A Rant on Fifty Shades of Grey

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Anastasia Steele in E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is in her early twenties and actually uses the phrase “…then I’m a monkey’s uncle.” Really???

I put this book on my summer reading list out of sheer curiosity.  I wish I hadn’t been so curious.  I knew it was going to be crap!  I knew it.  And, at 50 pages in, it is.

Friends whose reading tastes are similar to mine, or whose reading history I at least respect, all warned me…but did I listen?  Nooooo.  I had to see for myself.  Now I’m stuck with a shitty book that I will finish because that’s what I do – finish books I start (except for one, but whatever…everyone has at least one).

Anastasia Steele is the least believable character I’ve come across – her narrative voice is awful.  I would say that the book sounds like it’s being narrated by a teenager…but that would be insulting to teenagers.  Who in their early twenties talks like that?  As a girl in her early twenties she should be able to speak using modern cliches, not phrases that her great-grandmother would’ve used in her prime.

I hate that Anastasia is an English literature major and loves reading classics. Sure, that makes her a romantic – but it should also make her smart, and well spoken.  James should have made all cliche, slang, figures of speech off limits and made her sound intelligent without all the pitiful internal monologuing on how many times Grey looked at her.

Well, I put this book on my list…I started it and now I must finish it.

I cannot believe that this book is a “hit”, a “best-seller”…it is so frustrating that people who can write, who have wonderful ideas for great books cannot find publishers but this crap gets published.

Rant over.

8 thoughts on “A Rant on Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. Great post! I can’t agree more. I read the first book out of curiousity and cannot believe how popular it is. One of my friends told me that it seems to be the first erotica novel for a lot of people and perhaps that’s why it’s all the rave, but good erotica books have been out for years and I just don’t understand why this one is the one with popularity. How can people ignore the character development and writing?!


    1. Absolutely. Erotica can still be well written. Perhaps it did cause sensation because of the type of erotica being showcased…Thanks for commenting!


  2. I read the first two books in the series, and I have to agree with you. Not just Anastasia, but everyone in the book was so annoying. I haven’t read any erotica before so in a way these books were new to me. But they were really badly written.


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