I get very caught up in books; it is probably the biggest-if only-downfall to reading for me. When I’m caught up in a story, I just can’t stop thinking about it, obsessing really, until it is over. And then when it is over I am sad. Depressed. Missing the friends I’d made inside the book. I can’t help being completely submerged in a good story—I enjoy being submerged in the story. And then it’s over and I feel sort of empty. It never lasts long; I’m not a lunatic, but it happens.
Prior to my recent jag of reading, it was The Hunger Games that got me all spun up—I really missed Katniss and Peeta when it was over. Last week though, I started in on Fifty Shades of Grey. I was apprehensive at first wondering if I really wanted to get in to a BDSM type story. Articles across the internet refer to the book as “m0mmy p0rn”. I wasn’t sure that I would be entirely comfortable with the concept, but I started reading anyway and I was almost immediately sucked in to the chemistry between Christian and Ana. There was a ton of inappropriate smut but it was important to the story and getting to know these characters. Reading it didn’t make me uncomfortable in the least. The books are substantial—long—but I breezed through them all in just about a week. The story was just so engaging. I found myself wanting to speed through so I would know what happens while at the same time wanting to slow down so that it wouldn’t end.
I realize these books may not be for everyone, but I would recommend giving them a shot if you are at all considering reading them. You will find yourself annoyed with Christian and his controlling nature, and all of the mentions of Ana’s inner goddess (for reference, she does backflips and runs laps while Ana’s subconscious looks on in horror—that kind of annoying). You may even at a point think to yourself that another 4-5 page sex scene is probably not necessary, for the love, let’s just get on with the story. And if you’re even a little bit perceptive you’ll see that the writing isn’t always 100% put together. It’s enough though. And if you’re like me, you will be mesmerized by the electric attraction between Christian and Ana, the love story that unfolds, and all of Christian’s past as Ana brings it to the surface. And you’ll enjoy some of the steamy sex. You may even send a few inappropriate text messages to your husband. AHEM.
Anyway—I am never the one to recommend a book; I’m always the one reading what the internet recommends. I would recommend all three of these books though without thinking twice. I loved them and I wish there were more.
I finished the third book this morning (Leo got up for work at 5:00 and so I was awake anyway…). I enjoyed them. The chemistry was great, the story was interesting, and yes…I may have sent Leo an email or two. 🙂 *blush* I am feeling a bit bereft today, knowing that I won't have the books to read when I get home tonight. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that is sad when a series ends.
Will put these on the list to read when I become a little more coherent.Speaking of smut, have you read "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife" yet? Yeah–lots of smut, but still somewhat enjoyable. The sequel to that, "Days and Nights at Pemberly", wasn't as good, though (maybe it needed more smut?).
Between this and Jennifer Weiner tweeting about the whole "started as twilight fan fiction" controversy, I am officially intrigued. Adding it to my list 🙂
I just started the second book. I find it interesting how hard I am rooting for Christian and Ana; I want them to find true love, dammit!
omg the inner goddess drove me fucking nuts. also if I had to read, "fair point well made," one more time I was going to freak out, but I reallllllllly loved the books. I sure hope she finishes "Meet Fifty Shades"