My Thoughts

Fifty Shades of Dumbfounded


I vowed I wouldn’t, but now I am. I’ve started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Love it or hate it, it is one of the best-selling books of all time, and as a writer, it benefits me to read it, for market research if nothing else.

Fifty Shades has received a lot of criticism for the quality of the writing. And it’s true that Toni Morrison isn’t losing any sleep, but it’s also a long way from being the worst writing I’ve ever encountered. Maybe with all the talk about how bad it is, it wasn’t too difficult to exceed my expectations. In any event, the writing itself didn’t stand out to me one way or the other.

The story, on the other hand … I don’t get it. I have no idea how this book became such a phenomenon. Are millions of women worldwide really fantasizing about subjugating themselves to a man? Are the naysayers of feminism right – do we all secretly want to have a man in charge? And call me crazy, but having to sign non-disclosure agreements and contracts before getting down to business is a real mood killer. That’s before reading the terms of the contract, where the man gains complete control over just about every aspect of the woman’s life for the duration of the relationship. Feeling sexy yet?

 Admittedly, I’m not very far into the book yet. Maybe it gets better. Maybe she changes him. I hope so. If not, I find this book’s popularity quite disturbing.


  • Anon


    Interestingly enough, when a friend and I were chatting, this book came up in the conversation - her daughter has been reading the 3 and gave first one to her to read. So out of interest got a copy for myself but haven't yet had time to read it. And want to do so without any family members around! :)

    • Lisa


      Maybe you'll like it. Many people do. Please let me know your opinion after you've read it.

  • Sue


    I had much the same reaction Lisa. To me it's just a poorly written Romance novel with some kinky sex thrown in. And I don't like romance novels - they just perpetuate very outdated gender roles. I enjoyed this book trailer for Fifty Shades of Chicken much more! I had to have read the book to really get it, however. Thanks for the post!

    • Lisa


      LOL. A man cooking for me - now that is sexy.

  • Dale Long


    Let me know what you think. I would read it to see what all the hype is about but it is my impression that it is the whole forbidden tittular thing as opposed to the writing. That and it's not a genre I would read anyway. Same goes for Twilight. When both my teenaged daughters tell me it was terrible (and they like that genre), I'll steer away from it.

    • Lisa


      "Twilight" is nothing more than a teen romance with some vampires and werewolves thrown in. Anyone who likes vampire fiction knows those aren't vampires, they're house pets. I was forced to read it when my daughter gave it to me for Christmas one year. It perpetuates exactly the same gender stereotypes that "Fifty Shades" does. The only thing you'll be missing by not reading it is the joke in the above "Fifty Shades of Chicken" trailer.