I did it. I'll admit it and I'm not ashamed. I just read all the books in the "50 Shades" series AND I even liked them okay. “50 Shades” is a series that completely describes most women's number one fantasy, and I'm not talking about The Sex parts. No--the fantasy that we wish were true and that is so well portrayed in these books is that a woman can change a man from what he is into what she wants him to be.
In this series, E.L. James writes of a man named Christian Grey. Through the three books, you learn that his very sad past has resulted in Christian's inability to have a typical relationship. Through the devotion of Ana, a fairly average 23 year-old, Christian learns he can in fact have a loving relationship.
Much has been made about the novels' dalliances into the darker side of the bedroom. In fact, some libraries refuse to carry the book; however, except for a handful of scenes, that "darker side" is not really a part of the couple's relationship. Ana actually is not super crazy about most aspects of Christian's "interests" and refuses to take part in most of it, which is when Christian realizes that he was substituting his "interests" for a meaningful relationship.
Now don't get me wrong, there is a major amount of The Sex in "50 Shades," to the extent that it becomes repetitive and rather boring after a while. But, The Sex was not the objectionable part of the book for me--it is the part that tells young women (and young men, or even old women and old men) that you can change another person if you just keep after it long enough.
But, as long as I think of the books as fantasy fiction, I’m not bothered so much. The writing and story are no better or worse than the young adult trilogy upon which “50 Shades” was based, and it has been fun seeing the frenzy of articles about who should play the very distinctly characterized role of Christian Grey in the movie version.
|Who's Christian Grey?|
So, as a librarian, if you ask me whether you should read the book or not, I’ll have to say: Sure—it’s ok (only just ok)—but remember!!!!!!--unlike Ana, you still have NO hope whatsoever of getting the Old Man to load his dishes after he eats!