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    I've been reading it as I'd heard how crap it was so I had to witness it myself and honestly it is absolutely dire.
    The concept is fairly good, and if given to a competent writer who researched into it properly and actually knew how to write it could actually be a fairly decent book but unfortunately, in the hands of E L James it is terrible ¬_¬ I don't like to tear people down on things like writing because I'm aware of how I'd feel if someone insulted my work, but there are some things that are so blatantly rubbish you're not sure why it was even published.
    This was actually originally a Twilight fanfiction, if you've read the series you'll see how some events in FSOG are actually just slightly edited versions of events in the Twilight series.
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    I actually liked it... people get so bogged down in the sexual scenes that they forget there's an actual well written plot to the story


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    Isn't this book just for middle-aged women desperately trying to find that spark in their love-life that has long since faded away?

    My stepmum was pontificating about how brilliant it is the other day - she's never read a book in her life and now she thinks she's an intellectual.
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    (Original post by lolazee)
    I actually liked it... people get so bogged down in the sexual scenes that they forget there's an actual well written plot to the story


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    There's a reason why there's a 'lol' in your name.
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    (Original post by Kage)
    Yeah its written by a women too, so the guy is obviously well off the mark of anyone really out there.

    Facebook is crowded with female friends saying "I wish I could find a guy like in 50 shades of grey"

    Erm... keep dreaming.
    I'd laugh if it wasn't so very worrying.
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    (Original post by Ra Ra Ra)
    There's a reason why there's a 'lol' in your name.
    Haha Very funny


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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    It's seriously all I'm hearing about.. people who've shown no remote interest in reading are now reading this? And when I've asked what it's about the response has been "It's a porn book".

    What is the hype?
    middle aged cougar porn, to be precise - features a rich guy, a virgin and very light bondage stuff, which i didnt realise was a big fantasy for that age group till now.

    as with everything, it hits facebook etc then everyone is reading it on the tube, not jsut old women, students teens etc.
    Apparantly its a crap book, but a triumph for marketing and hype-generating sales people

    Rights have been sold too - so expect a crappy series of films next year starring amanda seyfried, christian bale or whoever
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    Just another stupid hype. People are such sheep.
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    I have so many issues with this trilogy. I can't believe I am actually reading the second one. The first was dire enough. I feel as though I am the only girl not enamored with Christian Grey, he isn't that overly dreamy and compelling to me.

    Issues:
    1. Ana's inner goddess seems pretty juvenile. It reminds me of how in Lizzie Maguire, her conscience always showed up.
    2. Everything is repetitive.
    3. Ana seems to have got through uni with less than minimal computer knowledge, how did she do her assignments?
    4. Christian always 'cocks his head' , does he have a crick in his neck or something?
    5. Ana chews her lip in every paragraph, it really must be gnawed. Hope the girl has invested in decent chapstick.
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    You can all laugh at how stupid the book is, but face facts, it's selling and the author is making some serious £££. Now stop distracting me, I've got work to be getting on with...

    ... *settles back down to writing my new novel; Fifty shades of Randy Horse Porn*
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    (Original post by tradingmyheartforyours)
    I have so many issues with this trilogy. I can't believe I am actually reading the second one. The first was dire enough. I feel as though I am the only girl not enamored with Christian Grey, he isn't that overly dreamy and compelling to me.

    Issues:
    1. Ana's inner goddess seems pretty juvenile. It reminds me of how in Lizzie Maguire, her conscience always showed up.
    2. Everything is repetitive.
    3. Ana seems to have got through uni with less than minimal computer knowledge, how did she do her assignments?
    4. Christian always 'cocks his head' , does he have a crick in his neck or something?
    5. Ana chews her lip in every paragraph, it really must be gnawed. Hope the girl has invested in decent chapstick.
    Ahahahaha, I love these issues
    Maybe you should design a new chapstick and market it to the 50 Shades of Grey readers who will all now have no lips left after trying to emulate their heroine!
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    I'm struggling to believe I wasted three days of my life on these books.... :sad:

    I couldn't stand:

    a) The 'inner goddess' and 'subconscious self' - terrible, terrible devices that annoyed me to hell.
    b) How it was basically Twilight with sex, different character names and an altered plot.
    c) Just as badly written as Twilight (Perhaps the authors success is writing something just as terrible and comparable to Twilight).
    d) How boring Ana was
    e) The sensationalism of the 'sex scenes' - they were tame!

    After these, and the Twilight books, I'm never reading/following bestseller trends again.

    Except maybe the Hunger Games (but that's a big maybe...)
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    (Original post by Kage)
    Yeah its written by a women too, so the guy is obviously well off the mark of anyone really out there.

    Facebook is crowded with female friends saying "I wish I could find a guy like in 50 shades of grey"

    Erm... keep dreaming.
    :eek: Why would any sane woman want a guy like him?

    (I've not read the book, just read reviews :ninja:)
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    (Original post by M1011)
    ... *settles back down to writing my new novel; Fifty shades of Randy Horse Porn*
    Is that the sequel to 'Fifty shades of hay'?
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    After discovering what these books are actually about it makes me feel a little weird watching my mum obsess about them and read them continuously
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    50 shades of Earl Grey

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    I'd never even heard of it until the other week. My friend was laying into it. I just read at a random page, I don't remember what it said now so I guess it wasn't anything horrific, just dull. Might read it to see what the fuss is about. Guess I'll try and keep an open mind.
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    (Original post by Aisha~~)
    Terrible work of erotica. Plot is basically; billionaire finds cute girl. They have sex. The sex gets kinkier and kinkier.

    It seriously feels like it's been written by teenagers. The main character is tall, dark, handsome, a billionaire, has an enormous dick, doesn't have to work much, spends his money helping those in poverty, ripped, etc. Basically all of the mainstream attractive traits blown up massively in proportion.

    Throw in cute virgin girl discovering her darker sexual desires and you have a wonderful formula for wetting the panties of the more reserved female readers. It's the literary equivalent of really cliche porn. All exaggerated oooh and aaahing, not much real substance.
    I like this post.

    It's amazing how easily people will buy something if you keep repeating it to them.
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    Its a book that sexually repressed women read and considering its plastered all over loose women its going to be very crap. I was in Waterstones the other day and me and my friend read a page out of it. For what we could see it was basically about S+M considering the line said (roughly quoted) 'The submisse must give consent for use of : Blah blah dildo. Blah blah anal'.
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    I was attempting to read the whole trilogy. I got a third of the way through the second book and gave up because as much as I tried to ignore the bad writing, I just couldn't.

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