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Subject: OT: Daughters & 50 Shades of Grey
Date Posted: 5/29/2012 1:51 PM ET
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My daughter (Jennifer), her boyfriend & best friend Amanda, drove to the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts for the 3-day week-end for a wedding & to visit Amanda's parents. Below is a recap of a chat we had this morning (incidentally, she would have a fit if she knew I posted this; but it’s just too funny):

 Jennifer: i finished St. Margaret [Queen Hereafter]

and then i didn't have anything else with me and amanda can't read in the car

so i stole her kindle and read two books in a three book series.

50 Shades of Grey.

have you heard of it?

 me:  yep. what did you think? do you recommend it to your mother?

 Jennifer:  noooooope

too intense

 me:  no, honey?

 Jennifer:  mom.

 me:  whaaaattt??

 Jennifer:  it's a sexy book!

 me:  and?

 Jennifer:  it's an intensely kinky sexxxxxxy book

 me:  and?

 Jennifer:  kelly robin.

 me:  daughter.

 Jennifer:  fine. it is an awesome, all-consuming series.

i couldn't not read it once i got started

 me:  I can read it & we can talk about it together ...

 Jennifer:  nooooooooope.

 me:  hahahaha

 Jennifer:  amanda told her mom not to read it and you know what her mom said?

"okay honey"

i was there.

i was witness.

 me:  I have no response to that - not knowing Amanda's mother.

 Jennifer:  hah

fine!

you read it and we'll talk all about it. i'll call your bluff. 

 me:  You sure?

 Jennifer:  i know you're not gonna read it anyway

 me:  you do?

 Jennifer:  "there are too many books and too little time" -- The Mantra of Kelly P and Linda B.

 me:  all true, all true.

 Jennifer:  so bring it!

 me:  hahahaha

 Jennifer:  but for seriousness. Grandma can't read it.

 me:  HAHAHAHA

 

Daughters, huh?

An interesting footnote, she read Outlander basically in one sitting - on a long drive to a biological field camp in Mexico. Reading about Jamie’s imprisonment & torture during the quiet, dark, overnight hours of the drive had quite an affect on her. So, when she found out that her grandmother had already read the book, she was quite stunned … and just a little bit appalled.

Daughters. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 3:35 PM ET
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LOL Kelly I had a similar conversation with my Mother,

But she was asking about it, (she said for my sister.)  My cousins have asked about it, as have my daughters.   I haven't read it and I have had some people say they love it, and they have been almost exclusively younger women that have no idea that there is well written erotica out there, if they are into that.  I told her if J was still interested in it to get it from the library.

I told Mom what it was about, and she said.  "What is it which every new generation that  convinces them that  they invented sex?" . LOL



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Date Posted: 5/29/2012 4:14 PM ET
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Hahahaha!!!  Gotta love our girls.  This is the conversation I had with Katie's maid of honor a couple of weeks ago:

Me:  Hey Sarah....I heard y'all are planning lingerie shower for Katie...

Sarah (with a look that was a mix of abject terror and disgust):  Yea

Me:  I have a present I want to give her for the lingerie shower

Sarah (disgust beginning to overtake the terror):  Ookkkaayyy....

Me:  I'll be out of town so I'll give it to you to bring to the shower

Sarah (deep cleansing breaths)

Me:  It's one of those bridal hangers for her dress that spells out her new last name in the hanger wire

Sarah:  (big sigh of relief and relaxing shoulders):  Cute!  Just get it to me before you leave town.

Watching her expressions and body language change was hysterical.  She was absolutely horrified at the idea of me inviting myself to the lingerie shower!  I got the package to her and in the card on the outside of the package, I wrote:  Katie, I hope you are having fun at your shower and aren't too embarrassed by my gift.  She said she almost didn't open it in front of her friends because she was so afraid of what I had done!  Terrorizing your adult children is one of the great things about middle age!

The hanger looked kinda like this, except it was all one row:

Personalized Custom Bridal Hanger, Brides Hanger, Bride Name Hanger, Wedding Hanger, Personalized Bridal Gift

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 4:32 PM ET
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Hahahaha!  ... Terrorizing your adult children is one of the great things about middle age! ....

You know it, Christa! 

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 4:32 PM ET
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I have no intention of reading the book, but I did see it's coming out on CD and library has copies on order. I am just too curious about how it's narrated. Not sure how far I'll get though.

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 4:44 PM ET
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Despite my comments to Jennifer, I'm not too interested reading it, either. Basically, it's what Jenn already knows, my TBR is too full of really good books waiting on me to get to them.  ... Kelly

 

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 5:10 PM ET
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Christa and Kelly - as a mom of a daughter I appreciated those conversations you shared and can relate!!   Likewise, I'm not expecting to read 50 SoG based on what I've heard of it so far.  But, never say never I suppose....

