Thursday, September 15, 2016

How 50 shades of Grey made me a book addict


I was never into reading. The only book I'd ever laid eyes on, not willingly, were my big fat dreadful textbooks ( mainly because I had no other choice).

My dad read the newspaper everyday, but who wants to read about politics, murders, robberies and all that shebang everyday right? None of my close family members or friends I hung out with read. So basically I never knew about the satisfaction you could get from reading a good book in solitude cause none of the people around me did it. 

Less than two years ago there was this wave of 50 shades fever washing around. The news was everywhere. And which sane human being doesn't like sex right? So like most lazy people do, I went ahead and watched the movie. I didn't enjoy it because of two reasons. 1- it didn't last very long and 2 - there wasn't any sex in it!

This happened at the time I was stuck in an IT job, doing what everybody does - working long hours for a whole month patiently for that one wonderful day - the day you get your paycheck.

So, out of the blue, I decided to buy the trilogy and read it. And guess what?...I read the whole thing. It took me a little over a week, but I read all of it and fell in love with it. 

To me, the book was much better than the movie, and the 2nd and 3rd book carried the story forward instead of leaving you hanging with no end like the movie does. (Of-course, the movie was based out of the first book only and the second movie will be out in 2017, but that's a bloody long wait). I do agree that book was porn in words, but I enjoyed it and I thought E L James's writing was fantastic.

After getting a taste of the pleasure one gets from reading, I moved on to another book... and another... and another... and haven't stopped since. After reading the next few books I realized how poorly the 50 shades was written. It was a little difficult to get through it unlike the next couple of books. When I re read the trilogy, I realized my initial opinion of the book was wrong since it was the first ever work of fiction I'd ever read in my whole entire life (sigh). But somehow, I still have a soft corner for the story... and it will always stay with me.

Now I have always been a storyteller, I just didn't know that these stories I cooked up all the time could be written down for others to read. After a few months I decided to indulge in writing and it has been the best decision of my life. After writing two books, I understood what E L James did wasn't easy. It takes time, patience, and a strong will power to finish writing a book you've started, even if your writing it for just yourself... and to be satisfied with what you've written is another struggle. It is not easy... at all. 

Hats off to every writer who has written a book that has entertained people and given them some respite from their monotonous lives. To everyone who hasn't formed a habit of reading yet, do it and you'll know what I'm talking about :)

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