Has anyone not read it? I mean, of course, Fifty Shades of Grey. I've just come back from Zakynthos where just about everyone on the beach seemed to have a copy - including the Greeks - and I can't believe how many conversations I overheard about it! I have to say, a LOT of people seemed to be really enjoying it.
I felt compelled to read it - considering it my duty as a writer - and now I feel compelled to give my take on it...
As many others have said, it doesn't need to be 3 books long - there is a lot of waffle and repetition. I was itching to get out my red pen and give it a good editing! The hub of the plot, I thought, came along a bit too late and peaked after I'd already lost interest. The sex... I don't know. I didn't get turned on by it. It was very 'samey', with the same terminology used and Ana seemed to be able to come to order... What a lucky girl!
I'm worried that so many women now seem to be in love with 'Mr Grey' as I couldn't really take to him at all, even with the (endless) references to him as a troubled little boy and his unbelievable sexual prowess. I thought he was frighteningly controlling and I could only wish Ana good luck. I don't think that marriage will last!
HOWEVER, it probably wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting. I quite enjoyed the first book and half of the second - and I'm sure I'd have enjoyed the third if I hadn't started to get so sick of the characters. I managed to like Ana to start with, but I went off her. She veered between being pathetically wimpy and stupidly head-strong. I'd also lost interest by then because I was getting bored with the repetitive sex. I'm a very critical reader as well - I can't deny it - and was also reading it with a slightly envious writer's eye.
If I was E L James, I'd be absolutely thrilled at its success but rather mortified at the un-edited state it went out in. I am honestly amazed that the professional editors who must have worked on it let so much slip by - words and phrases repeated in the same paragraph and sometimes the same sentence. Not good! Also, the cover makes it look a lot more of an intelligent read than it is!
So, basically, reading it is an experience. I wouldn't describe it as very erotic (unless you never read or write any erotica in which case I'm sure it hits the spot) but I imagine it has distracted and cheered up a lot of readers this summer, which can only be a good thing.
That's just my opinion. Have you read it?