Friday, May 25, 2012

Shades of Grey

(I promise I'll keep it PG-13 up in here!)

After hearing about the hype surrounding the Shades of Grey trilogy, I decided to go ahead and read the books.  It was an entertaining beach read, though the characters have some inconsistencies.  The storyline for these books began in the Twilight fan fiction domain, but they are definitely a very adult, erotic series.

I'm not going to give it all away, but there's a lot of BDSM/kinky stuff going on (excessive, as in nearly every chapter), but that's not why I'm convinced women across the nation have become obsessed.  What they're obsessed with, just as they were with Twilight, is the fantasy that a woman can actually change and tame a man.  And in both cases, the man is dangerous, volatile, filthy rich, and drop-dead gorgeous.

My opinion is that Shades of Grey is Beauty & the Beast meets Twilight meets porn.  And if you dig that sort of thing, read them, then check out another vampire series I've read, The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Oh, and if you want a good laugh, check out Ellen Degeneres and Gilbert Gottfried 'reading' excerpts of Shades of Grey.  :)

1 comment:

  1. Saw this and wanted to see your reaction as a woman...not that I'll read them. But NPR and CNN have had a lot on the books. It's quite the rage lately and had to see what all the fuss was about.

    Although if you look at Amazon the reviews are resoundingly negative. More 1 and 2 stars than anything else. That, and a lot of very disappointed, unsatisfied women.

    The fantasy of changing a man is always there, and Hollywood keeps it alive and well. The fact is that we men are quite like mountains in our ways, and no amount of fuzzy handcuffs or "heavy petting" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more) will change us. But then again that's people in general, but men generally aren't out to change women so it's not really a fantasy for us.


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