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Fifty Shades of Grey: It’s Fess Up Time!

Everyone’s talking about it because the movie just came out, so I give in.

I haven’t read it and have no desire to read it. But have you?

I’ve seen an excerpt, and the writing looks a little—how do I say it?—bad. But I’ll leave real judgment to those who have read (endured?) the whole book.

So go ahead and fess up…have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Give us your short review!

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  1. We haven’t read it but we watched the movie and boy do we have some thoughts about it…
    You can check out our thoughts here: http://18thoughtsandabove.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/18thoughts-out-of-50shades/

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    February 16, 2015
  2. I read all three and oddly enjoyed them. The writing was appalling, but it was so bad it became amusing. Having read Twilight the parallels were uncanny, being a work of fan-fiction. It’s not the porn fest it’s advertised as being.

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    February 16, 2015
  3. I attempted to read it, I got about half-way through the first book and couldn’t finish it. The writing style just didn’t hold my interest, not to mention that to me I felt like the protagonist, Anastasia was emotionally manipulated and abused by Christian Grey. I know there are many fine lines when it comes to BDSM, many of which I feel the book definitely crossed those lines. All in all, just wasn’t for me!

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    February 16, 2015
  4. Reblogged this on Fonte da arte.

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    February 16, 2015
  5. uju #

    I got the books as a late Christmas gift January 2014, but must confess I wish I hadn’t asked for them.

    There was just so little going on there that really mattered, and too much that shouldn’t matter.
    For one I couldn’t get a Story. No definite plotline, and the writing wasn’t very appealing.
    Then there was too much sex. I’m no prude, but I like me some sex served on a dish with fancy decorations by the sides … not cold bland sex.

    Suffice to say, I couldn’t conclude book one. So I skimmed through all three books and still found it dreadfully distasteful.

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    February 16, 2015
  6. I read all three several years ago, and they were pretty terrible… yet still compelling enough for me to read all of them, so take that for what it’s worth. I really just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I’m not embarrassed to have read them, but certainly wouldn’t run around recommending them as fantastic literature. What bothers me most is when I see young teenagers reading them… I guess as long as someone is explaining that this isn’t romantic or healthy, and not a quality relationship… whatever, but eeesh. Most likely will bypass the movie, at least for the foreseeable future.
    https://bookishtendencieskatie.wordpress.com/

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    February 16, 2015
    • Glorification of domestic violence and putting the horrible, abusive jerk on the pedestal as an ideal lover bothered me more than the bad writing. Many domestic abuse survivors wrote very strong rants about the whole 50 Shades craze. I hope it passes soon and no one remembers it after a few years.

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      February 16, 2015
      • Doubtful. They’re making the sequels into movies too

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        February 16, 2015
      • Jocelyn Green #

        I agree with Leona. I managed to complete v. 1 and concluded that the book is about domestic abuse against women.

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        February 17, 2015
  7. It fascinates that such a book (not written well, regardless of the subject matter) can become so embedded in the popular culture. This popularity speaks volumes about our society. I have and never well spend my time on it. That’s not a snobbish response. Just not where I want to spend my time and doesn’t entice me.

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    February 16, 2015
    • I totally agree wit you here but I think not all hope is lost yet. There are many high quality books out there and millions of people who read them. I spend my time among the like-minded people who read quality genre fiction and make a point to stay away from the zombies chasing the steaming pile of elephant dung.

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      February 16, 2015
  8. I haven’t read it and I have no intention to read it ever, but I’ve seen enough number of excerpts showing how badly written it is.
    This blog review, from a few years back, demonstrated the extreme low quality writing with excerpts form the book: http://redlemonade.blogspot.fi/2012/06/fifty-shades-of-tedious-fuckery-vol-1.html

    They even counted how many times certain phrases were repeated through the first book.

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    February 16, 2015
  9. I haven’t read it and have no desire either 🙂
    have a nice day!!! p.s I am not going to watch it either lol

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    February 16, 2015
  10. I haven’t but I enjoy a good trashy romance with some bodice ripping and bosom heaving. what I find interesting is the media attention concerning the movie and women as if women cannot differentiate between fact and fiction. Is a relationship with Grey Healthy? NO. BECAUSE HES NOT REAL!

