*Update: June 1, 2012 ~ Listen to Slate's Audio Book Club discussion of Fifty Shades of Grey.
*Update: June 2, 2012 at end of post.
Rarely do I read fiction. The last novel I read was Lolita a few years ago. And I don't think I have ever read a romance novel, unless you count The Thornbirds. An erotic book? Does American Psycho count? But after listening to the Cultural Gabfest Podcast's hosts talk about the book Fifty Shades of Grey, my interest was piqued. I read the first book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, in less than three days. I then quickly devoured the second book, Fifty Shades Darker. And, I am now halfway through the third book, Fifty Shades Freed.
Let me just say that this series is not for prudes or radical feminists. It is, however, for anyone who wants to get lost in a romantic, sexually-charged fantasy for a little while. Of course the sex is over the top, as is the Cinderella story. But it's harmless fun—not to be taken too seriously. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes to read a good love story—because essentially, that is what it is.
This is how I picture Christian Grey. Inspired by a photo of actor Alex Pettyfer.
Fifty Shades of Grey parody:
Update 6/2/12 ~ Well, I have finished Fifty Shades Freed. Ah what a release. No more kinky fuckery, submissive specials, bitch troll, compromises, negotiations, and food fights. Oh, but will I ever miss Christian Grey and the unbelievably sexy way his pants hang off his hips. Laters, baby.
Update 6/2/12 ~ A little later in the day...
Holy mother of gawd, just came across these pics of Alex Pettyfer, published today in Men's Health UK magazine. Wow, these really lend clout to my campaign for Alex to play Christian Grey in the soon to be made film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes, he's a bit younger than Christian—22 V 27. And he is British, so a voice coach will be in order. But he more than makes up for it in the looks department. I bet he would look marvelous in pants hanging off his hips.
Fit to tie.
Fit to be tied.