50 Shades of Grey

I’ve done it.  I’ve given in to the fad.  I’ve just finished Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in the trilogy by E. L. James, and I must say, I’ve fallen in love.

When the books first came out, I downloaded the free preview available on my Nook – a little over a chapter; maybe two chapters – and I was highly disappointed.  I am an avid reader.  I read a lot and I read a lot of different things.  My first impression was that Fifty Shades was horribly written: far too many colloquialisms to be taken seriously, many of which are simply out of date; terribly contrived scenarios that are completely unbelievable; enough eye rolling to make me roll MY eyes…  *sigh* “People are actually READING this?!”  But people were reading it.  A lot of people.  And people are still reading it.

I soon gained a subtle appreciation for the books.  After all, people are READING.  Anything that can get people reading is positive, in my mind.  And what’s more, people are talking…not just about the books, but about their own sensuality and their own sexuality.  People are thinking out of the box and fantasizing about their own limits and their own desires.  People are discovering parts of themselves they’ve never considered existing.  Perhaps due to my line of work, or perhaps due to my social consciousness, my then subtle appreciation quickly became not-so-subtle, and I became curious.

Then, Passion Parties announced that our summer catalog would be called Shades of Summer, would be outlined in chapters, like a book, and would feature new products and collections mirroring the themes of the trilogy.  (No, we don’t have belts and cable ties.  We do still have to keep it mainstream.  And, yes, we are well within copyright law.  No infringements here.)  So, my curiosity expanded into my business and became a research project.  And I downloaded the books.  I gave in to the awful writing and situational contrivance.  I looked past all that to gain an understanding and be able to relate my companies’ themes to what my clients are reading and experiencing.

And I loved it!  Every second of it!

Once I got past the fact that I’m reading something intended for the masses, not necessarily written for literary scholars, and allowed myself to get to know the characters, I fell for them.  The raw emotions and raw behinds not only intellectually and emotionally stir within, but sensually.  The reader can physically experience the essence of the book.  (Should I pluralize that, since this is a trilogy?  I haven’t yet read the other two.  I stopped as soon as I finished the first one, to write this.)

There is sex.  A lot of sex.  (How on earth are they going to make these films?)  And the descriptions of the sex are all very detailed, but that detail branches further into every touch.  Never before have I read something that got me so in touch with my body while reading, and I assume it’s this way for the majority of those who have read or are reading the books, which is probably why they have become so popular.  Not only do these books allow you, as the reader, to get to know the fictional characters, but they also put you more in touch with yourself.  (Pun intended?)

While this may not be something I would “normally” read (I’m not the romance novel type,) I appreciate what it’s doing for our oh-so-shut-off culture, and have, surprisingly to myself, thoroughly enjoyed the first book.  I look forward to beginning the second book…in about 30 seconds.  Do I recommend that you read them, if you haven’t yet done so?  Absolutely!  Even if you hate the books, you’ll surely learn something about yourself during your read.  😉


About kelijackson

We’ve been taught for so long that our bodies are sinful. “Down there” is dirty. Sexual conversation is whispered, if discussed at all. Questions go unanswered. Negative perceptions remain uncorrected. Misconceptions run wild in the minds of women, men couples in our culture. That’s where we come in! We’re here to help shed the lies you’ve heard and grown to believe about your body, your sensuality, your sexuality, and intimacy within two of your most precious relationships: that with your partner, and perhaps more importantly, that with yourself. “We?” That’s right! I lead an international team of Passion Consultants called The Orgasm Factory. We are a movement of women, joining forces to help enhance the intimacy in those precious relationships all across the US and Canada. Do yourself a favor and ask yourself these questions: What would you do with an extra $1,000 a month? What if you could earn that extra $1,000 each month working an average of just one evening each week? What if that work consisted of having a blast, partying with other women, and helping to enhance their intimacy? What if, within your network of co-workers, you felt supported, encouraged, and were recognized for your accomplishments? What if you partnered with a company that rewarded you with BONUS CASH, luxury vacations, a company-paid car, and a ton of other prizes? What if your part-time job (or new career) consisted of making new friends and helping them to reach their goals and make their dreams come true? That’s what I do! That’s what I help my team to do! And you can join our team! I’ll personally train you, you’ll get training and support from our team, and you’ll have access to the incredible training opportunities Passion Parties Corporate provides for us! (I’ve had two training sessions with Dr. Drew! Corporate offers us the absolute BEST training imaginable!) So, CALL ME! (No. Seriously. Call me. You DEFINITELY want in on this.) I’ll help you get started, and I’ll be there for you every step of the way. I’ll have faith in you until you have faith in yourself. If you’re not sure, that’s ok. We can talk about it. I’ll answer all of your questions and give you all the information you want. If, after that, you’re still not sure, book a party and get all of the fabulous Hostess Rewards we offer, just for getting a few friends together and letting me or one of my team members show you what we’re all about! You’ll not only receive the benefits of being one of our hostesses, you’ll also have the opportunity to look at the business from inside the party. Then, we’ll talk again and see if it’s a good fit! Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t necessarily teach us everything we need to know about sex, and we certainly didn’t learn enough in school. When you host your own Passion Party, one of my team members or I will teach you and your friends how to discover the joy of enhancing the intimacy in those precious relationships! We’ll show you some of our absolute best products, from the mild to the wild, and help you find exactly what you need the most. All consultations are confidential, to ensure that everyone is comfortable. Your secrets will remain your secrets. You’ll laugh! You’ll learn! You’ll have a one-of-a-kind shopportunity to bring Passion to life! View all posts by kelijackson

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