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Fifty Shades of Grey - A Review from an "Older" Perspective

Updated on August 23, 2012

50 Shades of Fun

Sometimes as we get older and our marriages fall into a humdrum pattern, we subconsciously look for escapes or ways to liven things up. This book, Fifty Shades of Grey, is a fun and easy read that serves it's purpose to entertain, enlighten and allow the reader to enter a world of pure fantasy. I don't think it really matters if the author got some of the premise for the story from the Twilight series - because actually that series is a tried and true basic love story. The good girl falls for the bad boy. No one has a copyright on that.

The Plot

Fifty Shades of Grey opens up a world, that to most of us, is only seen in XXX rated movies. However, that world does exist, and someone , E.L. JAMES, finally had the guts to talk about it in the mainstream. The book really is a love story. Granted it is full of steam and lust and of course plenty of sex, but the heart and soul of the story is the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Good girl meets bad boy. And as all love stories go, they have their drama, and their fights and they make up. And ultimately they fall in love. He is a multi-billionaire, gorgeous and powerful young man. She is a college graduate just starting out in the world. The collision and tension that James puts into their relationship is fun, and keeps you reading. Ana's awkwardness is relatable for many young women, and the fact that the ordinary girl gets the incredible catch makes it a Bestseller among most of us ordinary gals. And quite honestly, Christian Grey is a more realistic character than Edward Cullen.


Given the explicit nature of the book, and James' graphic sex scenes, this is not a book for just anyone. However, I recently loaned my copy to a neighbor, who I assumed was a little on the "prude" side, and she absolutely loved it. Once again, not necessarily for the sex, but for the love story... or so she said.

I have referred this book to many of my friends. Most are 50 plus years old. They have come back to thank me, and their husbands have thanked me for the referral because it has revved up their sex lives! Why is that? Probably because they are discovering new things, or perhaps the excitement from the book carries over to their bedrooms. Who knows? And really who cares? It is a boost to the romance in their marriages.


My daughters were at first a little "creeped out" that mom was reading this "Sex Book" that they felt was only appropriate for girls their age - 21 and 24 - but when we actually had a dialogue about the characters, and the love story, and the drama they realized it was okay that I was reading this book. Now we are all taking bets on what actor will play Christian Grey in the movie.

I will admit, when I first started the books I kept a low profile with them out in public. Then I realized it was no big deal. As I said, I have loaned my copies out to friends and neighbors and encouraged them to read them all. So far no one has had anything bad to say about them.

I would definitely recommend these books to anyone who likes a good love story. They are not literary masterpieces by any stretch, but they are a great escape from the laundry, the office and the grocery store! If you are embarrassed by the sex, read it in the bathroom.


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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Thanks for the comment.

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      kaikai 5 years ago from TX

      I don't really like this book, the story is easy to read but putting everything in a very detail way, the conversation, and story line, a lot unnessary information too. The story is boring to me.

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      M.T. I appreciate your comment. I think sometimes books like these and the the Twilight series offer readers a chance to quickly and effortlessly escape. They are not written well, but that doesn't mean they are not enjoyed. I sympathize with your frustration as a writer. You write beautifully, and obviously put a great deal of effort into your work. These authors also put effort into their works, they just may not be as talented as other authors. But for some reason people soak up things that are crammed down their throats through the media and their peers. I discussed your comment with my 14 year old son and he agreed with you. However, I also pointed out to him that this kind of thing happens all around us. There are terrible, raunchy television shows and movies that get all kinds of attention, while true beautiful stories and plots go unnoticed. It's whatever people buy into to that succeeds. Forgive me for saying this, but I think you need to have more faith in yourself and your writing and I bet the change of attitude will propel you into a successful and lucrative career. Don't worry about others successes, concentrate on what you know you can do, I read some of your hubs and you really do have a way with words, and some interesting ideas... you will go far I am sure!

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      M. T. Dremer 5 years ago from United States

      I find myself very conflicted about the effect this book is having on people. I've written hubs in the past about how terrified Americans are of sex and nudity, so I'm glad that this book has brought a subject into the open that shouldn't have been in the dark to begin with. At the same time I can't help but face palm every time I hear about it (I have the same reaction from twilight). It's not that the story is cliche, as you pointed out, these are age old stories told anew. And it's definitely not because it deals with sensitive material. But rather, this book offends me because I'm a writer. I've spent years attempting to edit and polish my first novel, thinking it unworthy of the literary world. And then, I turn around and see a self published fan fiction become a phenomenon. Not only is it discouraging, it's downright insulting. It's kind of like watching the less experienced person get the job promotion over you. It doesn't make sense and it just makes you mad. Granted, that's just my opinion, and I'm a little bitter on the subject, but I tried to read this book, and I also tried to read Twilight. But I got so bogged down in it's butchery of language, character and story that I don't know if I'd ever be able to finish either one.