What are you reading right now (or if you’re between books what have you read recently) and what are you liking or not liking about it?
I just finished listening to the audio version of 50 Shades Of Grey. If you’ve been reading the blog regularly (especially the comments following posts) you know that I bought the book sometime back (in response to a recommendation from a friend on Goodreads). Then the wave of negative reviews began. While I had heard only good about the book when I bought it, before I had a chance to read it I began to hear a lot of heavy negatives that put me off reading it. A couple of weeks ago I started listening to it in audio — with a bit the bucking up and getting on with it feeling of getting down to a homework assignment. I had the book…there was a lot of hoopla about it, and it was selling like crazy so it felt like something I needed to read in order to be “in the know” about things going on in the industry. So…I took a deep breath…downloaded it to the Android and began to listen to it whilst doing my household chores.
While there were things that put me off initially they were small and overcome by the things that I did like about this book. In fact, I liked it so well that the first thing I did after finishing 50 Shades of Grey was purchase 50 Shades Darker, the next book in the trilogy. Of course…purchasing the next book in the trilogy also has a lot to do with the ending in the first book which leaves you feeling that nothing is really resolved and wanting more.
That one can dislike some aspect of a book and be won over by other things they like about a book is why I thought I’d pose the question: What are you reading and what are you liking about it?
What I like most about 50 Shades of Grey is that the characters REACT to each other. There IS chemistry between them. The story doesn’t just follow the character’s physical/sexual relationship. These characters are thinking and feeling people too. You can see the heroine thinking about what makes the hero tick…and vice versa. There is a psychological…mental connection between them that I like.
I’ve mentioned in comments elsewhere on the blog that I also liked the fact that each of the characters brought something to the table. Anna’s life is better because Christian is in it. Christian’s life is better because Anna is in it. This is in spite of the confusion that she feels as she wrangles with the fact that he is wounded and is “50 shades of messed up.”
There are several small things that I didn’t like about the book. The first person viewpoint limits the story and keeps the reader from experiencing any part of the story from Christian’s perspective. I miss his perspective. I didn’t care for the present tense telling of the story.
The thing that I dislike most however is the premise that Christian is into BDSM because he was so wounded by his childhood. That seems to put forth the idea that people who are into BDSM are usually or are always scarred, wounded, or messed up. I don’t believe that to be the case and I dislike it when the takeaway in stories is that someone is only interested in BDSM because they are somehow flawed, wounded, scarred, or messed up. That said…undoubtedly there are in the world some people who are drawn to BDSM for the reasons Christian Grey is. This isn’t a story about all or even most of the people into BDSM. It is a story about one couple and their journey into a BDSM relationship.
So what are you reading now…and what are you liking and/or disliking about it? If you’re between books what have you read recently and what did you like or dislike about it? Which recent reads would you recommend – and to which type of readers?
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