Fifty Shades of Grey

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What Are Readers Into?          



            I started reading the big shelf dropper this week when I absolutely shouldn't be doing anything but studying for exams. Fifty Shades of Grey is not a book I felt that I wanted to pick up; this 'Oprah's Book Club' status of a novel has been stapled to every woman over 40's eyeballs. I thought it would be some sort of self help memoir. Apparently it's an erotic fiction novel which shocked me a bit. I thought to myself, around page 97 or so, what on God's green earth are these women thinking these days? Is everyone into bondage? I have underestimated the acceptance rate of sexual masochism in literature which kind of makes me giggle and I know what some of you are thinking, get over it. I don't mind reading it but I wasn't sure most women were into that sort of thing. Men maybe, but women in their 50's? Granted if you look back at some of the most acclaimed female writers, like Anais Nin, a little erotica here and there only furthers their credit in writing because sex is tough to write. Have you ever tried writing a sex scene? Phew, difficult! The problem is trying not to become to 'sensational' while still painting the most realistic picture that you can. I'm only just in the early stages of this novel but I like it so far. Very inexperienced girl meets sadomasochist, nice. How to balance work, studying and leisurely reading... I have no idea. If you haven't had a chance, pick up the book and just see what I mean and before dismissing it completely, you should read it. Let me know how it goes.

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