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Date Posted: 5/30/2012 8:30 PM ET
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Ha I'm totally "old school" I tell my kids to learn it on the street like I did! 

I did get captivated by Grey but by the end of the second book I realized a. I could write the third one  b. How on earth does this millionaire have time to run a billion companies and have sex 30 times a day? Just the showering alone would take up all my free time!

Date Posted: 5/30/2012 10:23 PM ET
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cheeky

Just spotted this shelf over at Goodreads for 50 shades: incase-theres-no-toiletpaper

Date Posted: 5/31/2012 10:00 AM ET
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And here to think that growing up in the 60's and 70's I thought our generation invented sex...didn't we?!wink

Date Posted: 5/31/2012 10:39 AM ET
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Listening to my grandmother talk about "those hippies and those yippies," one would certainly think so, Cheryl!

cheeky

Kelly

 



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Date Posted: 5/31/2012 12:31 PM ET
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LOL. it's even worse when your children are adult males---22 and 25. the older one in particular is culturally attuned and was aware of the book and acted quite shocked when he found it on my kitchen counter. surprise  I decided that any book that generates that much buzz was one I had to read....but was pretty disappointed in a) the plot b) the writing c) the quantity of volumes given a and b; and c) the idea that it is a BDSM tale when all it really is is a plain vanilla rescue fantasy along the lines of a terrible boddice ripper--"the ordinary girl who doesn't know she is beautiful meets the wicked evil overlord (wait, I forgot filthy rich) who is virtually untamable....except of course by her and they live happily ever after".

 

It seems mostly to appeal to younger women who apparently have no idea that there is indeed much better out there.

Date Posted: 5/31/2012 12:39 PM ET
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I heard it's pretty awful, so, naturally, I put myself on the list at the library. cool

I don't imagine my daughter would be too shocked, having lived with me for 20 years. LOL.

Date Posted: 6/1/2012 12:41 AM ET
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I haven't read the book, but I heard a rumor that Alexander Skarsgard (the blonde one from True Blood) could be cast to play Christian. Thoughts?

Date Posted: 6/1/2012 8:56 AM ET
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The idea of a Brit writing a Seattle setting is just too tempting to pass up. Karla says there's a mention made of her traipsing up the glass elevator of his high rise office building and oohing and aahing over the Seattle skyline. But, since all the highrises are in the downtown core, which is of course - the Seattle skyline. The view of the Olympics to the west would be pretty awesome though cheeky

Another friend mentioned they constantly call I5 THE I5. Sorry, they might refer to their roadways with THE over in England, but not in merry old Washington State. My friend Michele the pilot says Christian Grey doesn't seem to grasp basic aviator speak when flying his helicopter.

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 3:35 PM ET
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Re casting Christian Grey, all the young moms in my neighborhood are hoping for Ian Somerholder. Embarrased to say, I had to go google him to see who he was......

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 4:38 PM ET
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I just googled him as well -- which is even more embarrassing because I wasted MANY hours watching Lost -- but I'm often clueless when it comes to names of actors in tv or movies I've seen.

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 8:29 PM ET
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I didn't know who he was either, but Jennifer picked him - immediately - for Valerius, so I had already googled this young man. Emphasis on young! Maybe I'm showing my age, but what I find attractive is an older man who shows some of life's experiences in his eyes & on his face.

But, all that said - Ian is somewhat pretty! ... Kelly

ian-somerhalder.jpg



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Date Posted: 6/4/2012 10:19 PM ET
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I may be old, but I'm not dead.  Yum.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 8:58 AM ET
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I'm old AND dead. Now. Rawrrrr! blushdevil

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 10:25 AM ET
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I occasionally order books for my 84 year old grandmother on PBS. I was over at her house to bring her some books last week, and she asked me to see if I can order that "Grey book" for her. This evolved into a conversation about the content of the book and whether she knew what it was about, and ended with my grandfather telling me "don't worry, she always reads the really good parts aloud to me" and then them reminiscing about a black négligée that neither of them have seen since the early 60s but they still remember rather fondly. blush

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 2:44 PM ET
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Aimee, I love it! That's the kind of grandma I intend to be.....whether my young 'uns appreciate it or not! He he he.....

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 3:43 PM ET
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Love this Aimee. Made my day.  Reminds me that no matter our number of years, we are all the age of our hearts.  How fortunate your grandparents are to still have one another.

 

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 10:17 PM ET
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That must have been some negligee !! 

Great story, Aimee! How lucky you are to still have your grandparents & how wonderful for them to have each other !

I agree with Colleen ... I want to be your grandmother when I grow up.

But you didn't get to the end of the story ... are you going to get the "Grey Book" for your grandmother?

Kelly

 

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Date Posted: 6/7/2012 10:37 PM ET
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The "grades" was explained to me as a sexual relationship between a young virgin and an older guy. When my neighbor read the book, the older guy was 28.

RIGHT

 



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