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Several Shades of Redundancy

I tried giving this Fifty Shades trilogy a chance to redeem itself in Book 2 and I regretted giving it a go at page 11.Why on earth was this a bestseller?

The prologue seems promising enough but by page 11, I was thankful I didn’t have the physical book with me or those nifty Kindles and iPads. I would have seriously hurled it out of sheer frustration. I have never read a book as ridiculously redundant as this one. The initial email exchange alone was enough to “make me roll my eyes” to the highest heavens and then I accurately guessed that “‘stop biting your lip, Anastacia” will make a reappearance in this second installment; it was only a matter of sentence variations and on what pages will they appear and keep reappearing.

Given that this is a trilogy, consider me more than 50 shades disappointed because I just expected more from a bestseller. While I understand that it takes an amount of talent and courage to pen your thoughts, get it published and put it out there for the wolves to devour and rip into shreds, it’s beyond comprehension why it reached the bestseller status. I’m sure there are a lot more  talented writers out there who can do justice to a bestseller.

As Amazon suggested, if you can’t get enough of the erotica genre, maybe you want to check out A. N. Roquelaure’s Beauty trilogy. That is Anne Rice’s pen name for books she wrote under this genre. Now this looks promising. I may hunt these down just to negate the vibes of this rather pale bestseller. 😉

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A Paler Shade of Grey

A tad paler than I expected 😦

Social networks were abuzz when this came to bookstores and it’s almost a given that #50ShadesOfGrey was trending worldwide.

I got interested and as I was hunting down for this elusive yeti of an album, I was hunting for a copy of the book as well since people kept saying it’s unputdownable, like there’s such a word. 😀 Sadly, they’ve run out of copies.

I decided to start reading the PDF version sent by an equally intrigued friend, and I felt so relieved I didn’t buy the book.

It felt like it was a glorified, bestseller version of Mills & Boon or those books whose covers are those with guys in the act of ravishing the mouth of a woman whose ample bosom look so constrained it wants to pop out of the neckline.

See? I went through a phase reading this genre. And leafing through Fifty Shades of Grey is no different (apart from it being better written than some).

Which leaves me to wonder why it ever came to be a bestseller. Don’t mistake this as ‘book hate’; it’s more like a confusion why there’s much ado about it.

Rich, young, handsome business magnate gets attracted to a girl who’s clearly as opposite in stature as he is. Finds her a virgin at 21. Was this seriously set in Seattle, Washington?! It would be more believable if it is in Seattle, Cubao Quezon City. Just saying.

With that overly-used-and-abused premise and the graphic blow by blow (pardon the pun) account of their encounter, I still see nothing special about it. I’ve read Johanna Lindsey, Bertrice Small, Harold Robbins even, and they write about those juicy (pun is seriously unavoidable, I guess) rendezvous with such flair that you can actually envision it in your literary-revved up head.

Maybe because this book bravely touched on S & M? I’m not sure either. The whole if-you-trust-me-you-will-want-to-be-subjected-to-my-whims can forever remain theoretical to me and I won’t care.  At all. I understand give and take but the whole S & M is certainly beyond me.

From an entertaining perspective, it’s worth a digital read; it will actually make you smile and feel kilig. Even gooey and mushy inside (these puns come out like they have a life of their own… seriously) at certain points of the book. So if you wish for a literary escape from reality, this is a fun read.

But if you’re the type who reads book for purposes other than entertainment, prepare to be disappointed, disturbed even.

I’m no book critic. I just read books and this is my perspective. Please don’t burn me at the stake. 😉

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