Now my sister rarely reads at all, so to hear her be so excited about a book was unusual. I asked her what is was about and she said Well, I’ve never read a romance novel, but it’s a really HOT romance novel. And as soon as “romance novel” left her lips, I was out. Because I was thinking of those cheesy Harlequin Romance novels (no offense if that’s your thing – it’s just not mine). But she wouldn’t quit talking about it.
So I jumped on goodreads.com (if you’re on there, leave me your username so I can friend you!) to see what it was all about.
Before I continue, let me just say that if you are not comfortable reading about explicit sex, you can go ahead and quit reading because this is definitely not a book for you. If you like reading about hot, steamy, kinky sex, read on…
Here’s the goodreads.com synopsis of 50 Shades of Grey:
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates.
For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Doesn’t sound like anything but a romance novel, but I had the inside scoop from my sister: the sex is HOT.
It’s also about sex that isn’t “normal” to most people; sex involving sadism, masochism, submissive sex, sex with paddles, flogs and nipple clips. Being bound. Being blindfolded. Taboo sex. Ana begging for Christian to stop, and then begging him for more.
It was not a romance novel, it was erotica (or #SexLit as we’ve been tweeting about it). The writing wasn’t stellar and the storyline was unbelievable, but the details and descriptions left me unable to do anything but read the entire trilogy over the past week.
As for the trilogy, I was a huge fan of book 1, book 2 kept me turning the pages, but book 3 wasn’t as addicting as the first two.
But that’s not really why I wrote this post. Why I really wanted to write it was because I want to know if you’ve read it and what you think – more specifically, I wonder who is your Christian?
In the book, Christian is hot beyond belief – the kind of hot that makes girls blush and stutter when they are around him. He’s the kind of guy that just oozes sex and that women fantasize about. I kept trying to figure out which actor could play Christian in the movie they keep saying is in the works.
One of the issues I ran into when trying to come up with an actor was that Christian is young – just 28-ish – and most of the actors popping into my head were older. So I referred to my free past list. George Clooney? Nope. Too old. Curtis Stone? Nope. Too nice. Matthew McConaughey? He’s older, but hmmmm….maybe…nope, too goofy.
Justin Timberlake? YES! Matt Dillon? He’s older but looks younger and YES! And while he’s not on my free pass list (but he should be), what about Charlie Hunnam (they guy that plays Jax on Sons of Anarchy)? Yes, he would do, too. Ashton Kutcher isn’t even on my free pass list, but yeah, I could see Ashton playing Christian too.