Just the first 2 words in the post title probably got your attention because unless you’ve been living under a rock (you can come out from under there now) you’ve heard of the book, of the phenomenon, that is 50 Shades of Grey. It’s been called mommy porn, erotic chick lit, porn fluffed up as novel, a marriage saver etc… Whatever you want to call it, the ladies have been flocking to it and author E L James is smiling all the way to the bank.
For you Rock people, here’s what it’s about: It’s your regular story of boy meets girl, girl and boy date, they start to fall in love and face ups and downs in their relationship. Few differences from the usual: The boy is filthy rich -makes $100k an HOUR- and looks like a modern-day Adonis. The girl is just a shy, inexperienced, girl-next-door-looking, clumsy, recent college grad who’s barely ever kissed a boy and happens to catch the eye of said Millionaire Adonis. Oh and the boy wants to be her dominant lover and do all sorts of kinky things to her in his red room of pain. What? That doesn’t sound romantic? Ah well, to each their own.
There’s, of course, a lot more going on in the story including romance, suspense, mystery and drama but the story, and what you’re reading it for, is pretty much about the less-than-normal relationship between these two characters.
It’s hard to review this book for those that haven’t read it because its hard to appreciate it for more than what it is: a cheap thrill. Is the book going to win any Pulitzer prizes? No. Is it any sort of masterpiece? No. Is it entertaining and fun? Sure.
I happen to believe that the more “vanilla” you are (or have been, it may change after you read it), the more fun the book is because of the incredible fantasy element. Some parts are cheesy and so farfetched that they are downright eye roll worthy (which, if you’ve read the book, you know is ironic) and other parts are literally laugh out loud moments. I think everyone, conservative and open-minded alike, can get a kick out of it.
Most people love it, even if they love it for different reasons. Other people hate it, which I get. I will tell you this…if you’re looking for a book to discuss on girl’s night…this it it!
Between the texts going back and forth for the last few weeks and the Girls Night/Book Club meeting we had this week..here are some of my favorite friend quotes. These are ALL actual texts sent or phrases spoken amongst a group of 7 girlfriends in reference to the book:
Friend: Date Night! (text inserted with a picture of Pleasure Emporium, a Miami sex shop)
Friend 1: I’m ready to start reading the book. Friend 2: The question is, is your husband ready?
Friend 1: Wait till you read book 2. Still a ton of sex but action to go with it. Friend 2: Great! Then I can say I am reading a novel instead of straight up porn!
Friend: I’m supposed to be taking care of my child but I can’t put this book down.
Friend: I need to buy my husband a grey tie…
Friend: Does ANYONE know where I can buy those silver balls?! I can’t find them anywhere!
Friend: I’m with my children right now. Can’t talk sex with you.
Friend: Mommies gone wild just got a whole new meaning!
Friend: This book makes me very tingly in my lady parts.
Friend: Um, my mom is reading the book now. Things just got weird.
Have I mentioned how much I love my friends? Well I do. A lot. They’re hysterical.
Here are some 50 Shades fun courtesy (mostly) of Someecards:
Someecards makes my life better. True story.
Remember how I told you we had a girls night? Well it was complete with actual book talk (a first), sushi, wine, lots of gossip and dessert. What could have been a more appropriate dessert than….. silver balls!
And in case you were wondering, yes they were delicious! AND, no baking involved! You can get the recipe from my Pinterest Board.
If you haven’t picked up 50 Shades by now, you really should. And make sure your girlfriends are reading it too, makes it so much more fun! It’s also fun to play Casting Director and pick the actors you’d want to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the movie. A big YES to Ian Somerhalder or Chris Hemsworth and a big NO to Dakota Fanning. Hear that Hollywood!?!
If you have read the book and haven’t seen the video of Ellen Degeneres attempting to read it.…you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. Good thing this post is over.
Ps. How PERFECT would the title 50 Shades of Gray have been for this post?! If only I had picked up the book earlier.