Why I stopped reading 50 Shades of Grey

I’ve been debating about writing this post for a while now.  If you haven’t heard about the book 50 Shades of Grey, you must be living on another planet!  I was intrigued when I first heard discussion about this book on the Today Show.  Then I heard whispers of 50 Shades of Grey from coworkers, and friends posted on Facebook about staying up all night for days on end to read the trilogy.  I love to read and, although erotica is not my literary category of choice, I decided to download 50 Shades onto my Kindle for poolside reading while on our vacation in Mexico.

Well, I must tell you, I got about 6 chapters in and just had to call it quits.  To be fair, this is not a review of the book – as I couldn’t didn’t finish the whole book!  However, this is my reasoning for why I chose not to read the book in its entirety.

Truthfully?  I’m seriously tired of today’s literary heroine.

Can Anastasia even be called a heroine?  She blushes at the drop of a hat and can’t speak a sentence without stammering and biting her lip.  She can’t walk across the street without tripping over her own feet, only to be caught in the arms of a dashing  young man.  Did I mention she has an incredibly annoying habit of biting her lip OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN?  She’s 21 years old and seems to have lived in a bubble for 2 decades.  To me, she comes across as juvenile, unempowered, and weak.

Guess who this reminds me of?  Oh yeah, Bella from the Twilight series.  I did actually read the entire series of the Twilight books – they weren’t quite so painful.  But I felt the same way about her character:  she couldn’t eat, sleep, or breathe on her own without Edward.  She constantly had to be “rescued” at every turn.  She fainted at the drop of a hat.  Her body was even completely overtaken by her lover’s spawn when she became pregnant, for goodness sake!

Ugh, enough of these weaklings, I say!  What happened to the days of Jane Eyre, Jo March, even Scarlett O’Hara??  These were WOMEN in my estimation.  They understood their power, their intelligence, their sexuality.  Even though these characters “lived” in an era of a male-dominated world, they knew how to use their strengths and their wiles to get what they wanted and needed.  They worked hard and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps when times got tough.  They were beautiful and feminine and lovely but dammit they were tenacious.  That’s who I want to read about!

(I think this may be why I enjoyed the Hunger Games series so much.  Katniss is a character I can cheer for.  By the way, I promise I do read books other than young juvenile literature, ha!)

So in conclusion, I’ve had it with vulnerable, delicate flowers starring as the protagonists of today’s popular books.  Enough of thin, unbelievable plot-lines where the males are always 1) incredibly handsome, 2) incredibly rich, 3) incredibly strong, and 4) incredibly boring.  And I don’t care to spend any more of my precious time reading about naive, vanilla girls with creepy, borderline stalker boyfriends 😉

Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?  What did you think?  Oh, and can you recommend a more interesting book to load on my Kindle?


11 thoughts on “Why I stopped reading 50 Shades of Grey

  1. I agree with you, Menden. But, I also go sucked in and I’m now halfway through book 2! It does get better, and she does stand up for herself a little more now. I usually don’t “read” too much into books and just like something that’s easy to read and entertaining, which is what this series is for me.

    Since you enjoyed Hunger Games so much, you should look into the new book series by Veronica Roth. The first book is called Divergent and the second was just released, called Insurgent. My neighbor recommended them to me after we talked about the Hunger Games series. I have the first book, but haven’t read it yet.

  2. Ahhh..One must not forget Elizabeth Bennet and Hester Prynne, 2 of my personal favs. I haven’t read the series yet, but I agree with the sentiment of the meek female persona in today’s “literature.” Hunger Games totally rocked though! 🙂

  3. LOL I loved reading this post! I agree with all your comments about the type of woman that was in the literature of yore – someone to admire and emulate.
    I have steered clear from Shades of Grey because of all the hype, and to be honest, if I need a little titillating I’ll go to a porn site like literotica.com or maybe a something racier – depends what kind of mood I’m in 😉

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