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#1 Edited by Hizang (8534 posts) -

Theres this book that everybody's talking about called 50 Shades of Grey, after looking up on it I discovered it sold faster than Harry Potter. I downloaded it yesterday and read a bit of it, seems like a girls book but hey I love me some romance.

Anybody got it?

#2 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -

Sounds like white lady rape fantasy.

#3 Posted by N7 (3570 posts) -

It's a legit Twilight fanfiction that was edited so they couldn't get sued.

#4 Posted by MattyFTM (14244 posts) -

It's porn, basically. I haven't read it, but I've heard enough about it to know that it's porn.

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#5 Posted by bibamatt (1086 posts) -

My girlfriend's reading it at the moment. She said it's super trashy. Received this text yesterday... "Chapter 5 of smutty book and still no smut :( ".

#6 Posted by DonChipotle (2657 posts) -

More like 50 Shades of BAD!

Yeah!

#7 Posted by NegativeCero (2927 posts) -

I've heard of it and it kind of surprises me that what is basically a romance novel sold so much.

#8 Posted by Hadoken101 (590 posts) -

Lady porn.

#9 Posted by Adamsons (877 posts) -

Gonna grab the E-Book. Will report back how easy it was to jerk off to.

For science.

#10 Posted by buft (3298 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Theres this book that everybody's talking about called 50 Shades of Grey, after looking up on it I discovered it sold faster than Harry Potter. I downloaded it yesterday and read a bit of it, seems like a girls book but hey I love me some romance.

Anybody got it?

according to the tabloids here in the UK they refer to this growing genre as "Mommy porn"

#11 Posted by EchoEcho (807 posts) -

From what little I've heard about it, I believe 50 Shades of Grey started life on the Internet as an erotic Twilight fanfic that was super popular. The author took the basic premise of the fanfic, changed the names of characters, and turned it into the novelization. So yes, it is basically softcore porn for housewives.

#12 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

More like 50 shades of Pink.

#13 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3595 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

Sounds like white lady rape fantasy.

From everything I've heard, this.

There is something to this and Twilight being stories about virgin girls... it's weird.

#14 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -

@buft said:

@Hizang said:

Theres this book that everybody's talking about called 50 Shades of Grey, after looking up on it I discovered it sold faster than Harry Potter. I downloaded it yesterday and read a bit of it, seems like a girls book but hey I love me some romance.

Anybody got it?

according to the tabloids here in the UK they refer to this growing genre as "Mommy porn"

A lot of people are in for a shock if they start typing that into Google

#15 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

@Extreme_Popcorn: Just typed it in, 50 Shades of Grey wikipedia is the first entry.

#16 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

That book is for over-weight stay at home moms whose husbands are having affairs with some younger, thinner lady.

#17 Posted by Phatmac (5686 posts) -

@Adamsons: You're doing the lord's work my friend.

#18 Posted by Jimbo (9710 posts) -
@bibamatt said:

My girlfriend's reading it at the moment. She said it's super trashy. Received this text yesterday... "Chapter 5 of smutty book and still no smut :( ".

Just saved me reading 5 chapters, thanks!
#19 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -

@Hizang: True, but below that is 'Only Mom Tube: Free HQ Porn Videos'

#20 Posted by wjb (1553 posts) -

From the synopsis, it sounds an awful lot like the movie Secretary. Like, a lot.

It's for women (and maybe men) who secretly (or openly) fantasize about sadomasochism and rape. I'm told it's a poorly written book, but considering it was shitty Twilight fan-fiction, of course it's a poorly written book.

#21 Posted by kindgineer (2486 posts) -

I keep seeing this on open shelves as soon as I walk into Books a Million and you're telling me it's an open-page smut novel?

The fuck is it doing being publicized like that? Fucking E-Readers have brought out all the closet perverts...

#22 Posted by Natesaint (147 posts) -

Started off as terrible Twilight fan fiction. She had to replace the names with Anastasia and Christian. I hear the writing is god awful, and that she has an incredibly limited vocabulary. I read a little bit and I though it was what a Twilight fan fiction would be if written by a twelve year old who heard some dirty words. Of course that already is what Twilight is, but now it has been somehow made worse by Fifty Shades of Brown. Hehe. Eh. Go on Amazon and read the reviews where they list how often she uses the same words. It's pretty funny.

