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