What I’m reading ~ 50 Shades of Grey ~ E. L. JamesPosted: March 7, 2012
or at least I tried to.
I know that the book is about Dominance and Submission, I was prepared for that, and honestly it wouldn’t have been my first book on the theme. If I were really honest, it probably wouldn’t have been the 50th (though, admittedly I haven’t counted.)
So why couldn’t I make it through 50 Shades of Grey? Because I found it so poorly written I couldn’t stand to read it any longer. It was like Stephanie Meyer wrote a BDSM novel. *gag* Only worse.
First problem? The story is told in first person, present tense. Why is this a problem? Because it is REALLY, REALLY hard to do well. And this wasn’t done well. I felt it was shallow, stilted and emotionless. I read about five chapters in and I rolled my eyes and wanted to spork my eyes out about twice a page (screen, I read on a kindle.)
The characters had about as much depth as Bella Swan. By that I mean no personality at all. I wanted to slap Anastasia at least once a screen for some stupid or childish thing.
About the fifth time I wanted to throw my kindle across the room and tell them both to get over themselves I found a new book to read.