Saturday, 28 July 2012

Why I claim I won't be reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but probably will eventually

I am the biggest hypocrite when it comes to books that are immensely popular. Books such that are often so largely in print that they are often then picked up for big Hollywood blockbusters. Check out the Film label on the side of my blog, and you can see just how many reviews I have done that have film adaptations. I think its a fairly high percentage of my total reviews? So clearly, I read a lot of books that have been turned into films. Often because as soon as the advert for the film comes out, I see that the film looks good, and that it was a book first, and then they bandy about the phrase "international best-seller", and I wonder how this book (that must be amazing because so many people love it) has escaped my notice. My Water For Elephants review is prime example for doing this. I am fairly certain that so so many other people do this too? Correct me if I am wrong. (Or, I claim that I had always intended to read that book, and that all of the movie related-hype simply reminded me of this book). 
So why am I the biggest hypocrite ever? Because I will claim that I am not going to do this pattern EVERY SINGLE TIME, (after all, something that has such mass appeal must be quite good for everyone, rather than amazing for some= literary logic that feels logical)... and two weeks later, I jump on the merry post-film bandwagon and read the book. And the sequels, and watch the film, and then bitch about how the film was not anywhere near as good as the book, that the director did a terrible job that that if they replaced one actor then the entire thing would be much better. 

I am not sure what disturbs me more;
 this visual joke or the fact that these books
are placed next to the  disney books?
And so, as the Fifty Shades Trilogy fill up all the book shelves in Asda (I have a temp job there, this is definitely not advertising), numerous wide-eyed female customers giggle as they buy the entire series and four pints of milk, my friends discuss suitable actors to play Mr. Grey in the film adaptation, and my own mother turns around to me and asks if I think she should read it.... I can feel my resolve to not read it slipping, even though I know that I would not have looked at it at all if it wasn't for the peer pressure to conform/my personal desire to find out what all the fuss is about/ my personal desire to read it just to find out that it is terrible and that I would have been right to not read it in the first place

So can someone please tell me, not if it is good or bad, but WHY it is good or bad, just so that I don't feel the need to jump on the bandwagon and read it.

4 comments:

  1. Never read and never going to read it. I just know by hearing my mom describe it that I wouldn't like it. There's not enough substance, I've read an excerpt and I hate the writing, it sounds way too much like Twilight (it was a fan-fiction before being turned into a book) and the main character seems like she takes feminism back a few decades. While I can see the appeal for SOME people (in this case many people), it just doesn't seem like the book for me. Though I do recognize this book as having reading crack appeal. The same thing happened with Twilight. I liked that book not because it was good but there were elements in it that are immensely appealing (mainly for women). I also call this appeal emotional porn. =) lol That was longer than I anticipated...

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  2. I honestly have no desire to read this book, but I also feel a little pressure to do so. I guess I just hate being "out of the loop". I want to talk books too!! And if everyone is talking about this one, then I guess I should read it, and even if I have nothing good to say about it, at least I've got something to say. I still haven't picked it up though. I'm not certain I will yet.... I just can't decide!

    I know what you mean about bandwagoning, I Hate doing it. You know, reading something outside my usual genre just because everyone else is reading it. But, the pressure to be involved with something so popular, well, I can't say how long I'll resist.

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  3. I have the same tendency, first with The Hunger Games and then, finally, Twilight. I decided to read them because the movie was about to come out or had already come out.

    Oh, wait, and now Life of Pi, too. :D

    Yeah, I guess I do that a lot.

    But I won't read Fifty Shades, no matter who's in the movie or how popular it is. That's where I draw the line.

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  4. I love reading books that I find out are going to be movies, because it was obviously picked up by a movie production company for a reason. I picked up this book because it was so popular, not exactly knowing the BDSM aspect of the book. I am 100 pages into it, and honestly it isn't that bad thus far. It is touching base on the sexual side to the story, but I actually like it. I'm not apposed to reading books that are a little controversial, it makes the read more interesting! I say try out the first book, it can't hurt! I am liking it so far, probably will read the whole series. Can't wait to see if you get it or not! :)

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