Here’s the thing. I’m always keen on books; new, old, classics, fantasy.. well, you get my drift. I also like to support new authors and I love Goodreads for that very reason. It is where I find début novels and authors I like, it is where I go to make a list of all the books I would like to read – um, My list is endless and I never have all the time I want. So, when I heard about this new sensational best seller, a must read, fantastic story, with some naughty bits, I thought, hold on, sounds good, let me check it out. You see, I can stand in a book store and read through a book pretty quickly, so I grabbed Fifty Shades, and started reading a little here and there. After the first 30 pages, I was quite literally taken aback. I mean really, they are calling this the new sensational best seller? must have on nightstand, must use as reference ( as what may I ask) and must not mention to partner/husband or anyone else for that matter, I had to put it down. In the name of all excellent novels out there, forgive me. Not literary fiction, not a classic, not Gabriel Garcia Marquez or A.S Byatt, not Jane Austen, not Oscar Wilde, not Tracy Chevalier, not Paul Theroux and certainly not J.K Rowling. So what is it? since I give all books a go, do I need to read it?
I was moving on to the kids section, trying to come to terms with what I had just read, when I heard some ladies discussing it. I eavesdropped a little, oh all right, a lot. “You must read it,” one gushed. “It is fantastic.” “There’s three of them.” “Spicy, hilarious and romantic.” Romantic? if you can call what I just read, romantic. Well then, I’m all agog. That is not what I would call romantic – oh well, only my humble opinion here.
The mind boggles, really. I read that Fifty Shades has now passed Harry Potter in sales, in the UK. Books of all books, my word, all you Londoners, you picked this over Harry Potter? HP is yours, J.K created him. It’s like Shakespeare. Yes, I know the author is British. I felt pain, tremendous pain. I think I’m all alone in this one, in the minority, a wee but avid reader, clearly not reading the right kind of book. I am even more aghast, as this morning, I heard that they are creating a line of clothing from Fifty Shades of Grey – underwear, hosiery and other necessary accompaniments. I also know they are doing the film. Please tell me neither Ryan Gosling nor Matt Bomer have been chosen to play Christian. As for Anastasia, who would be naïve enough to play her? I can’t think.
So am I alone in this? have you read it? what did you think? should I go against my instincts and give it a read? Would love to hear from you