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- Publisher: Peter Tupper; 1 edition (March 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C35AKZA
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The Curious Kinky Person's Guide to the Fifty Shades trilogy Kindle Edition
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However, as another reviewer wrote, he did lose his objectivity at times, and his opinions did not hold true to the text. Fortunately, that didn't happen often. For example:
He quotes from a scene in Freed where Ana and Christian are having an argument after she told him she was pregnant and he spent the night getting drunk. Yes, he was an ass the night before. Yes, he spoke to Elena which made Ana angry. However, Mr. Tupper then writes this as his opinion:
"This is one of the most disturbing moments in the series so far, when it looks like Christian is seriously threatening Ana (pregnant with his child) with confinement or physical violence. Would the Goon Squad lock her up on Christian's orders?"
First, the quote he used was out of context. At no time was there any indication that Christian was threatening Ana with confinement or physical violence. In fact, Ana was driving that entire encounter from start to finish. She was the aggressor. Not only was there no threat of confinement, she made it clear that Christian had no rights to touch her (as her husband), and she intended to move out of their bedroom. He did not issue any type of threat to keep her from doing so.
From the text:
Ana - "While you wallow in your pit of self-pity and self-loathing, I'm going to work. And when I return I'll be moving my belongings to the room upstairs."
Christian's reaction - He blinks at me, shocked.
Christian - "You don't want me?" he whispers
Ana - "I'm still here aren't I?" I snap.
Okay, he's whispering and she's snapping at him. Threat of physical violence, Mr. Tupper?
Yes, at one point she asks if he's trying to frighten her. But, let's really look at that interaction.
"Are you trying to frighten me?" I mutter, breathless (because she's been yelling!), DELIBERATELY TRYING TO DERAIL HIM.
It works. He stills and swallows. "That wasn't my intention." He frowns.
Who is manipulating? It wasn't Christian, and at no time did Ana feel threatened. Interestingly enough, after her little temper tantrum she goes to work and sulks when he doesn't email her during the day.
For another example:
At one point Christian tells Ana that his former submissives were a pleasant diversion. Mr. Tupper appropriately points out that a dom should not feel that way. There would most likely be an emotional bond between the dom and sub. However, there was evidence in the text later where his actions were in conflict with this statement. In one case, he supported a former submissive while she was in medical school. He payed for Leila's health care, living expenses and art school. Instead of making the connection that, obviously, Christian didn't just think of his subs as a diversion, in fact, he kept in contact with them and gave them support when needed, Mr. Tupper makes a snarky comment about how much money Christian has given out to his subs. However, Ana would never be able to tolerate hearing any of this. She was angry when she found out about the art school. Therefore, Christian told her the only thing he knew she would accept. Now, that could lead to a different topic of discussion
However, it does put a different narrative on Christian's true relationship with his subs. He wasn't the unfeeling, uncaring dom he was made out to be. Whereas Mr. Tupper usually does an excellent job of relating all the text and putting it into context, this link between Christian and his subs was completely looked over. Well, except for the snarky comment about Christian's wealth.
He also makes comments about Christian not calling the police on Leila, completely ignoring the fact that the reason he didn't want the police involved was because he wanted to help Leila get psychiatric care instead of seeing her led off in handcuffs. No, he didn't have to press charges, and he could have still paid for her care. But once she gets into the system, which she would be even if he did drop charges, it could still follow her around and cause her problems with a job or family later on. I'm sure the fact that he didn't want his private sex life aired out in public played a large role as well, understandably so. Okay, that last bit was probably the driving factor.
There were also snarky comments about the keypad on the gate at the new house as well as tracking devices on the cars. Mr. Tupper completely ignores the fact that for someone as wealthy as the Greys, those would be common security measures. If Ana were kidnapped or car jacked that tracking device would be a handy little thing to have on her car. And I'm sure the gated keypad would be nice when you're wanting to keep out unwanted guests from a multi-million dollar home.
