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#1 Sensa

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:32 AM

Is anyone reading the Fifty Shades of Grey book series by E. L. James? I am waiting on a friend to finsih the first book in the series so that I can read it, but it seems like the whole world is reading this one. I read some of the excerpts on Amazon, and I must say I hope my friend hurries up and finishes it!
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

It is a series? I thought it was a stand alone
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

I read an article about it in Entertainment Weekly the other day. Sounds like it's soft porn. I don't know, I'd like to get a good opinion or review of it from someone who likes the same kind of material I do. I'm an avid reader, and I have no problem with sexual content, but I don't want to waste my time on anything cheesy - it has to be well-written and realistic or I won't be able to get into it.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:44 PM

MaryAnn yes there are two other books Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The parts I have read of it are definitely soft core porn, it is really kind of like a Penthouse Letter just in book form. I was telling my husband that it's pretty funny the author just got a zillion dollar contract to make a movie out of it. Next thing you know people will be lining up to watch porn at the movie theater.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

I just read something about how the author said her husband had no problem helping her research the book :lol . A husband's dream come true - lots of kinky sex along with getting rich after the wife does all the work writing about it.
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#6 DareDevil

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:47 AM

I just read something about how the author said her husband had no problem helping her research the book :lol . A husband's dream come true - lots of kinky sex along with getting rich after the wife does all the work writing about it.

Ain't that the truth

I'm not into bodice rippers but you guys are making me want to read them
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#7 Cybagem

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

I am getting my copies sometime this weekend.

Totally keeping the receipts. Don't judge
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

Ok - this book. Oy! This book!

I work in a library, so the first time I heard about was from a patron. I did some sleuthing to find out more because back then, this book was hard to find and WAY over-priced.

Here's the dish:

The girl wrote a Twilight Fanfic - all about sex with Bella and Edward. She took out the Twilight stuff and turned it into her "own" story and got it published by a somewhat crappy publication company, and she broke the book up into "three" parts to make more money -- a smart ploy on her part -- then this book caught on through the internet...

Then everyone was talking about it.

Then reputable publishing companies starting BIDDING on the rights. One got it, now it's been re-released and you can buy it at a normal price in a normal bookstore. All THREE books.

Ok - now this book is what we call, "erotica" - not romance, or fiction, but just your typical NC-17 smut.

And the women have FLOCKED to this book. OMG, lol! Here at my library, we were the only ones to have a copy of all three books. And there are 50 holds on just ONE copy.

The women reading them -- not that I judge -- are your elderly grandmother types! I about fell out of my chair when sweet grandma in her 70's comes in with her walker asking for fifty shades of grey!

She's all, "I hear it's racy!"

I somehow, God help me, kept a straight face as I put a hold on the book for her.

As for myself - I read about five chapters and couldn't take it. I hate this book. LoL - for the bad writing, for the bad writing, for the bad writing.

However! There is a parody that is hilarious! It's called, “Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" - and it's by Andrew Shaffer. He has a blog called, "Evil Reads" that constantly entertains me.

http://www.evilreads.com

Enjoy!

Ok, that's my rant and soap box on THIS book for the day. Ha!
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#9 Cybagem

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

Hahahahaha!

Thank you for the detailed warning. Glad it was sold out everywhere I tried last weekend
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:22 AM

It reminds me of the episode of Mad Men where they talked about Lady Chatterlies Lover. It was a book from the 60's that causes a similar uproar because of its "racy" content.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:46 AM

One of my friends is currently reading this and she loves it. It's on my list for this year, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I just might have to bump it up the list! :D
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:53 PM

As for myself - I read about five chapters and couldn't take it. I hate this book. LoL - for the bad writing, for the bad writing, for the bad writing.

Yep, that's exactly why I have no interest. I don't care about graphic sexual content, but I can't tolerate bad writing.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:18 PM

I just read somewhere that this book is now banned in 50 states. I can't imagine it will be long until a few more get on the band wagon.
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#14 Cybagem

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:48 PM

I just read somewhere that this book is now banned in 50 states. I can't imagine it will be long until a few more get on the band wagon.

Not in NY. Barnes and Nobles called me to come pick up my copy today
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:26 AM

I have all 3 books on my Kindle Fire. I have finished the first 2 books (Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades darker). At first I was shocked and a bit "grossed out". For some reason I kept picking the Kindle back up and kept reading. There is so much more to the story then "soft porn" - I do believe that is why I'm still reading. I can't wait to get back to book 3 (tonight when the kids are in bed).

5 of my friends are reading the books too and they are all in love with them.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:21 PM

I saw in the paper this weekend that it's (the first one) number one on the bestseller list. I think it's kind of ridiculous that fan fiction with crappy writing is #1.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:26 PM

I don't think the writing is crappy at all - so I don't know why you think it's ridiculous that the book could be #1. I am not surprised at all - since you can't buy it anywhere. The book is on the most wanted list every where.
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#18 DareDevil

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:29 PM

Unfortunately the quality of the writing has very little to do with why most books end up on top sellers list. Fangirls and boys is all an author need these days.

And lets face it, sex sells. If the reviews in this thread is anything to go by, these books are full of kinky sex scenes.

The more people talk about them, the faster they'll disappear off the shelves. People are curious by nature and some of us want to read it just so we have an opinion to offer too. I swear that it is the ONLY reason why I am going to get my copies :P
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

Look no further than the Twilight series. The sold millions of copies despite its atrociousness

The genre they were based on is known for its cult following but throw in some sparkles and a triangle and Meyer is an international rockstar. Totally ridiculous
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:40 AM

I'm currently reading the third book. I have a hard time putting the books down, but it's true they are very poorly written. Honestly the sex scenes get boring after awhile; I'm reading more for the thin (but interesting) plot that is sandwiched in between the sex.
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