Well. We wanted to revive the Smutty Book Club, and in doing so, believed the hype swirling around 50 Shades of Grey, by E L James. We plan on posting our opinions side by side with your comments, but wanted to see what you thought of the book first. The questions posted below are a guideline for your opinions and comments, which we are sure you have many. Feel free to number your responses and add on with additional thoughts in your comments below.
SBC Discussion Questions:
- Before we assume everyone hated this book, did any of you A) Not mind it, or B) Feel a desire to read the second and third installments in this series? Why or why not?
- Were you able to identify with Anastasia's personality/character? Why or why not?
- Did you find Anastasia's backstory realistic, i.e., a twenty-something woman who had never had lustful feelings or sexual experience with another man?
- What did you think about Ana's frequent referrals to her subconscious and "inner goddess"?
- Hypothetically speaking, if a real-life Christian Grey (or Christina Grey for you lady lovers) wanted to seduce you, would you be down for it, BDSM and all?
- Although this book claims to have BDSM throughout, most of the sex doesn't center around it at all. Do you think the writer missed the mark on correctly identifying this group of fetishes, or did she simply water it down for bigger mass appeal?
- Do you think Ana's quick backtalk and argumentative nature helped the writer's attempt at making Ana a strong, autonomous heroine, or did it make her seem bratty to you?
- How do you feel the story would have changed if Christian and his family weren't so fabulously wealthy? Would readers have accepted his fetishes as readily?
- Why do you think this book is so popular, especially amongst the suburban mom demographic?
- If you had to sum up this book in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Naurnie & Jemina