I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Some people hate the book, literature critics agree on how poorly written, nevertheless the book sold very successfully.
I think when we are judging the book, we need to differentiate quality of the literature versus to financial succsess. This is an easy to read pop culture’s soft porn. It is not well written an erotic book will be remembered a long time. You do not compare Anais Nin’s literature with E.L. James.
But that does not mean anything to how much this book will sell. The book sold well, it has been entertaining a lot of reader.
That is pretty much it. Is it true erotic literature? No. This is not Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Is it just a sex story at the edge of pornographic? The answer is depends on your world view.
“The Lightning Strike.” By Snow Patrol
When you are reading the book, you know it floats well, it makes you laugh, it tickles your sexual desire perhaps and definitely entertain you. But that is pretty much it. If you erase playful sex scenes from the book, nothing will be left as a story. Readers do not fuss around the sex. They enjoy reading it. Critics are dwelling on writing style. If you like to read an entertaining lightly woven erotic book, go ahead. You are not going to write an essay about it. There is everything in the book to get attentions of reader. Money, kinky sex, power, greed, seduction, submissiveness. Rich guy Mr. Christian Grey falling in love with pretty spineless young girl, Anastasia Steele. The sex embellished with harmony of love, richness, expensive clothing, cars, exclusive hotels, toys, gadgets and so on. Surely if you like to slam how poorly written this book is, you may pick another one, that simple.
I was listening music pieces mentioned in the book. I do that when I am reading Haruki Murakami’s books too.
I guess I was not the only one, they made CD out of these songs.
This song is more fits the book’s storyline than classical pieces.
Original song titled “Touch Me” written and produced by Candace Charee’. Instrumental by Jay Tewake. Video edited by Daniele Lanzaratto.
However if you are keen on classical, then you can listen 15 well-selected classical music in this album.
Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album
Full track listing:
1 – Lakmé (Act I): Flower Duet (Mady Mesplé, Danielle Millet)
2 – Bach: Adagio from Concerto #3 BWV 974 (Alexandre Tharaud)
3 – Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilerias #5 – Cantilena (Barbara Hendricks)
4 – Verdi: La Traviata Prelude (Riccardo Muti / Philharmonia Orchestra)
5 – Pachelbel: Canon in D (Sir Neville Marriner/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
6 – Tallis: Spem in Alium (The Tallis Scholars)
7 – Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor, Largo (Samson François)
8 – Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 – Adagio Sostenuto (Cecile Ousset, Sir Simon Rattle / CBSO)
9 – Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Sir Adrian Boult / LPO)
10 – Canteloube: Chants d’auvergne, Bailero (Arleen Auger)
11 – Chopin: Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor (Samson François)
12 – Faure: Requiem – In Paradisum (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury)
13 – Bach: Goldberg Variation – Aria (Maria Tipo)
14 – Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (Moura Lympany)
15 – Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Alexis Weissenberg)