I could have gone all low-brow and picked the obvious ones from my childhood – High Fidelity – I’ve probably read at least once every other year for the past 13 years. Or Catcher in the Rye. I have a habit of picking this back up every fall and sitting in the same place until it’s finished. Something about a new school year gets me in the mood. And of course, Perks of Being a Wallflower I’ve read just about every year since I was 20. Because there was so much of Charlie in me – it was healing for me to experience it over and over and over.
But I’m going to have to be honest and say this series is one that really grabbed me and I read them at least 5 times in a row – seriously, like once I was done with Book 3 I would turn around and start back on Book 1. Because I was a little obsessed with it.
Yes 5 – and the more I talk to people I find out that I’m not the only weirdo that did. I hadn’t gotten caught up in a series of books in quite some time – there were always the Sookie Stackhouse novels I’d impatiently wait for every year – but they were becoming less and less entertaining.
So when someone gave me a copy of the first book Fifty Shades last year – I thought what the hell, I’ll check it out. I’ve read erotica before, hell I minored in Sexualities in College – I’ve read some pretty graphic stuff. The Story of O, the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice. And then the occasional 50 cent smut book at my corner porn store in Portland. Sometimes a girl needs variety.
But when I got into the first book, I’ll admit it – I was HOOKED! And I’m not completely sure why. I ordered the 2nd and 3rd book on my Kindle before I was even half way through the first. I knew that this was going to get better and better – and luckily I waited to start then until all 3 were out for sale – otherwise, that wait would have been the biggest pain in the ASS!
So we all love Christian – even though he’s fucked up, insensitive, controlling, manipulative – treats Ana like she’s an idiot half the time and won’t EVER let her do anything on her own – even though she has a bad habit of getting in some pretty terrible situations without him. The throw in the whole fifty shades of fucked up – yet all of us are still panting over this guy. Why????? Because he’s fucking gorgeous and exciting – mysterious and deep down we know he’s just looking for the right girl to fall in love with. Whatever EL James did to bring almost every woman to her knee’s (pun intended) She’s created a revolution of smut that’s rekindled relationships and started a Gray-be revolution that I’m afraid will beat the baby boomer’s of the 50’s.
But she also brought that spark back into me and reminded me why I loved reading. I graduated from college with a BA in English Lit – so after reading anywhere from 10 to 27 novels a term I took a looooong break from reading anything – even magazines gave me a headache, I’d find myself critically digesting everything and trying to put it in contexts that weren’t even in the stupid Entertainment Weekly article about the new upcoming Fall Line up on TV. That’s how BAD I was warped. So when I picked his gem up, I was reading on average 20 books a year – Now I’m reading sometimes more than 20 books a MONTH! So that’s got to say something about this series – and I’m not the only one. I don’t know how many blogs, magazine articles etc that admit 50 Shades brought them back to the love of a book. And thank god for a Kindle – Otherwise my husband and I would be living in a house like a crazy cat lady – but with books and our Pug. Littered here and there, and of course they’d all be smutty cover’s I’d have to hide when company came over. SO between EL James and my Kindle Paperwhite I’ve dove head first into this smut revolution and I’m enjoying eeeeevery minute of it.
But yes – EL James it’s all your fault I spend way too much time on Goodreads and Amazon… and why my Husband knows most of the first and last names of my book boyfriends 😉
But in all fairness – 50 Shades isn’t really THAT great of a book, the series in itself wasn’t THAT great. BUT It was great the first time around, maybe I burnt myself out re-reading it too many times. And the audiobooks? OMG Audible WHY!!!!!! It’s like listening to a fucking valley girl read it – Oh my goooooood!
Terrible – Terrible – Terrible
But It will always hold a special place in my loins – and without that? I wouldn’t have discovered so many amazing books and authors – I wouldn’t have stumbled across The Crossfire Series – or the Thoughtless Series and get obsessed with all these amazing indie authors that are shelling out some of the most amazing books I’ve ever read.