I read a lot of books. A lot. So when the buzz started online about "50 Shades" I figured I'd put my name on the library waiting list and see what all the talk was about. I didn't know what the book was about, but I thought I'd read that it was an intense romance/ drama kind of thing. Whatever. I figured it would be months before I got the book (I was number 700-something on the waiting list!) and I'd see then what all the fuss was about.
I received the book last week. I was surprised that I got it so quickly, but I soon figured out why.
I started to read it one evening and quickly found myself shocked and deeply embarrassed by what I was seeing. I put it down, hiding it carefully in my bedroom so that my 9 year-old wouldn't pick it up and check it out. (She often wants to know what I'm reading, and 99% of the time that's fine... it's mostly Christian fiction or review books that come from Christian publishing companies.)
The next night, I picked it up again, thinking that I must be missing something that has made this book so popular. I skipped ahead in the book, thinking that maybe there was just one section of that... stuff. Nope. Every chapter I flipped to was the same. Porn. Descriptions of things that no reasonable person should be reading or even thinking about... yet they're described with terms like "love".
I finally skipped to the end, thinking that maybe there was a plot hidden in there somewhere. Nope. Not as far as I could tell. Granted, I may have skipped too much to really get the plot, but as far as I could tell, it was chapter after chapter of an innocent young girl subjecting herself to the depraved desires of a powerful older man.
Why is this book so popular? Are we, as a society, so messed up that we think a book with something called a "red room of pain" is a fairy tale romance?
There are plenty of posts online both for and against reading this book. Meg Hunter-Kilmer posts one of the best: "Why I Won't Read...".
As for me, lesson learned. Always read the full book description before diving into a new book!
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