Oprah Thinks '50 Shades of Grey' Needs More Sex

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Oprah WinfreyJust when we thought the Fifty Shades of Grey craze couldn't possibly get any crazier, it may just go to an entirely different level, now that Oprah Winfrey has admitted to downloading the Fifty Shades series for a little bit of guilty reading pleasure.

And yes, Oprah reading the series is a very big deal, because duh -- if Oprah's reading it, then everyone needs to be reading it. Because everyone knows that Oprah's favorite things should most definitely be our favorite things too, because -- well, she's OPRAH.

In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, she said:

Oh I have downloaded all the Fifty Shades of Grey novels and for the first time I can take some guilty pleasure and just read. But I'm thinking, stop with the story, get to the juicy part.

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Um, ok -- I'm more than a little bit confused. "Stop with the story and get to the juicy part"? Did she get that backwards? Because anyone who has a remote sense of what constitutes an entertaining and fulfilling novel knows that while Fifty Shades is incredibly juicy, it's pretty much lacking any sort of a real story or plot. (Yes it is. Face it -- it's nothing but a bunch of sexual fluff.)

But aside from her not realizing that these are about the most poorly written books most of us have ever attempted to read -- the fact that she's into the whole erotica thing in general is kind of surprising. Call me crazy, but Oprah has always struck me as being on the more reserved and sophisticated side of the spectrum. And even though she's been dating Stedman for like 900 years, somehow I just can't picture them as being very "adventurous" in the bedroom. I mean, can you picture him tying her up? It's kind of an unlikely scenario, don't you think? (Not that I've ever actually pictured or thought about what they do in the bedroom before she admitted to being a Fifty Shades fan.)

Still, I guess after how many years she's spent working and interviewing other people, it's about time that Oprah took a break and relaxed at home with a good book. It's just too bad that she doesn't seem to know the difference good book versus one that requires zero intelligence to read.

Are you surprised that Oprah is a Fifty Shades of Grey fan?


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Robin Miller

Seriously harsh and uncalled for -'the most poorly written books most of us have ever attempted to read.' If you don't like it than don't read it!

nonmember avatar Jane Campanella

I beg to differ about there not being an actual story....there is the love story between a beautiful man, damaged by severe child abuse and neglect as a very young child, and the young and honest, shy college girl, who is able to break down his barriers of self-loathing; to show him that he is worthy of being loved, and of her deep love for him. And, he shows her that she is beautiful, as well, falling deeply in love with her. It's very romantic, aside from the sexual story line intermingled in.

nonmember avatar Keri Murphy

So the author of this article not only chooses to insult E.L. James by saying it's one of the worst books ever written, but also insults the fans by saying we need no intelligence whatsoever to be able to read these books??? I vote for a new author of these articles.I'm not saying the books are Pultzer Prize material, but they are a good read with a HUGE fan base hello...and if Oprah is reading them, that's big news for the series. Oprah had read and indorsed many books with her book club, so to say that she doesn't know shes reading a terribly written book is rude, Oprah doesn't have to endorse anything...perhaps the author of this article shouldn't be so insulting especially when she's writing articles to 50 Shades of Grey fans!!

Keri Diller Murphy

I think perhaps Mary Fisher needs a new assignment...is certainly shouldn't be writing about 50 Shades of Grey, and certainly not to the fans of the book. She insulted the fans/readers by saying how little intelligence we need to read the book, and the author and if I were Oprah I'd even feel a little put off by this article. Doesn't sound like Mary likes the book at all, and I don't agree that it is one of the worst books ever written. By the way...Oprah doesn't need to endorse anything, it's an honor when she does, remember that whole Book Club thing she had going on...I think she can pick a good book. Boooooo on Ms. Fichers rude article, I vote for a new author!

Carol McCaughtry Christoff

Jane, I agree with you totally, there is a story line, there's alot of sexy stuff also, but yes Christian was a abused child and Ana showed him the right way to live.  Loved all 3 books.


Darlene Rhodes

I agree with all of the above comments. The books are a love story. Maybe Mary Fisher is just jealous that she has a boring life and can only wish that a man gave her that kind of attention. Take a flying leap Mary....boo to you.

Nenia Kelly-Albo

I agree with all of the above comments! This series of books is so popular because it is up with the times and how women and men feel about the subject of BDSM. It speaks to everyone's secret adventurous spirit behind closed doors. I also appreciate how in the book Ana really searches her soul and finds the answer to her really trusting Christian. I agree with having the author of this article removed and put on other assignments. Replace the author with someone who is more in tune with the pulse of readers today.

Estel... EstellaHavisham

The pulse of readers today!? Mother of god. I'm a bit worried by that because it assumes that all women/readers enjoy reading is fluff. As a woman, I don't want to be defined by 50 Shades of Grey. I don't want it being "our thing". I won't subscribe to that nonsense -- but I think my handle EstellaHavisham speaks to my literary tastes.

Whilst Mary definitely took the low road and alienated 50 Shades readers, I think it's good to realize it isn't exactly a book for anyone looking for deep meaning and lots of thought. And that's not meant to be insulting -- it's guilty pleasure reading and a fun book that provides excellent escapism. It's meant to entertain and it's done a great job. As long as people are reading, that is all that matters to me.

super... supercarp

Ack! I'm not picturing Oprah doing anything! Aside from that, if I want a book review I want an honest one: not one from someone who says it's good because she has a need to be "nice."

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