I’m not a fan but I love it.

I’m not a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, and even though I now officially love the damned thing, I am still not a fan.

I did start to read the excerpt on Amazon, because of course I have to know what’s got everyone talking. Anyone who hasn’t read it at least knows about it, and some folks actually like it. I didn’t make it through the excerpt before reaching for the spork, so count me in the “knows about” group.

It’s not a secret that I write or what I write at work, thanks to a coworker who  shouted her critique of a sex scene across the building. Several folks have been very supportive, buying one or two books, or even my entire list. Rare Event 5 star reviewSigning a hard copy of The Rare Event at my desk was an experience I’d never expected to have, but it’s repeated a couple of times over. Showing the cover to the security camera did cross my mind. (What? It’s pretty!)

We have a dedicated contingent of Kindle users, another group who love their Nooks, some folks who swear by paper (and they aren’t always the older people, either). And somehow I am always included in book-related discussions. Which is why I hear about Fifty Shades and its spawn two and three times a day.

Several of our readers bought one or more of the books. Some understood what they were getting. Others did not. This makes the discussions rather lively. I try to keep my personal opinion out of play, because a few folks just loved it. These are people I like, and I’d rather nod sagely and use Arthur C. Clarke’s euphemism for “You are so wrong but I haven’t the time or the inclination to convince you, and I doubt it’s possible.”

“You may be right,” I tell them, and they remain happy and productive instead of going sullen and slow. And they may be right. I may be way off in my opinion and equally hard to educate. I am content to let differences remain.

So why would I suddenly love these books? One of our colleagues came in one morning to regale us with news she’d spent her entire weekend reading, and had gobbled down all three volumes of the Fifty Shades trilogy. She hadn’t just enjoyed reading them, she’d positively wallowed in them.

You may be right, I mentally rehearsed, because I’d rather not pop any bubbles. “Killjoy” isn’t exactly my job title, it only seems that way sometimes. And then she said something that made me realize she was absolutely right.

“I haven’t read a book since high school,” she said. Her son is a sophomore. “I should read more: I’d forgotten about enjoying it.”

And then she turned to me. “I should read your books next.”

5 responses to “I’m not a fan but I love it.

  1. Whenever the subject comes up, rather than arguing about it, I try to steer whomever I’m talking to toward good material as their next reading endeavor and hope that in time, they’ll come to see by basis of comparison where That Book falls short. So I’d say your co-worker is actually off to a great start!

  2. While 50 Shades is utter tripe and I tell anyone that brings it up exactly that, anything that brings people to reading is a good thing. Especially if the reading is as well written as your novels.

  3. Attention-grabbing title and a great post! I haven’t yet gotten on the “Fifty Shades” bandwagon yet either, but maybe I’ll have to do like you and read the free preview/sample from Amazon, just to see what the hype is about. Love your (or your colleague’s) last line! That’s awesome!

    • If you like polished writing better than messy writing, you might not be too happy with it. Read the sample before parting with $.

      • I did download the sample of “Fifty Shades.” In those 2 chapters, I haven’t found much in the way of problematic grammar, etc., but it reads quite “simply,” if you know what I mean. It’s just A, B, C — no intricate “weaving” technique about it, if you know what I mean (I don’t know how else to explain it). I think of, say, Jodi Picoult, or Julie Kramer, a mystery author from MN I’ve recently come to know and love, or, say, PD Singer — don’t know if you’ve heard of her — a dynamic multi-plot-weaving writer of engaging stories, based in Colorado!!!!!!!! I know you weren’t fishing for compliments, but SERIOUSLY, your writing is MILES above “Fifty Shades” in terms of complexity and the expectations of author for readers. To any other readers here: Read PD before spending time on “Fifty Shades”; you won’t regret it!!!! PD Singer is by far the better read!!

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