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    February 16, 2015
  11. Horrible writing. But I gave in to the madness and read them all. I’m a little upset I wasted my time reading them. I don’t plan on watching the movie at all.

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    February 16, 2015
  12. crazycatgrrl #

    I knew before I read them (free downloads from my library at least) that they were going to be terrible. The story is recycled from Twilight, swapping out a wealthy, mysterious and controlling vampire for a wealthy, mysterious and controlling CEO (with some extreme sex fetishes). The books were desperately in need of editing, with some lines so bad I either cringed or laughed out loud. I do agree with a previous comment that it says a lot about our culture that this has become so popular.

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    February 16, 2015
  13. Yes I have read it and skipped some of the parts but I still liked the book. There are small parts in the book which makes me happy and I love reading those parts again and again. What loved the most is the intensity of love Christian and Anastasia feel for each other

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    February 16, 2015
  14. Fifty shades of grey sounds like a drink that people drink when they write aweful books. Like “what was she on when she wrote that? Fifty shades of grey?”

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    February 16, 2015
  15. Tried to read all three made it through the first one and the beginning of book two and just gave up… The writing is terrible and the characters are shallow.

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    February 16, 2015
  16. Just knowing the subject matter and hearing different reactions to the book was enough of a red flag for me. I haven’t read any of the books and, definitely, will not see the movie. Doing so would be both a waste of time and an assault to my purpose. The fact that many say it’s poorly-written is an indicator that the poor excuse for entertainment has permeated the literary sector. I’m disappointed with what’s passed off as entertainment today — or that some try to encapsulate poor entertainment into a cause. Signed: “One Shade of No.”

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    February 16, 2015
  17. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    More on Fifty Shades of Grey: don’t forget to read the reviews…thanks Robert!

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    February 16, 2015
  18. I only made it through the first book. That was enough for me!

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    February 16, 2015
  19. I read them. I HAD to because I had to know what the hell was drawing people to the books. I do it every time a book becomes mega popular and sometimes I’m thrilled (Harry Potter) and sometimes I’m enraged (Twilight and 50). When I read these I was really horrified about what it says about our society that such a sick relationship was being devoured and praised as a glorious romance. I seriously don’t give a hoot about the sex. I’ve read WAY more hardcore stuff than what 50 offered up. Smut can be lots of fun. But this was a really scary, abusive, creepy, controlling, and unhealthy relationship. It’s awful. And then that they went ahead and made into a movie and advertised it as the perfect movie for Valentine’s… ew ew ew. Creepy as hell.

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    February 16, 2015
  20. No, but my friend (who hasn’t read it either) gave me a synopsis from what she’s read about it, and it sounds really messed up …

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    February 16, 2015
  21. no,I hate sex!

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    February 16, 2015
  22. I read part of the first one and I couldn’t finish it for two reasons. 1) I was cringing at the writing and just couldn’t get through it. 2) It was like reading Twilight. I read it before knowing it was originally Twilight fanfiction and even then I was like ‘this… sounds exactly like Twilight’. So, it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf and I’ll probably read it one day just so I can say ‘Yes I’ve read it’, but that probably won’t happen for a while

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    February 16, 2015
  23. I have no desire at all to read Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve heard they’re horrible books and abusive. Of course it will now become a popular movie. Sex sells.

    I would not advise these books to a young girl. If someones daughter were wanting to read FSG I would allow it as long as they understand what it is actually about. Many teen drama stories are more than PG13.

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    February 16, 2015
  24. Life’s too short – your time becomes more precious as you get older.

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    February 16, 2015
  25. No interest in either. There are way too many abusive elements in the story and i don’t want to condone it by reading.

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    February 16, 2015
  26. I read the sample on Amazon. All 29 pages. I want those 7 minutes of my life back.

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    February 16, 2015
  27. Yes, I did read the book, unfortunately. In my defense, my husband was gone on deployment and a fellow Navy wife suggested I read it to entertain, ya know. I think that would be the only time I’d find it acceptable, mayyyyybeeee.

    Ps: I called the movie would be more awkward than Twilight! I haven’t seen it yet, but it made 81 million this weekend! Lawd!

