Friday Morning Bookclub

July 1, 2012

Fifty Shades Of Grey: To Read Or Not To Read! Help Me Decide!

Filed under: Book Discussions,Fifty Shade of Grey — susanbright @ 10:38 am

It is all I hear about! Fifty Shades of Grey! Everywhere I go women are talking about it. The other day I treated myself to a pedicure, a place where I like to sit quietly, relax and read my book. Impossible! The other three women could not stop talking about Christian Grey. Clearly I was not going to get any reading done so I sat back, closed my eyes and listened. Personally I think there should be a sign on the wall titled Proper Pedicure Etiquette and number one on the list would be PLEASE TALK QUIETLY, but that is a whole other story!

These woman were in love with Fifty Shades, or perhaps they were in love with Grey himself! Apparently he was gorgeous, charming, hot! They couldn’t put the books down. They were addicting, erotic, magical, riveting, suspenseful and even romantic. They even described it as a study in human behavior.

Is this the same book that my fellow book club friend described as trash, porn, boring, stupid and poorly written? One day I decide to read it, the next say NO Way! I am fickled! What should I do. Should I download it on my kindle where it will be accessible to my 28-year-old daughter, my son’s 26-year-old girlfriend and my 80+ year old mother? Help me decide!



  1. Read it! Then you’ll have an opinion I’ll read about here.

    Comment by Resa McConaghy — July 1, 2012 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  2. Hi Resa! Lets make a deal. If you read it, I will read it!

    Comment by susanbright — July 1, 2012 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  3. Read it – Volume I anyway. It should have been one 400 page book. I read all three – about 1600 pages and was bored through most of II and III. The sex wasn’t particularly risqué – fairly tame, just hints at the more “alternative” stuff! I think the appeal of Christian Grey is that women want a manly man who is financially and physically powerful but still has the (hidden) emotional vulnerability.

    Comment by PC — July 1, 2012 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  4. Welcome PC and thank you for your comment. That sounds like a plan. It think i can commit to reading the first book!

    Comment by susanbright — July 1, 2012 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  5. I recommend you should read it and then form your own opinion. Grab a copy from your local library and read the first few chapters and then decide for yourself if you want to read more. The only opinion about a book that ever really matters is your own.

    Comment by altadawsonta — July 1, 2012 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

    • Good advise! Do you plan to read them?

      Comment by susanbright — July 1, 2012 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

      • Yes, I am actually working on the first few chapters this afternoon. I am always so curious when a book is so popular. I have worked in bookstores so long that giving hot books a try is crucial. So far I find the writing to be unexceptional but I’m only 30 pages in.

        Comment by altadawson — July 1, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  6. The Guardian in England wrote an article about the success of 50 Shades. But the comments are worth reading, because several of them recommend better written erotic literature. Maybe you could read some of that and then you could look at people who are praising 50 Shades and say “Oh, that frightful book? I much prefer the characterization and plot of XXX…

    Comment by Gabi Coatsworth — July 1, 2012 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

    • Hi Gabi, I guess there is really nothing new about erotic literature. it has been around forever. Like everything else these days people are just more open to talk about it. That is probably exactly what I would say! Oh, that frightful book! Are you planning to read it?

      Comment by susanbright — July 2, 2012 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  7. I have the same conflicted feelings about whether or not I want to read it. On the one hand, I’m intrigued by its popularity but on the other hand I think it’s a sad statement that so many women yearn for that mythical man! Maybe it should be on the men’s reading list! Lisa Ling did a documentary recently about pornography where she claimed that at any one moment 2 million people are looking at porn on the web. Interesting…

    Comment by Harriet hardy — July 2, 2012 @ 9:06 am | Reply

    • Hi Harriet! I wonder how many men are reading Fifty Shades? Perhaps more than we think. They probably are closet Fifty Shade readers! Shocking how many people look at porn. It is so accessible today. I am still undecided as to whether I am going to read these books. Let me know what you decide!

      Comment by susanbright — July 2, 2012 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  8. I don’t know about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I agree with you about pedicures. I had to change salons because of all of the chatting. Quiet please!!!

