Today I am stepping outside of my usual fitness / running or Brennen related posts. Incidentally the description of my blog is “A chronicle of the everyday challenges of being a mother, a runner and everything in between” so we will call this an “everything in between” post.
I am probably one of the last people to have jumped onto the Fifty Shades bandwagon. Despite all of the hype about the books I never had a strong desire to rush out to the store to get my hands on a copy. I actually only decided to read it because my friend enjoyed it and she lent me her copy.
The book is definitely a quick and easy ready. As I write this blog entry I only have about 75 more pages to read before it is finished so by the time this actually posts to my blog I will probably have completed it.
I am not going to summarize the book for you, that is what the backside of books are for. However, I will say that when I initially started reading it I was a bit skeptical. I mean how often do you hear of a 21 year old college girl who is a virgin? When I posted this question on Twitter several people agreed with me and one said that it happens. I get that it happens. But I would say it’s definitely a rarity. And on top of that the girl has a chance meeting with a wealthy businessman who takes a liking to her. Again, not so much based in reality. It’s also not the most well written book ever. I found myself skipping over areas that didn’t capture my attention and there were a lot of descriptions that were used repetitively. But let’s be honest, people aren’t reading it for the writing they are reading it for the erotic scenes and the underlying love story. So if that is what you are looking for, then you definitely should read it. It delivers on both of those.
It’s no surprise that housewives everywhere have been using the Fifty Shades series as a catalyst to reignite passion in their relationships and in the bedroom. (In fact, many adult stores and websites have capitalized on this by offering products inspired by 50 Shades of Grey.) Others are appalled by the scenes that are played out between the couple in the book. I fall into neither of those categories. I actually expected the scenes to be more risqué than they turned out to be. I also didn’t feel that the book has prompted me to reevaluate what I want out of a relationship nor has it resulted in any sort of sexual awakening to occur within me. That’s not to say that I didn’t find the scenes to be explicit or enjoyable to read, it’s just that my awakening happened long before this book came along. I’ve reached a point in my life where vanilla isn’t even an option. Not in any area of my life. I prefer something more flavorful with lots of sprinkles, nuts, brownie pieces, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and yes…even a cherry on top.
What about you? What is your take on Fifty Shades?