Monday, 9 July 2012

Hype.

When I was little at school there were these 'fads' of things that were popular. Anyone remember when Pokemon cards, Micro Scooters and Tamagotchis were really popular?! I'll never forget (I was about 9/10) my Mum getting up early one Saturday morning heading to Toys R Us first thing to grab me a Tamagotchi. The excitement of having one lasted about a month until the next thing came along.

I guess that happens even in Adulthood now, we just fail to realise it cause we're the ones buying it. But I have to say I have got to a point where I refuse to "fall for the fad". For instance Converses were so popular a couple of years ago and then Super Dry etc. My real pet hate was Twilight?! I have never tried to read a more stupid book and was bored of the whole "what team are you on Edward or Jacob?" and seeing people's faces when I responded saying "I tried reading it but got bored- YES BORED!"

The only thing I guess I really fell for were Ugg boots. But I bought mine for about £60 and then a month later they doubled in price as they were the newest thing you had to have on the scene. At the time of buying them I hadn't realised they were so popular.

So yeah that not falling for the fad thing did work until...now.


Guilty as charged. This book is sweeping the UK at the moment! Is it the same in other parts of the world?! So much so that I went into my local food store the other day and when I first arrived a man was stacking these books. When I went to pay for my items the first book of this trilogy was empty. The shelf was bare and I was only in there 20 minutes. Crazy huh?!

I started it this morning and I have to say I am quite taken with it so far. It is renowned for it's erotic nature but the storyline seems really different to a lot of books I have read. This is the 'blurb'...

"When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.  Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him.  Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny."

Anyone read this book? What fads have you fallen for in the past or now even?

18 comments:

Stacie said...

I did not read the Twilight series either. For no other reason except I really am not into the whole vampire/werewolf stuff. A ton of my nurse friends were reading them, however, and I tolerated the middle of the night discussions!

I have also not read 50 Shades... Been a bit busy lately! But I am intrigued and plan to- one day.

As I am a bit older than you, there were plenty of fads that I took part in- Cabbage Patch Kids and Strawberry Shortcake dolls (early 80's), the neon fad- the first time around (late 80's/early 90's), Garbage Pail Kids, Caboodles to keep all of my make-up and nail polish in growing up... So much! I can't say that I keep up much with the trends these days. No Uggs, no skinny jeans (which if I wore them would be an oxymoron)... I tend to stay trendy but with a more classic style.

Kristen said...

I was one of those brats as a little girl who wanted everything everyone else had. I LOVED cabbage patch dolls but was never ever into Barbie.

I think more recently I am really into Anthopologie stuff which is popular here in the US.

50 shades is popular here and I am already on the last book 50 shades freed. I think it's a little overrated but like you say the storyline is very different compared to many love stories. And if people don't mind the odd sex scene (it isn't page to page like the media make it out to be) you'll enjoy it!!!

Steph{anie} said...

Ok, I read all the 50 Shades books and had a really hard time getting through the first book. Not going to lie...it's a little "rough and tumble" (pardon the pun) and I didn't understand why everyone raved about them. However, I kept reading and fell in love with Christian and Ana by the end of the second book. The writing is horrible; it's no literary masterpiece. Still, I enjoyed them and would re-read soon, since they're such easy reads.

My current obsessions aren't books or TV shows...they're running and Zumba! I'm officially hooked on both activities, because they make me feel so stinkin' good.

Glad you're doing well :)

Mrs. B said...

I didn't read Twilight either, just never could get into the books. Yet I loved 50 shades. It was very x rated but the story line behind all of that was amazing. They are a huge hit in the US and everyone is all a buzz about chance of a movie and more books by EL.

Hey Monkey Butt said...

Guilty of loving the Twilight Saga, what can I say I'm a sucker for a vampire. I fell into the millenium Trilogy as well and hell I'm the one who brought back the Cons ;) I have not read this 50 shades of grey. I think partly because I've never read any erotica novels. Let me know what you think of it when you're done. I'm waiting reviews from friends, not really getting any though. Perhaps they're just lazy! heh heh

Holly said...

Hmm, I don't think I'll read these books, even though I am curious, lol, I've heard they're not that well written.

I definitely jumped on the Converse shoe bandwagon though. I love mine, and actually wear them most days to work! :)

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