Welcome to this week’s ‘Two For Tuesday’, a weekly post hosted by myself, The Reading Nook, where each week I pick a bookish topic and discuss two of my favourite (or least favourite) things about that topic! If you feel like joining in, feel free to use the above picture, and don’t forget to link back to the post so everyone can see!
This week’s topic is two book series that I read as an adult, and loved.
There have been many series that I’ve read and adored, so this was hard to narrow down, and there were a few that almost made the cut. The decision came down to whether I wanted to seem more credible, or more honest. I chose honesty, and made my choices. They are the following:
A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin
It’s hard to put into words how brilliant this series is. Made up (so far anyway, come on George!) of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance With Dragons. The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are still to be released. For those who, like Jon Snow, know nothing (I’m so proud of that, you wouldn’t even believe) the series takes place on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. There are three main plot points in the books – a war among several families for control of Westeros and the Iron Throne, the threat of the zombie like frozen creatures beyond the Wall in the northernmost reaches of Westeros, and the journey of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of the previously deposed king of Westeros, as she travels from Essos to reclaim the throne.
It is an exquisite series of fantasy books, with complex plots that include White Walkers, the risen dead who march towards the living, fire breathing dragons, magic, cruel politics, battles for the Iron Throne, and a cast of characters who are unforgettable. The books have spawned what is arguably one of the most popular and talked about television series of all time. The television version has now ended, while the final books are still to be finished and released.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James
Now you can see where the fight between honesty and credibility came in. Look, I know many people think that this is a hugely problematic series, and I can see why they think that. It’s a risky choice. It’s far from a literary masterpiece, the writing isn’t that good, the story isn’t that original, but damned if it didn’t make an impression on me. It caused such a stir when it was released, and I can remember the book being passed around in my job like it was something forbidden, and people having hushed conversations about it in the hallways…due to the risque subject matter, it’s not something you want your manager to hear you talking about!
The trilogy includes Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. They all follow the relationship between college graduate Ana Steele, and young business tycoon Christian Grey. Ana is clumsy, self deprecating, and inexperienced, a fact that both frustrates and attracts the arrogant and cocky Christian. She has little knowledge of love, or sex, and Christian’s sexual interests include BDSM, sadism, and rough, meaningless sex. He initially has no interest in a romantic relationship with Ana, but when she tries and fails to incorporate herself into his lifestyle, he finds himself falling for her. They do eventually become lovers, and as the books progress, Ana finds herself gaining confidence and Christian learns to open up and let her in.
I can’t even explain why I loved these books so much. I devoured them, and fell a little bit in love with Christian myself. I know that there are much better romance novels around, but there is just something about this series that grabbed me, and I have to hold my hands up and say that yes, I am a Fifty Shades fan!
So, if you’ve finished judging my choices, what are yours? Are there any series that you’ve read that you just loved?