50 shadesIt’s a long story, but in the end what matters is:

I am obliged to read 50 Shades of Grey.

I got 4 pages in and started shopping for shoes online, which is when I realized I’m going to have to do something pretty drastic to make it through.

So I asked Twitter for advice, and based on everyone’s ideas (“Read this instead,” “Only read even numbered pages, you won’t miss anything,” and “try to analyze the text to see where it was adapted away from vampirism,” among them) I’ve decided I’m going to blog about it as I go, like I did with Sex at Dawn, another book that I had to read no matter how much I wanted to throw it against a wall, set it on fire, and stomp on the ashes.

There are 26 chapters. I’ll post 5ish chapters at a time – 5 posts altogether, and I’ll try to write a post per week. Surely I can read 5 chapters a week.

Here’s what I want to accomplish:

1. I want to see if I can explain why it sold so well, despite it being a book that few people are willing to say they enjoyed.
2. I want to see if I can provide a scientific framework for understanding the relationship and the sex.

Or anyway those are the goals.

Stay tuned.