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Monday, June 25, 2012

I stopped reading Fifty Shades of Grey

That's my confession of the month - I stopped reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

It sounded like a good idea to read the book. Well, it took some convincing for a bit before I thought, I should see what everyone is talking about. As a writer, I like to follow the trends, because one day maybe I'll have a book out there that I want people to read. Maybe. So why not? I had some money left over anyway, so I downloaded it to my nook and started it!

I should've known better. The same people who are obsessed with Twilight were raving about this book. Don't even get me started on my beef with Twilight.

And yes, I know Fifty Shades was based off of Twilight fan-fiction. Another red flag.

I made it 1/3 of the way into the book before I decided to put it aside and start reading a lovely historical novel that just arrived in the mail from Paperback Swap, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. That was a good book, by the way, I recommend it!

I have a beef with the writing.

I just couldn't get through it, that's what was holding me up. Sure, I could handle the sex and the silly plot line, because who doesn't like a bit of entertainment? But geez, the writing! As someone who sometimes studies the writing craft so my novels can be a little good, my eyes couldn't see past the blatant mistakes. The dialogue was annoying, the descriptions were over the top, and I'm pretty sure every writing "rule" was broken, but not in a good way.

But hey, good job for getting a book published! And not just one book, an entire series. I bet she's making bank.

I don't think I'll continue reading the book. I just don't want to. I have so many books on my list to read that I shouldn't force myself to read one I'm not excited about! I just wish I could get a refund on Nook books!


  1. My sister in law is reading the series and says the hardest thing to get through is the 6th grade writing. I have yet to pick it up. I'm not big on reading "the next big thing"

  2. Don't do it!!! I am not even touching that book with a pole. I dunno...I know it's the trendy thing and so many women are into it, but I have also heard the writing stinks, and to be completely honest, I don't want to put all that sex into my head (not that I'm against sex...but I save it for my husband alone). I heard someone else say that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a good book - I think I'm adding it to my reading list :)

  3. THANK YOU! I feel like I'm alone with not being on the 50 Shades bandwagon. The writing was terrible! I actually looked up the fan fiction and it is literally word for word the same, besides the names of the characters. Seriously. I wish I had saved my $10 and just read the fan fiction,

  4. I haven't read it... but I can't stand Twilight. Thanks for the heads up! I might skip this one, too...

  5. I loved the sappy story of Twilight, but the writing was pretty bad. I won't read 50 shades because I don't want all that sex in my head either, especially since I've heard that a lot of it is rather bizarre sex. No thanks.

  6. I stopped in the middle of the third book. I want to finish it since I'm so close, but I'm having a hard time picking it up, lol.

  7. If you liked Snowflower and the Secret Fan, check out The Commoner. Also by Lisa See is Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. I love historical fiction. I could not bring myself to read 50 shades. My friend tried to read it and she said the writing was horrible as well.

  8. I downloaded the sample and wasn't impressed so I never bought it. Snowflower and the Secret Fan WAS good, though. I read it a couple years ago, I think.

  9. I've stopped reading at page 444, there are too many women in the wolrd suffering from violence to read a boook like that.


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