On my weekly "What Are You Reading" I included a very brief note saying that I did not finish FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by EL James. Allow me to elaborate.
First of all, let me start off by saying, I do NOT judge you by what you are reading or not reading. I even have plenty of friends that do not read at all - no matter how hard I try! So, I do not judge any of you who are reading and enjoying this trilogy. I certainly don't judge you if your spouses and partners are benefiting from said enjoyment (nudge, nudge...wink, wink)
I feel like I have to talk about this book to some of my unsuspecting readers out there.
Even though it's stated on the cover - the back cover - FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is erotica. So, if you choose to download it to your iPad, be careful it doesn't end up on your kids' iTouch through the iCloud!
If you enjoy romance novels, but get a little squeamish or uncomfortable by some of the more graphic sex scenes this is NOT your book. There is sex...a lot of sex...a lot of freaky sex...in this book...and that's only in the first 100 or so pages that I read.
If you are an adult who enjoys sexy times in your books (bow chicka wowwow) and want a little heat in your bedtime reading, go for it. Just whatever you do, please think twice before choosing it for your book club. This is one of those books that a lot of women are reading, or else it wouldn't be on the bestsellers list (bestsellers' lists?!? more later...) but a few women might not feel comfortable discussing. A friend of mine recently compared the book to the movie Nine and a Half Weeks, which was a perfect example. I might watch the movie late at night, after the kids are in bed, but I wouldn't want to watch that movie with my girlfriends and then expect to sit around drinking wine discussing it. But that's just me. I'm a prude.
Wait, no I'm not! I'm not a prude! I like Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse series) and Janet Evanovich (Ranger and Morelli, anyone??) so I appreciate a little heat in my lighter reading. I was just probably completely unprepared for 50 SHADES OF GREY. No, I take that back. True, I was not prepared, but if I enjoyed the book, I would have finished it. This time, it just wasn't my kind of heat. Full disclosure, I prefer the kind of heat in YA books - the kind that fades to black, like an old Doris Day movie.
So, my own reasons for not finishing it aside, I'm still blown away by how MANY people are reading it, and then continuing on to read the other two books in the trilogy (yes, it's a trilogy...and I feel that I've lost half my readers to online shopping). But Why? Why 50 SHADES OF GREY? This is not the first piece of erotica to be printed. In fact, romance books available now go way beyond your mom's Harlequin romances and offer up their own hot stuff in many forms (modern mysteries, bodice rippers, etc.), some of which are actually quite good. I was surprised to learn how many book blogs are dedicated to romance novels. So, why has this book broken the boundary and landed on the Bestsellers Lists?? Why was there an entire table dedicated to the trilogy at Barnes and Noble? I don't get it.
There you have it. This was not a review. It wasn't even an opinion piece. Consider this your heads-up. If you're curious, go for it, but keep it away from the kids. If you're squeamish, you've been warned.