Have you read Fifty Shades? Do you want to?

AshMegYo AshMegYo
Have you read the Fifty Shades Trilogy?
If not, are you wanting to?
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Yes, I have/am
14
No, I don't
15
I want to read them
3
I do NOT want to read it.
20
Fifty Shades?! What's that??
3
Other
7
Total votes: 62 (48 voters)
Poll is closed
07/16/2012
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xMila xMila
I've read the first two books, I still haven't bought the third. So far its good
07/16/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
I read all three books, only for the sake of being able to critique and review them thoroughly and fairly. They are poorly written with an unlikely plot full of holes, fraught with crutches for weak writing, redundancy, ignorantly used lofty synonyms, cliches, inconsistencies, and a veritable myriad of other problems. For those who don't know, the story was originally published as a serialized fan fiction project based on Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. It seems it gained enough popularity to be changed just enough to render it able to stand alone for publication in its own right. The characters are weak, flat, static and inconsistant. Those looking for a story about BDSM will be disappointed. This series paints BDSM and practitioners thereof as damaged, unhealthy people needing to be saved from their darkness by true love. BDSM and D/s relationships are portrayed as the very antithesis of a loving, healthy relationship. The author also propagates the popular myth of "natural" submissives and the idea that those who are not "natural submissives" will never be capable of happily submitting or serving. The love story that evolves is controlling and borderline abusive, but largely vanilla with a sparse peppering light bondage and other play, which the characters call "kinky fuckery", just one of the many grossly overused phrases throughout the books. The author has done both the literary world and the kink/fetish/leather/BD SM community a huge disservice. The unfathomable popularity of this series has not only set the effort to promote acceptance and understanding of BDSM back but will likely spawn a new "generation" of newcomers to kink who will have a warped misconception of the lifestyle.
07/16/2012
puppylove puppylove
I have read them, they were a quick, easy, and entertaining read. Personally I don't get bothered by all the bad grammar or redundancy. It was a little escape and a fun fiction read.
07/16/2012
Lioncub Lioncub
Read them, wouldn't spend the money on them again. Just not what I was expecting or had heard about them.
07/16/2012
G&L G&L
No thanks
07/16/2012
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by charletnarouh
I read all three books, only for the sake of being able to critique and review them thoroughly and fairly. They are poorly written with an unlikely plot full of holes, fraught with crutches for weak writing, redundancy, ignorantly used lofty ... More
I think I have fallen in love with you. :p

I actually couldn't even get through the first quarter of the first book before I was frustrated with the horrid writing.
07/16/2012
Tork48309 Tork48309
With all the media hype, I'm curious. I'm up for reading it.
07/16/2012
clp clp
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
I read all three books, only for the sake of being able to critique and review them thoroughly and fairly. They are poorly written with an unlikely plot full of holes, fraught with crutches for weak writing, redundancy, ignorantly used lofty ... More
This is what I've heard. The kicker is that the characters are as absurd and as baseless as the Twighlight characters. Just doesn't sound like a worthwhile read to me.
07/16/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
I haven't read them yet, but I was recently gifted all three books... so... looks like I will be, sometime.
07/16/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Quote:
Originally posted by wrecklesswords
I think I have fallen in love with you. :p

