Fifty Shades of Blech

I read an article today in the Daily Mail on-line that quite upset – well upset isn’t the right word more like disappointed – me.  It said that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has officially outsold all seven Harry Potter books on Amazon.co.uk. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and is allowed to read whatever might take their fancy, but seriously folks, ‘Fifty Shades?’

Now don’t think for one minute that I’m a prude because I am so not – for God’s sake I write romances. The one I have published myself on Amazon ‘Running from Fate‘ may not be erotica, but it’s not ‘church’ material either, as it does have sex scenes and not the lights out under the covers type. One takes place against the kitchen counter.

So, anyway, not a prude here and I have no issue with BDSM. No, my issue with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and the other books in the series is just that they are badly written with poor sentence structure that could have been written by a teenager. And don’t just take my word for it – out of 5,000 odd reviews on Amazon.co.uk the number of people who gave the book only 1 or 2 stars is almost equal to the number who gave it 5 stars.

I’m sure that, like many people, my desire to read the book came from all the hoopla surrounding it, but I didn’t end up reading it. I couldn’t read it. I barely made it through chapter one; it was just too painful to read.

There, I’m at the end of my rant, but before I go let me just say that if you want to read something erotic pick up a Kresley Cole or Sherrilyn Kenyon – those women do some steamy sex scenes and, actually, Elizabeth Lowell does some good ones too. Don’t follow the herd.

Happy reading

Rose Connelly

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