Ahh, it's already week 3 three of Bloggy Book Club and we've passed the halfway point of "Fifty Shades of Grey". This week's questions cover both the overall book and the characters. It's been a long time since I've joined in a book club and if you are looking for a one to join, you won't find a better one that Rosie and Katlyn's Bloggy Book Club. There's a poll on Katlyn's blog to choose next month's book if you'd like to be apart of next month's discussion. Let's get on with this week's questions...
"Why do you think this book has become so popular?"
This is a tough question. The first time I "read" this story it was in it's fanfiction form and it was just as popular there as it is on Amazon so I have a harder time disconnecting the two in my mind. When you get down to it though it's popularity in both worlds comes down to the same things (in my opinion) is that women want a man who knows what to do without having to tell him what to do.
It's also a double-edged sword of the highest degree. Christian walks an extremely fine line between attentive lover and crazy-ass stalker. He gives Ana affection and passion beyond which she never imagined (except for the no touching him rule) and then turns around and puts money into her account without her knowledge (which isn't all that legal). He buys her a top of the line laptop and first edition book and then hands over a contract listing when she will eat, sleep, and exercise.
But I'm a little off-track; why are they so popular? Because everything Christian does is for Ana's well being and happiness with some kink thrown in to keep it from being "normal". They venture into a world that most of us have never been and give us a love story that we all love about the troubled bad boy who is reformed by the innocent young woman with a happily ever after.
"How do you feel about Ana's subconscious and inner goddess?"
I just want to start off by saying I don't like the inner goddess commentary. I know that's it's there for a literary device to communicate Ana's more "bad girl" thoughts blah, blah, but it drives me crazy. Her inner goddess is just the thoughts that she is afraid to recognize and take ownership of. It's a little overused in the whole series and sometimes I liked the inner goddess more than I liked Ana at first.
How long it it take you to read Fifty Shades of Grey and the rest of the series? Did you read it constantly or take your time?