I actually couldn't even get through the first quarter of the first book before I was frustrated with the horrid writing.
my Mistress might take acception to that ;-) LOL J/K. Thank you for the compliment. i plan to post a review on this site about each of the books as soon as i can formulate my thoughts about the individual books. i'm still reeling from my anger at the series as a whole too much to be able to divide it.
07/16/2012
HotMama2three HotMama2three
My book club is discussing them tomorrow! Can't wait
07/16/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Quote:
Originally posted by clp
This is what I've heard. The kicker is that the characters are as absurd and as baseless as the Twighlight characters. Just doesn't sound like a worthwhile read to me.
For the characters and pretty much everything else about them, no, not worthwhile at all.
07/16/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
I read all three books, only for the sake of being able to critique and review them thoroughly and fairly. They are poorly written with an unlikely plot full of holes, fraught with crutches for weak writing, redundancy, ignorantly used lofty ... More
You had me at "poorly written"
07/16/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I read the first two. I doubt I'll read the third.
07/16/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by AshMegYo
Have you read the Fifty Shades Trilogy?
If not, are you wanting to?
I haven't yet but not sure if I want to.
07/17/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
I read them, I thought they were okay. People are getting too up in arms over the dang thing. You either like it or you don't, move on.
07/17/2012
hot lil momma hot lil momma
nah I have no interest in them
07/17/2012
Sir Sir
No thank you. I am not interested.
07/17/2012
Envy Envy
I've avoided Twilight and I will for sure avoid this series, too.
07/17/2012
All His All His
Haven't read them and i've heard a lot of positive and negative about the series so I am not sure if i want to read them or not
07/17/2012
country country
Quote:
Originally posted by AshMegYo
Have you read the Fifty Shades Trilogy?
If not, are you wanting to?
never heard of them
07/17/2012
Sundae Sparkles Sundae Sparkles
i kinda want to I kinda dont
07/17/2012
brevado brevado
It doesn't really grab me
07/17/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
Doesn't interest me even though I like erotica.
07/17/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
I read all three books, only for the sake of being able to critique and review them thoroughly and fairly. They are poorly written with an unlikely plot full of holes, fraught with crutches for weak writing, redundancy, ignorantly used lofty ... More
All of this? Exactly why I won't be reading the books. I figure enough reviews are out or in the works that I'd rather not spend my weekend pissed off about a Mary Sue fanfic gone horribly, horribly wrong.

I guess I'm a little peeved why someone in along in the process didn't go "hey, maybe do some research...?" I get that it's fiction and hearing a "these are my hard limits" discussion or a "here's what I'd like out of the relationship" one isn't super kinky hot, but couldn't a *good* writer make it that way somehow?
07/17/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
All of this? Exactly why I won't be reading the books. I figure enough reviews are out or in the works that I'd rather not spend my weekend pissed off about a Mary Sue fanfic gone horribly, horribly wrong.

I guess I'm a little ... More
Oh, they talk about limits and boundaries and even include an entire confounded contract and pages and chapters of negotiations! All of that gets barely used in the first book and thrown out at the beginning of the second book. If you're familiar with the the idea that if you put a gun on the mantle in the first act, it should get used by the 3rd act, well, she shattered that rule into tiny little pieces. The contract talks about all sorts of yummy things that I was actually thinking, well, if the books include all this stuff, maybe it can't be all awful. But none of that stuff EVER came up! He had a whole rack of canes and other impact tools on his wall that she made him get rid of! But it all just goes back to horrible writing. It almost feels like the author chickened out of including all this harder stuff that she had planned. Just disgraceful.
And it's not about liking the book or not liking the book. There are plenty of books I flat out don't like and I can put them down and move on to things I do like. This one offended me. It blatantly disrespected and grossly misrepresented a gender, sexuality, relationship style, lifestyle and community. I happen to belong to all of those groups, but even if I didn't, it's just offensive and wrong to not only be so ignorant and, frankly, stupid but to make it public.
07/17/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
Oh, they talk about limits and boundaries and even include an entire confounded contract and pages and chapters of negotiations! All of that gets barely used in the first book and thrown out at the beginning of the second book. If you're familiar ... More
I thought I had heard in more than a few places that she was forced into the contract, not that it was really ever consensually discussed. Though I guess if it never comes back up it's really neither here nor there and thus pointless.

My guess is that she had a fantasy about the harder stuff but didn't know enough about it to write anything on those subjects. Since research and/or writing skills seem to be lacking, no hard stuff.

The really sad thing is that I bet with a good writer and some knowledge of the lifestyle, the book could have been not only a good read, but good for the community as a whole. Instead it just furthers misconceptions, as best I can tell.
07/17/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
Read 'em, hate 'em.
07/17/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I couldn't be less interested in these books if I tried, especially after all the terrible things I've heard about the standard of writing.
07/17/2012
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