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Video: Fifty Shades of Grey

I have a confession to make. I recently read Fifty Shades of Grey – and the sequel.  In fact, I’m halfway through the last book of the trilogy, writes Rena Dipti Annobil.

For those of you unaware of this craptastic (yes, that’s the perfect way to describe it) series, Fifty Shades, aka ‘mummy porn’, has fast become the bestselling book in British history with more than 31 million copies sold worldwide.

Universal Pictures have bought the rights to the film and producers of The Social Network have been signed to produce it.

Its story follows the lives of young graduate, Anastasia Steele, and her troubled billionaire lover, Christian Grey, who has a penchant for BDSM which (according to Wiki) is ‘a preference and sometimes form of personal relationship centering around activities that are erotic but may not be sexual, and which may include the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role play’.

Phew!  Despite all that, the most interesting thing I find about reading the books is hearing what my friends have to say about seeing me with them. I’ve heard it all:

‘Only chavs read that!’ ‘My husband needs to go on a Christian Grey crash course.’ ‘Everyone’s talking about it in the staff room at school.’ ‘Please stop reading it Rena, you’re better than that.’

The trilogy has received more than its fair share of reviews and criticism; and has even been described as ‘culturally damaging’, and ‘a manual for sexual torture’.

Personally, I love the fact that it’s got many more women reading. Although, I don’t think it should be taken seriously at all (you’ll just end up feeling bad if you’re not having at least six orgasms a day), and it’s not really advisable to date a guy with so many issues.

In the video above, the book’s author E L James admits she wrote most of the story on her Blackberry while commuting to work – and you can tell. It’s so repetitive, I found myself skipping over the sex scenes just to get to where the story was going.

However, I have to admit it is a page turner and at its heart is a good old-fashioned love story; like a Mills and Boon for this sex-obsessed modern age.

I plan to read Jane Eyre next, just to prove to myself I can still read ‘proper books’. But if I’m honest, I’ll probably miss all the rude bits.

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