    Comment by cc — July 3, 2012 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  9. Hi Susan,
    After finishing One Thousand Acres I decided I wanted to read something for fun and because of all the hype I am reading 50 Shades. Just like you I am curious about the book. I have heard so many different opinions.I am shocked so far .The guy is a weirdo and the women seems like stupid weirdo . I am shocked that everyone thinks women want a rich guy who tells them what to do and hand cuffs them…no thanks. I will let you know what I think about the book when I am finished. Cathy

    Comment by Cathy Junkin — July 5, 2012 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

    • Hi Cathy! I look forward to hearing what you think. Please keep me posted. If I found a copy of Fifty Shades laying around I would probably pick it up and start reading. I don’t know if I am ready to download it, buy it or heaven forbid, reserve it at the library!

      Comment by susanbright — July 5, 2012 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

      • Why not reserve it at the library? My favorite librarian and I just spent a lovely half hour dishing about the book—our likes and dislikes, favorite ridiculous lines, amusing repetitions, and the huh? ending. (If all those quips don’t make you pick up a copy, I don’t know what will!). People who love books love to be in the know about popular books. No one can tell you what to like or dislike, so you’ll never know what you think of something until you give it a try. And, by the way, your fishing for advice about whether or not to read the book has cleverly made many of us pick up copies, too, and has started a rather interesting dialogue on your blog. Just think how much more interesting it would be if you read it, too, and then we all discussed it? How long will you drag this out before just giving it a try?

        Comment by altadawson — July 6, 2012 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

        • Hi Alta! That’s the whole idea. I am glad that people are picking up the book and that it has encouraged an interesting dialog! As to how long I will drag it out… as long as people want to talk. Between you and I…. I plan to read it as soon as I finish the two books I am currently reading! Then we can really talk Fifty Shades.

          Comment by susanbright — July 6, 2012 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  10. Susan….go for it ! Speaking as a woman of “mature” stature, I am almost through the first book. Great literature…..NOT !!!!! But it is good where it is supposed to be good!

    Comment by sharon — July 6, 2012 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  11. Comment by Ed — July 12, 2012 @ 8:39 am | Reply

    • Ed, That was HYSTERICAL!They need to do another version with some Middle age women! I am going to post it for all to see. Thanks!

      Comment by Susanbright — July 12, 2012 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  12. Ok, I finished the first book and I’m assuming the rest is more of the same–she loves him, she hates him, kinky sex every 5 minutes… I found it entertaining and educational. I had no idea people did stuff like that! I felt funny reading the book in broad daylight! Anyway, it was amusing and not nearly as awful as some friends implied. I may continue reading in between more serious topics just for a break.
    BTW, Kurt Vonnegut described pornography as an “impossibly hospitable world”!

    Comment by moondance38 — July 15, 2012 @ 7:40 am | Reply

    • Hi Harriet! I just started the book so I have not gotten to the juicy stuff yet. Maybe we will all learn a thing or two! A friend of mine was planning to read Shades of Grey on the plane, so not wanting everyone to know what she was reading, she went to the local book store to buy a decorative book cover. Of course she picked up one of the classics which was similar in size and asked the salesperson where she could find a book cover to fit. The Salesperson told her they were all out because everyone is buying them for their Fifty Shades of Grey books. I don’t think she was fooled!

      Comment by susanbright — July 15, 2012 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

      • That’s hilarious! I was safely reading on my kindle!

        Comment by moondance38 — July 15, 2012 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  13. Hi, I haven’t read the book and I don’t think I will. I’m just not into erotica but if that is what one likes to read and they’re adult I say go for it.

    Comment by gwyncurbygodwin — July 23, 2012 @ 10:12 am | Reply

    • Welcome Gwyn, I am definitely not into erotica, however I did read Fifty Shades to see what everyone was talking about. I have to admit that it was entertaining. I do not however have any plans to read the next two. I think I had enough of Christian and Anna’s sick relationship.Hopefully I will find someone to fill me in on what happens. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by susanbright — July 24, 2012 @ 11:35 am | Reply

      • I also read the first book and will not be reading the next two. Without the erotica component and the Twilight fan-fic component the book would have fallen off the radar. The relationship was infuriatingly dysfunctional, and not in an exciting way like “ooh, i wish they’d work this out!” more in a “i can’t believe how ridiculous and poorly written these people are.”

        Comment by altadawson — July 24, 2012 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

        • I guess that is why people don’t watch pornographic movies for the acting…very few Oscars awarded. I am finally starting to understand, lol.

          This leads me to the famous quote by Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart regarding pornography…” perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly defining pornography, but I know it when I see it”

          Comment by Ed — July 24, 2012 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

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