Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why my Inner Goddess is Screaming - 50 Shades Discussion Week 3 & 4

Disclaimer: read THIS first post before you decide whether or not you want to read on.  (Have you guys noticed how my warnings are just getting shorter?)

So to this week's questions and last week's too (YUP I'm answering them in one go this time!)

"Why do you think this book has become so popular?"
I once read a food critic write a review about a restaurant he didn't want to write about.  For about 400 words he wrote about his grandmother's apple pie and then another 200 or so about how she inspired his love for food. The article ended with the sentence: "The food at this restaurant wasn't worth writing about."

My point? Well, I don't have an answer to this question. Instead I want to write a little bit about a few books I love to bits that SHOULD be this popular. (Feel free to skip forward if you wish!)

1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
This book is the ultimate entry into the mind of a convicted killer. Did she? Didn't she? A masterpiece in characterisation, I have read it more than 5 times.
2. The Fingersmith by Sarah Walters
This is an awesome historical novel, with so many twists and turns you feel like you're in the grotty, backstreets of London with the character. I only read this last year and can't believe I left it so long.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I think (controversy warning) this dystopian trilogy might just be better (shhhh!) than The Hunger Games. Along the same lines, this time the female protagonist is a kick-butt warrior. I am on edge for the third instalment in May 2013. Twilight what?
4. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
How a white, Scottish dude came up with this character - a Private Detective from Botswana - I have no idea. All I know is that it makes me smell, hear and live Botswana - and the common sense, tea drinking lady detective Mwa Ramotswe is absolutely lovable.
What do they all have in common apart from some excellent writing? Well, they have some kick-butt female protagonists and enough psychological depth to knock '50 Shades' out of the water. Have any of you guys read these?

"How do you feel about Ana's subconscious and inner goddess?"
Politely? I wish James had found a better device to try and make Ana seem 'deeper'. This one sucks!
(Yup a new record for how little I think about this!)

"What was your first thought when Christian wouldn't let Ana touch him?"
My first thought was that it was a control mechanism: a way for him to keep the upper hand. I also thought it was a way for him to retain his mysterious 'power' over her.  I thought the 'abuse' thing was a bit cliched.  I don't think everyone who likes BDSM has to have been molested or maltreated in some way.  Um...that's all I thought.
So um, I am on my holiday now! I will catch up with what you guys thought on my return. I would love to hear from you guys.

Rosie xx


Samantha said...

Hahahaha. Loved your review. Honestly I haven't read the book but have heard enough about it that I have no interest.
As for your book recommendations if something is suggested over Hunger Games I'm there! Just put it on my hold list for the library. I really enjoyed that series.

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