Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One by Vintage Books - review by QueerlyRoux

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Fifty Shades of Incorrect

If you're a practiced kinkster: don't bother with this book. You'll roll your eyes at it.
If you're a newbie to kink but curious: pick a book that is less likely give you bad information and scare the shit out of you.
If you're a raging feminist or queer: read the book just so you can throw stones at it
If you're none of the above: read it if you must, but withhold judgement
Published:
Pros:
bringing BDSM/Kink to a wider audience, some decently hot sex scenes
Cons:
terrible portrayal of real kink relationships
Rating by reviewer:
1
useful review
I am not going to write a full, extended review for this book because it is honestly not worth that much brainpower. I am not entirely sure what made this a best seller other than the *gasp* BDSM?! *gasp* factor, which I find quite frankly, overrated. So instead, I would like to throw out there a few reasons why this book incorrectly describes the kink community and kink relationships in the vague hopes that someone will read it and understand that this book is not the gateway for getting the kinky sex you've always wanted to try.

First, 50 Shades of Grey is poorly written. It's just bad writing. If you like bad writing in your porn, then that's fine by me, but be forewarned: it's not a bestseller because of its prose.

Second, 50 Shades of Grey displays a particular section of kink and kink culture that is not your run-of-the-mill relationship. It depicts a young girl stumbling into a 24/7-style master/slave relationship, freaking out, and running away (in this book anyway, and I'm only reviewing book one..right now). Full-time Master/slave relationships exist, don't get me wrong. And some people do write contracts and such. It's a thing, but it is certainly not ALL of BDSM/Kink and it's not for a beginner and it's not often run the way 50 Shades of Grey depicts it. There is more conversation, there is more easing up to it, there is more discussion, communication, and honesty, period. And 24/7 relationships are in NO WAY what beginners do. You don't just wake up one day and become a slave, like this book suggests you do. It takes patience, and love, and respect. It takes a mutual trust. None of which are cultivated in this novel.

That said, many people have read this book and jumped on it for portraying an abusive relationship, or at the very least a dangerous, borderline-abusive relationship and then blamed that on the kink aspect. While I agree that Christian in Ana, in this book, have a relationship that is dangerous (because they don't communicate), it's not necessarily abusive, nor is it abusive because of BDSM practices like punishment. The spanking isn't the problem, the fundamental relationship between the two of them is. I wish I could paint a banner on the inside cover of every single one of these books that pointed out that simply because the submissive is female and the dominant is male and he hit's her DOES NOT MEAN IT IS ABUSE, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS SEXISM, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS DEGRADING TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE.

Had the characters been written so that they had a safer, more stable, more trusting, more honest relationship, I honestly believe this would be a better book (writing aside).
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My Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One tags
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bachelor/ bachelorette party
    • Bdsm
    • Gag gift
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Fucking stupid
    • Kink
    • This angers the queer in me
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Comments
  • Lildrummrgurl7
    Lildrummrgurl7  
    Thanks for the great review. I couldn't stand this series.
  • ToyGeek
    ToyGeek  
    This book is appalling. Thanks for saying so!
  • SMichelle
    SMichelle  
    I'm sorry to hear that this was a disappointment..thanks for the review.
  • debo
    debo  
    the writing could be better, and the "I love you, I cant live without you's" were a bit much to take but overall i thought it was an interesting story.
  • deltalima
    deltalima  
    Thanks.
  • Terri69
    Terri69  
    Great review!
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