#23 Posted by CookieMonster (2408 posts) -

Sounds like something else I should not care about then.

#24 Edited by MattyFTM (14244 posts) -

@ck1nd said:

I keep seeing this on open shelves as soon as I walk into Books a Million and you're telling me it's an open-page smut novel?

The fuck is it doing being publicized like that? Fucking E-Readers have brought out all the closet perverts...

I work in a Supermarket in the UK, and the number of copies we sell of it is crazy. I thought women would be more shy about their fetish porn, but apparently they're happy to walk into a supermarket and buy it there.

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#25 Posted by kindgineer (2486 posts) -

@MattyFTM: That terrifies me. Sometimes I look back and really realize how naive I was (maybe everyone) as a kid. I'm the kind of guy that skips chapters in books or scenes in television that depict rape so my brain just cannot wrap around this general acceptance of a novel. Only solace I get is that my wife has read it and thought it was a piece of crap, and she loves Twilight.

#26 Posted by SgtGrumbles (1024 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

@ck1nd said:

I keep seeing this on open shelves as soon as I walk into Books a Million and you're telling me it's an open-page smut novel?

The fuck is it doing being publicized like that? Fucking E-Readers have brought out all the closet perverts...

I work in a Supermarket in the UK, and the number of copies we sell of it is crazy. I thought women would be more shy about their porn, but apparently they're happy to walk into a supermarket and buy it there.

I guess it's easier if it's become a mob mentality.

#27 Posted by supamon (1327 posts) -

Ok, from what I've read from you guys it seems this is a poorly written twilight wannabe rape porno for ladies. So why is this selling so well?

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#28 Posted by AlexW00d (6061 posts) -

This book is sexist and misogynistic.

Derp.

#29 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3595 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

This book is sexist and misogynistic.

Derp.

That's exactly what I think about it from what I've heard. Why would you want to read this as a woman?

#30 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -
Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic novel by British author E. L. James. Set largely in Seattle, it is the first instalment in a trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of BDSM.

Hey guys, is this art?

#31 Posted by wjb (1553 posts) -

Snowqueens Icedragon, lololololololololololol.

#32 Posted by Hailinel (22712 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

@AlexW00d said:

This book is sexist and misogynistic.

Derp.

That's exactly what I think about it from what I've heard. Why would you want to read this as a woman?

Because there are women that fantasize about BDSM and rape. Duh.

#33 Posted by WMWA (1159 posts) -

I read like 50 pages of it, just to see what the fuss is about. It's exactly like twilight. Easy read, Page turner with the characters with the most simple, surface level motivation. Poorly written, but it's easy for everyone to get into it because it's poorly written. Hey, just like twilight. Imagine that

#34 Posted by Timing (616 posts) -

I don't know, seems pretty good.

#35 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1287 posts) -

I have jokingly read excerpts aloud and it is hilariously awful. The words ANAL FISTING are printed in that book. It sounds like it was written by a student in a grade 10 creative lit class.

#36 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (519 posts) -

My girlfriend is reading through it, thanks to her coworkers telling her about it. She's on the last book and seems to enjoy it, all things considered. She does have her issues with it but it's not stopping her from enjoying it.

#37 Posted by Death_Burnout (3768 posts) -

@Timing: Oh man...Now I actually want to listen to that! That has made my day, and so has this thread.

#38 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

I read some reviews on it and from what I can tell it's basically like a tabloid magazine put into novel form. Apparently it's horribly written and really not creative in any way. It's basically just a terribly told rape story that appeals to people who have nothing better to do than read complete shit. It's basically Twilight all over again, except this time it's for older women. Sometimes I think I should just take a month to write a shitty book that directly targets these morons so I can make a bit of cash to fund some of the things I really would like to do.

Also, I wonder what the cross over is between people who read this and people who play Farmville.

#39 Posted by Falx (335 posts) -

@Timing: Damn, you beat me to it.

#40 Posted by MikkaQ (10225 posts) -

Sounds like yet another book about a vapid girl who can't think for herself and defines herself as a person only through the man she's currently dating.

The kind of book that sets feminism back like 30 years, basically. The kind that Fabio should be the cover model for.

