Alice of Alice at Wonderland has been slogging through the literary anal dribblings of E.L. James for what feels like an eternity. There is only so much “Fair point, well made Miss Steele/Mrs. Grey” and “Laters baby” one can read before one feels as if they’ve been sucked into a Groundhog-Day-like reality of which there is no escape.
If after reading the above paragraph, you still desire to pore through the monotonous ramblings of an author who knows neither plot or character development, then Alice has prepared a handy how-to on how to slog through this pile o’crap.
Have you wondered what all the fuss was about with 50 Shades, but been scared to read it? Of course you have! With this simple guide, you can read 50 Shades of Grey and possibly keep your sanity.
How To Read 50 Shades
- Download it to your e-reader. Then if someone asks what you are reading, you can say “Well it certainly isn’t 50 Shades!”
- Skip directly to chapter eight. This is the one with the sexy times. Nothing happens before then, trust me.
- Try not to get aroused by the references to “down there” and the frequent exclamations of “oh shit!”, “oh my!” and “oh, jeez!”
- Move on to chapter nine. Get introduced to Christian’s penis. We now know all the important characters.
- Skip to chapter eleven, appropriately the chapter with the sex contract copied directly off of some internet site. First use of the fascinating email plot device.
- Begin drinking game. Start reading every fifth page (this will not break continuity) and take a drink every time Christian and Ana 1) have sex 2) email 3) say something idiotic.
- Stop and read chapter eighteen, if you want to see Ana get a vaginal exam. If you’re sane, move on to chapter twenty-three. It’s safe, I promise.
- I lied. This is the chapter of the infamous “tampon scene.” You’re welcome. Good thing you’re totally wasted, huh?
- Skim through scenes of Christian beating up Ana. We don’t want anything to tarnish the momentum of this romantic novel.
- Last chapter: watch Ana sort of grow a spine, leave Christian, and “surrender to her grief”. Stop now. Pretend it’s the last book. You’ll be glad you did.
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I can’t remember if the metal ball in Ana’s “woohoo” was in the first book or second. I was busy vomiting vodka, so I can’t quite recall.
Christian has been sticking stuff up there so long, there’s no telling what’s up down there.
Na Na Na Na Nasty.
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Alice of Alice at Wonderland has a guest post up at The Official How To Blog. I believe it mentions butt plugs so you know it has to be a good.
If I’m drunk at the outset, does that count?
I can’t imagine why else you would pick up the book unless you were drunk or insane (like me).
Do I have to? I was kinda hoping this would be like the “How to Throw a Children’s Birthday Party” page: Don’t!
That is also very good advice. Don’t, don’t, don’t, doooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn’tttttttttttttttt!
This is all I would ever want to know about this book. Thank you for doing all the research for me. Also, my liver thanks you as well.
I only wish I had chosen to read it this way. I almost forgot – Ana boozes so much in these books, you could take a drink every time she drinks. Now that’s a drinking game.
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Having never read it , I think this is perfectly summarized
Maybe I could write cliff notes for when people read this in English class – as what NOT to do in writing, I can only hope.
I think your contribution would generate a flood of amazing writers.. or just really horny teens, getting off for free.
I made it about a third of the way into the third book, put it down and forgot all about it. That’s for reminding me that I’m not really missing anything. Great post!
You should be commended for making it that far.
Really? We only meet Christian’s penis in chapter 9? You would think that an important character like that would be introduced sooner.
Well, you sort of meet him since she’s always talking about his erection in public places, yet no one else seems to notice the trouser tent. I don’t get it.
Absolutely hilarious! I wish I had played the drinking game while reading it on my Kindle last summer. It would have made the book mildly more interesting. 😉
I’m not sure if there’s enough booze to make that book look pretty.
Thank GOD someone else has identified the “tampon scene” as being ridiculous. You’ve no idea how many women I’ve talked to who believe that scene is EROTIC.
Alice, you totally nailed this. Get it? Nailed it? Okay, I’m leaving now…
What? Seriously? They think – ugh, I figured even the fans I figured just looked over that one. Grosssssss. That scene still haunts me. And yeah, everything I say now sounds dirty thanks to this book.
I don’t believe you two have met! AHHHHAahahahaha
I go with read the recraps 🙂
Definitely. That’s the one good thing that has come from this book – the recaps. I still laugh over Speaker’s Hugo and Goofy.
I haven’t read the book and I am torn (and not in THAT way). I feel culturally illiterate because I don’t know what everybody is talking about. But I’d feel plain old illiterate if I DID read it. Thanks for putting together this Cliffs Notes version for me.
It’s true. I’ve analyzed this book and I’ve determined that it actually promotes un-learning. You get dumber the more you read which means the sentence not sure how to make one.
Funny post. I still haven’t read it…because I still don’t want to.
I had never contemplated reading 50 Shades of Grey – however you may have changed my mind…
Just remember – you can never unread it.
I agree – funny post. And I don’t want to read it either.
But, but, there are people who DO and have read it MULTIPLE times and made websites about how much they LOVE it. Why? Whyyyyyyy?
But, but, maybe that’s it! Butts! 😉
Thanks for the tips. I have no intentions on reading the book but if I do…now I know how to.
