Good question. This topic has been brought up in 2 of my 3 book clubs in the last week. In both cases we have mocked the genre and decided not to read it. I mean come on, aren’t people calling this “mommy porn?” Aren’t we better than this?
For those of you literally living under a ROCK, the “50 Shades” trilogy is the erotic story of the young and beautiful Anastasia Steele and her handsome, multi millionaire boyfriend Christian Grey. The twist is that Christian only engages in BDSM sex with willing partners who will sign a contract. During the negotiation of their contract, Christian finds out that Anastasia is a virgin and he begins to break some of his self made rules about mixing love and business.
And that folks, is the entire plot.
The book is clearly not a literary masterpiece, AND it has a very light plot. But most annoying is that it repeats itself with basically the same sex scenes and dialogue over and over again. I wish I would have counted the number of times Christian says to Anastasia, “Anastasia, stop biting your lip, it’s driving me mad.” Seriously, it started to drive ME mad!
And then what really set me off is that it abruptly just ENDS. Of course that’s because the author wants you to buy the next two books of the trilogy.
So what is the appeal?
First, it’s obviously very easy to read and a classic love story at it’s core. But more likely it is that women at some point in their life find a bad boy that they want to fix. Readers want to find out what childhood abuse Christian suffered to make him want only BDSM sex without any love or a relationship. And you start to really cheer for Anastasia to fix him and for them to fall in love.
So tomorrow night, I am going to change my mind and encourage my book club to read it because I think any book that gets us talking about reading is good and if this is the only book you read this summer, well that’s better than not reading anything at all.