I did it. I succumbed to the peer pressure and read 50 Shades of Grey--all three of them, in one shot. While I certainly learned A LOT, I have to say, it did not live up to the hype. First, as you may have heard, the writing is less than great. Second--maybe because I am Latina, maybe not--but the whole "Grey" thing doesn't appeal to me (it is a little depressing).

I can, however, totally see why women are obsessed with the character of Christian Grey. He is hot, he is rich, he's an expert lover and he can DANCE! Bring it on.

With the following suggested changes, this would be the perfect book for Latinas:

Lose the grey: I don't mean Christian, I mean the color. One of the main "turn ons" in the book is his infamous grey tie that he uses to tied heroine Anastasia Steele up. Also, silver and white cars, White and black clothes, etc. Grey, grey, grey. I get it, it is his name, it's a writer's motif but every time I was supposed to be turned on by the appearance of his grey tie, I just went cold. The visual of a pale girl wrapped in a grey tie isn't hot. Red? Too obvious. Dark blue? Hell yeah!

Stop fighting the power: Our heroine Ana is very concerned with Christian's wealth and power, because she is afraid of seemingly being paid for sex. I get that but shut up already. If a man I loved wanted to buy me a company and let me run it, I would graciously accept and run that thing until it becomes the best company I could. And a Latina would never complain about the high-end lingerie collection he buys for her, just saying.

The hair pulling and lip biting have to go: It just ruins our hair and make up--that's a no no. Spank us all you want but don't mess with the hair.

Did you like 50 Shades of Grey? What would you have changed? Tell us in the comments below.

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Stacey C. Rivera is the Managing Editor of MamásLatinas and is a frustrated pastry chef in a working mom's body. She's the kind of person who cuts off all her hair on a whim and who uses a rice pot to cook Goya instant rice, so that her abuela isn't mad at her.

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renee...

I enjoyed it. I wouldnt change a thing regardless of being Latina. As far as the writing goes, well considering it began a chapter at a time as Twilight fan fiction on a fan fic site, I thought it was pretty decent.

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I agree w/ the above comment & I am a Latina. And the color Grey was PERFECT! As for the hair pulling, messy hair at the end is definitely worth it...unless your not getting yours done right. Lol!
Chica...

Couln't agree more. Was hooked on book 1 and lost interest in the middle of "Darker", highly doubt I'll get to the last one. One thing though, can't wait to see what Hollywood does with it and to find out who plays Grey!

SEA0701

No, I haven't had the time yet to read this book. Is it good, whats it about??

M0mmy0f5

WOW u hit it right on the head!! I do agree with Prev Posters...I think the most hype this book has gotten is from women who have not experience any of that "Sex" AT ALL...Hopefully this helps them...before all the hype, i downloaded all the books and after book 1 i have to say i wasnt so impressed...It got to a point where i wanted to slap Ana b/c she was becoming annoying...for a woman who at times used big words to describe grey, it became annoying to read her say " holy shit for the 1,00000th time...i felt the books lost me after a while...i began to skip pages b/c i already knew what was coming...now to play devils advocate a little...i  must say Had this been a latino doing all this to his ANA Maria...would Women being going googoo gaga or will they be singing the tune of "Oh so typical of Latinos who beat and want to control their women! BURN THE BOOK!! let me also add...im a big reader...i love books..  I love recommending books to my sisters and friends..i read the Twilight series in about a 2weeks..because i just couldnt put the books down at all...every break i got i was reading sometimes til 4 am having to wake up at 7 to be at work the next day...i didnt experience this with The 50 shades..to any women out there who are looking to write a book....how bout a 50 shades where Mr. Grey is actually a vampire and still gets down with the get down...ay cono ahora si que se va poner bueno esto! lol (wink)

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