At one point I thought the 50 shades books were kind of cool, I mean, they were an amazing example of success with self-publishing, breaking boundaries in sexual content in popular novels, and introducing people to new aspects of sexuality. Right?
Then I actually read the books. Actually, I started hearing some things that made me be not so sure about the series pretty early on and then read the books. Either way, I believe that if I'm to tear apart a book that I should at least have read it first.
I have read all three books. Even my fiance was happy when I finished reading them. The only "tingling" I got from the book was not "down there" but one of wishing bodily harm on fictional characters. Let's just leave it as I found it to be a very misleading and unsafe representation of the lifestyle/sexuality that it supposedly exposes, filled with characters that were utterly un-engaging, and poorly written to boot.
There is one thing about 50 shades that I do like though - the parodies and criticisms that have resulted (this is one of my favorites, a hysterical chapter by chapter tear down), including titles like Fifty Sheds of Grey or Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. I may have not read these books, but the titles make me smile.
A few of the bits that made me snicker/chortle/or otherwise express mirth:
"He looks across the table at me, his eyes burning with unfathomable emotion. Or maybe it's conjunctivitis." (p.42)
"There's something about you, Aurora. Something completely irritating, yet irresistible, like a badly written BDSM novel." (p. 42)
"Hard Limits: Never fight zombies with fire. Never fight zombies with gynecological instruments. Never fight zombies with leopard stilettos." (p. 63)
"Suddenly it was like I was dating a needy vampire." (p. 154)
Fifty shades of brains can be read online for free or you can buy a DRM-free ebook or the physical book. Quick note on the ebook, it is available through them directly as PDF or EPUB and sideload the file, or you can buy for Nook/Kobo/Kindle for a slightly higher price and access through the appropriate app. If this sounds amusing but you'd prefer to read something where one of the leads doesn't get turned on by zombie killing I'd recommend checking out another project by one of the authors, a fun library comic named Unshelved.