When I was in elementary school, I was in the school play. I played the Queen in the Emperor’s New Clothes. I had to sing and ohhh-and-ahhh about the Emperor’s beautiful new suit of clothes when in the reality of the story, he was prancing down the street naked. It was only when a lone boy called out that he was naked that everyone else admitted that they couldn’t see the clothes either.
That’s how I feel about Fifty Shades of Grey. Only I’m the boy this time because God help me people, I see how awful this book is and I’m calling out to the crowd of people who love the book.
Have you guys heard of this book? It’s tough to have missed any of the buzz about it so I imagine you have and if you haven’t, you can read the synopsis here on Amazon.
The fact that this book is the #1 book on the New York Times Best Seller list is appalling to me. The book being poorly written doesn’t offend me. It mildly offends me that the plot and characters are pretty much stolen from Twilight (this story was written as Twilight fanfiction).
What really offends me the most is that so many women are obsessed with this awful book that I feel completely degrades women. The characters are awful. Christian is a douchebag with major problems. I can almost forgive him for his “issues” due to his terrible childhood experiences. And he does care for Ana in his own screwed up way. But Ana is the worst. She just goes ahead and submits to this man who basically abuses her.
I think I’m a pretty open-minded person but the fact that this book has taken the world by storm just boggles my mind. I won’t be reading book two. If I want trash, I’ll continue with my Black Dagger Brotherhood books or go back to reading Judith Krantz like I did when I was in middle school.
What do you think? Did you like this book? I know I’m in the minority with the way I feel about it so I’d love to hear from some people about why you liked it.
Disclaimer. I just wanted to mention that since I was linking to Amazon, I used my affiliate link for this book. But if people actually click through and buy this book based on my review I will donate any proceeds to a local women’s shelter. I’m totally serious.