Thursday, 5 July 2012

Fifty Shades of the Bandwagon.

Have you read or are you reading Fifty Shades of Grey? You are not alone. I first heard about this book on an American talk show. I couldn't have been paying too much attention because all I came away with was the title and that it's a bit of a raunchy read. A week or two later I happened to come across the book in a store. I read the back. It sounded OK, but not interesting enough, I guess, as I didn't buy it - a rare occurrence when I am given the opportunity.

Fast forward a month or so and this book is like a plague. It is everywhere. Even as I sit at home with all the doors and windows closed, if I listen really hard......yes....yes, I'm quite sure I can hear someone talking about it.

I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey and will not be doing so for, what I suspect will be, quite some time. I don't know if anyone else out there is like me, but when something becomes so incredibly popular it tends to be the last thing I want to read. I have not read The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games Trilogy. Harry Potter, or even The DaVinci Code - although that book has snuck its way into my bookcase. I have not seen The Matrix and before I went to a fund raising event to watch Sex and the City:The Movie, I had not seen one single episode of the television series (gasp!).

I wonder why this is. Do I not want to do what everyone else is doing? Am I nurturing my individuality by resisting, only to succumb later once the buzz has gone? At this point is it still classified as "jumping on the bandwagon" only it's a smaller, less crowded bandwagon with maybe just room for a percussion section? I don't know..

I must admit, this time round I am enjoying the buzz. Some of my friends are finding it scandalous, smut-filled and degrading to women, while others are wading through the erotica in the hope there will be a glimpse of romanticism. If you are reading, or have read FSOG, I'd love to know what you think. If you haven't and don't plan to, you can stand next to me at the side of the road as the bandwagon rolls on by...

Happy wandering :)


  1. So I have not read this book either and doubt that I will be. From the reviews I have read the writing is dreadful and basically it is badly written soft porn. If that is what you like great!! I think there is better literature out there and you know what, let the bandwagon play its' tune further down the road. I have better things to read on my hols.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. Thanks for your comments Mrs Poultney. You and me both :) What's on your reading list these hols?


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