Sunday, September 30, 2012

[Book Review] Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Everyone in my office is raving about how good and funny this book is... To be honest, I am not an erotica genre fan but I thought I'd give it a try... I am not liking this book as much as my officemates do but at least I am not hating it as much as I hated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This book is more annoying than enjoyable and as much as I would like to just put this down and never finish it like I did with ELIC, I'm a couple pages away from the end so I'll just suffer through this and I won't even bother reading the next 2 books in this series.

Thank God I am finally done with this stupid book! I can honestly say that I am appalled that there are actually women out there who think and feel that Christian Grey is the ultimate romantic hero. I don't think so! Who in their right minds would want to be controlled like a puppet on strings at all times, have no say at what to eat, drink, wear, where to work, what music to listen to, among other things? Who in their right minds would want to be physically and mentally abused, stalked and raped? Christian Grey seriously needs to be locked up.

As for Ana Steele, she's a stupid, annoying, spineless idiot. A perfect example of what women should not be. I was a virgin when I got married 3 years ago when I was 28 and thank God, I was not like Ana with all of her "Oh my", "Holy craps", "Subconscious" and "Inner Goddess" shit. No sane, mature woman above the age of 18 with or without sexual experience have thoughts as immature as Ana does. Virgin or not, if you don't like to do something, you don't feel confused about it. If you don't like it, you don't. End of discussion. And when you say no, it means no and and if Grey still forces himself on you (like he always does to Ana), you either slap them hard, or knee them and walk away, not go with the bastard complacently and then try to bear the abuse. And how on earth does a college graduate go through college without having a computer (even a beat up old desktop) especially in the 21st century? Or use the library's computers? Ana is probably just as delusional as Grey himself and needs help.

As for E.L.James, she needs to read more high quality romances (since she is claiming to be a romance writer) and learn from great romance authors, she needs to expand her vocabulary (hence the read more advice), her characters need to have more depth to them and the plot line could do better.

Not to judge the author by her first crappy book, but I really and seriously hope her other works after the Fifty Shades trilogy will be a better and much, much more improved version of her current writing skills.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Music, Writing & Knitting

It has been an awfully long time since the last blog post and I'm sorry for that. There's been some ups and downs on reading and knitting and I have rediscovered my love of playing music. Before I moved to Colorado in 2009, I played the piano regularly and it's been 3 years since that I haven't played the piano and I'm starting to miss that. I know it is not the same but lucky for me, I had the foresight to bring my recorder along with me. It all happened when after almost a month hiatus from reading (that was after I read Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts and I had no idea what to read next), I was gripped by the sudden and alarming realization that I'm starting to forget how to play a lot of songs on the piano and one of them was my version of Pachelbel's Canon in D that came from two or three different scores. Back in 2007 when I first put it together, I was just too lazy to write it down and save the sheet music, thinking that I'll never forget it as long as I have an audio recording of it. That was a bad idea. So with that alarming realization, I quickly downloaded the Finale Notepad and started plugging in the notes while listening to the audio recording. It was hard work! Luckily it was one of those days where inspiration was at work so I was working away from 9am till 6pm just to get the basics down. The score is not complete yet, but for now, I'm done with it until I can get a hold of a piano and then I can plug in additional notations to the score. As for the recorder, I need more practice on it. I've been trying to learn how to play the recorder for almost a year now on and off and watching a couple of professional recorder players (like Michala Petri, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico, among others) on YouTube are pretty inspiring for me to give my recorder and me another chance at it.

On to other stuff... I got an email announcement about a YA short story writing contest and I was thinking of participating and if I do ever finish writing the short story that I started, this will be my first writing contest ever. I used to write a lot of fiction back in high school and though they're probably crappy pieces of fiction, two teachers were very encouraging and they inspire me to write and keep honing my fiction writing skills. So big thanks to Ms. Ruth Detera (my journalism teacher and advisor to the High School paper when I was one of the contributing writers) and to Mrs. Peneyro (my English teacher). Thanks to Facebook, I'm able to find Ms. Detera and hopefully I'll be able to reconnect with her (I hope she still remembers me). As for Mrs. Peneyro, I hope she's doing well and I'm hoping her son, a friend of mine, would give me her email address. Anyway, with Twilight, Fifty Shades, and Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close out in the market and very popular despite the poor writing skills of the authors, I now have the courage to continue writing my most promising fiction (I would like to think that I have considerably improved as a fiction writer compared to my first work), and submit it to agents. I'm hoping to get an agent from the Writer's House in New York. Let's see where this journey will lead to. I'm still afraid of receiving rejection letters in the mail (hence I haven't submitted any) and my worst fear is that I might stop writing altogether or what if, I ran out of stories to write? Or what if my imagination runs dry? Scary thoughts but I guess that's why I have this blog and books and most of all knitting to keep me calm and inspired.

I am somewhat proud of my first works of fiction because of the time and effort I put in it and it was a way for me to escape my reality in high school and I am warning you that if you do check them out, it might be really crappy but I would love to hear your comments on them, good or bad, so that I may continue to improve on my writing. I will hopefully be able to update Haunted House soon (it is almost done) and I'm also hoping to upload my current writing project soon as well. You guys can read my fiction works at:

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post
• One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (audiobook)
• Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton
• Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton
• The Initiation and The Captive (The Secret Circle, Books 1&2) by L.J. Smith
• The Captive II and The Power (The Secret Circle, Books 2&3) by L.J. Smith
• The Divide (The Secret Circle, Book 4) by L.J. Smith
• Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts

Currently Reading
• Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Finished Objects
•Scalloped Table Runner by Amy Stender
• Baby Gnome by Tonya from Plain & Joyful Living Blog
• Hearts Seamless Phone Sock with Strap - my original design
• Modified Berroco Kluster Crochet Hook Case
• Louie the Lovebot by Rebecca Danger
• Miracle Scarf by Rick Mondragon

Currently Knitting/Crocheting
• Fingerless Gloves
• Louie The Lovebot x 2 for Rachel (almost done)

Product Reviews
Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook

  • Simply the best crochet hooks out there
  • Very comfortable to use especially for extended periods

The Knook by Leisure Arts

  • Fun to learn
  • The book has instructions for right-handed & left-handed knookers
  • Very fidly especially if the stitches are too tight
  • A great way to transition from crochet to knitting and vice versa


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!

• 2 Knit Lit Chicks
• Never Not Knitting
• The Writing Show
• Books On The Nightstand
• Knit Me Happy
• Knitting Blogcast
• Blooming Knitter
• Knit 1 Geek 2
• Just One More Row
• That's Write
• The Foodie Knitter
• Knitabulls Podcast
• Ladies of the Knit