Surely by now you’ve heard friends talk of this book, and if you haven’t yet, you will. Consider me a friend. And here’s my talk.
I love the characters. Ana may be sexually naïve at the start of the book, but she has spunk and wit. She takes on Christian as no other woman has; the email between them is priceless. Christian is flawed, but for a reason. Discovering that reason is cause enough to read on.
I love that this book is, at one level, about the empowerment of women. Despite Christian’s need to be the Dominant and have Ana as the Submissive, she has control from the start. Moreover, Christian falls so hard for her that she actually has the ability to change him. Isn’t this every woman’s fantasy – to take a flawed man and help him grow?
I love the sex. It may be kinky, but it is consensual, erotic but gentle and intriguing, with built-in safeguards and care. I love that it has none of the violence of, say, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
I love the psychological elements here. If you’ve read my books, you know why.
I love that this book is getting women reading again – and not in the YA fold, as in Twilight and The Hunger Games.
I love that it is creating buzz. It has us talking. We’re big girls; why not? What was the last women’s book you can name that had us so chatty?
I love that this book is waking up a new generation of female readers. My parents’ generation had Peyton Place. My generation had The Joy of Sex. My kids’ generation hasn’t really had anything, what with the explicit nature of today’s movies and tv. This may be theirs.
I love that it’s available as an e-book. As one of the members of my book group pointed out, the e-reader is a “virtual plain brown wrapper.”
Mostly, I love that it’s a page-turner, a fast, fun, and interesting read.
Fifty Shades of Grey is the first of a trilogy. Having breathlessly finished it, I’m into the second, Fifty Shades Darker, and am fascinated both by the growth of the characters and the evolution of the sex. The third, Fifty Shades Freed, is on my iPad. I suspect I’ll be reading it within the week.
Can we talk about these books? I’d love to know your thoughts.