Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review # 211: Filthy Shades of Gray - A Parody by Steve Roach

     When Anna interviews a wealthy and successful fruit-stand owner, she has no idea that she is being roped into a filthy relationship with the sexually perverse Mr. Gray. - "Filthy Shades of Gray" (aka "The Pervert and the Slag") by Steve Roach is a parody of the bestselling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James.


     I was offered the chance to read E. L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" this year, but I am not a fan of erotica so I turned it down, but when a fellow reviewer told me how hilarious the parody was, I was curious. Upon looking at the cover, I was intrigued - It couldn't be that bad, right? Well, it was and it wasn't. I've read many parodies over the years, so I know what to expect - and one of the main requirements is that the plot/characters are reminiscent of the ones in the work being parodied, and according to other readers, they are. Since I did not read the original, I am not sure if I understood all of the references, however, I did find some humor in the overall plot and dialogue; it seemed to get better as the book progressed. I definitely believe that this book should be read after the Fifty Shades trilogy because it is not as well developed as a full novel, and there are holes in the character personalities and histories. If I did not know anything about the Fifty Shades books, I would not find many of the characters or events amusing. Although, knowing about the nature of the books, I did find some hilarity in the crude, disturbing, and sometimes violent sexual forays between Anna and Gray (No spoilers!). The book is short, (142 pages), and the laughs/shudders are scattered, but readers of the Fifty Shades series will probably enjoy it. The kindle edition I received did have some grammatical typos, as well as formatting errors, but that is common in eBooks. The only other aspect that I did not care for was the slang used; I had to look-up some of the British words that I could not guess the definitions of, most of them plain awful, but still interesting to see on paper.

Rating: Toe Tag (1.5/5)

*** I received this eBook from a friend in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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