Fifty Shades of Grey

Quote of the day

I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey, and unfortunately, rather than bad and hilarious it was mostly bad and dull. The one guaranteed source of chuckles in the book was Anastasia’s inner goddess, i.e. her wanton part who ignores the red flags and just wants Christian Grey, now. For some reason, her more sensible counterpoint is Anastasia’s subconscious, who constantly tut-tuts and berates Anastasia; call it nitpicking but why on earth would it be the subconscious who plays this role? Isn’t it a part of the mind a person is not fully aware of?

Anyway here are my favourite cringeworthy extracts:

His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.

I feel the colour in my cheeks rising again. I must be the colour of the Communist Manifesto.

Quickly, he clambers out of the bath, giving me my first full glimpse of the Adonis, divinely formed, that is Christian Grey. My inner goddess has stopped dancing and is staring, too, open-mouthed and drooling slightly.

My inner goddess sits in the lotus position looking serene except for the sly, self-congratulatory smile on her face.

My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.

This beautiful man wants me. My inner goddess glows so bright she could light up Portland.

Jeez, he looks so freaking hot. My subconscious is frantically fanning herself, and my inner goddess is swaying and writhing to some primal carnal rhythm.

I don’t remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible.


Fifty Shades of Grey – Film Review

50-shades-of-grey-2More like, Fifty Shades of Grey Tedium.

Watched this movie just to see what the fuss was about, and in a nutshell, it seems like a modern, kinky update on the ageless Beauty and the Beast trope. A naive, shy good girl Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets young and filthy rich Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) when she steps in for her sick friend to interview him for the college paper. She wants a real relationship, he wants her to sign a lengthy contract and become a submissive to his dominant in his plush BDSM play room. He doesn’t do romance and flowers, he says… except for calling Anastasia his girlfriend around other people… and having pancakes for breakfast with her… and taking her to dinner with his parents… and doing a slow lovey-dovey dance together… and offering to go on normal dates once in a while. Christian, you’re so confusing! she says. Yeah no shit. Is he a tortured damaged soul with a dark past? You bet. Is she going to make him feeeeel? Stayed tuned for the sequel.