50 shades of are you kidding me???!!!
WARNING: My own opinions follow, so you're warned. This is not diplomatic!
So, my friend loaned me her copy of this (in)famous mommy porn book that is sweeping the country. I loaned her my copy of Anna Quindlen's latest book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. (As you might surmise from the title of this post, IMO my friend got by far the best of that exchange.)
Anyway, last night at 9 pm I settled in with it to see just what the fuss is about. And at 11 pm I closed the book, never to re-open it. Luckily since I didn't actually buy it I am out only, as the famous saying goes, 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back.
I cannot get over how badly written this book is- cringingly, horribly, stunningly awful. The characters, the plot, even the sex scenes are ridiculous. I won't even go there on the subject of BDSM; as a feminist that stuff is so far beyond my ken that I can't imagine it as any type of acceptable interaction with another person. To each her own but I'll skip being imprisoned and beaten as part of my bedroom romps, thankyouverymuch
Below are a few excerpts of Amazon reviews that amusingly mirrored my own reactions:
"If I wrote like that, I'd use a pseudonym too."
"Did a teenager write this???"
And last but not least, this one made me LOL:
"At my age, my arthritis flared up just reading about Ana's sexual gymnastics. And for some reason, I kept thinking about her contracting genital warts."
So, at least from this review the latest literary--and I use that term extremely loosely-sensation merits a loud and decisive thumbs down.