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#21 CSINY

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

I'm in the minority here, I don't think the plot is "thin" either. It is what keeps me picking up the Kindle to read. I'm also on the third book. I just read the car chase and it was cool. Throughout the book we are seeing the 2 main characters change. It is a fun transformation for me to read.

I read the Twilight series in about 2 weeks - loved it.
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#22 karkey69

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:06 PM

i have them on my nook but havent started reading them yet. someone said it was a pretty good love story if you read between the lines. i am trying to finish up what i am reading now first and maybe will start on them next.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

It depends on how you define a good love story. If you are ok with controlling, stalker-esque behavior, then it's good. Ana stood up to Christian sometimes, but not enough if you ask me.
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#24 CSINY

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:34 AM

It is a great love story. Christian totally changes - I mean a complete 360. He falls in love, he has never been loved. He did not even want to be touched. I traded up several times throughout the books.
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#25 CouchPotato

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:04 PM

CSINY, I heard that there is more to the story (not that the porn aspect bothers me) and I'm happy you confirmed that for me. I went ahead and ordered all three books the other day and I'm looking forward to getting into this trilogy.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:30 AM

It is a great love story. Christian totally changes - I mean a complete 360. He falls in love, he has never been loved. He did not even want to be touched. I traded up several times throughout the books.

What about Ana, does she change or is she still afraid of her own shadow?

The author is as subtle as a sledgehammer with characterization. Christian is DOMINEERING and Ana is a wet noodle. It was a not complimentary match.

I don't believe how someone like Christian would spare Ana the time of the day. And to say their first meeting was a disaster is putting it lightly
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:22 AM

Whatever keeps people reading I think is amazing – being a librarian, you know, I appreciate reading.

Here’s the thing about 50 shades. Sex sells. And those smut-junkies out there tell me that the sex in this book isn’t even that kinky – I hear this a lot, “I’ve read worse.” Now those who sort of shun sex in books find this book to be totally offensive, way over the top, and can’t deal. I here this one a lot, “It’s a good story, but there’s too much sex.”

Personally, I find the book disgusting and offensive, but not for the sex! I get super annoyed at these characters and I think, WTF is her problem and his problem? I do not DO this dominate/submissive bullshit. I have zero tolerance for this guy’s serious control issues and mother issues, and zero tolerance for this chick’s issues. So this book just makes me mad. I read it and just roll those eyes to the point where I’m blind.

I know that the dude changes and they grow up and fall in love and blah, blah, blah - don't care! Omg, Don’t care!

And it IS crappy writing, trust me, I know. BUT BUT BUT -- so was Twilight! I read those books and enjoyed it for what it was, and I've said this before to many people. Crappy writing isn't cared about and it's not even seen by the normal reader, readers care about story. Plain and simple. Unless you are a writer (I am) and/or have studied literature (I did) and/or live in a book world (I do) you would not notice. You wouldn’t notice.

So in short – these books are popular because of the naughty factor. Because of the “romance” (bleah, if you can even call it that) and because these books have just swept the media up into a frenzy. I get a lot of people in the library asking for this book and they don’t EVEN KNOW what it is! No clue. They return the book to me and say, shocked, “I had no idea it was erotica.” –

It’s erotica. That’s the genre. Not romance. Not fiction. Erotica.

I hate this book. I won’t lie. I do. LOL! I’m in a very small group of people who hate this book. But I don’t judge, whatever keeps people reading is awesome.

I also hated The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo books - dear God, shoot me now! :ninja Bad books! baaad! Boring! Gah!
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#28 Cybagem

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:20 PM

Personally, I find the book disgusting and offensive, but not for the sex! I get super annoyed at these characters and I think, WTF is her problem and his problem? I do not DO this dominate/submissive bullshit. I have zero tolerance for this guy’s serious control issues and mother issues, and zero tolerance for this chick’s issues. So this book just makes me mad. I read it and just roll those eyes to the point where I’m blind.


I did get the first book and started but this paragraph, so much this paragraph! I can not abide the girl Ana. Christian didn't bother me too much, my problem with the books (first few chapters that I actually read) is the way she reacted to him. His dominance wouldn't have been such a bad thing if she stood up to him. Someone said above that she jumps at her own shadow. How true! The sexual contents doesn't bother me, I still have some of my old Virginia Henley

He tells her to lay down and she asks what position he likes best. He says spread your legs and she says how wide, what angle.

Jasus. I couldn't

I am glad to hear they both change but they were both so extreme that I think it'll take a character overhaul to change them in a way that I'd like.

