Women love erotic read
Fifty Shades of Grey is a hit
AT FIRST I thought Fifty Shades of Grey was just a Mills and Boon read on steroids, with a little British wit and courage plus a storyline that gallops a bit quicker than the long meandering scene-setting first chapters reminiscent of Mills and Boon novels.
It starts off with a similarly outrageous plot of an orphan turned into a multi-billionaire wounded by his earlier unfavourable circumstances. He is classically flawed and emotionally inept and courts a shy, but courageous, virgin and introduces her to the world of lust and sex.
The lovers, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, meet in the first chapter when she falls on all fours right into his office and salacious fantasies.
This is refreshing as you don't have to plough through chapters waiting for them to meet.
Their courtship takes a deliciously dark turn when the aloof Christian introduces 22- year-old Anastasia to his world of SMDB (Sadism, Masochism, Dominance and Bondage).
The book examines Anastasia trying to reconcile that she enjoys the orgasmic explosions she gets in Christian's bondage den, what she lovingly calls the Red Room of Pain.
She struggles to reconcile the humiliation of submitting to his brutal passion and the pleasure she derives from it.
She submits to him to try and bargain with him, to show his other tender side and lives for the few moments when they have regular vanilla sex without any spanking, chaining, gagging, blindfolds, genital clamps, caning, hot wax and dominance.
For a sexual dominant, Christian is quite meticulous and he has to get the naive Anastasia to sign a Submissive and Dominance contract to understand the complexity of their sexual arrangement.
While she is hoping to find love, his thrills come from her submission as illustrated in this passage: "Put your hands up on either side of your head".
I obey immediately.
"Why am I doing this, Anastasia?" he asks.
"Because I rolled my eyes at you," I can barely speak.
"Do you think that's polite?"
"Will you do it again?"
"I will spank you each time you do it, do you understand?"
This first of a trilogy has become a publishing phenomenon . It has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
Its latest feat was to prove French literary critics, who had sworn that French women, long wise to dominance and bondage, would not bat an eyelid and be impressed by the book. Wrong. Two days after its launch, the book sold more than 100,000 copies in France.
French authors who have dominated in erotic literature, especially sadomasochistic titles like The Story of O by Anne Desclos and the writings of Marquis de Sade, slammed the book's poor structure, but it continues to defy literary experts as women all over the world lap it up.
The follow-ups, 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed, complete the trilogy.
Despite the harsh criticism, this could be the book most likely to fill the Christmas stockings of many women around the world, whether out of curiosity or seeking erotic escape.