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    Fiction - "Fifty Shades of Grey"

    I recently read this book; Fifty Shades of Grey and this is what I have to say about it.
    I have read books before that I just could not put down. This wasn’t my case with Fifty Shades of Grey in particular. People are saying so though, and when I stopped to watch the TV the women were saying too they could not put it down, that’s why it sparked my curiosity on top of needing something to read. Well, so Fifty Shades Of Grey is not one of them, but I still would recommend it (for open minded people, of course, as the sexual reference might not be for everyone’s taste).

    Some readers say the book is “unputdownable”. However, I would not push it that far. {edit}
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    It's funny but I had never heard of this book until a friend mentioned it yesterday. They said it was considered to be really bad fiction but women seemed to love it.
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    You not finding the book enjoyable only reflects positively on your taste.

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    No comments in other word strictly no.
    I personally prefer quiet books over loud ones.
    Making a noise in a bedroom is not the same as making a noise in a book. One is physical or emotional and the other is defeaning.
    I neither partake in listening to either I have my own to attend to.
    Call it personal but ignorance is bliss and with refard to this ''book'' it does apply perfectly.
    The more I hear about it the less I am akeen to it.
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    Oh no, even Lit Net is not free from this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neely View Post
    Oh no, even Lit Net is not free from this book.
    I was going to say something along those lines.

    I have not, nor ever will, read this Twilight fan-fic (let's call it what it is), but if you want the fully experience of this book check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA

    WARNING: video contains excerpts from 50 Shades
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    The writing is so trashy. I also wanted to see what it was about and downloaded a sample on my ereader. After a few pages, I was really turned-off. People love trash!

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    [QUOTE=Buh4Bee;1160315 People love trash![/QUOTE

    They do indeed but that's because trash equals money and in liberal societies the utilisation of trash in pursuit of money is self-evident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Darnay View Post
    I was going to say something along those lines.

    I have not, nor ever will, read this Twilight fan-fic (let's call it what it is), but if you want the fully experience of this book check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA

    WARNING: video contains excerpts from 50 Shades
    I checked out the link. It was seriously hilarious!
    Exit, pursued by a bear.

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    Having read all three books of this series, I have this to say: If you are looking for literary enrichment pass these by, if you are looking for a little risk and sexual thrill not a bad read. Erotic fiction has been a part of the literature while for quite some time, as has the BDSM community- these books capitalize on this silent fantasy most women have while not portraying the truth of those who actually live the lifestyle. I personally feel these books have given women the ability to explore something "taboo" safely, experiment with their inner self and possibly connect deeper with their significant other, it is the Female porn. Just like video porn one can use it to enrich a relationship, or it can destroy it. As far as the "I can't put it down" argument, this seems to come mostly by people who really need to get laid or have a very vanilla sex life- again just an observation. I found no satisfaction from the book as a piece of literature, the plot is dense- and the story line is sadly undeveloped- The concept could have been portrayed in a more enriching way. It does come to mind that not everyone reads purely for academic literary enrichment, those who read for the sheer bliss of escaping into an alternate world find the world this book opens both sensual and delightfully satisfying.
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    Emil-
    Yes, trash makes money! And the sellers sell, because trash is lucrative. But my point is about the buyers- we (western culture) love to consume and talk about mindless garbage. This is what the house wives talk about at play groups. The conversations are very engaging.

    Steph- I hear what you are saying and I have read some very bad books just for the reasons you mention. However, I was turned off by this particular book. I did however, really like the Sookie Stackhouse Series when I was pregnant and couldn't comprehend anything. These books are mysteries. HBO turned the series into a drama. Anyhow, as far as erotic "literature", I have enjoyed the immortal Anais Nin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Darnay View Post
    I was going to say something along those lines.

    I have not, nor ever will, read this Twilight fan-fic (let's call it what it is), but if you want the fully experience of this book check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA

    WARNING: video contains excerpts from 50 Shades
    Utterly brilliant! I haven't laughed that hard in months!

    ...but yeah, 50 shades makes me despair of our species.
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    A defense of Fifty Shades of Grey: It has occurred to me several times this summer, that whilst I was idling on the beech, I would see a young lady reading the aforementioned book. Now, that book is better that five cocktails when it comes to prepping a woman. As soon as you approach they have that feline look of submissive desire and desperation, and a minimal effort is needed to conclude, as the novel has done most of the work for you.

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    Maybe it wasn't the book, all that beauty and genius of a young god approaching may have blinded her into submission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prisqua View Post
    I recently read this book; Fifty Shades of Grey and this is what I have to say about it.
    I have read books before that I just could not put down. This wasn’t my case with Fifty Shades of Grey in particular. People are saying so though, and when I stopped to watch the TV the women were saying too they could not put it down, that’s why it sparked my curiosity on top of needing something to read. Well, so Fifty Shades Of Grey is not one of them, but I still would recommend it (for open minded people, of course, as the sexual reference might not be for everyone’s taste).

    Some readers say the book is “unputdownable”. However, I would not push it that far. {edit}
    In a review by the great Dorothy Parker she said that the problem she had with a certain book was that once she put it down, she couldn't pick it up again.

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