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"50 Shades of Grey" - A Romance Novel...Or Porn?

Book Critique: "50 Shades of Grey" - A romance novel...or porn?

There's this "romance" novel out there that everyone is a buzz about.  No, it's not "Twilight" or even "Vampire Diaries".  It's "50 Shades of Grey". 

As an avid reader and lover of romance novels, I couldn't believe I wasn't the first to know about this book series.  I had to hear about it from my female co-workers - all of them!  How can so many women be raving about this book and I haven't heard about it?  I must read it! 

But alas, I'm going to have to give "50 Shades" 2 stars out of 5.  Sorry ladies.  Why?  Well, as an avid reader of romance novels, both sweetly romantic as well as erotic, "50 Shades" crosses the line. 

While I give the author credit for the quality of writing and think it would be a wonderful novel if certain things were taken out in its editing, I myself, as a fairly intelligent, educated and liberated woman, can do without the sexual dysfunction of it's main male character, Christian Grey.  I can't bring myself to want to continue reading Books 2 and 3, as Book 1 was, to say the least, deeply disturbing.  Call me a prude if you will, but this goes beyond normal fantasy for any modern woman in their right mind.  Notice my use of the term "right mind".

I get it.  Parts of it are hot and I couldn't put it down.  And I reluctantly admit, Christian does seem to care and love Anastasia to some extent.  But it left me feeling, oh I don't know, not so fresh...and maybe a little angry; and frankly, in reality (which this is so not), no modern woman in their right mind would give a man like Christian the time of day after the second date. 

To say the author's main male character, Christian or "Mr. Grey" is a sexist pig who mentally and physically abuses the woman who he's strongly attracted to and eventually falls in love with, is putting it mildly.  The man is a creep and desperately needs to seek a different therapist from the one he supposedly has.  The main character, Anastasia, is a little bit more real, as she is shown to be a strong young woman who occassionally puts Christian in his place and does have a conscience about the wrongness of the whole thing.  But you have to wonder what's wrong with her as well, to put up with and fall in love with such a dysfunctional human being. 

So, with all due respect ladies, I'm going back to my endless search for romantic and just "steamy" romance novels.  To each her own....

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John Gruber September 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
perhaps you'd like to take your secret police and burn all religious books that don't conform to your severe ignorance
Gigi October 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
50 Shades...child porn??? Hahahahahahah~ That's so silly!!!
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Ginger blanco September 08, 2013 at 03:03 PM
First, I don't read romance novels but got introduced by a coworker on this book. I liked all 3 the books, yes I agree about the control and some other treatment being horrible. I kepted on reading and later could see difference in feelings. BUT how do people or MEN get mad at this as porn when sexual images are pushed in our faces in movies/commercials all the time and is OK. There's no pictures or images at all so how is this porn. Sorry just trying to under stand where people are coming from.

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