Friday, 16 November 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Now that the hype has died down about the Fifty Shades Trilogy, I’m going to add my opinion to the pile! Fifty Shades of Grey first came to my attention through pub gossip. Friends of friends were clamouring to read it, saying that every female should read it and that it will change your life. The following day my Facebook was alive with Grey; girls unable to put the book down and guys moaning that they’d lost their other halves to a book.

The Fifty Shades Trilogy tells of student Anastasia Steele who starts a love affair with super rich, super handsome businessman Christian Grey, who is hiding a dark past, a rollercoaster temper and some unexpected sexual appetites. He has many good qualities but he is equally balanced by a lot of bad ones. I found Anastasia to be a little on the boring side. She’s quite reluctant and argumentative but I think I disliked her because I would have dealt with the things she was faced with in an almost opposite way. My favourite character was Christian’s sister Mia who is a happy and cheerful character who has a positive effect on everyone around her.

Referred to in the media as “Mummy porn”, I think the popularity of this book centres around two things – Christian Grey and sex. Problems aside, I think the character of Christian Grey is an unrealistic but dream boyfriend. He’s gorgeous, attentive and showers Anastasia with outrageous gifts. As for the numerous sex scenes I think it’s refreshing for a mainstream book to explore taboo subjects, and it is interesting to look through social media at the varying reactions from readers and haters alike.

Despite heated online debates regarding the books, Fifty Shades of Grey is officially the fastest selling book of 2012, with two million women purchasing the book in the UK alone. The popularity of the franchise has also seen an increase in sales of soft rope from DIY stores, sex toys and bondage gear. Whatever opinions exist, the truth is that sex sells!

Personally the novels haven’t changed my life as was whispered over bottles of wine with my girlfriends. But underneath all the sex there was a good basic storyline and is overall easy to read. I found the books got better as they moved along the trilogy. This isn’t the most daring of erotic fiction and Fifty Shades has spawned a number of similar novels with varying degrees of erotica, but if this doesn’t sound like something you would normally read I would suggest giving it a try just to escape your comfort zone. You never know, you might like it.

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