Monday, July 23, 2012

50 Shades of Color

Everyone is talking about 50 Shades of Gray.  When I first heard about it, I looked into it to see what all the hoopla was about.  This book is categorized as erotic fiction.  The reviews I read complained about how poorly written the book is.  There is no literary quality going on here.

I think it is quite interesting, though, to see who is reading it.  Surprisingly, many women who wouldn't ever think of picking up erotic fiction books are engrossed by it.  I see women sitting at the pool reading it.  If it is as hot as people claim, I definitely wouldn't think it is a poolside book!

From what I understand, this is a book about dominance and control--BSDM stuff.  Seriously?  Is that what we need to be promoting?  That women become involved in this sort of kinky stuff?

Years ago, I worked with a psychologist whose specialty was working with felony sex offenders.  We had discussions about all sorts of things.  I remember questioning what was deemed as deviant and unhealthy when it came to sex.  His response was anything, whether fantasy, role play or actual sex in which someone gets hurt.  Let me clarify.  He said that just thinking about sex where someone is harmed is deviant and unhealthy.  So, why women want to read this book is beyond me.

I suspect that the reason this book has become so famous is the marketing ploy.  I have a sneaking suspicion that a library refusing to carry the book was exactly what the author hoped for, giving grounds for her to tell the world, hence, free advertising in all media outlets.

I, personally, prefer to read books that inspire me, educate me or challenge my mind.  I don't want to read in gray.  I want to read in 50 shades of color.


D.A. said...

I totally agree with you. I've heard from people over and over how the books is so poorly written and that it is about S&M. Really, we need more of that crap to be a bestseller?

Beth said...

I might get shot, but I don't think the people that read this book series are looking for quality writing in the first place. As a Christian, I can't bring myself to read something that is basically pornography through words. (And there's no such thing as quality porn!) I think it just speaks to the direction that our society as a whole is headed.

Julie Wood said...

I so agree with this blog post! I do not want to read this book! The media makes it sound like all women are jumping up and down and can not wait to read it! I am not going to read it! I want to read books that are informative and helpful to me!

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