DAY 9. – Most overrated book
The only book (series) that I can think of that is seriously overrated is 50 Shades of Grey. As I said in a previous post, I read 50 Shades of Grey when it was still a twilight Fanfiction and although it’s okay if you’re in the mood for such a thing, I find the fact that it became a worldwide phenomenon really.. unnecessary. I mean, the only thing that is appealing to it is the erotica. Other than that, it’s just a really horrible story. It’s not well written, it’s completely unrealistic and it also depicts a really unhealthy relationship. But then again, it IS based on twilight so that’s not really a surprise.
The books are about sweet, innocent and pure Ana ( aka Bella) who meets the beautifully fucked up Christian Grey (Edward) who, by mere coincidence I’m sure, has the most stunning grey eyes. They meet when Ana fills in for her friend Kate (Rosalie) and interviews him for some thing or other. Of course Ana is the clumsy and blushing virgin while Christian is the experienced high and mighty businessman who, for some mysterious reason, can’t get her out of his head and decides he has to have her as his next plaything. Only trouble is he falls in love with while she tries to fix him even though he shouldn’t because he’s fucked up yada yada yada. Can you see the similarity? Yes? Hard to miss, isn’t it?
The book is apparently classified as ‘mummy porn’ or ‘housewife porn’ and that’s okay. Mummies and housewives should be able to draw sexual inspiration from trashy novels. I mean, go for it. However, if you’re looking for some sexy scenes to rejuvenate your love life, don’t look to these books. I promise, the only thing that’ll come from these books is copious amounts of frustration. According to E L James it’s completely normal for women to come (1) every time and (2) first every time. No. Not realistic.
Other than that, it’s just unhealthy. I mean come on. Christian stalks Ana, forces expensive gifts on her against her wishes, and then while fully knowing that she’s in love with him tells her that the only way they can be ‘together’ is if she becomes his submissive and oh yea sign here please. Saddest thing of it all is that Bella, oh sorry it’s Ana now, still has no spine or brains. If she did, she’d have run in the other direction. Instead she just goes along with it, blinded by his gorgeous grey eyes and his impressive.. ehm.. physique. For a better explanation on why 50 Shades is indeed unhealthy please watch this clip by Laci Green who is both more comfortable and more experienced with talking about sex and BDSM.
Then, there’s the writing. If you have read some of the story, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You don’t even have to read the entire book to know that the writing isn’t only flawed, it’s also annoying. Every page is riddled with multiple ‘Oh Mys’, ‘Holy Cows’ and ‘Holy Crows’ and a lot of the sex scenes are just ridiculous. All this is happening while her inner goddess is either doing cartwheels or looking sternly over her glasses or something like that. Sigh..
Please don’t take offence if you do like this series. If they do it for you, enjoy it. After all, I read the books, too, so I’m not judging. It’s just a really overrated series that should never have sold as many copies as it has. I think it was better off in the FanFiction universe where everyone could read it anonymously. It’s very weird to see women of all ages read these books on the bus or train. I know what you’re reading about and it makes me uncomfortable.
That’s it for today. Please leave thoughts, questions or anything else in the comments!