If you haven't heard of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy yet, then you must be living under a rock. Women from all around the world are succumbing to the story of Mr Christian Grey through the eyes of Miss Anastasia Steele.
I read the books when they first came out, before most, therefore before the critics could get into my head. I was instantly hooked and read the whole 3 in a week.
There is no denying that from a literacy point of view, they are poorly written. They lack structure and JE's writing is childlike. However, this is what makes it an easy read and hey, when your book hits the NY best sellers, then you can critic her writing style.
I surprisingly related to Mr Grey and Miss Steele more than I expected. I see so much of Brett in Christian. Not the kinky parts (well... that is for me to know) but the messed up in the head parts. I see a lot of me in Anastasia as I am forever trying to figure out what is going on in Brett's head. I am forever walking on egg shells around Brett wondering if my actions will "set him off". In my eyes, Ana feel head over heels in love and they had to figure it all out - story of my life.
In the end, 50 Shade of Grey is a terrific fantasy. 100% fiction. I am not delusional that it is a very far fetched story, but hey, I also don't believe in vampires. I fell in love with characters. I got swept up in the fantasy. I connected with the characters in my own way, a way that no one else will ever understand. My girlfriends connected with the books in different ways that I did. Each of us has our own background story and each of us got different things from the book. I honestly think this is wonderful.
Isn't that what reading is all about?
My advice is to don't think too much when reading it, which, as I said before, the writing style makes easy to do. Enjoy the books for what they are. I actually spent most of my reading time imagining the movie. Reading it like a movie script seemed to work better for me. You are not going to get smarter reading them, but that is ok. Enjoy the far fetched fantasy.