Book Review- Fifty Shades of Grey

Whenever I see a lot of hype about a certain book, I tend to buy the book. Most of the time, I enjoy it, because I think I have “mainstream” taste- what appeals to the majority will usually appeal to me.

Now, don’t judge me, but I loved all the Twilight Books as well as Hunger Games. For me, reading and tv are both an escapism and not really a means of building knowledge. Okay.. I don’t think any of my hobbies “build knowledge” – but that’s not a bad thing, right?
I watch mostly “trash” tv.. like reality shows, Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives etc.. and I like “easy” reading. After a long intense day at work, I don’t even want to think about doing anything that requires my brain to think 🙂

So I think I knew I would enjoy FSOG after just reading the synopsis, which goes something like this:

Virginal mousy student, Anastasia Steele, meets gorgeous billionaire, Christian Grey, and embarks on a dangerous BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) relationship with him.

IMO, the book is not well written at all. It is written in a matter-of-fact manner, and the author repeats certain phrases over and over to the point of me actually getting annoyed. I think the only reason this book has become the biggest selling book of ALL TIME is because of the literary porn that is described throughout the novel. No other book has made porn so mainstream and easily accessible. Apparently ladies are going wild for the book, to the extent that it may result in a “baby boom” because women are wanting to do the deed more after getting their porn fix through FSOG.

I was quite alarmed when I first got to the naughty stuff. Surely this book should be age restricted? I felt really uncomfortable at the thought of young teenagers reading this stuff- it goes into DETAIL and is very graphic.

As I continued reading I got into the story, and being a true romantic at heart, I couldn’t put it down! There’s something so endearing about a love story that has its challenges- and I started really getting to know the characters and empathising with them. So much so, that I’ve already put in my order for the next 2 books in the trilogy on Kalahari, who are at present completely sold out of all 3 books.

So, if you’re expecting a beautifully written novel then this definitely isn’t for you- but if you want some light, entertaining reading- then I would advise you put your name on the waiting list asap!

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H