And there is the storyline. What was it? didn't read far enough to sense any underlining storyline apart from a college graduate with no backbone falling into bed with a sex freak
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#29 TheMuse

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

I have the ebook version of the three books and since I have just started opening the pages of the first book, I think it is a bit early for me to give the book a mark or rating. I am at the part in which Christian Grey discusses with Ana the rules of the 'game' or whatever you call it. :D Nonetheless, I suppose the book is classified as erotic fiction and so all the hype. I have read other works of fiction which were so engrossing that I couldn't put them down. So far, I can say that 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has yet to create such impact on my reading. But who knows, my stance might change as I get to know more about the characters and their stories. :D
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#30 DareDevil

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:12 AM

Do let us know what you think after you read them TheMuse

Don't look at this thread too closely. You won't have an appetite for it if you do
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#31 almari011

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:31 AM

I've read it until the second book and I just gave it up. I was struggling to finish it hoping it would shed some light but no. This story is all about sex. I can't even imagine a RANDOM girl willing to be bonded by a 'master'. This book is definitely not for kids. I was hoping they would stop with the sex and have some little romance but nah. Such a waste reading it.
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#32 thresholdofreality

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

What I dislike about this series is the entire story takes places in a matter of weeks. Also, there's really nothing to the plot. They have sex and that's it. The 'plot twist' in the third book is pretty cliche too, IMO.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:03 PM

I think I've heard of this title before but I had no idea it was a book series.
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#34 MarlineAlcott

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

I don't get the big deal about this book. There is a lot of erotica out there. People act like this is the first time this has been done.

I flipped through it once and the writing looked kind of crappy to me. Plus the subject matter doesn't interest me at all. I'm not against erotica, but this isn't the right kind of set up for me. I perfer more romance and less porn, and I also prefer a different setting (the future, fantasy, scifi, post-apocalyptic etc) for my romantic stories. The whole rich powerful man and helpless niaeve young woman thing does nothing for me. *shrug*

Plus,( sorry to be gross) but if I wanted to get off to BDSM, I'd rather just go on the net, find a nice video and get it done. I don't want to sit through millions of pages of crappy writing to accomplish the same thing, lol. :D
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

I've read the first and second books. I've had a copy of the third book for a while but still haven't gotten around to reading it. I find the writing style redundant, her descriptions are o.k., but her dialogues needs a lot of work. The sexual encounters of the main characters is just too much that after a while it becomes boring to read. But I have to hand it to the author, like her books or not, she's laughing all the way to the bank.
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#36 pafjlh

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

Yes, what can I say sex and word of mouth whether good or bad can sell anything from books to movies to TV programs.

As someone else said, there was just as much buzz in the sixties over the book Lady Chatterlies Lover. There was also just as huge a buzz in the in the later part of that decade over the book Valley of the Dolls. Whether this buzz was always good it led to these books being huge success. So whether you like Fifty Shades of Gray, or have no desire to even read to book (that's me) I guess you can understand why its become such a huge hit. Controversy sells, even if its not always for the right reason.
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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

Fifty Shades my oh my!

 

I can't tell you why i was addicted to this book and couldn't put it down as i found the writing wasn't that great and the story line was very predictable but i did however enjoy it and have read all three of them more than once. If you can read through the "porn" the book is half decent. 

 

I find books like these are a great escape from reality. Not really sure how they are going to make a movie off of this though so i am very curious. If you have the time i would suggest reading it and giving it a shot, as it is not as bad as some people make it out to be. 


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#38 n87

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:37 PM

I don't hate it because it's a chick book. I don't hate it because it's literary porn. But I do hate it because it is probably the most poorly written thing next to Twilight...at least Twilight was geared towards preteens who haven't been alive long enough to know the difference between good and bad writing. It's an insult to literature. In fact, it's an insult to paper. It needs to go away.


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#39 KaraFrakkingThrace

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:25 AM

The thing that annoys me most about 50 Shades of Gray is that it's not only Twilight fanfiction, it's bad Twilight fanfiction. You can find far better stuff on the internet for free, and yet people have gone and made EL James a gazillionaire for ripping off Stephenie Meyer and adding horribly written BDSM. (I'm not into BDSM myself, but I know some people who are and they were absolutely appalled by the portrayal of it in 50 Shades.)

 

Well, that, and the whole setting-feminism-back-50-years thing that bugged me about Twilight as well. I get that women like alpha males - I'm married to one myself - but there's a very important difference between being dominant and being domineering and both Twilight and 50 Shades step way, way over that line. When a guy is stalking you and controlling your every move, that's not love, that's abuse. However, that aspect bothered me more with Twilight than 50 Shades, because 50 Shades is directed at adults (who should hopefully know better), whereas you have pre-teens, in some cases, reading Twilight and I do not think teaching young girls that it's oh so romantic for some guy to break into your room and watch you while you sleep is a good idea!

 

These books manage to feel more regressive than something like Gone With the Wind that was published 80 years ago and glorifies marital rape. Whatever else you might say about Scarlett O'Hara, she was never a wet noodle! Scarlett would have eaten Bella and Ana and their ilk alive... 


Edited by KaraFrakkingThrace, 10 July 2013 - 06:30 AM.

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#40 hogwarts

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:31 AM

I don't have a problem with sexual content myself, but this book is really terribly written. The characters are ridiculous (I don't know anyone like Anastasia and Christian in real life, personally, and I don't think I ever will) and the plot is laughable. Aside from that, I could pull a billion fanfictions off the internet with better sex scenes than 50 Shades has. I think it was just a fluke success, with the help of some smart marketing. I'm actually sort of interested to see what kind of movie it will make, though, since I think that with the right actors it might make for a better movie than it is a book. That said, I don't see many actors with all that much credibility ever lining up to participate.


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