50 Shades of What??
I am always a little late with the current trends. I didn’t join Facebook until 2008 (although that is 4 years earlier than my brother who joined this weekend), I got my first smart phone in November, I started “tweeting” 4 months ago and I didn’t finish the The Hunger Games trilogy until December.
Years ago I remember Mrs. Jeter telling me to read this book about a vampire who falls in love with a mortal. I thought she was insane. Then I read “Twilight” and fell in love (literally) with Edward Cullen. Ah, the time I spend daydreaming about Edward coming to swoop me away in his Volvo.
So it came as no surprise to me that I was late in hearing about “50 Shades of Grey”. I vaguely remembered my friend CC (centraljerseyworkingmom) mentioning on FB how she was reading a series that was out of her usual genre and I would see things here and there, but I never really any attention.
Suddenly “50 Shades” was everywhere and all anyone could talk about. Women of all ages were downloading it to their Nooks and Kindles and would blush if their significant others asked them what they were reading. It was THE book to be reading and the tabloids were having a field day casting Mr. Grey in the movie version.
The more I learned about “50 Shades” the more I knew it wasn’t for me. I am too much of a prude to read it. I turn beat red just listening to women describe the book and certain plot points. A friend of mine gave me books 1 & 2 and I still haven’t worked up the courage to open them.
I did, however, pass them along to Mrs. Jeter – she is sort of like my Oprah with books. It was Mrs. Jeter who told me about Twilight, The Hunger Games and the entire Stephanie Plum series.
Mrs. Jeter initially refused to read the books, told me she had too many other things to read. Then a couple of days later, she was sending me texts about how she loved Christian and how no one would ever love her the way he loves Anastasia.
Thinking she was nuts, I asked a co-worker what she had thought of the books (I had also given her a copy). She reacted similarly to Mrs. Jeter and said she was trying to read the last book slowly so she could hold on a bit longer to Christian.
Even at my book club last month the majority of the women had read “50 Shades” and they all had a similar gleam in their eye when they would talk about Christian and say …you HAVE to read them!!!!
Honestly, besides being a prude, I just can’t bear to fall in love with a fictional character again. It has happened too many times before and it leaves me feeling a little sad when the book is done. Out of nowhere I find myself daydreaming about characters and wishing they were real.
I can’t be alone in this since I remember women being on either Team Edward or Team Jacob (duh, like Jacob is even an option). I dare you to name me a female who was not in love with Noah from The Notebook or who didn’t cry while reading The Bridges of Madison County because when Francesca stayed on the damn farm and didn’t leave with Robert.
Knowing how I am (and how I hate to feel left out), I’m pretty sure I will give in eventually and fall in love with Christian Grey. For now, I will just pretend to not care and that I am a literary snob (lol). If and when I read the series, I promise to share my thoughts.