I had a funny experience recently.
I’m traveling west to visit my family soon and I was on the phone with my mom while she tried to change my ticket so I could come a few days early.
The change ended up seating me with a 5 hour delay in an airport, “but,” the customer-service lady assured my mom, “I can recommend a good book for your daughter. All the ladies in my office are reading it, it’s a romantic book.”
When my mom relayed this information to me, I assured her that I was not interested, but that I’d find something to occupy myself during the stop-over. I am always wary of strangers’ book suggestions, and besides, I had a pretty good idea of what the suggestion was. Still, my mom insisted on taking down the name of the book for me.
So, an hour later I check my email and find a note from my mom with my travel information and, at the bottom, the book suggestion: “Fifty Shades of Gray” with the word “Romantic” typed underneath.
My mom is wonderful, but a bit of a prude, so it was extra funny to me that she was trying to convince me to read this book – though she had no idea that it’s a poorly written book about kinky sex.
However, I have to admit that I cannot actually critique Fifty Shades of Gray – because I refuse to read it.
As I’ve said before, I’m VERY picky about the erotica to which I will subject myself and I just have not heard anything compelling enough about this book.
I’m happy that so many people are finding this outlet for getting themselves off AND I’m really happy that it’s become somewhat mainstream (though still in a weird way) and okay for people to buy an erotic book in regular bookstores and then read it anywhere they please (like on public transit!). But I still won’t read it myself.
What are your thoughts on this book or on the Fifty Shades phenomenon?
(BTW, there is a very funny review HERE)