Fifty Shades of Grey

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*special shout out to the woman who made me promise to read it, and I promise to read the rest of the books. The deal was to read the first book before the movie so, Maria, here’s the review and my proof.

First, I never had any interest in reading this because to be frank I have different taste in literature. I’m not saying this is risqué, I’m just saying, please keep Twilight-ish story lines from my erotica. How did I gauge this series without reading it first? “Someone”, I know, who supposedly is an open-minded adult, recommended it to me when it first came out. I was thrilled to find that she enjoyed a good “read” so I lent her my series The Sleeping Beauty Series. She returned it, without finishing the first book. It was too much. So I stared at her books thinking, so what is this?

Well, peer pressure has won. And as the movie draws closer, I have a deadline to finish reading the first book of the series.

I was right and I was wrong. This is Twilight. It’s very watered down. It is a good read though. I find the characters hilarious in an empathetic sort of way. I keep finding myself reminiscing of days when I questioned the simplest gesture of pulling someone’s hair. I’m glad that the younger women are reading it though. Some may disagree, but it teaches about the sense of self-worth, contraception, STDs, and keeping an open mind. Although, I should also point out that this book gives the impression that you can fix people. Seriously, it’s one thing to have a fetish, but completely another to have these fetishes because of some “baggage” you cannot disclose. If someone tells you they have “issues” and cannot discuss those issues with you, don’t ask to sign a contract, tell them to call you when they can either discuss said issue, or have moved on from said issue. People are not projects.

Anyway, still a very great amusing read. And I was asked if I liked the ending, and yes, I did. It ended as most dysfunctional relationships would, but knowing that there are two more books, I’m sure it starts all over again, as most dysfunctional relationships do. How exciting!

By the way, I do plan on watching the movie. That is part of my Valentine’s Day plans. I am very excited to dress up for it, and to see how awkward dinner might be. Wish me luck.

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