1- I normally never read books ever (aside from children's books to Gav), this was just a rare opportunity AND I got the hookup on the book :)
2- I am not a literature snob, notice my mentions of Twilight below.
3- I am not a prude.
4- I heard nothing but amazing things about this book from EVERYONE.
So here goes my review...
I'll start with the fact that 50 shades is a direct Twilight rip off. Ana is the main character in 50 Shades and she is IDENTICAL to Bella. From her nieveness to clumsiness, to the fact that her mom is flighty and off living with a random new step-dad. Both girls are pale, dark haired and apparently think they are 'average looking,' but have a bunch of guys into them. Bella works at some outdoor store and Ana works in a hardware store (same difference), some guy who works with them (both books) has a crush on the girls. Boring, nothing ever comes of it in either book. Both take place in Washington state.
Christian Grey IS Edward. Even his hair color, skin color (minus the glitter), all of that is the SAME! He is older and has a 'magnetic personality.' And he stares Bella, I mean ANA down all the time because he 'can't figure out what she's thinking.' Christian Grey shows up when Ana's all drunk being a mess by tracking her cell phone (stalker). Edward shows up when Bella's out on the street about to get accosted (stalker). UGH 50 shades, stop copying Twilight!
Ok next reason I dislike 50 Shades (oh wait, you just caught on) is because I don't think the writing is that good. I mean maybe I was thrown off by the fact Grey uses Ana's obsession with her to make her (and apparently a zillion girls in the past) into a SEX SLAVE! WHAT!??? yes, this is real talk about the book. Ladies... why did you not mention this in ANY of your infinity tweets, blog posts, fb posts etc? I would have appreciated a head's up! And Ana's all into the sex slave lifestyle (it's concentual), however the writing of this book is not good describing this. You know how Twilight's an easy read, and you can get through the 500+ pages in like 2 days? Well...the writing of 50 Shades really is not good. Example: it's getting all racy then Ana says "He touched me there." Yeah that's it. And when he does something to her especially freaky the book just has Ana thinking, "Oh My." Um... yeah, I can come up with some more colorful language. And I'm sooo not a prude. trust me on this. I think based on the language used even Twilight, about high school kids, is more hardcore.
My other dislike of the book is the whole 'mommy porn' that it's supposed to be. I honestly was expecting a well written harlequin romance. Or... as I was reading it, I thought it would be like Breaking Dawn. 50 Shades was A- not well written (IMO) and B- NOT a romance. It's just about this poor nieve girl being a sex slave. Stuff about nipple clamps and yeah... not my thing. Once the book got into the sex-stuff it really was not as interesting.
And yes, I read the Twilight series back in the day and I kind-of liked it. The cheesy Twilight movies ruined it for me. So maybe 50 Shades will be the opposite... maybe the movie will be good and the series not so much. That works out better for me, because I normally never have time to read.
Have you read the book? Did you notice these similarities? Did you think it's 'mommy porn' and you think I'm a prude who doesn't appreciate a good book? (Feel free to say so, because I clearly am in the minority for not liking it)
If you haven't read it, I'll leave you with these direct quotes and page#'s... and you decide:
"He’s my very own Christian Grey-flavored popsicle....Hmm … My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves (p. 137)"
"—from makeup remover to soothing balm for a spanked ass, who would have thought it was such a versatile liquid. (p.277)"
"My inner goddess is doing the dance of the seven veils … Oh my … It’s a curious feeling. (p.362)"
I thought the whole book was super Lame. sorry. I REALLY wanted to like it :(
I would have rather stuffed my face w/ 50 shades of gray ombre cake.