Friday, 13 February 2015


I won't be watching the "50 Shades of Grey" movie.

I don't judge you if you do, by the way. Each to their own and all that. I love chick-flicks after all. Everyone has their vices. And I know a lot of people read the books.  Including a lot of my friends. And my sister. And my brother-in-law.

And many of my colleagues. As I remember from the day I had to stand there while an older colleague told me all about it, in full hearing of many people passing by. Who would have heard her saying things like "S&m" to me in conversation. In an office environment. And this was me, who had just told her quite definitively I had not read and had no desire to read the books. What would the conversation have sounded like if I'd actually read them too and enjoyed it?

And since when did these books make it acceptable to HAVE discussions like this in the office, LOUDLY, incidentally?

Anyway, "50 Shades" doesn't appeal to me. At all.

I've never read the books and have no intention of doing so either. I don't care that they're apparently very badly written. I've probably read books which were far less technically perfect and enjoyed them. I wouldn't even read the books to justify hating them - I read far less than I used to as it is and wouldn't waste my time reading books I know I would hate.  Yes, I am judging a book by its cover... and storyline... and hype... and finding it wanting. The books just literally (no pun intended) have no appeal to me. Likewise the rest of the franchise.

I don't really enjoy going to the cinema either. Paying a small fortune have some complete strangers sit too close while breathing their nacho fumes on me doesn't appeal. Paying a small fortune to watch such material as "50 Shades of Grey" with strangers sounds BEYOND uncomfortable!

I know it's actually meant to be fairly tame, especially compared to the books. But I think it would be a bit like when you're innocently watching tv with your parents as a child and a sex scene comes on . . . except far far worse. I don't think I'm a prude by any means, but I definitely would struggle to watch it even if I WAS intrigued enough to pay for it in the cinema! And there would be definite uneasy laughter and I'd probably be forced to watch it from behind my hands a lot which only really happened once before and that was when I watched the worst film I've ever seen: "Eight Legged Freaks". (Awful film. Probably worse than "50 Shades of Grey" has the potential to be.) I probably wouldn't be as scared as I was during that film but the horror would still be there. Based on what I've witnessed of the trailer, I am fairly sure of that.

So yeah... I'll give it a miss. But I'm oddly fascinated to know what people think about it who DO watch it.  So I'll still be looking, voyeur style, at reviews (particularly the snarky ones, to be honest) and wanting people to tell me what they thought of it. And if it's actually anywhere near to porn.

And if you want to know what happens, but can't actually be arsed going to see it, then try out this post which I read earlier today which pretty much sums it up I reckon.

Are you a fan of the books or not? Will you be going to see the film? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. After all the hype, I thought I'd see what the fuss was all about. I tried reading the books... got about halfway through the first and gave up! Just so unbelievable (her immediate submission to his degrading demands, not to mention libido on tap) and yes, really, really badly written :-)
    Definitely won't be paying to watch the movie...


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