I get it now why the book in my previous post sparked such a controversy amongst parents and teachers in the cyberworld. I have finished reading it and it was a quick read, as some parts can be skipped totally as they are of no consequence to the plot of the story. I got curious about the book as on online forums and education portals, parents and teachers seem to have a fit about this trilogy being sold at places as innocent at the Popular Bookstore and MPH. Geez. I got my copy at MPH One Utama, in my full hijab, not knowing the kinky weight of this book and why so many parents/teachers are seeing red over this black, tastefully designed book.
My ex-colleagues in education back in Singapore said that they have been given a mandate by their principals that any students found reading the trilogy or even the first book, they were to counsel the students themselves or send the students for counseling by the student counsellors in the schools. But oh please. We are talking about generation Z here, the IT natives. The much talked about book, if it already made me curious, and so many online sites and communities are talking about it, I have no doubt how easily their curiosity could be flamed. And it cost merely the same as 2 Mac Donald’s upsize meals at the friendly neighbourhood bookstore.
Basically the book is about beautiful and innocent freshly graduated girl, Ana who interviewed a successful CEO and Seattle’s richest and most good looking bachelor (this is a typical recipe for chic lits btw) Christian Grey. The whole plot was about them falling in love coming from two different backgrounds etc (again very typical chic lit) and all that shebangs. The extras, however came from Christian Grey’s character, who had a damaged childhood being the child of a drug addict prostitute and how he grew up in his adopted family into a self-made successful entrepreneur but with a sadistic need for BDSM sex (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism). A whole lot of new vocabulary for me that I had to google them, which brought me to some really graphic porn sites, all in the name of finding out info. The story is very draggy for me and I managed to skip many pages as we go along because they are all sex scenes repetitively, the BDSM kind, and I can just imagine teenagers and their raging hormones reading them. I slapped my forehead. The books also explored the theme of the pedophilia too, and how, Christian Grey who was made a submissive by his mother’s friend at the age of 15, claimed that it was that which ‘saved’ him.
No wonder parents and teachers are angry. (No doubt that to be angry, they had to be reading the book first right, just like myself and that, the irony of it, increased sales of the book and all the more made it a bestseller. Oh my…)
When I was a teenager, we were pretty much innocent. No internet means we had to buy our sources of extra info, which would affect our pocket money for lunches. What did we have? Smash hits magazines, Teens and Teenage magazines and PG rated Hollywood movies which cost $3.50 per ticket (quite a bit back then). In addition to that, the then Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew came right out and said in Parliament that the series Beverly Hills 90210 was evil because it promoted pre-marital sex. (If you are from my generation you would remember the character played by Shanon Doherty trying to decide whether or not to give her high school boyfriend her virginity on the night of the prom). I remember I was watching the series one Sunday afternoon when my father marched right up to the tv and turned it off. Bewildered, I hollered “BUT WHYYYY???!!!”. He said ” I watched parliament last night and the Prime Minister said this show is bad for our Asian values. I don’t know what this show is about young lady, but if it was mentioned in the parliament as being bad, you are not watching it!”. I scowled for a few days after that, because Jason Priestley was the Edward Cullen of my generation. But what Asian fathers say, Asian fathers get. That was the last of the show I watched.
Try doing it to this generation. Say no to the book, they still have their iPads and iPods and personal pcs where they could easily download the book in pdf form and more. Macam tak heran gitu.
Mannn. This generation has it bad, I think. For both the youngsters and their parents/teachers.