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50 thoughts when reading Fifty Shades

By Sarah Kneath

Here at World of Books, we want to read as many of the big books of the year and in 2011 & 2012, no one could have been prepared for the phenomenon that the Fifty Shades Trilogy became. It’s the book that divided opinions across the world. So, we thought why not review this book, in a way that will make you chuckle. Maybe we shared a few of the same thoughts.

1. I am well and truly on the band wagon now

2. Surely it’s not as smutty as people say it is

3. Apparently, you don’t have to be good at writing to sell millions of books


4. I was right to have low expectations – this will not be winning awards soon

5. This would never happen at a Screwfix store

6. Are hardware stores sexy?

7. First edition Tess of D’urbervilles – nice Christian. Nice.

8. Don’t be so ungrateful – we’ll take the books please!


9. That’s it girl – you go out and have fun. You don’t need him.

10. Drunk calling – classy.

11. It actually worked?

12. Wow – she can’t hold her drink.

13. A packet of salt and vinegar crisps and cloudy lemonade would sort out that hangover

14. Sharing toast, how… quaint.

15. This is SO Twilight.

16. Now he’s bought her new clothes. How did he do that? It takes me 3 hours to pick a pair of jeans.

17. This is not how normal people talk to each other

18. Takes awkward elevator moments to a new level, huh?

19. A helicopter? Really?

20. Oh my, who needs a Non-Disclosure Agreement in a relationship?


21. This book is about to take a weird turn

22. Yep… That room.

23. All I have in my spare room is empty cardboard boxes and coats

24. On. Earth. Is. That?

25. Where does that even go… Oh. Wait.

26. If Ann Summer’s wrote Twilight…

27. Starting to understand the NDA now

28. What’s an inner Goddess?

29. Where can I get one?

30. I can’t believe my Mum has read this.


31. Again? Really? So much smut.

32. Definitely will not be reading this on public transport

33. That reminds me, I must delete my Amazon browse history

34. I’m such a book snob

35. Is this really entertainment? I can’t stop wincing and/or cringing

36. I wish I’d never started this

37. I’m two thirds through now. I’m committed.

38. I can’t believe my mum has also seen the film

39. I can’t believe she went to the cinema to see the film

40. How on earth did they film this?

41. I am not watching the film

42. Does that make me a prude?

43. Prude and proud!


44. Christian Grey. Romantic? Or super stalker?

45. Hmm he’s not so sweet – actually a bit of a creep

46. I wonder if I should have a safe word

47. The writing doesn’t get any better does it?

48. And they’re at it again

49. That’s how it ends?

50. Oh crikey there are TWO MORE?


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  • Reply Trish February 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

    #51 theres 2 hours of my life I’m never getting back

  • Reply May January 20, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I love your 50 comments. Agree with them all. Couldn’t believe the hype at the time and not adverse to ‘sexy’ stories but PLEASE, couldn’t get past first few pages as the
    writing was so bad. Shows the power of advertising. She should hang her head in shame. Expect royalties cushions the critics.

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