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Old 06-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Well I have read all 3 books and I basically think it just depends on how you want to view them. Some are saying they are badly written but I think the author did a good job or they wouldnt of printed them. I enjoyed them and my friend is wanting to read them also.
Yes they can get explicit but I believe it just depends on how you want to read them and percieve them. You can look at someone and judge them but until you live with them you really dont know what is going on in their minds and sometimes you never REALLY know what they are thinking or wanting to do.
I dont agree with this type of sexual style but as they say "To each their own" and if its between 2 consenting adults....
I enjoyed all 3 books and was kinda sad when the last book was over.
As you read them you start to understand what he went thru and how he basically came to be the way he is and with the help of this woman he learns to Love in a different way. Me personally I liked them and I guess you have to be comfortable with yourself in all ways.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #12
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My not liking the book has absolutely nothing to do with being uncomfortable with myself. It is just a porn book. The part about the love story is the same as many others in Harlequin. Rich guy with plain girl lavishly spends money on her. This is no different than men saying they buy Playboy for the articles. A woman allowing a man to speak coldly to her, spank her and not allowing her to speak unless she is spoken to is demeaning. It is sad to see woman actually supporting this book. As someone said in KP the marketing was genius.
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Everyone has different tastes and interests so it's good there's books for everyone.

Just because a book was published doesn't mean it's written well. I've read books that really weren't well written and some of them were self published, some not. And it is personal perception sometimes..my daughter and I have disagreed with whether books were written well or not.
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I looooooove reading and I'll pretty much buy anything I can get my hands on if it looks interesting enough. That being said, I went to my local book shop and 50 Shades of Grey was on display. Catchy book cover but I was in line so I didn't want to hold anyone up. While waiting I skimmed the back synopsis and I was like "meh...I've read worse in a Twilight book. Why not?"
So I bought it on my Kindle later (I buy both reg books and kindle books - it's a weird system that would take me awhile to describe the pathology of my idiosyncratic behavior).

Annnnyway.....

I go home and start reading it on my Kindle. I start getting frustrated. I HATE THE TWILIGHT SERIES WITH A PASSION. I am sorry for those of you who are fans but I absolutely think that Stephanie Meyer butchered the written word with that horrible book series. This guy says it better than I ever could more succintly: http://theoatmeal.com/story/twilight

I posted to my FB - "If I find one more parallel between this book and the Twilight series, I'm deleting this 50 Shades book off my Kindle."
A friend: "Um, the author started that as a Twilight Fan Fiction and then turned it into a BDSM novel series."
Me: "great...."

I'm not shy about sex or anything...not a prude...but I think that people's sex lives should stay in the bedroom and if you want to put sex in your story, it should ADD to the story, not take away from it, and it should be classy. There is a way to write sex that makes it beautiful, poetic, and makes the story come alive. Maybe that's just me. If I wanted porn, I'd go to any sleezy internet site out there for free but I don't want porn...I want a well-written story with a good plot and colorful characters. Is that so much to ask for? The Iron Druid series is good for that, btw. <--- shameless plug for a good book series

I came across a really good article about 50 Shades awhile back and it's from a lady that writes erotic stuff normally. Straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak:
http://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.c...-recommend-it/

She has an obsession with this one actor I've never heard of but other than that, she writes a good blog posting about 50 Shades, which is all I really cared about.

Anyway, that's my 2(hundred) cents on the matter. Have a great day, ladies and gents!
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Originally Posted by Christinechrstms1 View Post
As someone said in KP the marketing was genius.

AGREED! Their marketing director was fabulous...in a sinister, horrific way

Thanks, E.L. James for setting women back 50 years with 50 shades.
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Originally Posted by supercaity1284 View Post
I looooooove reading and I'll pretty much buy anything I can get my hands on if it looks interesting enough. That being said, I went to my local book shop and 50 Shades of Grey was on display. Catchy book cover but I was in line so I didn't want to hold anyone up. While waiting I skimmed the back synopsis and I was like "meh...I've read worse in a Twilight book. Why not?"
So I bought it on my Kindle later (I buy both reg books and kindle books - it's a weird system that would take me awhile to describe the pathology of my idiosyncratic behavior).

Annnnyway.....

I go home and start reading it on my Kindle. I start getting frustrated. I HATE THE TWILIGHT SERIES WITH A PASSION. I am sorry for those of you who are fans but I absolutely think that Stephanie Meyer butchered the written word with that horrible book series. This guy says it better than I ever could more succintly: http://theoatmeal.com/story/twilight

I posted to my FB - "If I find one more parallel between this book and the Twilight series, I'm deleting this 50 Shades book off my Kindle."
A friend: "Um, the author started that as a Twilight Fan Fiction and then turned it into a BDSM novel series."
Me: "great...."

I'm not shy about sex or anything...not a prude...but I think that people's sex lives should stay in the bedroom and if you want to put sex in your story, it should ADD to the story, not take away from it, and it should be classy. There is a way to write sex that makes it beautiful, poetic, and makes the story come alive. Maybe that's just me. If I wanted porn, I'd go to any sleezy internet site out there for free but I don't want porn...I want a well-written story with a good plot and colorful characters. Is that so much to ask for? The Iron Druid series is good for that, btw. <--- shameless plug for a good book series

I came across a really good article about 50 Shades awhile back and it's from a lady that writes erotic stuff normally. Straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak:
http://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.c...-recommend-it/

She has an obsession with this one actor I've never heard of but other than that, she writes a good blog posting about 50 Shades, which is all I really cared about.

Anyway, that's my 2(hundred) cents on the matter. Have a great day, ladies and gents!
I think you put into words what I was unable to. Great point here about sex adding to the story!
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"As far as the quality of writing goes, yes, there is definitely better crafted stuff in the arena of fan fiction you can find online and for free that offers plenty of steam without making one squirm uncomfortably as you read about an innocent young woman being savagely beaten with a belt to give a man “pleasure” (that scene still makes me cringe) . . . this is still fanfiction with a questionable message masquerading as a mainstream novel. I love both; but they are two separate entities. And one more reason I cannot in good conscience recommend these books."

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hehe, very good books. couldn't put them down til i finished. hope you enjoy!
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(I buy both reg books and kindle books - it's a weird system that would take me awhile to describe the pathology of my idiosyncratic behavior).
I have a Kindle and I do the same thing. I will buy reg books if I know my husband will read them since we read some of the same kind of books.

Since you are on FB and have a Kindle you might like these pages. You can look them up on FB. Tons of books every day for free. I finally had to stop looking at them till I read some of what I have.
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I don't have Kindle. I have NOOK. But I do the same thing. I download all this stuff when I haven't even read what I have. Nook does have some great free ebooks. Some of them are from name authors like Agatha Christie just to whet your appetite so you'll buy other books in their series. Some of them are self publishing authors that are very good.
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