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A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fifty Grades of Shite

Maybe it's not the worst book ever written. It may also not even be the worst #1 Bestseller ever written. What it is, though, is total and utter crap. I speak, of course, of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Rarely do I put a book down before I finish it. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the last time I did that, thanks to it being aimed largely at 10 year olds. I like the movies, and I like Stephen Fry reading the audiobooks of all seven, so it's not that bad. The Da Vinci Code, too, was so boring that I can't even remember if I finished it, or if it was the movie that filled in the blanks for me. Fifty Shades, however, is actually that bad.

There is some sense of guilty pleasure to it, how something so bad can actually be good but for all the wrong reasons. A little like Battlefield Earth, which is so uniquely awful you can sit back and enjoy the atrociousness of it all from concept to execution.