Way back in high school, when I was so naive and innocent, I read a book that was older than my age. Yes, and I did not mean to read that book if I have known. But hey, Paolo Coelho is one of the best writers in the world. After reading his worldwide hit, The Alchemist, I planned on going into a Coelho book marathon. So I bought THE book — Eleven Minutes.
Page 11, the word ORGASM screams out loud in the middle of the page. I was honestly taken aback. I was having second thoughts of finishing the book but the story was really interesting and extraordinary despite the adult nature of the book. Yes, there were some details explained and I was not able to finish the book on time. Why? I lost the book on my way home from a Baguio trip. *bummer*
But after everything and the advancement of technology, I was able to finish reading through an eBook and visiting the bookstore once in a while. Indeed, Coelho deserves an overwhelming standing ovation for that book. It’s really not the typical story of a girl meets boy, and it enlightened me on some aspects of prostitution.
Although the book as adult in genre, I can strongly say that it’s more than the sex. Adult genre is quite surprising one way or another.
The story does not end there as recently, I stumbled upon a #1 bestseller in New York Times– Fifty Shades Trilogy. It was during the holy week when Mo Twister and Angelicopter was exchanging tweets about this “controversial” book. And since Mo Twister was giving away free eBooks, I asked for a copy. And since I was not in a reading mood for over some time now, I did not jump into the book right away. It took me weeks to finally read it, again without knowing the theme or genre of the book.
I thought the book somehow talks about racism given that the first book is Fifty Shades of Grey. Thinking of grey, I was thinking of colors equivalent to races. But then again, history repeats itself. Somewhere in the middle chapters a conversation of Christian and Ana after signing the NDA threw me back to my chair:
Ana: So you’re gonna make love to me in your bed?
Christian: No. I don’t make love Ana. I fuck. HARD.
See? But now that I am an adult, I enjoyed the remainder of the book waiting for the kinky fuckery of the two protagonists that makes my pants a little tighter. It is what keeps me motivated to finish the book. That is what fuels me to finish a book written in a woman’s perspective– the sex. That was book one.
When I transitioned to book two, Fifty Shades Darker, my opinion about the series changed, again it’s more than just the sex. For me, it was more psychological given that the child is the father to the man. It was everything in Christian’s childhood that made him who he is. (Okay, enough of the spoiling.) I finished this book the fastest and by a wide margin, my favorite of the trilogy.
Fifty Shades Freed is somewhat a conclusion to the story of Christian and Ana with a little complication here and there. This book is the longest and I would even hope it’s longer. You just can’t get enough of the adventures of Christian and Ana. And the best part is the bonus chapter, Christian’s POV. In that way, I can re-read the book with a more relate-able thinking.
Adult genre never fails to amuse me. I’m actually redefining my definition of adult genre: it is not just sex. I can’t really describe how I view the genre but I know I understand what it really is. Let’s read more of the adult genre, lol. Or maybe that’s because I am already an adult and it is this time when I’m supposed to appreciate what it really is.