I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey and I don’t intend to. It’s not the genre I have an issue with though. From what I’ve heard, it’s actually a poorly written book with a weak plot. I admit, I was mildly curious when the book was at a fever pitch. Then, I watched this clip of Gilbert Godfried reading a passage:
That, combined with a series of articles and critiques about it, I was able to confirm it really wasn’t for me.
I think this erotica trend in literature is great though. I know there’s always been dirty prose and pornography out there for women, but never before has it been so accessible and acceptable. Men have always cornered the market on smut, and it’s great to see us finally getting our share. Chalk one up for equality! Plus, anything that gets people reading these days is a plus.
Still, this genre really isn’t my cup of tea. However, when one of my favourtite author released an erotic fiction novel, I had to check it out.
You guys, this was…hot.
I was expecting something cheesy, melodramatic, and rife with gratuitus sex. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to read an engaging and thought provoking story with multi-dimentional characters. As well, her approach to writing about the sexy times (and there are a lot in this very short novel) is elegant and tasteful (for example, she doesn’t refer to it as the sexy times), while still maintaining the salacius nature. It was descriptive without being overly vulgar.
The story ends with a major cliffhanger, but It’s part of a trilogy, and the next installment is scheduled to be released on March 18.
I’ve already pre-ordred my copy and cleared my schedule for that day.