A literary take on fashion part 10

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

I beat my goal of books to read for the year and it’s only August! So I’ve upped the goal to 80 books by the end of December, I’m currently at 60. Reading more has opened my literary world to more genres and for once actually reading adult fiction. My adult book tastes typically were non-fiction or classics. Mostly because teen and young adult books are significantly better reads!

Anyhow, I really branched out and went out on a limb while at it, and read 50 Shades of Grey by EL James after hearing way too much hoopla about how odd, weird, stupid, wrong, etc. this book is. It’s not the best literary feat you’ll ever read, but it’s not exceptionally shocking when you realize that yes, there are thousands of books in the Romance/Erotic book genre (it’s not something new, in fact, go look up the Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series). There’s some talk of a 50 Shades of Grey movie, but honestly, there’s already a movie like this, it’s called Secretary.

The plot basically follows Anastasia Steele as she interviews Christian Grey (a wealthy impresario) as a stand for her roommate who is sick. Sparks fly, and they continue running into each other, but you find out that it’s really Grey seeking her out. Those sparks that you sense, are really Grey trying to start a BDSM relationship with Ana as him as the dominant and her as the submissive. Things heat up here and there, but quickly go south after she realizes she wants a real relationship and he can’t giver her that. My gripes with the book are that she’s a virgin, and it’s just strange to think someone would jump into this kind of relationship the first time. Second, there is no way in hell a really wealthy and handsome man would fall in love with an insecure girl who just graduated college. Third, he provides her a laptop and phone, and they LOVE to communicate via email: in this day and age, this would be happening via text messages, not email. There are all kinds of holes in the story, but it’s a fluff book. Don’t expect it to be more.

The second adult book I’ve read this summer is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: it’s kind of an endearing story, and as all endearing stories, was turned into a movie. I’ve yet to see it, but am intrigued of how they would show the elements of the circus in the movie (if you’ve seen it, let me know if it’s worth my time). An old man sits in a nursing home awaiting his family to take him to the circus that has set up across the street. He’s mad at how they treat him but also how he’s deteriorated in mind and body.

The story goes back and forth from the nursing home and his flashbacks/memories of how he ended up at the circus and falling in love with the ring master’s wife. Jacob’s circus memories range from befriending the hobos, trying to not get thrown off the train (aka red-lighted), tending to the animals, trying to forget what happened to his parents, and wondering if he should go back to school and finish his degree. It’s a sweet story that probably could have been written by Nichloas Sparks.

Have you read either of these novels, especially 50 Shades of Grey? I’d love to know what you think.