Happy New Year guys!!
Can’t believe it’s 2014… feels like 2012 was just yesterday but that’s now TWO years ago man. Goodness time is super flying! Just making me older and older with every passing year:-/ If any of you don’t know, my birthday is in January so the new year nowadays always makes me feel weary instead of giddy of my upcoming aging process lol.
Well, you know the saying that everyone sings every 31st December… New Year New Me..?? Yet that never ever happens? Unless you are as disciplined as the 844 system lol. So this year I did’t write down a bunch of resolutions I know I’ll forget by… today haha. I didn’t proclaim to the social media world about my hopes and dreams of the year because contrary to that Law of attraction ish, I feel people are out there to get you for all your positive vibes and dreams and you end up crushed and giving up before you could even try. I just prayed to God Almighty for these 3 things to fill my 2014 and years to come- Growth, Love & Happiness. I think everyone should aspire for this as well esp in our world right now that is filled with so much evil, greed, power and hate. We need more ACTUAL growth in our lives than the new fancy cars that seem to have tripled on the streets, we need more love shown than dead bodies filling our morgues and cemeteries, we need more happiness than what we get from just a few hundred followers on twitter and likes on Instagram. I just feel I need more than that in my life. We need more than that. Both you and I need BETTER than that.
Anyway, this post wasn’t meant for this. It’s book review day! And today I’m doing one on the one and only 50 Shades Of Grey! Yes people… I did actually read it. Little old prudish me took exactly ONE week to read all THREE books in this series. Granted I was on Thanksgiving break at the time haha, but still! 3 books in a week?? That’s a damn record! So 50 shades is an erotica type of novel that is based around the lives of plain jane college student Anastasia Steele and Adonis millionaire Christian Grey. They meet by mistake thanks to Anastasia’s roommate who was meant to interview Mr Grey for the school newspaper but gets sick and sends Anastasia on her behalf. Mr Grey intrigued by Anastasia’s don’t care nonchalant attitude decides to keep tabs on her. Learn her, know her and soon enough want her. His type of wanting though?? Kind of eery, creepy perhaps? Borderline dangerous yo!
Me thinks Mr Grey here has some insane sex obsession thanks to losing his virginity at 15 to one of his mother’s friends who showed him a rather ‘different’ way of having sexual intercourse. Since then he treats women in a rather unorthodox manner… he likes to dominate the woman. Literally and figuratively. And being the gentle man that he is, he asks them to sign contracts first to agree to never disclose their rather awkward relationship to anyone. I think what makes this series so intriguing is the way in which he handles Anastasia especially. I don’t know about ya’ll but I am not fan of dominatrix type of love and BDSM tactics… it’s just kind of sexist? for lack of a better word? And in my opinion quite demeaning to women. Anastasia, a virgin upon meeting Mr Grey didn’t sign the contract at fIrst till she gave herself to him first… the normal way. And then she asked for a taste of the BDSM and realized she can’t handle and leaves Mr Grey devastated. But then another twist in this book is how Mr Grey is able to learn to switch off his inner ‘beast’ when he sees the physical and psychological damage it does to Anastasia. No woman has ever had this effect on him and that’s what kept me reading this rather badly written (in my opinion) book, just to see what happens to them as a couple.
I won’t disclose what happens in the other two books here otherwise we shall have a really really long post on our hands because once I put on my feminist voice there’s no stopping me haha. I’m not recommending this book but I’m not saying don’t read it either. It’s whatever tickles your fancy I guess… If you like erotica books (which I do read from time to time, who doesn’t??) then try it out. If you are completely appalled by anything ‘sex’ in a book then just leave it on the bookshelf and skip over to the more ‘wholesome’ section. In terms of literary skill, E.L. James is just a retired English TV executive who was going through a mid life crisis as she wrote this, so no wonder it’s not so ‘wow’ on the writing style but kudos to her for capturing a world wide audience and topping bestseller lists and Forbes lists thanks to people’s secret love for erotica books lol. I hear there’s a film adaptation that will be out next year… I don’t know how I feel about that, it’s basically going to be violent porn on a screen. But who knows, they may TRY censor something right Hollywood??
Anyway, I won’t be watching it. I liked the story line though, so try it out, lemme know what you think of it. Btw this wasn’t my ultimate choice of book to start 2014 typewriter tuesdays with haha.. I was just talking about it with my friend @MsBibalove the other day and *lightbulb moment*!! Just started writing and here we are.
Happy first week of work, school and whatever else you are getting up to this year. Hope 2014 is great so far!