Kingett Reads Fifty Shades of Grey - Part 5
STORY BY Robert W. Kingett
Published: September 14, 2013
In chapters 17 through 20 we learn that… to be honest I don't know. I don't know. Intrigued, then it's time for Kingett to read Fifty Shades of Grey.
You know how you just finish reading and then you just stare at the book in utter amazement, feeling as though you were supposed to understand something or even perhaps learn something new about the character, or something that explains a characters behavior? That's what I was expecting. These chapters definitely drew me in because I was sure that some huge reveal was going to happen. Something could have had to be different because there aren’t any more plots to unfold. All there is are backstories and developments to make new plots. Essentially, the book is done.
Reading these chapters it left me stumped but not in a hidden secret kind of way, where I know there's some deep meaning I'm missing and I have to critically think and read to find the answer. I was stumped in a way that wasn't supposed to happen. the reveals and such are not complex enough and some of them just don't make any sense. Some characters develop but I didn't have that oh my god feeling because there wasn't any rhyme or reason to do so. It's as if everything went right in a fairy tale but the narrator didn't tell me what happened at the beginning.
As usual, I'll provide the chapter summaries below and then talk about what I've read.
In chapter 17 Anna and Kate move into their new apartment.
In chapter 18 Anna does a little BDSM.
In chapter 19 Anna meets Grey’s parents.
In chapter 20 Anna and Grey have sex and we learn that Grey’s mother died so that's why he doesn't like touching?
I'll get to why that's a question in a bit. In chapter 17 nothing happens at all that's worth mentioning. Anna and Grey both talk about how they are changing each other and I'm still very much confused why Grey loves Anna but I digress. I don't think I'm supposed to try and answer this, I think that the author didn't quite think these situations through and they are here just to suck these audiences in and make them go “oh my god the characters are developing!” This would be a lot more effective if, in Anna's case, I knew why she was changing into a submissive, and in Grey’s case, why he loves Anna so much. I still think it's not true love but that it's just vengeful lust.
Anna and Grey sleep together with no sex. This is a big development for Grey but I don't understand why he loves Anna so this just confuses me as to why this development is even here. I don’t get it. I don't understand it. I'm actually really happy that Grey sees that there's a better way of loving out there and that it's not all carrying lethal consequences but I don't understand why he finds Anna so attractive. Grey is making a slow yet firm transformation, even though he won’t admit it to himself.
Perhaps what they are doing to each other now isn't supposed to have a backstory or even a basis. Things will happen in the future based on what is happening to these two people as of now. Anna’s innocence is making Grey see that there's more to life than BDSM and revenge and Anna's willingness and lust for the BDSM is making her realize that she's entitled to think free thoughts and express feelings accordingly.
If this is the case then I have never seen this done and I don't know what to think about the slow transformation. In a way, it's very powerful but with the lack of reason on Grey’s part it's really keeping it from making sense and something that I like totally. Anna likes Grey because he's different but I don't know why Grey likes Anna. Because of her innocence? Why? What's intriguing about it? Is he stunned by her will and resolve? I don't know. I admit, I'm utterly stumped and I don't have definitive responses or thoughts at all. By this point in the story I believe I should.
Grey heads off to work and they have an email session where Anna says something really interesting. She was having two feelings at once and she didn't know how to feel so she asks Grey what he thinks. On the one hand she was aroused that Grey spanked her but she felt ashamed because she felt turned on about being defamed. She tells all of him this in an email but Grey just acts his usual self. Do as I say no discussions.
Can I just smite Grey right now? His reply is so bogged down with control that he can't even give her a goddamn discussion. What the fuck Grey, she's confused and you won’t help her? I don't understand you at all. Why do you love Anna and want to keep her so badly? I still think it's to exact revenge. Here's his email.
* So you felt demeaned, debased, abused, and assaulted--how very Tess Durbeyfield of you. I believe it was you who decided on the debasement, if I remember correctly. Do you really feel like this or do you think you ought to feel like this? Two very different things. If that is how you feel, do you think you could just try to embrace these feelings, deal with them, for me? That's what a submissive would do.
* I am grateful for your inexperience. I value it, and I'm only beginning to understand what it means. Simply put ... it means that you are mine in every way.
* Yes, you were aroused, which in turn was very arousing, there's nothing wrong with that.
* Happy does not even begin to cover how I felt. Ecstatic joy comes close.
Just fucking answer her question and stop trying to make her think a certain way Grey. Oh my god, so not a good boyfriend at all! Seriously. That's not even examining how she feels! He didn't even say let’s sit down and talk about it. He says do this, because that's what a submissive would do. He’s even focusing on his own feelings! He really is not mature for her. This is abuse. This isn't good!
Does anyone else see why he can't have a girlfriend just yet? Seriously, he didn't even answer her question and he didn't even explain it to her clearly. Oh my god, Grey, work out your issues before having a girlfriend. You are not healthy for her.
