My next beef with it is something others have brought up but I want to address. Anyone who knows BDSM knows that this is not a healthy BDSM relationship portrayed in this book. But the thing a lot of people overlooked.... this is NOT a Dom/sub relationship. Read the flipping contract (she conveniently spent, what, two chapters detailing it in the book)! That is a Master/slave deal there - and E.L. James shows how much she knows by thinking it is Dom/sub.
Not going to even touch the fact that she portrays BDSM as something only broken people engage in and that they can be "cured" of it. Suffice to say, it pisses me off.
These two I can agree with..it is clear the writer didn't have any idea what a BDSM relationship truly is and that the contract was more of a Master/slave deal. And it irritated me that she made it out that BDSM was because he was broken and needed to be fixed. Before I started reading the books I thought perhaps it was going to show a actual healthy BDSM relationship but that image is quickly destroyed and it goes downhill from there.
I suppose I just don't let stuff like this bother me. Its fiction ..which means made up, not factual, from the authors imagination ( or in this case a rather poorly uneducated lack there of actual facts imagination *laughs*) but still from her mind and not to be taken as real or reality or even serious to be honest. If it was non-fiction then yes I would be more than inclined to get my panties in a bunch. It is clear she did not research into the BDSM lifestyle or community in any depth or she would have known her portrayal would piss off said community in just the way it has. Also I am not saying any of you who are into the life style don't have a right to be pissed. Just seems there are better things to put your time and energy into then getting upset over a fictional book. Those who take it as real most likely don't really want to know the truth and those who are really interested in the BDSM lifestyle will do the proper research and learn the truth. That is how I learned the truth years ago, I read a book was interested, did research myself to learn more.
Also if inner goddess is a poor euphemism for her vagina that is just stupid and makes no sense..not sure about others but my vagina doesn't do all her inner goddess did and I would seek professional help if it did.
I still agree with having a inner voice..I don't call mine a inner goddess but that is what I assumed she meant, you know the inner thoughts we get at times that we don't voice. But hey we all know what assuming does.
I am sure most of us can agree to disagree on some points. I just really don't see why people are letting a few books get them all riled up when honestly a few years from now most people will probably have forgotten they exist. Of course I admit I may feel differently if it was about a topic that I was defensive about.
I do like the books (though less so with each one, I am even having a hard time finishing this last one) but I don't love them. I enjoyed the first one the most mainly because I had hoped at some point he would put whiny girl in her place. ( hehe maybe I am a bit sadist ) Sadly it didn't happen. I don't hate them because I don't put a lot of expectations into something that may or may not live up to its hype. Books can easily fall into this category. Its just a book after all. Plenty more if a person doesn't like one to read another instead.
Again this is just my two cents, not toward any one particularly or to piss any one off. I respect those of you who clearly have strong opinions about the book and hope you respect mine in return