Monday, April 30, 2012

To Read or Not to Read? Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

Fifty Shades of Grey I know you’ve heard of it. It’s on top of the USA Today and New York Times bestseller list and it seems everyone is talking about it. And everyone seems to have pretty strong opinions on it. They either love it or they hate it. There is no in between.  The line is clearly and definitively drawn.
I’ve been going back and forth on this one for a while.  Part of me doesn’t want to read it just because of what it’s about but then again another part does for the same reason. From what I hear it’s scandalous (to say the least) but it’s also completely engrossing. And while it’s definitely not going to be winning any type of literary award any time soon, the books are selling faster than a $5 toaster on Black Friday.
I’ve been holding back on reading it based on principle and from what I can tell most of the haters are doing the same and haven’t read a single page. Last week, one of my co-workers came in and was talking about how they had bought it. She hadn’t started it but she did let me take a look. I flipped to a random page and read. Why, yes, I did just so happen to land on one those pages. Today, she came back in to tell me that she read the book in 24 hrs and loved it. All I have heard today is how much she needs the next book. It’s like she’s on drugs and this book is her crack. And like any good crack addict, she keeps trying to get me hooked as well. “C’mon Ashley, you have to try it!”  “It’s soooo good, Ashley.”  “Ashley, you just don’t understand how it made me feel. I’ve never felt this way before.”  You get the point, right?
So now I’m at the crossroads. I have to pick a side. Do I rebuke it for its lack of high literary quality or embrace it because the story is just that good?
Honestly, I think the best way to find out if I like something or not is to read it. So, yes, I will be reading it at some point in the future. I learned the hard way not to judge something without first trying it. I snubbed a little series you all may have heard of for over a decade simply because I didn’t want to be a part of the hype surrounding a story about a young wizard boy. I mean, a story about young teenage wizard trying to save the wizarding world, who would want to read that?
Ya live and ya learn!
*** I sincerely hope that this goes without saying but just in case (it seems people frequently take things the wrong way) I am in NO way comparing this book to Harry Potter. The only comparison I am making between the two is my hesitation in reading them.  

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