Published On: Thu, Jul 12th, 2012

10 Shades of despair

I am loathed to perpetuate the hype of this book but it has to be mentioned! I have not heard so many people talk about a title since those awaiting the next episode of Harry Potter.

So what’s the big deal with 50 shades of Grey? Is it the sex scenes, rumoured to spice up flagging bedroom action, or physiotherapist pockets mending bad backs? Is it a modern day Mills and Boon, with a mysterious man tempting a naive innocent into his snare? Are we so desperate for romance, or something else, that us ladies seek it between the cover s of a book because we are too exhausted to put in the physical effort? Too many questions!
I don’t have a lot of time to read, although I love to, so if investing time in a book, I want to know that it will be worth it. These are hours that could be spent sleeping for goodness sake!
So I asked the mocha mama facebook fans whether they thought it was worth a read, 67% of responders said yes, ( some repeatedly like ‘Harry met Sally’ ??) many mentioned poor writing style, a lack of finesse, ( grammatically I assumed) but still said it was worth a read. One mentioned that there was nothing to learn? So I am intrigued if nothing else.
Whatever the books appeal, as a business woman I have to admire the amount of interest, and sales ( topping the sales chart with Amazon as I write ) it has achieved. If it’s that good, then maybe a career in writing romantic soft porn for exhausted mothers is the way ahead? Anyway must go, a book to read.
Clare Szurek, mother of three, owner of mocha-mama the cafe for expectant and new parents

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