I’m a bit late on this scene, as my personal reading time has been slowly evaporating in the last few months. When two of my employers had asked me if I had read the Fifty Shades trio by EL James, and if I could create pieces on the subject, I seized the opportunity to read one of the most discussed books of the year.
I had read numerous reviews of it, mostly from those who are involved in the BDSM lifestyle. I had also witnessed my personal Facebook timeline fill up with vanilla friends who declared it one of the best books they had ever read in their lives, and how every red-blooded woman needed to read it. The writer’s forums that I frequented had numerous posts on it as well, ripping apart EL James as an example of people with zero writing ability somehow scamming the world into spending their hard earned money on their ‘puke on a page’, (as someone so eloquently described it).
I am involved in the BDSM lifestyle. I remember the days of being a vanilla reader of paperback smut and falling completely head first into a book. I also write BDSM erotica for a living, so in a way, Fifty Shades of Grey is my competition. Before I even started reading the book, the internal debate began. Under what ‘hat’ do I judge this book? Can I go into this objectively despite the fact that I had already read so much on it? Will I be able to combine all those parts of me into one and formulate a single opinion?
Less than 24 hours after finishing the book, I still haven’t been able to bring those three aspects of me together. I almost feel like a split personality. On one end, I felt the book was utter garbage, insulting to who I am and how I love, and a complete waste of the space it takes up on my Kindle Fire. On the other end, I found myself wanting to read more, getting aroused at the scenes, and even at one point crying when I identified with what was going on in the electronic page in front of me.
As a result, I’ve decided to discuss this book under those three hats – as someone who has lived in the D/s lifestyle, as someone who enjoys reading kinky smut, and someone who writes erotica for a living. I’ll hope you join me dissect the three shades of Ruby.
Three Shades of Ruby – A Fifty Shades of Grey Review – From a Vanilla Reader’s Perspective [coming soon]
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