With the release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie I’ve found myself commenting on it quite a lot recently, which feels a little fraudulent as I’ve not actually read the book. My opinions are based on what other people have told me and is it right for me to share an opinion when I haven’t even read a book?
Due to the sheer popularity of the book I’ve seen a lot of reviews (both positive and negative) and I’ve got a fairly good idea about what happens and from those reviews I’ve summised that it probably isn’t my cup of tea. Did you notice the ‘probably’ there? How can I be sure?
Like Twilight, which inspired it, 50 Shades of Grey is a widely bashed book and people almost feel it’s their right to hate it without experiencing it. It’s basically the literary version of Nickelback; despite the hate it gets from so many people, it’s making a heck of a lot of money.
The more I find myself being questioned about it, the more I feel like I should either shut up about it or read it myself to see what the fuss is all about.
For years I bashed Twilight after reading the first couple of chapters and hating it. A couple of years ago, I revisited it and I ended up enjoying the series, so there’s every chance I’m wrong about it.
I think it’s the sheer hype and controversy around it which is drawing me into forming an opinion. It’s racy, it’s wildly popular and I’ve seen a lot of blog posts for and against the relationship in 50 Shades being considered abusive and I’ve told people that it’s considered abusive going off what I’ve read by others, but again; how do I know that’s true if I haven’t read it to make my own opinion?
Anything that is as popular as 50 Shades, whether it’s a book, film, album or whatever, will generate opinions from people who haven’t experienced it because of the amount of knowledge the general public have about it. The hype around it means that more and more people are talking about it so people who haven’t read it get drawn in and want to be part of the conversation.
I am a person of science and facts; in other areas of my life I don’t speak negatively or positively about something unless I have experienced it or understand it. I would also be annoyed if someone formed negative opinions on something I liked if they hadn’t even read it themselves.
What do you think; can we bash books we haven’t read and should I read 50 Shades of Grey?