There was also a scene where Christian took her into the playroom after she lied to Christian about staying at home with Kate instead of going out and dividing up the security team. Ana broke down crying and yelled, "red, red, red." You stated that when a sub stops a scene it's no one's fault and I liked that. However, when talking about their encounters in the playroom, you always included this encounter as one of the times when she was left sobbing. That actually was a bit disingenuous. When she started sobbing, she was thinking about all the things that had happened during the few days prior to the scene. Jack Hyde, Christian leaving town on business, and several other things. Her breaking down had very little to do with the scene. If she had been in the kitchen, on the toilet, or anywhere else, she would have had that little breakdown. Yes, it was during the scene, but she was having a prima donna moment exempt from the scene. She was thinking that she didn't know if he would stop. But that's not really true. She said "red" and he stopped. She knew she had a safeword, and she could have said it long before "everything from the past few days" came crashing down on top of her. She didn't have to wait until she was bawling and slinging snot to say her safeword. So, yes it happened in the playroom, but I don't really think it should be included in a case of a time when their encounter in the playroom ended with her sobbing. It does give a rather distorted view of what happened and why it happened.
Also, to add to that, she had these little episodes "often". Very, very often. In the elevator after Jack Hyde forced himself on her. Everything from the past few days came crashing down on her at once. After the car chase, everything from the last few days came crashing down on her at once. This was not unusual and the playroom really wasn't a factor. It was just how she was.
Also, at one point you used the example that Jack Hyde was in jail, therefore Christian still having security with her was due to the fact that he was basically holding her prisoner. What you failed to take into account is that they knew at this point that he must have had an accomplice helping him and they didn't know who that was. So that person was still out there. Since Jack made one attempt to kill Christian (sabotaging the helicopter), and one attempt to kidnap her, it was reasonable to assume that person would be dangerous.
You mentioned Christian's anger after Jack Hyde attacked her. That's not why he was angry. It was due to the fact that she told him Hyde was trying to black mail her because he had her emails. This was after Christian told her a gazillion times that her emails were being monitored and to use her blackberry. Which she stubbornly refused to do. So, once again, he had to ask an employee to become involved in his private life in order to have personal emails scrubbed from the servers. I would also be furious.
After she hid in the playroom, he was angry. Thinking about it, I can put it in perspective for myself. If someone had just made an attempt to kill me. Say, sabotaged my car - since middle income people don't have helicopters - and my husband suddenly disappeared. I had searched the house from top to bottom. There was a good chance the person who made an attempt to kill me had an accomplice on the loose so there was a good chance my husband had been harmed. I had the police at my house and they were making plans for a search and rescue. Then suddenly my husband walked into the living room announcing he would be ready for work in the few minutes. Like Christian, I would be furious and also want to know where the blank he had been. This was the scene which led up to their argument the next morning after he had left to get drunk after she told him about the pregnancy. Yet, that part of the story didn't seem to go into your thought process of the scene or book.
There were others, but I will close with one more.
Mr. Tupper gives us this exchange:
Ana and Christian are in Christian's office talking to one of his employees by speaker phone.
Barney, the employee, has examined Hyde's work hard drive and was reporting the results to Christian. Ana is listening in when this exchange takes place. Remember, this is Ana's pov.
"What was on the hard drive?" I whisper.
Christian's face hardens and he shakes his head. "Nothing much," he says, tight-lipped, his smile forgotten.
"Was it about you, or me?"
"Me." He sighs.
"What sort of things? About your lifestyle?"
Christian shakes his head and puts his index finger against my lips to silence me. I scowl at him. But he narrows his eyes, and it's a clear warning that I should hold my tongue.
After quoting this text, Mr. Tupper surmises, "In other words,'Quiet, missy, this is adult/man talk.'"
No. Mr. Tupper, this is a man who is speaking to an employee. A man who keeps his private and sexual life separate from his professional business. This wasn't a man/adult talk. This was a "shut up about my sex life while I'm talking to an employee," talk.
Mostly this book was fun. I laughed out loud and agreed with most of the author's viewpoints and assumptions. But, when he snarked instead of thinking some things through, it did stifle my enjoyment of the text momentarily.
I learned SO MUCH. The contrast with 50 Shades gave a context that was both entertaining and informative.
Docked 1 star because, although you can tell the author tried (which is more than most 50 Shades commentators), there were times he failed to be objective about the books. May alienate any rabid fans of the books as a result.