LETTER: Neither sex nor ‘Fifty Shades’ is dirtyI just read your article about the E.L. James book. My daughter gave me this book plus the following books, by name: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
By: Virginia Muirhead, Presho
To the Editor:
I just read your article about the E.L. James book. My daughter gave me this book plus the following books, by name: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
I write about this because I heard my favorite TV newsman call it or refer to it as “the dirty book.” This is a naïve statement by someone who did not read it. I wouldn’t even call it a romance book. I am a veteran romance book reader. If one reads it for the graphic sex included, I have read many books as graphic, but love stories.
This first book is not a love story. It has become famous because it deals graphically with child predators. Every good story has to have a villain — the villain in these books is the best friend of his mother who oriented him at age 15. I know there is such a thing as dominants and permissives because years ago I watched Tom Snyder on TF who had a woman on, wife of a senator, who tied up and whipped her husband to satisfy him sexually, so he wouldn’t go to prostitutes for this.
So, I resent anyone calling this a dirty book. I don’t believe sex is dirty. I was married happily for a lot of years and sure didn’t think I was being dirty. Sex was given to us by God; if it hadn’t been made enjoyable, the earth wouldn’t have been filled with people.
If a novel with graphic sex is desired, may I refer you to Rosemary Rogers’ “Sweet Savage Love” or Susan Johnson’s “Silver Flame” or Susan Kleypas’ “Blue-Eyed Devil” or anything these authors have written.
Most of those condemning “Fifty Shades of Grey” have not read it. I am an old grandmother and still like a good love story, but find the book interesting!