Monday, June 11, 2012

PIQUED AND PICKED

And so it happened…
With a five hour layover in a lousy airport...
I bought into the hype…
Fifteen dollars and change worth of hype…
Couldn’t help it…
My curiosity got the better of me.
After hours of sitting and reading…
All my back issues of Writer’s Digest and RWA..
I had to get up and move.
And so I strolled…
Looking for a bar…
(of the protein kind)
And a new mag…
(of the architectural kind)
And there it wasa book...
Of the Fifty Shades of Grey kind...
So I picked it up.
What was I looking for?
The sex?
Oh yeah!
But also the first page…
Did it grab me? Engage me? Beg me to read more?
It did.
Is the writing exceptional?
I will make no judgments against another author…
Especially one that’s published. And successful.
But this I will say—I’m still reading it...
Because I like the story…
And I like reading about the kind of sex I don't have...
(nor want to).
But tell me. Does wanting a cheap thrill from a book…
Makes me a hussy of a reader?
And tell me…
Have you read it? If not, will you?
Or?
Are there books that give you a cheap thrill?

Always, Em-Musing

11 comments:

Sarah said...

I don't plan to read it because I've read a few excerpts and I think the writing would drive me insane. However, I don't begrudge the author her success, nor do I look down on anyone who reads or enjoys any book. Books are entertainment, among other things, and it's so limiting for us to think about them only as high art. They can be as much a carnival ride as a movie or ... a carnival ride. Nothing wrong with escapist entertainment, I say.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Plenty of my friends have read it and loved it.
I probably won't read it. I still have The Hunger Games on my TBR list!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my style of read. But since many of us read to escape, if it's escape for you, then enjoy!

Jayne Kingston said...

The first page did not grab me personally, so I won't read it, but I know lots of people who've read and love the entire series. It hasn't gotten this big for no reason.

Lydia Kang said...

If you're a hussy, then what does that say about the millions of women reading the book right now?

In the end, it's just entertainment. Not for everybody, but still. Enjoy it!

Barbara Watson said...

The reading experience is so varied and compelling when spread over the world's population; that's what makes the question "what makes a best seller?" impossible to answer. And rightly so.

farawayeyes said...

Don't think I want to go there.

Crazy Mama said...

So you're not an ereader?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Em, I've received the book. Read parts of it. I personally couldn't get into it and I'll admit I'm not a big erotica reader. Is she a good author? *shrugs She has a style that's different. Perfect, no. Technically correct? Definitely not and I refer you back to her style.

Dan Brown isn't technically perfect either, just sayin'

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Shay Lacy said...

Most of my co-workers read it and asked me if I knew her or knew of her. LOL. I think they think all writers must know each other.

The Brown Recluse said...

I am laughing at "hussy of a reader." Gonna have to use that one! I like Julie Garwood books...I don't read near as much as I should.