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Ok, now that you’re fully aroused, let’s talk about Fifty Shades of Grey.
This treasure of English literature has been giving house moms and post-Twilight teens lady erections since 2011 and it’s been covered high and low, parodied, and read aloud by Gilbert Gottfried and George Takei (oh my-y-y-y). Even with all the rabid hubbub surrounding the series, my personal integrity beat out my curiosity to read the overexposed series – until recently.
I gave in, goddammit. I just had to see what all the hype and commotion was about. Could it really be that bad?
Folks, I’ll say what thousands upon thousands have said before me: WHAT THE FRICK DID I JUST READ?
Now, if you’ve been living under a rock locked in a safe buried at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, let me briefly get you up to speed:
- The story started out as Twilight fanfiction [Can already tell it’s bad]
- Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are the two
sparkling vampire loverscharacters we’re supposed to give a flying fart about [What the hell is up with their names?]
- The charismatic, Adonis-like
sparklingGrey becomes attracted to One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” Steele because E.L. James said so [Look up: Mary Sue]
- Fifty Shades of Grey has been on The New York Times Best Sellers List for 57 weeks. [Their summary: “An innocent college student falls in love with a tortured man with particular sexual tastes; the first of a trilogy.”]
- The Fifty Shades series has been responsible for the death of over a trillion brain cells (and counting) and should not be read before operating heavy machinery, while pregnant, or ever. Ever. [Validity of claims pending verification]
If you want to read detailed reviews of the book, look elsewhere. Google that shit because you’ll find a gazillion of articles and threads about how awful the books are. And, of course, you’ll also find the abysses of crazed fans, who swear by the holy greatness of the series. Proceed with caution.
All right, I have to be honest, I didn’t actually read the whole series. And to be totally honest, I didn’t even finish the first book. Why? Because I have better means of rotting my brain and pummeling my soul to a pulpy heap than reading the rest of that vacuous crap. While Twilight was silly, I actually enjoyed the first book when I was 11-12ish. It was entertaining, as simplistic as it was in its style. Fifty Shades, on the other hand, is not only silly, it’s downright idiotic. Like Twilight, the super hot guy falls for the absolutely ordinary girl who’s supposedly way hotter than she thinks she is. The dialogue is atrocious – what you’d expect out of a cheap porno (not that I’d know what that’s like). The characters have less depth than Flat Stanley and the story- there is no real story. It’s all an excuse to write unrealistic and demeaning sex scenes.
Here’s a guy on YouTube doing several pretty good impressions while reading actual excerpts from Fifty Shades of Grey (Warning: NSFW language):
Still a better love story than Twilight? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think we’ve found the exception.
What do you think of the Fifty Shades series? Have you actually read it? (If not – GOOD. RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN.)
Read more (Do you dare?):
- On Fifty Shades, E.L. James and the definition of “literary success” (inkiebird)
- ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Funniest Quotes (Entertainment Weekly)
- Fifty Shades of Grey – DRINKING GAME RULES (Living by Fiction)
- Sodomising Literature (Address isn’t Available!)
- Why Women Want Shades of Grey (BroadBlogs)