In all honesty I had no clue what this series was or even heard any buzz about it, until last week. Women kept coming in and asking if we carried it. For the first half of last week we didn’t and now we have a bunch of copies and can’t keep it on the shelf. I was looking at the cover and it didn’t look very interesting (and after reading reviews/articles/wiki) it still doesn’t spark my interest but what does interest me is what everyone is saying about it. ***As a reminder*** I have not read the book and this is just what I think, not knocking people who like it or don’t just blogging about ideas. Looking at the cover I thought it was going to be about a crime novel, I have never read or been interested into reading them so I just ignored it. Then when I was asked 20 times in one day I looked on wiki to see what the hell this was about. Found out it was an erotic novel. Still not my cup of tea, not because it’s erotica, I just choose to not read that stuff. To me it’s like if you are going to read it then why not just watch porn? Most porn is free and you don’t have to pay ten dollars and have to read 400 pages. Whatever if that’s your thing, then go right ahead.
After that part I read more of the back story and found it it was once a Twilight fan fiction. Okay, I am a huge Twilight fan. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I think it’s horribly awesome, tragically good, but over all it’s a love story. I mean I can go on about how bad the character development is and how weak Bella is as a woman but I mean guys, it’s about a girl who falls in love with a vampire. True the argument of how it’s about how important a boyfriend is but just leave Twilight alone. We know it’s not Harry Potter. Also a huge Potter fan.
Back to Fifty Shades, so I guess then due to the erotic nature and copyrights it was changed from being a Twilight fan fic to its own novel (and Pinocchio became a real boy!) This is where I start to take things to the next level, I don’t really care about the novel. I care about the reviews I read.
I feel like it just sets women back. Turning us all against eachother. One of the big things when it comes to being a girl is sex. Guys never go through the same thing (correct me if I’m wrong though, I have never lived as a guy so I really don’t know) I read the reviews and some are like “not for prudes” dude really? Just because your not into S&M doesn’t make you a prude and if you are it doesn’t make you shameful or a slut. So now we at going to have the backlash of all of that. It’s just so annoying. Plus from what I gather about the book it’s about a virgin girl who becomes a sexual slave and learns to like it. While this is just a book, it’s just the idea of it in itself. Especially written by a women.
Other reviews were like relax and read and get comfortable. Why is sexuality pressured so much on women in that way? I guess I honestly have to read it to understand better, but I wish it wasn’t exploding women as sex slaves and making us turned on by it or making us be prudes if we reject this. The only way for me to know is to read. I’ll get around to it. Until then I’ll just be selling what turns some desperate housewives on and what turns other women’s stomach over.