#41 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -

I don't know, it's not enough to get mad about. It's porn for women. If women aren't allowed to have poorly written porn, then men aren't either. My porn isn't written by Paddy Chayefsky. I'm not looking for depth in the role of the bored housewife, or the young ups delivery man. Though I do prefer 'good performance' in other areas; active, enthusiastic, not bored and wooden, but also not forced and conspicuously over-acting. Some cinematography, some good sequences, you know. But it's for a purpose, and it's not necessarily investigating the human condition.

I do think it's funny that some women act like "oh the characters are well written" like, come on. The action is hot, that's what you're into. Be honest.

#42 Posted by SquigglyElf (38 posts) -

The book is bad, the writing is bad, the characters are thin. It's it quite clearly written based off twilight. The main character is irritating, and the fact that they're so in love after knowing each other for a week irritates me to no end. It gets repetitive, the euphemisms are horrible, and the first book doesn't even have any good bdsm moments in it.

Actually, neither does the second one. The third one I haven't started yet, but I'm hoping for some good smut.

tl;dr, the books are horrible. I loved them.

#43 Posted by stinky (1545 posts) -

there's this show called Ellen everyone is talking about, just bought season one, will see how it goes.

#44 Posted by Shookems (473 posts) -

you had me at anal fisting

#45 Edited by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Here's a review straight from the top of Amazon:

I really don't like writing bad reviews. I admire people who have the courage to put pen to paper and expose themselves to the whole world, especially those writing erotica. Having just finished this book, however, I feel compelled to write a review.

About half way through the book, I looked up the author to see if she was a teenager. I really did because the characters are out of a 16 year old's fantasy. The main male character is a billionaire (not a millionaire but a billionaire) who speaks fluent French, is basically a concert level pianist, is a fully trained pilot, is athletic, drop dead gorgeous, tall, built perfectly with an enormous penis, and the best lover on the planet. In addition, he's not only self made but is using his money to combat world hunger. Oh yeah, and all of this at the ripe old age of 26! And on top of that, he's never working. Every second is spent having sex or texting and emailing the female character. His billions seem to have just come about by magic. It seriously feels like 2 teenage girls got together and decided to create their "dream man" and came up with Christian Grey.

Then come the sex scenes. The first one is tolerable but as she goes on, they become so unbelievable that it becomes more laughable than erotic. She orgasms at the drop of a hat. He says her name and she orgasms. He simply touches her and she orgasms. It seems that she's climaxing on every page.

Then there's the writing. If you take out the parts where the female character is blushing or chewing her lips, the book will be down to about 50 pages. Almost on every single page, there is a whole section devoted to her blushing, chewing her lips or wondering "Jeez" about something or another. Then there's the use of "shades of". He's "fifty shades of @#$%% up," "she turned 7 shades of crimson," "he's ten shades of x,y, and z." Seriously?

The writing is just not up to par, the characters are unbelievable, and the sex verges on the comical. I don't know what happens in the remaining books and I do not intend to read them to find out. But given the maturity level of the first book, I imagine that they get married, have 2 perfect children, cure world hunger, and live happily ever after while riding into the sunset, as the female character climaxes on her horse causing her to chew her bottom lip and blush fifty shades of crimson. Jeez!
#46 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1773 posts) -

now is surely to get a movie based off of it since its been so successful.

*sigh*

#47 Edited by NTM (7034 posts) -

Yeah, I've been hearing about it a lot lately, and it seems like it's about sexual stuff, other than that though I don't have a clue. Anyways, what really shocked me is that they already have two sequels (or whatever) out. I never even heard about this book, but they already have had other ones out? No one ever talked about those, so I assumed this was something new.

Also, I just read it takes place largely in Seattle. Whoo! Just kidding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

#48 Posted by ArmedBear (218 posts) -

I want Brad to read this aloud.

#49 Posted by SamStrife (1280 posts) -

This caused a lot of discussion on the GB Gaming Hub IRC today. Basically the conclusion was it's weird that people would openly read this book but I'm thinking the conversation should have been how a book of such poor writing quality sold so well...

#50 Posted by Aegon (5117 posts) -

I saw someone post something about this book on my "crush's" facebook wall. I really hope she doesn't read this horrible piece of shit. Why would anyone even admit to liking this? Wtf...