In Public With The Fifty Shades Trilogy

I admit it.  Out of nothing but pure curiosity about the writing, I bought the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy.  I can tell you that I bought it, but don’t let me let YOU see ME READING it.  Oh no!

I’d read a couple of articles about these books and what E.L. James has proven a million times over (pun!) with her Fifty Shade trilogy is that if the story is good enough, the writing doesn’t have to be stellar. (we’ve heard this before, yes we have)  You can read yet another article on the concept of a good story vs good writing here:  http://www.wiredforstory.com/fifty-shades-of-story-vs-%E2%80%9Cwell-written%E2%80%9D/

In all honesty, I haven’t read the book yet.  Currently I’m into “Killing Lincoln” but that’s taking me a while because I’m so tired at night, I can only get through three to four pages before I fall asleep.   I also have a couple other books I want to read before I devote my time to it. Why?  I guess because after flipping through some of the pages at random, I wasn’t sure I was going to be hooked and the other books, well, I already know I’m excited about them.  Of course I didn’t get to any of the “steamy” parts although I did spot some random things that made me say in the words of the protagonist, “Holy cow!” as I scanned the pages.  But, I stuck it back on my dresser and there it has been for about a month.  I’ll be curious to see if after reading the first one, I find that I must have the second and third.

But back to the other conversation that has swirled around these books.  It is rather interesting no one wants anyone to know when they are reading them.  (gotta love an e-Reader for that).  I suppose if I think about riding on public transportation, or being anywhere like a park, airport, or sitting on a bench in the mall, maybe I wouldn’t want folks to know I was reading erotica either.  It would be no different than a man or woman sitting in plain view of everyone with a porn magazine.  I guess.

But go to a party, or just about anywhere and strike up a conversation about reading and people will tell you they are reading it.  How is that different from seeing them read it?   Everyone seems to act as if it will mean that you are wondering or thinking about what part they may be at and the slightest move, twitch, swallow, flip of a page means they are at one of those parts in the book.

Funny.   Everyone who is reading Fifty Shades 1, 2, or 3 will tell you they are, but no one wants anyone to see them reading it.

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