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Subject: Fifty Shades of Grey
Date Posted: 3/9/2012 9:59 AM ET
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Hi, I just ready about this new book and it's going on my WL.  Has anyone here read it?

Why do women love the new smutty novel Fifty Shades of Grey?  By Hanna Rosin

Fifty Shades of Grey is the Kindle and Goodreads sensation that recently made the round of the morning talk shows and is apparently bewitching women from “the Upper East Side of Manhattan to the suburbs of Seattle,” says Today. Part of a “triple-X trilogy,” the book began as a Twilight fan-fiction story called “Master of the Universe” by someone who called herself “Snowqueens Icedragon” and has now revealed herself to be E.L. James, a TV executive, wife and mother of two in London.

Date Posted: 3/9/2012 10:39 AM ET
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It's on my wishlist too. I haven't read it, but it has everyone talking. It has BDSM elements in it, but it is not what the book is supposed to be about. It seems readers either love it or hate it. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2012 5:11 PM ET
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I'm reading it now and the jury is still out. Some things that were unbelievable is that she is 21 and no one sexually arouses her, also, she's too naive about sex.

I'm not sure if I like the "hero" he's pretty much pressuring her into doing BSDM and she is very leery.

I'll let you know my final thougts when I finish.

Lots of reviews on Amazon that love it though.

 

 



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Date Posted: 3/9/2012 8:50 PM ET
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I have heard that it's pretty tame and bad writing lol There are so many great eroticas out there, and then this is the one to get attention? lol

Date Posted: 3/9/2012 9:33 PM ET
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I already have that and the second book Fifty Shades Darker on my WL.

For some reason it has been getting alot of attention , Does anyone watch  DR. Drew ?  The whole show was about these books the other night. I think there is a third book also.



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Date Posted: 3/9/2012 11:49 PM ET
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Read them and loved them....you have to remember when you read them though that they were based on fanfic for Twilight.

They do have horrible editing problems, but I found myself addicted to them.  They do get better with each one, but the last book was my least favorite until the last chapter. LOL

These are the types of books that you will either love it or hate it.  

The BDSM is rather tame as well.

My reviews for them can be found on my blog: My Overstuffed Bookshelf

Date Posted: 3/10/2012 9:47 AM ET
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I might like it if the BDSM is tame - I don't like the really hardcore stuff

Date Posted: 3/10/2012 4:28 PM ET
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Ok, I just finished it and here are my thoughts. Once Christian removes the stick from his arse and shows his playful side, the story really picks up. There are a couple of bondage/spanking/uses of a whip type thingy. Her reactions to these are realistic for someone whose new to that type of stuff. She was actually braver that I would have been.

Also, beware that it ends on a cliff hanger (I did not know this when I started reading it)

Was it worth the read? In my opinion, yes. And yes, I'll probably get the next book.

The editing is terrible and she uses "undoes" alot. (he undoes his pants etc.)

 

Date Posted: 3/13/2012 6:45 AM ET
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I love these books -- warts and all.  And I agree with Cyndi that one of the big warts is that the editing is horrid - lots of words run together.  The undoes I thought was a UK/America difference.

On the ends on a cliff hanger, I can't think of the three books as a trilogy -- they are really one LONG book split into three parts. 

Susanna  - Asa would agree with you!

One of my big problems is that Asa is supposedly a normal 21 year old -- she has only been kissed 2 or 3 times before Christian?  Oh come on! 

However none of that matters when put up against the entire 3 book story!  Both of them grow!  I'll post more latter -- when I have more time

 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/13/2012 11:01 AM ET
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ok ya'll read all of them and let me know if it stays light - playful I can handle and light!

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 11:14 AM ET
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I've read enough reviews to know that I'd rather spend my time reading better books.

Date Posted: 4/20/2012 6:35 PM ET
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I've got all 3 on my wish list and cant wait to read them.

Date Posted: 4/20/2012 8:06 PM ET
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I started the first one, but have not found the writing appealing.  The very immature voice of the heroine turns me off.

Date Posted: 5/3/2012 12:21 PM ET
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Reading #1 right now...sort of.  I keep picking it up and putting it down.  A bunch of women at work are reading it so I am, but it is not a "up-all-night" kind of read.  If it weren't for my co-workers I'd probably not try as hard.

Date Posted: 5/3/2012 1:22 PM ET
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I just bought all 3 of them yesterday and will start to read them today.

Date Posted: 5/3/2012 1:56 PM ET
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I thought I was going to hate them. Ana was annoying, and when I don't like the first person narrator it's hard. After the first third of book one, I was hooked. Have to say, for a minute I felt like hurling my iPad! Willa, I had to get through that first too. But I couldn't keep Christian outta my head. And on re-reading they were even better. You could see all the little nuances of Christian's character that you might not have picked up on. I also downloaded the Master of the Universe fan-fic, but it wasn't anywhere near as good. She really benefited from the editing and re-write. No one should compare the fan-fic to the books even though there were a lot of reviews on Amazon doing that. Gah! I hate that my paragraphs all run together when I post here! Sorry!

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Date Posted: 5/10/2012 12:13 PM ET
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My book club wants to read this next and I am not excited.  I HATED the Twlight books.  Not sure if I can make my self read this one!

Date Posted: 5/10/2012 8:33 PM ET
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Finished book one cannot wait to read book 2 very good book. loved it!!!

Date Posted: 5/10/2012 8:46 PM ET
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I finally have this book coming to me in the mail , I'm not sure I wanna read it now...LOL

Date Posted: 5/10/2012 8:54 PM ET
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All you can do is give it a chance Lisa. It seems to be one of those books/series that you either love or hate. At least if you cant get through, or hate the first one, then you know not to bother with the others. LOL

Anyone that chooses not to read it just because it started as Twilight fanfic though, i dont understand. Shes done soooo much with the re write and editing that it now has nothing at all to do with Twilight. Unless you've read all the Twilight books several times, then you probably will see very little or no resemblences at all.

Date Posted: 5/11/2012 8:29 PM ET
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i dont see any resemblences at all coming from twilight. but of course i liked twilight as well. im enjoying the books.

Date Posted: 5/12/2012 2:55 PM ET
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I'm listening to the Twilight series on an audio tape now and I don't see the connection at all.

I liked the Fifty series, I wasn't sure when I started the first book if I was going to like it or not, and wasn't going to finish it, but somethting just kept drawing me back to the story.

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Date Posted: 5/18/2012 1:07 PM ET
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Cyndi I feel the same way. Downloaded the two chapter sample to my Kindle, didn't love it but ended up buying it anyway just to see where it goes.

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 8:36 PM ET
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I've read all three in the series, back before all the hype of the last couple of months. The first book was a little hard to get through but the second book is so much better. The third one was too sappy for my tastes however I read it anyway simply because it was the last in the series. Unfortunately this is one of those books that you either love or hate. I fell in love with Christian and wanted to beat Ana senseless; she was such a twit, that I wanted to punch her. The BDSM elements were few and far between so I laugh when people call this an erotic BDSM novel, if you're looking for that in a novel try the Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair. They are much more erotic and heavy in the BDSM. It's just funny that people call this "mommy porn"...please this barely scratches the surface.
Date Posted: 5/20/2012 12:03 PM ET
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how many books are in that series olivia? have you read them?

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