Again I was struck by the Young Adult quality of the heroine. For those of you that have not read 50 Shades (all 5 of you), the main character is Anastasia Steele (whose actually named that anyway?! WTF?!), a woman in her early twenties who is about to graduate from college. So why is it that all of her “inner subconscious thoughts” seem to be coming from the head of a 16 year old? Now I understand that we’re supposed to get that she’s this untouched flower and the author is playing up her innocence. But phrases like “double crap” just really take me out of the story. It confuses me, as a reader, because I can’t get a good picture of Ana. I’m seeing her as my 16 year old goddaughter, not a grown woman. We’re also supposed to believe that Ana is an English Lit major. My sister, Lucy Blue (author of My Demon’s Kiss among other things), holds a master’s degree in English. More specifically, in Literature. Anyone that’s ever spoken to her would agree that she has a tone that exudes sophistication and intelligence. Most people that would study such hefty subjects are academics. Academics have an arrogant wit about them that our Ana clearly lacks. They’d also have enough foresight to read interview questions before blurting them out (i.e.– “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?”).
Anyway, I don’t mean to rant constantly about how horrible this book is. It isn’t horrible. Obviously it’s done something right, as it’s sold millions of copies. The story is intriguing and I find myself wanting to read more. Which I suppose is the mark of a good book right?