I haven't read it - not in full anyway. In fact, given that there are roughly four grammatical errors in the first opening paragraph, it put me off. I thought, "Well if you are going to write about the rules of fetish, the regimental ties of Domination and Submission in their best possible way, I doubt you can do it well if you have a double split infintive in the first sentence." Thats sloppy.
Hard to say how I came across "the scene", but I have read some good, some bad and some shocking books on the very subject, in depth and by quantity. This however - 50 shades of Grey, in my opinion was a poor substitute. I took to the darker corners of the internet, to actually speak with the fetish community on their thoughts on publisizing their underground movement into the mainstream. One word - OUTRAGE!
I had to agree with all they said. It painted a sorry look at their lifestyle choices, it was bland, unappreciating and generally lacked heart. Heart was a big word that jumped out of their thoughts. These were people I knew in all walks of the community - right out there, and more subtle. But I can tell you now - RULES and HEART are at their core beliefs and actions.
Truly, never have I come across SUCH a respectful group of people as those in the fetish world. Respectful, learned, knowledgable and strict. If you don't have rules these are risky games to play - they say!
50 shades lacked the rules - you can't break them. Not even if you fall in love. So Mr. Grey in my opinion, (and that of many a heartfelt fetishist) - was a very WEAK Dom.
I think opening up myself to more on the subject is somewhat risque; but I did put together a group of pictures, some are personal pictures and others ones people have been kind enough to share with me from their own collections. I think in their world where everything is about the visual and the touch, pictures in this case really do speak. (Particularly when bound and gagged). Some people will be amazed, other intruiged and others horrified. One thing I must point out clearly - These pictures have rules. They were taken with rules, by rule-abiders, and for genuine purpose. MR. Grey - listen up;
I can obviously understand why this book flew off the shelves, as I have been peacefully saying for some 5 years now - "we are poised perfectly for a sex novel of our time" (I wrote one) but I did know that our society was crying out for this. However, disappointed was the end product, given its flimsy nature in comparison with some of the beautiful literature that IS already in print that few people read - The classic Story of O - WILL change your life and the way you look at Love and Sex. FACT.
However it was written in 1954. Hear that E.L. James; 1954! She improved on this classic erotic novel none- and Shades of Grey is literally pale beige in comparison. And these pictures remind me plenty of O.
And thats all I have to say on that.