the forty fog and fifty shades of grey

I’ve gone an entire week without posting boo on my site, which hasn’t happened since I started blogging over three years ago. There are two things to blame for the unprecedented lapse.

The first is something I am calling The Forty Fog. It feels a little like this picture I took at the park the other day:

Ever since turning forty a few weeks ago I have been in sort of a haze, not quite like a depression but certainly a cloudy relative. In fact, I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one texting my therapist. Mainly the fog consists of thick, head-trippiness , also known as introspection, centered around words like purpose, priorities and mortality. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, reassessing, realigning.

I’ve also been doing a lot of self-indulgent activities, like relaxing on the couch, watching performance shows like Idol, The Voice, Smash and GLEE (please watch this is you missed the Whitney episode), and reading books, which I haven’t done in forever. Which brings me to the second (real) reason I haven’t posted in a week:

Fifty Shades of Grey:

Erotica by EL James
Last week I heard of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy from three different sources, so this past Saturday I finally gave into curiosity and downloaded the first one onto my iPad.

I passed on downloading the bundle of three, you know, just in case I didn’t like the first one. Dumb mistake. Of course I immediately had to purchase the second, which I’m in the middle of now, and the third will not be far behind, I am certain of that.

In case you haven’t heard of this Fifty Shades of Effed Up phenomenon yet, basically it’s poorly written erotica, also being called mommy porn, smut or “clit lit.” My friend Beth reviewed the steamy trilogy, saying accurately that though they are poorly written, there is something about them that is undeniably delicious. So delicious that I’ve haven’t published a blog post in a week.

So, this weekend, I plan on seeing my shrink, enjoying a weekend away at La Costa Spa that we won, and also hopefully finishing this trilogy so I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming here on The Mama Mary Show, sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, go buy the Fifty Shades of Grey bundle on iBooks, or Kindle or at Barnes and Noble (don’t waste time by buying them separately, you won’t read just one, trust me).

Please note: Fifty Shades of Grey is not for the faint at heart. S & M, flogging and butt plugs are involved. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 



  1. 1
    Jen says:

    I have just started the first book and I fear that I am going to be useless in my life and online. All I want to do it read.

    And I don’t get why everyone says the writing is so bad… so far it seems fine to me. Which makes me think… maybe I know don’t good writing.

    • Mary says:

      Jen, you will be totally useless until you finish all three. As for her writitng, I just find it to be a bit remedial and cliche at times. But screw it. Pun intended. : )

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    Beth says:

    Haha! Don’t say I didn’t tell ya so! I still can’t put my finger on why I couldn’t stop reading them! I couldn’t do anything until they were finished!

    • Mary says:

      I’m surprised I’m even taking time away from it to reply to comments. : ) I can’t put my finger on it either. I guess the fantasy of it all is intriguing.

  3. 3
    Stefanie says:

    Just started. I may never be the same. And? I don’t want to.

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    I am now intrigued and will have to go buy these books you are all talking about!!! Just when I finished wasting away all my time as a result of The Hunger Games.

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    Middle State says:

    No matter where I go this is the big topic of conversation. I may have to crack open one just to see what all the fuss is about.

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    beckie webster says:

    Just had a conversation with a friend of the author last night. I’m a library girl so I reserved my copy- I’m #344 line but at the rate you say people are reading it- I should have it by next week.

    • Mary says:

      Oh, you’re only one degree away from the author? Get me some scoop. : ) and let me know what you think of the books. I’d let you borrow mine but I bought them electronically so I could hide that I’m reading them with my iPad.

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    Galit Breen says:

    I just gave in and started reading, too. Oy.


    (Sorry about the fog, girlie. And glad to hear that you’re taking care of yourself through it!)


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    Marta says:

    Everyone I know has been talking or tweeting about 50 shades. I had been passing on it mostly because of the Twilight correlation that I never was into, but this weekend I finally ordered it. I’m kind of excited after hearing so much positive feedback!

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    Laura F says:

    Are you tring to turn me over to the dark side? Should I really read this?

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    Lynne says:

    Whipped through the first book and of course with so many unanswered questions, couldn’t wait to get into the second. Loved the first few chapters of the second, but have to admit I’m a tad bored now. The overuse of the same phrases is becoming a yawn factor for me. By now, we are quite familiar with the characters, so the repetitiveness of the adjectives is starting to grate on my nerves. I already know that Elliot is Christian’s brother. We were introduced to him in the first book. If I see words ‘inner goddess’ one more time, I may start screaming. (Of course I know I will see them again). If it weren’t for the fact that all my friends are reading and discussing it on a daily basis, I’d probably finish the second just to see if it does get better, but probably not purchase the third.

  12. 12
    Lynne says:

    How many times do we need to be told about the ‘biting lip’ or ‘rolling eyes’? Just saying.

  13. 13

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