Fifty Shades of Criticism

I remember reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for the first time in 2013. And again late last year when there was a buzz about a movie being made on it. Now, I must admit that, as a reader, I love thrillers and crime novels more. And when it comes to romance, I’m more inclined towards the kind Nicholas Sparks writes. But that doesn't mean I don’t read other genres. Of-course, I do and I enjoy the variety too from time to time.

With ‘FiftyShades of Grey’ there was certainly a curiosity because of the talk it generated, more negative than positive oddly. So I had to pick it up to see what the fuss was all about. But honestly I failed to understand the burst of criticism for it. Now you might not like the genre or be comfortable with it, but that certainly doesn't make it a bad book with bad writing. Does it?

An excerpt from my review of ‘FiftyShades of Grey’:

“What perhaps is the bone of contention among readers is the quality of the language used in the book. Whether it could have been better? Certainly, there are times when you would wish that the language was superior. Whether it is too kinky to be even called a bestseller? Well, since the genre of the book is erotic fiction it would be silly to expect it to not dwell extensively on the subject.”

My only qualm about the book is, rather was, the female protagonist’s character. I personally would have liked it better if Anastasia Steele wouldn't have been so submissive towards Christian Grey’s whims and fancies. But then, I guess, if that were the case there wouldn't really be any shades to talk about, right? And so during my second tryst with the book I found the characters actually suited the story line. So maybe the book, or rather the tale, had grown on me with time.

But what I don’t understand is the book being widely vilified by critics for its poor use of language. Certainly, there are some mistakes, but for some strange reason critics seem to find a lot of pleasure slamming ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the book mind you. What I fail to understand is why every other person has something to complain about when it comes to E.L James’ work?

Due to this the Grammarly team actually took it upon themselves to uncover if these allegations of poor language actually carried any weight. Hence, they went ahead and reviewed the book. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, you name it and they checked it all. And do you know what they came up with? Well, the book has a few mistakes, sure, but certainly not of catastrophic proportions as was being made out to be. In fact the errors are actually similar to ones in many celebrated romances. Yes, believe it or not, it’s true.

In fact, why don’t you check out this info-graphic and see for yourself what I mean?

Grammarly: Fifty Shades of Grammar

See even Nicholas Sparks, William Shakespeare & Jane Austen feature here. So don't you think that E.L James too deserves a break? Think about it. And while you do just remember that love really isn't dependent on the correctness of language.

PS: Apologies for the Grammatical Errors in this post J