Fifty Shades of Grey

Whether or not this much touted example of “Mummy Porn” is entirely my cup of tea, I think its important to read any book which has captured the imaginations of so many readers.  After all, how are you supposed to be entitled to an opinion if you  haven’t even read it?  That being said, in 24 hours I polished off the first in the Fifty Shades series.  A perfect holiday read in many ways in that it demands so little from the reader.  So here we go with the good, the bad and the ugly.

It doesn’t start well.  The first two chapters read like Twilight-inspired soap opera.Watery drivel, poorly written.  In fact, I have just discovered that Fifty Shades of Grey actually started life as a Twilight Fan-Fiction, which although popular, was removed from the site for being too racy for Twilight fans.  It is at that.  And yet – I can see real parallels to a controlling Edward Cullen.

There is a fair bit of soap-opera drama in the on-again, off-again relationship between Christian Grey and Ana, but I actually applaud the author for daring to write about BDSM and the culture of Dominants and Submissives.  I think in places there are some genuine insights in to what this kind of lifestyle holds for those who participate in it.  To begin with, its not overly judgemental as Ana begins to give in to some of the feelings she experiences in what she calls the ‘Red Room of Pain’ and Christian corrects her by asserting that it is in fact a room for pleasure.

But Ana goes all gooey after a proper smacking and calls it quits.  After exploring what she had to that point, I don’t entirely buy her  utter panic at this – especially considering some of the other options that were placed before her.

I’m not sure where the rest of this series is going to go – probably its just going to touch on the darkness in this novel and take it to some romantic fairy tale place in the next two.  Not sure thats entirely realistic either.  But I’m probably going to check out at least the second one.

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