Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Something Like a Phenomenon

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey." I will admit I have read the first book in this trilogy and will most definitely be reading the other two. 

If you are unfamiliar, this book is centered around a very interesting relationship between a man and a woman.

It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about it, whether it's The Today Show, my coworkers, or my friends. 

 I have to admit, as many people have, Fifty Shades of Grey is not the best piece of literary fiction I've ever read. However, the woman who sold the book to me put it perfectly when she said, "It's not the nouns and verbs that are important, it's all about the subject matter."

There are hundreds of topics that could be discussed about these books - the majority of which I would be embarrassed to write as my Grandma reads this blog.

What I want to talk is not the actual book, but the buzz surrounding it.

I have been an avid reader as long as I can remember as were some of my friends. However, this is the first time that I can remember that ALL of my girlfriends are crazy about a book. Sure, maybe it took a book focused on sex to do it - but I can't go a day without someone mentioning it to me. I don't care what kind of book it is - people are reading. This gives me hope for humanity. 

The opposite could be said as well - that it takes a book based on sex, rather than fascinating literature, to get everyone reading. Has our society dumbed down so much that the only thing that gives us a thrill is sex? What about the incredible works from Jane Austen? What about To Kill a Mockingbird? Have we forgotten about that?

 In our era of social networking, texting, and the Real Housewives, it is so refreshing to know that people still like to read. I'm hopeful this craze will expand into other genres and books and we can hold onto our brains for just a little longer. 

Have you read these books? What do you think about them? Besides Fifty Shades, what other books are you reading right now?


  1. Game of thrones is next on the list. I liked 50 shades but books 2 &3 are far better than 1 in my opinion. Less of sex being the main thing and more to the story.

  2. All I know, Smashey, is that not one woman has sold me a used copy of this book. I even have my dude bookscouts out looking for them and nothing. I have never seen a copy... I have never heard of a copy being in my general area... No one has ever asked me for one(although it may be shyness and my total look-likeness of the main guy[very much guessing]) and I sell books. Maybe they are the greatest books ever written to just give away. I have a friend, who will remain nameless, who said she read them all rather than study for a major bunch of scary tests. Three books in and still notta over here. If this is one your pranks, you better fess up. If not, read the rest and see what is up.