Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure Reading

Morning all,
 Today I have a guest post by Preeti Sharma. She is here to do a review of the highly popular Fifty Shades trilogy.   Here is you:


If you are not aware about the ‘Fifty shades…’ trilogy, you are certainly missing something big. The trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’, is a series of erotic novels by British author E L James, released in 2011. The novel has taken the world by storm as everybody everywhere can’t cease to talk about it. Such is the effect that the story of the novel has had on people so far that it has already raked in $20 million by selling over four million copies! It is, in fact, the only non-Harry Potter novel to register such records.

The fastest-selling novel for adults actually has very adult content. The trilogy features the protagonist, Anastasia Steele, a college graduate, who has a steamy relationship with Christian Grey, a troubled young billionaire, who flies a private jet plane and owns a fleet of Audis. The relationship just doesn’t involve love and romance but is quite formal and stylized corporal punishment in BDMS way. The novel makes you search about BDMS in detail over the internet where you learn that it applies to bondage, dominance, submission and masochism.

James’ writing style is very animated and instantly hooks you on to the plot. The language is crisp with words from modern lingo, such as jeez, crap, double crap, triple crap and many more. The incredible dialogues keep you awake while reading (“I'm a very wealthy man, Miss Steele, and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies"; "No man has ever affected me the way Christian Grey has, and I cannot fathom why. Is it his looks? His civility? Wealth? Power?"; “I don’t do the girlfriend thing”; "Don't bite your lip...I can’t keep still if you’re going to bite that lip” "...I want to bite it too, hard”).

Anastasia or Ana’s initial attraction towards ‘Oh, so handsome’ Christian Grey is obvious infatuation but interestingly it gradually blossoms into love. There is a constant war between Anastasia’s “subconscious”, which tries to instill some sense in her and ofttimes passes off, and her “inner goddess”, who is always eager for the relationship, BDSM, so be it.

There have been utterly mixed reactions to “Fifty Shades…” throughout the world. Some feel that it has changed their life forever, some categorize it as soft porn and some others feel that the book is worth a read as it is an experience in itself. There are debates if it is the sex that is selling it or the emotionally unnerving relationship between Ana and Christian that is making the novel sell. The world media too has published rave reviews about the book. The Guardian calls it “a book you'd be embarrassed to be caught reading on the tube. Another The Guardian article sees the novel as “demonise people whose erotic style embraces bondage, domination and sadomasochism,” which is “not a pathological symptom, but one of a wide range of normative human erotic interests.” In a lighter vein, NewStatesman views the criticism of ‘Fifty shades…’ as the problem from its being “porn for women”.  The book will now be marketed as a pleasure read with a tag line “reading for pleasure has a whole new meaning.”

Well, the best part is that the novel has turned out to be a miracle for the rather sulking publishing industry. Today, the world stands is divided into two types of people –the ones who have already read it and the other who are planning to lay their hands on it soon. Kindly check out the book here

" This review isn't done by me (Abhishek Boinapalli). Kindly feel free to contact Preeti Sharma to discuss the book and this review." 

with warm regards
Abhishek Boniapalli


Qoyyuum said...

I can never get the chance to read that book. Simply because my country, Brunei, bans from importing such reading material. Unless, I read it outside, the country but that's a money burner.

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