Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just Say No to '50 Shades of Grey'



It all started when Tami, of What Tami Said suggested that I read 50 Shades of Grey and since then I have been asked repeatedly by friends and acquaintances if I plan on reading the book. It has even been pointed out that since I read the Twilight novels, that I should have no problem making it through this Twilight fanfic masquerading as a book.  More recently, I have received email from regular readers asking if I plan on reading the book and reviewing it here on WM. In a word,

NO.

I understand that many people have read it, but if a hundred people jumped off a bridge, that would not make me inclined to follow suit for shits and giggles. I don't feel excluded from conversations, nor do I feel a desperate need to be a part of the zeitgeist surrounding this terrible waste of trees.  I think in fact that my inner goddess and my subconscious would take turns smacking me for subjecting them to this. Wouldn't my time better spent watching the way that pants magically hang off my unhusbands hips in that special awe inspiring way, or dealing with my disappointment that I orgasamed yet again.

I have been reading the chapter reviews written by author Jennifer Armintrout and I am quite certain that I am getting more pleasure from reading those, than actually reading the book.  The truth is, 50 Shades of Grey depresses me.  As I writer, I have no idea how this ever got published.  The excerpts alone reveal it to be one of the worst written pieces of literature claptrap, which has ever been published and that is before we even begin to tackle the extremely abusive nature of this relationship.  The only thing I can thank E.L James for doing is largely excluding marginalized people from this horror.

So, as I mentioned, I will not be reading this book and no review will happen here at Womanist Musings authored by me anyway, but I do want to give you the opportunity to talk about it, since so many of you have asked.

Have you read 50 Shades of Grey, why or why not?  If you have read it, what did you think about its writing style and the messages that it sends?