And knowing is half the battle.
Crap nuggets. I can’t believe I didn’t have this guide when I read 50 Shades last year. It too ended in a surrendering to grief.
And a long, long sad trombone sound . . . waaaaa waaaaaaaaaah.
I wish I had seen this before I bowed to the hype! Read all 3 (although only perseverance made me read 2 and 3…I just hate leaving a book unfinished and I am an optimistic person, always think it will get better…surely, it will….no? darn!) Luckily I got a bundle deal for the 3 so only paid for one…thank you ebook for saving me the shame as well of having people looking at me on the train…It was pants.
I know. I didn’t think it was possible for them to get worse. But they did. Worse and worse and worse and OMGGGGGG!
I like my chicken bound and gagged.
It tastes sexier that way.
Anyone who loathes this book is a good human.
I am a good human. That’s the best compliment all day!
Huh. I must say I gave 50 shades half an hour of my time, but in the skim read I somehow missed the reference to tampons and vaginal exams… can I have an extract please?!
Also, it’s interesting to see Speaker7 is not the only expert on 50 shades 😉
Speaker tried to warn me, but did I listen? Nooooo. Did you say you want an extract of the tampons and vaginal exams?
ha! yes, in one shake please. To ease with digestion.
A reader compared me to E.L. James the other day . . . . and I didn’t get the reference. Ooops! Now after reading your wonderfully snarky post, I don’t know if I should be pleased or angered by the comparison.
Since you can write in complete sentences, I’d have to disagree. Unless the reader meant you were rich like her, in which case can I borrow a few thousand?
Why why why didn’t I read this blog before putting myself through the agony of reading the book?! You shouldn’t just blog it. It needs to be pasted to every copy of the book as a warning the same as the warnings on cigarette packets.
That’s a good idea – warning labels. The surgeon general says 50 Shades of Grey is damaging to your brain.
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For those who haven’t read 50 shades yet or who have this is an awesome way to approach it
I couldn’t go past the second book. All that ‘I wanna hurt you, Ana’ shit got to me.
Jeez, what’s with you? It’s ROMANTIC. (sarcasm alert)
I am not a fan of Hard-Core Romance. 😛
I wonder why some girls are crazy over this book!
Another sign that education in both Britain AND the U.S. is abysmal?
How ’bout them silver balls?
They go jingle, jangle, jingle in her hoo-ha!
I only read a few pages of the first book (about 10, probably) and I was extremely bored and annoyed by Ana and the poor writing technique of the author. Than, I browsed through the book to see if something interesting happens and I almost vomited at the sex scenes and was seriously terrified by the contract the girl signed. I gave up on it without giving it a second thought, to the real dissapointment of my manager, who had lent me the book after reading it all during a flight from Las Vegas (that’s passion and determination, I’m telling you). I am just glad I am not the only one who sees beyond the buzz and there are other people like me. Fortunately, I did not encounter tampon or vaginal exams when I browsed it :).
Very fortunate. There are people who have read this not once, but multiple times. I’m currently covering the 3rd book (almost through Hallelujah) and . . . it’s just . . . it should not be possible, but each book, each page, each sentence is progressively worse than the last one. I don’t know how she does it.
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I walked down the aisle at SAM’s club. the end cap was filled with all three books. I found myself asking out loud “Since when is SM a household word?” I chucked as I watched the grey haired women flipping through pages; reading right there. I then stepped over and picked one up. I happened to open to the contract, read a few paragraphs, shook my head at what has happened to feminism and put it down. Right them I realized I WAS the grey haired woman standing their reading. I have a friend who’s 86 year old mom read it. I am lost in the draw. I still don’t get it. But, if that can get published there is hope for me? READ THE BOOK? I barely got through your summary! 🙂
ugh. *there*! so much for being published! ugh. I do believe in editing. I do believe in editing…
Oh, man! How does a teetotaler read this book? I can’t DO drinking games.
Well, I suppose I could drink water every time, instead of whiskey, but I’d be living in the bathroom.
Yeah, if I had really played this game, I’d be dead of alcohol poisoning. I played with Dr. Pepper, so I just rotted my teeth.
Well, haven’t read this pon yet, but if I do I will certainly keep this How To in mind! 😉
A good idea. Also see Speaker 7’s 50 Shades recaps. They tell the story in the funniest way possible – with a puppet and a rabbit. And sometimes clay vaginal balls.
Very funny, dear. I haven’t read this particular book myself but as with any book that makes such a big splash I am fascinated with all the fuss. I find it odd that, considering the amount of copies this book has apparently sold I have yet to come across a single compliment for it.
In fact, every person who has bothered to write a review of any sort has been rather critical.
The author must be thinking she’s the goose that laid the golden egg. At least something got laid, I suppose?
Thank you for writimg this enlightening post about an unenlightening book. I tried to read it last year and it felt like I was pouring acid on my brain.
And not the good-trip-balls-acid…the bad stuff.
The IN2G show has reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey in a little video. Do you reckon it’s 50 Shades of porn? Our two Christian presenters have divided opinions…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRjoeHYA7jU&feature=youtu.be