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    February 16, 2015
  28. Okay, here’s what happened. The first book was advertised on my Nook, and I really didn’t know what I was getting into… but I’m no quitter. I’m fifty five, but I hadn’t heard of a lot of the stuff they do. I’d call my husband in and tell him about it, and we’d look at each other, agog. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it as much as I was mystified by it. Do people really get into relationships like this? I felt much the same way about the Twilight book, which I read because I had students reading it and talking about it, and because I saw a bunch of girls screaming like a rock star was in residence before they entered the theater to watch the first movie. In Twilight, a 185 year old man who looks (and acts) 20 is attracted to an 18 year old girl because she smells good. He loves her so much he sleeps beside her every single night without having sex with her. I suppose E.L. James swung the sex pendulum in the exact opposite direction- they barely know one another, but have sex on every available surface. Each author’s premise is equally unbelievable. The popularity of these two series says much to the gullibility of the reading audience.

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    February 16, 2015
  29. He leído los tres. Me encanta leer, pero cuando iba hacia la mitad del primer libro seguía sin engancharme.
    Pero las últimas páginas despertaron mi curiosidad, mis ganas de saber por qué Gray sentía esa necesidad de dominio total en todas las áreas de su vida. Confieso que me salté muchas páginas, se abusa demasiado de la descripción de escenas sexuales lo cual hace un poco pesala su lectura

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    February 16, 2015
  30. Nope. And I admit to reading the entire Twilight series. More than once. But bad writing about bad sex, doesn’t do it for me.

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    February 16, 2015
  31. I also have no intention of reading, but ‘taste is taste’ and everything is valid to spice up a relationship.

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    February 16, 2015
  32. I’m like you – haven’t read it and have no desire to read it. There are so many other books I want to read before I’d spend time on this series!

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    February 16, 2015
  33. I read it to see what all the fuss was about. Yes, the writing was terrible, the relationship was abusive, major Mary Sue nonsense… But if you ignored all that it wasn’t difficult to finish. When I finished it I was more curious about erotic fiction than anything else. I’d never read any before 50 Shades and I want to see how good it can be in the hands of a talented writer.

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    February 16, 2015
  34. I picked up the first one in a book store years ago before it got all the hype. I picked it up because it was one of the book store’s top 10 recommendations. What can i say.. it was up there with one of the worst things i have ever read. (Given all the comments here, i am glad i haven’t read Twilight either) …
    There was no narrative, no dialogue and it camoflaged all that with over the top sexual paraphernalia which i am sure aren’t even humanely possible… But i thought hey i wasted money on this i might as well finish it. It wasn’t until i neared the final pages that i spoke to a friend about how the story wasn’t coming to an end at all that my friend told me that it was in fact a trilogy.. Oh the horror! It was shortly after that, that all the craze surrounding it began, i refused to waste any more time or effort trying to understand the filth.. 😁

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    February 16, 2015
  35. M #

    I’ve never read them or watched the movie. I’m just not interested.

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    February 16, 2015
  36. I actually enjoyed the book. I’ve only read book 1 and 2 but too me their ok

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    February 16, 2015
  37. I haven’t read it, and I won’t. I don’t have time to read poor writing. I will share an interesting blog post by writer, Kristen Lamb: https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/is-romance-devolving-50-shades-vs-no-one-puts-baby-in-a-corner/

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    February 17, 2015
  38. Just wanted to add the caveat that after reading a brief excerpt of the first book, I had no desire to read further. So, I’d have to say that I’m not a good judge of its overall merit. Others are much more qualified. I’ve moved on.

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    February 17, 2015
  39. I’ve read all three and seen the movie. I didn’t mind the books the first time around, even though the writing and editing was atrocious. Then I started thinking about them and found them problematic. I recently read half of the first one, six months after leaving an emotionally abusive boyfriend and the book scared me, as I could see so many similarities in the behaviour of them both. I watched the movie to see how awful it was and how it dealt with the relationship and S&M and found it even more cringeworthy than I thought I would!
    I’ve gone and read other S&M romances to compare them to FSoG and found them far, far better!

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    February 17, 2015
    • Same here. I have helped a lot of close friends through serious shit; and the book rings alarm bells.

