So it’s Sunday, and I know some of you are looking for the last installment of my Dragon Age:Origins story arc, but alas and alack life has intervened and I’m afraid it’s not quite ready yet, or at least not ready to the point where I feel it’s worthy of being posted.  So I’ll be diverting from my Creative Sunday today, and bring you a thought I’ve been sitting on for a while.

Now, I know some of you are going to hang your heads in shame and denounce any and all affiliations with me when you hear me say this:

I want to read Fifty Shades of Grey.

And please note dear readers how I said ‘read’.  Not ‘buy’, not ‘add to my collection’, not ‘read the 50 Shades trilogy’.  I have no intention on purchasing this book and bringing it home to meet my book family, or reading more than the first one.  Aside from the fact that I’m pretty sure my other books would rise up in arms and lynch the poor thing -and me for daring to bring it home- I just don’t think it would be the kind of book I would want to keep upon completion.

I know I’m a little late to the party on this, but Fifty Shades hasn’t really interested me before and now it does.

See, I’m the kind of person where I tend to ignore general consensus on things like how lame/awesome the book/movie/game of the day is unless I myself am interested in it.  Until I’m interested, I don’t care.  And when I’m interested, I still don’t care.  I’ll listen, take the info under advisement, but I try really hard not to let the general consensus interfere in my enjoyment or opinion of whatever it is I’m partaking in.

Up until now I have had no interest in reading Fifty Shades.  And not because of the S&M I’ve heard goes on in it, or the fact that it’s more at home on the shelves in the erotica section than fiction, the fact that it’s ‘mummy porn’ or jumped up Twilight fan fiction.   I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to be seen on the bus reading a steamy erotic/romance book if I have the yen to read it.

But I’ve heard something about this book and the entire series that has finally prompted me to pull my head out of the sand.  Apparently there is a women’s charity in the UK that wants to hold a Fifty Shades book burning because it supposedly promotes sexual violence in relationships.

That got me thinking.

I looked into the group which is called Wearside Women In Need (WWiN), and as far as I can tell, it has no overt political or religious ties.  It’s a charity advocating anti-violence against women and it wants to hold a good old fashioned Medieval barbeque with Fifty Shades as the main course.  Now in my experience, it’s not often that a group or charity without a religious or political agenda is prompted to do such a thing.  So I decided to check out Fifty Shades myself.

So now I’m going to check out Fifty Shades and decide once and for all for myself just how much of this hoopla has any merit and how much is just so much more fodder for the crazy farm.

However that’s going to take a bit of time as I have my hands full with other things right now, so my ‘official’ review will be coming later.  But I have a funny feeling I already know what I’m going to find once reading Fifty Shades, so let me leave you with my ‘unofficial’ review here.  It’ll be interesting to see how right or wrong I am when the time comes…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey is a sexually empowering for women and depicts a legally consenting S&M relationship between two mentally sound adults.  I say sexually empowering because society for the longest time has told us women that we should not ‘want’ sex, and by default anything we want in bed is wrong.
  • I also believe that this relationship is entirely consensual, even if she is younger and a bit more naive than he is.  I also specifically do not say ’emotionally’ sound adults because there is no such thing.  Emotions are unpredictable and volatile no matter what, so saying someone is emotionally sound is a bit of an oxymoron.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book of it’s kind, and humanity has a long history of fearing what is new and strange.  This is most likely the true cause of all the negative hype surrounding the series.

And if you’re interesting in learning more about WWiN and the books burning, here’s a couple articles/reviews: