Feature and Follow Friday
Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read
This week’s prompt:
Is there a book/series that everybody seems to love, but you can’t stand? Why?
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
I like the occasional steamy romance and I usually get my fill from paranormal romance, some of which is full of alpha male tropes that I don’t like on a normal basis. And some of those books are often insanely graphic. Some of them are cheesy. So when I say I don’t like 50 Shades, it’s not because I don’t like romance.
Mostly, it wasn’t well written at all. The main character was annoying to me with her inner goddess weirdness. The relationship was impersonal and stale. The hero was basically like, “I don’t do romance” while he simultaneously took her on helicopter rides and swept her off of her feet romantically. Mixed signals, much? So then heroine decides that really he means he doesn’t normally do romance, but she can change him into a guy who does romance and admits it. I just want to bang my head against a wall.
And I just don’t understand why being into BDSM makes him dangerous and that’s literally his whole conflict. “I’m dangerous, you should stay away from me.” Because you have a fetish? Wtf. Own what you’re into. And that’s what made the book stand out to me as Twilight fan fiction. No, Twilight isn’t perfect, either, but I felt like the rawness of the writing worked well in a YA tale about a plain Jane heroine who finds her place in the world. Edward kept staying away because he literally going crazy over her blood and therefore was actually dangerous until he learned to keep his cool and not kill her. I can accept that logically. Christian Grey is going to do what? Whip her? *rolls eyes* Soo dangerous.
I will admit that I may dislike Fifty Shades because I actually dislike most billionaire romance and other romance genres like rockstar romance and fighter romance. There’s nothing remotely attractive to me about billionaires in suits, rock stars in leather pants, or cage fighters with cauliflower ears. So if I’m reading a romance, I need there to be more reasons to be into the dude and unfortunately, many of those romances fall short for me. I think you have to be into that type of male lead in order to be fully immersed in the romance. So it’s not ALL Fifty Shades fault.. But still, I will never understand the hype.
For more perfect 50 Shades GIFs: this article is perfect.
What about you?