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Yes I read this book, I try and read a little bit of everything. I read to read, I read to learn and I also sometimes read to have something to talk about and boy do people love talking about this book. I will start with my thoughts on the book as a book then finish up with other things worth saying about this book.

Is it a good book? No, it is not a great story and I didn’t feel the love of writing that my favorite books have.

Was there anything I really took away from this? No, I didn’t learn anything about writing better stories from reading this and I didn’t learn anything about myself or others from reading this.

Am I sorry I read this? No, I don’t think I have ever read anything and thought to myself I wish I hadn’t wasted my time. In the end I have still read another book.

Was there anything I liked. Yes, there was something I liked and that is the reason I don’t think I will read the other two books. I don’t have to tell you that this was supposed to pass as a romantic story, albeit with more adult content than your YA romances even if it did have at best their level of writing. In the end of this book the female character leaves the male character and ends the relationship. Obviously I know in the follow up books that changes, but in my mind thats a happy ending and thats where I will end my journey with this book.

Is there anything else worth saying about the story? Yes, and that is that I can’t stand the contrived creation of the characters. Lets start with the female character, our POV character, the one you need to feel some relationship to get into the story. The character that the target audience is supposed to associate with is a twenty two year old virgin, very smart and thinks herself unattractive even though every male character around her is constantly throwing themselves at her. Also she talks about her Inner Goddess which is something that I don’t think people actually do. I might occasionally joke about my own alter ego, or evil twin, or inner demons and angels, but I don’t usually do that to try and explain part of me wanted one thing and part of me wanted another. If I am randy I don’t have to tell you what part of my psychology causes that. The male character is the BSD dom who ultimately gets into this and needs this because he was the son of a drug addict and even though the book never says this outright the information is there to gather that he was often hungry as a young child and most likely had cigarettes put out on him. I imagine that in the later books when that comes out the female character will be shocked and will not have put that together even though the reader should have.

Ok, this review for a not good book has gotten verbose, what was I saying earlier about other things worth saying about the book? Yes, this book is fascinating for a number of reasons, even including how bad it is. It has been successful and people love talking about it. The background history of this book is that it started out as Twilight fan fiction. I will say it kept up the tradition of the bad story telling and ridiculous female lead of its roots. So the book got a bost in sales from this connection to another successful title, which is amazing that fan fiction made that jump. I would like to see this happen in the future of other unknown and perhaps better writers. This book however falls very much into a tradition of female oriented sexual fantasy novels, or as Felicia Day calls them, Vaginal Fantasy, and in the past there was a barrier to most of these novels becoming huge sellers. Sure they have been successful for a long time, but generally most women would not want to be seen reading such a book and no man would be seen reading it. What has changed? E-books in my opinion. If you read this on an e-book reader on the subway, a beach or a plane all most people will tell fromt he back of it is if you are an Apple, Barnes and Nobel or Amazon customer. So technology was also a source of the success of this novel and I hope personally that in the future this trend will continue to other types of books, political books or classics included. Imagine if e-book readers had been around when Nabokov had written Lolita. I think in the long run of the availability of digital media will do away with the silliness of banned books and not just the stigma of trashy romance novels.

 

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