular BirminghamRegistered Posts: 422
    If any one is interested, there is going to be a documentary about the fifty shades of grey novel on tomorrow
    channel 4 10pm :)
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  • JaffasGirl
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    SashaDella wrote: »
    To be fair... it was written for certain people. The woman is like a Twilight fan or something to do with that so its for the younger generation.. i.e. its not an adult love/romantic novel with words that I wouldn't understand with Princes etc.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone over 30 years old to read it as they will criticize the writing because its not what they are used to. Where as me (19) who last read a baby book its good! its a fantasy story and the characters are somewhat relate-able.

    Fair Point! :)

    The book was written by a 48 year old woman. Why should it be off limits to the 'older generation' lol and since when was being over 30 exclusive to wanting to read something well written? (or being old for that matter) The book has actually been quite popular with those 'older' people, it is basically a modern day mills and boon, which usually was for the older (and by that I mean 60s not 30s) generation.
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  • SashaDella
    SashaDella Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 362
    So there was a programme about the book last night... EL James makes a million pounds a week!!!
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071
    My copy of "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody" arrived at the weekend :D

    http://www.50shames.com/

    Those of you who enjoyed it, and want to consider more easy-to-read stuff in similar genres (but well written), this is a UK publishing house:

    http://www.total-e-bound.com/
  • blobbyh
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    Chaucer wrote smut centuries ago and then you had DH Lawrence in Victorian times doing the same. Do the Shades books use some tasty Anglo Saxon words then to separate them from Mills and Boon?
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071
    blobbyh wrote: »
    Do the Shades books use some tasty Anglo Saxon words then to separate them from Mills and Boon?

    Alas, no.

    My inner goddess squirms at the use of English. Oh my! Holy cow! MILLS AND BOON IS BETTER WRITTEN! I gasp at my shocking revelation, which is like an accountant being shocked at a smiley face on a HMRC letter, which is just silly. I ponder on Mr Grey's long fingers and I c0ck my head, wondering what I should read next. Maybe I should read something that reads a bit like a young woman's tiring monologue that repeats itself and uses literary cliches to make millions of pounds. Oh my! I want to jump on the bandwagon of bookwriting, but I worry that I won't be able to write monotonous sex like some people do. Oh my.
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