      On a lighter note… Bad Sex Writing is awesome! Game of Thrones is my guilty pleasure.

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      February 17, 2015
  40. I haven’t and have no desire to read or see any of them. That being said I have read a few erotica novels/works/loose collections of words, that make me think this might be better written than them which is depressing.

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    February 17, 2015
  41. prometheus #

    We all need a good book to read from time to time.
    If you going to read one,why not read MJ Mackenzie’s book “wake up & prosper”. The title is self explanatory. Be successful! You can get it on kindle/amazon.

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    February 17, 2015
  42. nikewrites #

    I read it. Didn’t like it. I returned it to Audible. I figured since E. L. James is a TV executive that maybe the film version MIGHT be better, but I’m hearing very mixed reviews about it. (I haven’t seen the movie…I’m debating spending hard earned money to watch foolishness.)

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    February 18, 2015
  43. I haven’t read and I have no intention to read it in the future… There are other books that are more interesting about this subject, f.e. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek. Or for something completely different :): The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop. Very good book, my opinion…

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    February 18, 2015
  44. gatergirl96 #

    The books were okay to me personally. I have read better like The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure (a.k.a. Anne Rice) but, some murder mysteries I have read lately have had more going on in them that the 50 shades trilogy. Lol! I guess it just depends on your preference of reading materials. I read everything. Lol!

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    February 18, 2015
  45. M #

    Oh man, I read the first 10 pages and was appalled by how awful the writing was.
    I also don’t really care for the perpetuation of very rape like culture.

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    February 18, 2015
  46. Marielle Tapia #

    50 shades oh WOAH! As a reader and fan of the 50 shades trilogy, i can say it was definitely NOT made for anyone who hasn’t read the books! Too many little details one won’t pick up without background knowledge on the books! i recommend before watching the movie to please pick up the books!

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    February 18, 2015
  47. bookhoopla #

    Reading Fifty Shades is almost an endurance exercise. I tried several times to get through the first few pages and failed. I know several people who made it through and concluded that it was “OK” or that it “got better” in each novel. There are also few who admitted to reading their favorite parts repeatedly throughout the year. None of these are a hard sell. Neither are the quotes that people put up on goodreads or other sites. Christian really does seem like a jerk, which forces me to judge Anastasia. If I am going to read erotica, its not going to be this. And if I’m going to endure anything, it should be exercise – or something with a good payoff.

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    February 19, 2015
  48. shagun1593 #

    I won’t call Fifty Shades Series as “must read” books but it they are not also all about sex or domestic violence or BDSM. There is no comparison between movie and books. Though the writing is not beautiful like Fitzgerald or interesting like that of Tolkien but being a erotic- fan work of Twilight Series, it is ok. I have read the series quite a number of times and after each reading I’ve realized that it is less and less about sex and more about how two people despite their different backgrounds and upbringing learn to love each other and themselves. Though it is true that Christian is a jerk (sometimes), I consider him as an individual learning to recognize himself and de-tangle himself from his unpleasant past. Similarly Anna is a girl who has lived a somewhat protected lifestyle and is now broadening her mind and falling in love with a person who is completely opposite of her.

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    February 20, 2015
  49. Reblogged this on AyrahSays.

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    February 24, 2015
  50. Alexandra #

    After forcing myself to read the first book, I opted out of the others. The writing was…bad, I didn’t like the plot (it just didn’t seem believable to me), and the sex scenes were more disturbing than sexy. Now while I don’t judge people who participate in BDSM, Christian’s character reminded me of someone who needed to be in therapy working out his issues rather than taking them out on young naive girl. Long story short: I hated the book and I have no interest in seeing the movie.

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    February 25, 2015
  51. I read the first one and thought the writing was terrible. However, it ended on a cliff hanger and I proceeded to read the other two. The writing might actually get worse as the series progresses, or I might have resented the fact that they were so bad they were good and I had to keep reading.

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    March 27, 2015
  52. Kokay #

    Yup, I read the first book, well more like skimmed. I wanted to get to the “sex” parts to find out if it was really that horrible…well, I’ve read worse (hmm should I say that?). But I regard 50 Shades as one of those pocketbook romance. It’s mostly fanservice.

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    March 31, 2015

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