Fifty Shades of Bad Writing
After hearing and reading all the hoopla about the Fifty Shades trilogy, I just had to read the books. The books have created a lot of controversy and I read this morning the libraries in Florida have banned it, I assume because of the BDSM aspect (which I found to be pretty tame). They've been called everything from "Mommy Porn" to "shockingly disturbing." I don't know why because the hero (Christian Grey) doesn't do anything to Anastasia that she doesn't agree to and all his past Dom/sub relationships have been consentual. I guess calling his dungeon "the red room of pain" is pretty titillating for some people.
For me personally, I have found the books to be pretty silly and poorly written. The heroine, Anastasia, has a horrible habit of saying "Holy Cow" to the point that I want to smack her. That, combined with the fact that she seems to "whisper" almost everything she says and that she "peeks up" at the hero rather than just looking at him, really annoys me. (Oh yeah - she says "Gah" a lot too.)
For a 22 year-old virgin (in this day and age???), Anastasia goes from naive and untouched to major slut in 0-60. Well, only with Christian, so I guess that's okay.
The story is totally predictable with very little in the say of surprises. Bad Boy Meets Good Girl, Good Girl Changes Bad Boy and everyone lives happily ever after. Oh, there's a few stumbling blocks in between. At the end of the first book Anastasia leaves Christian after a painful spanking - only to return to him four days later.
She lays down the law though - no more of that nonsense! She likes the spankings, just not with a belt and bring on the nipple clamps and the butt plugs please!
Christian, who has "dark events" in his past which have turned him into a sadist (his words), seems to be okay with these limits as he adores this woman (God knows why as she comes across as kind of a twit).
She has a problem with the fact that he's fabulously wealthy and wants to shower her with everything. You see, she wants to be independent and make her own way in the world (which she never really does). When she lands a job at a publishing company, she seems to get to work late (too much wild sex with Christian the night before) and to spend her time farting around emailing him and reading his emails rather than working. Did I mention that he buys the company she works for??
Anyway, the books have kept me amused (unintentionally, I'm sure), so they've been great for that purpose.
Has anyone else read them? If so, what did you think?