I was ready for this! Gray Saturday afternoon, I dressed for the occassion – it was definitely a casual affair ; shorts and a tank top, made sure I had a drink too – a bottle of Desperado beer (judge ye not..this is the best beer ever) and got ready to be swept away in to this foreign land. Unless you’ve been bungee jumping at the Victoria Falls or climbing Mount Kiliminjaro or sailing in the South of France and not had time to check social media or the internet because you’re out there living and having fun – you have come across a tweet or post most likely from my fellow XX chromosome carrying species, about the book 5O Shades of Grey by E L James. I always try to not follow the hype but after chatting with my friend and also reading an article where Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Pattinson were amongst a poll of those most likely to play Christian Grey – now let me say I’m not crazy about Ryan Gosling but I watched him in Drive and Crazy Stupid Love and I liked him as an actor (
not the fact that he stands in his buff showing off his toned body and looking sexy in Crazy Stupid Love)so I had to read about this Christian Grey because it seemed he must be an interesting and good looking character.
Regrettably this is not the first time I have followed the hype! I read the Twilight book, but at least with Twilight I feel Stephanie Meyer’s target audience was teenagers and that book is written for such an audience – Shades of Grey however is not meant for teenagers, its for women, middle-aged ones for that matter but somehow I feel like the author has a disconnect. ‘Christian Grey had grey eyes’, yes this is in the book,seriously!How would I describe this book – Marmite you either love it or hate it! I hated it! With every flick of a page I got more and more irritated by the repetetive prose – Holy Crap, Inner Goddess,Subconscious, foil packet and the lip biting. The erotica is there in explicit detail however very repetitive, I am not a novice to erotica therefore my not enjoying the book can not be put to me acting prudish. May I dare ask why Christian is never naked during the sex scenes anyway; as he’s either in his white linen shirt or just opens the trousers zip?
Yes there’s a storyline but I am not going to read the trilogy to truly understand how Christian Grey is a man with emotional issues and Ana is innocent and unassuming and trying to be Madame-Save-Christian-Grey. Would I call this book a memorable book? Probably yes but for all the wrong reasons – I was tipsy by the time I finished reading it and also just disappointed and on the verge of rewriting the book and maybe making a phone call! Will I watch the movie? Probably if Ryan Gosling or Chris Hemsworth play Mr Grey.
Have you read the book? Care to share your thoughts?