I don't think that's fair that she's healing him and she's changing into something else. She's trying new BDSM regimes but I don't know how she's developed. Her personality hasn’t changed, so I'm even more convinced that Grey isn't healthy for her.
Anna then has a conversation with Taylor, Grey’s assistant wherein Taylor says this.
"He's a good man, Miss Steele," he says with a smile. Then he gives me a little nod, climbs into my car, and drives away.
Before I get into the deep end I just have to point out a segment that totally confused the holy hell out of me.
Kate answers the door and is nearly knocked off her feet by Elliot. He seizes her in a Hollywood-style clinch that moves quickly into a European art house embrace. Honestly ... get a room. José and I stare at each other. I'm appalled at their lack of modesty.
Uh-huh, so does that mean he hugged her…. Chest? Hip? What? What happened? I don't know. Weird writing! Did he slowly put her arms around him like in the movies? What the fuck just happened? I didn't know you could hug Hollywood style. Does that mean they hug back to back? Upside down? So did they reach out with the left arm first? What the fuck just happened! I'm confused over hugging. Good writing always confuses a hug scene.
Here's another what the fuck moment. Anna has this weird lesbianism attraction to Kate, but this has to be the weirdest description that I have ever seen about anyone.
Kate buzzes the delivery boy in. His mouth falls open when he sees Kate, all tight jeans, T-shirt, and hair piled high with escaping tendrils.
Right, for the folks at home, plants have tendrils, not people. I wonder if Kate is Poison Ivy, perhaps she can sting some sense into Grey and tell him to go see a therapist and get a goddamn beach ball to play with. I believe that's what Grey needs is a beach ball and then he can command that to vent his frustrations.
On a serious note though I’d like to say something here and now, I think Grey is a really good person because he's taken his abusive past and made a company that feeds the poor among other things but I definitely think that this relationship isn't good because of the reasons I have said in my last review. There's a difference in being a good man and making healthy choices for you and for other people. Grey has made all the good choices but he has not made a healthy choice regarding Anna. Anna reminds him of the past and he just can't let that go. It makes me sad to see Anna just go ahead and be with him and not say anything about this. You can't change the past but you can definitely change the future and yourself as a human being. Grey hasn’t. He knows he has issues so why is he subjecting Anna to them, someone so innocent? He shouldn’t be, as I have said. He shouldn’t be at all.
Chapter 18 is all about sex. Anna does BDSM, literally, and that's the chapter.
Chapter 19 deals with his parents and Anna gets to meet his parents. There's nothing deep about them at all. Their nice, polite, caring, kind, ordinary. VERY ordinary. Let me bold how ordinary they are, just for a second. They are really ordinary people who have ordinary conversations and small talk throughout the chapter. I'm not joking. They don't have a personality at all.
At the beginning of this chapter I thought I’d have a lot of things to talk about between his parents and Grey. I don't. They are beyond boring. They are not poor, rude, pushy, smothering, overly kind, snooty, joyous, charming, funny, dashing, angry, bitter, religious, factious, deeply moving, or anything! They love Grey. They don't resent his wealth, they don't over protect him, they don't use him, they don't order him, they don't shower him with love, and they don't do anything, at all!
They don't do anything positively or negatively that I can even comment on. They are just there. They don't even ask Anna any interesting questions about herself or even what she's doing for Grey or with Grey at all. She talks with his parents about where she's going to go for vacation and that's it.
I keep harping on this because I don't understand. There could have been so much content here but there just isn't. They don't have any stand out personalities at all or they don't even say anything interesting or Grey doesn’t even say anything significant that they are not telling us. This is the only thing interesting that happens in chapter 19.
He places his hand on my knee--his fingers traveling up my thigh. My whole body tightens in response. No ... not here, not now. I flush and shift, trying to pull away from him. His hand clamps down on my thigh, stilling me. I reach for my wine in desperation.
Afterwards Grey gets angry, they have angry sex, and then they go home. Chapter 20 is just as vague. They have sex and Anna has sex with Grey to get him to tell her why he doesn't like to be touched.
Grey doesn’t like to be touched because his mother died because she did crack.
I don't understand what happened. What? I don't understand. Please help me. I don't understand.
I was fine with guessing that he didn't want to be touched again because someone performed BDSM on him but now I'm confused! What? It would have made way more sense if there was some form of abuse behind it but Grey tells us that his mother died so he doesn't want to be touched. I'm confused. I don't understand it. Anna sees burns on his chest and it would have made more sense if he said I was burned, or something. This reveal is confusing and it has literally wiped all thoughts out of my head. By the way, for the folks who want to know, no this isn't good story telling. There's nothing for me to talk about at all. Nothing, at all. There’s nothing for me to compare or explain because it doesn't go with the physical and mental scars. This doesn’t make sense and I don't have anything to say about any of it.
The next Kingett Reads Fifty Shades of Grey will be the last one. I will be reading chapters 21 until the end of the book. I'm hoping for more answers and we will definitely see how the ending wraps up among everything that I've read. Stay tuned everyone; the final Kingett Reads Fifty Shades of Grey will be coming soon!
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