50 Shades of Grey – E L James
This was the first adult fiction book I’d read. I’d heard about them of course as a genre, but not a specific contemporary title in the mainstream. However as I think it’s important to read widely, when someone on Facebook mentioned 50 Shades of Grey I thought I would give it a try. It’s not a high brow literary read, but enjoyable nonetheless.
While reading it I had the old joke in my head, you know the one:
Why do women watch porn films to the end?
To find out if they get married.
And that seems to be the central thrust (excuse the pun) of the book, as we watch virginal Anastasia Steele’s sexual initiation by the multi-millionaire Christian Grey into the world of BDSM.
She does have her inner goddess jumping up and down a little too much for my liking but that annoyance aside it was easy reading and in a style that was very direct and lacking pretence.
There’s of course a lot of sex in it and it is very graphic and I admit quite erotic, but, just like the joke, the thing that kept me reading to the end was to find out if Anastasia is able to tame her man and bring him into a loving relationship.
If you are interested in reading widely I would definitely give this book a go and also if you’re a writer who finds it difficult to write sexual scenes you might find this book a useful resource. Lastly thank G-d for Kindle, this is exactly the kind of novel that they are invented for, because unless you tell people, no one will no what you’re reading beneath your Kindle covers.
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