After coming across talks of this book almost everywhere. from on-line to word of mouth and learning it has broken records of the much much loved and cherished Harry Potter, i had to give it a read to find out what all the fuss is about.
Written by E.L James, a 50 year old author from the UK, her debut novel Fifty Shades Of Grey broke records of many bestsellers around the world. Having said that one would never think a romance/erotica could ever reach that level of success. Apart from the extremely graphic details of the titillating scenes, one cannot even confess its the writing that keeps you captivated because much to my surprise the author chooses her words quite poorly.
By her choice of writing and phrasing one would easily think you’re reading an account of a 16 year old starry eyed girl who loves to fantasize. The repetitive use of slang is merely exasperating. apart from the badly written text, not to forget the story seems to be inspired by a D grade soap opera or a typical chick flick. Mind you a movie is in thought.
The book happens to be a trilogy namely Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and lastly 50 Shades Freed. The first part being the only slightly bearable read.As the book proceeds you may find yourself skimming through a lot of it to get to the actual story to avoid the overly repetitious erotic scenes. Gets too much after a while. The main character of the novel, Christian Grey is perceived as someone so detached from reality that the readers may never be able to visualize him. However the female protagonist, Anastasia Steele happens to be a character with which one can associate on some level.
So in my quest to find out how and why this book could break records of A-class literature, i still find myself asking the same question. if this is what breaks records nowadays, there is a serious dearth of either good authors or tasteful readers. Where did authors like Arundhati Roy and Bapsi Sidhwa go?