We started a new series of doing interviews with some other Fifty Shades of Grey fan sites, our first interview was with the Christian Grey Facebook fan page. For October we decided to go with a male perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey. What I love about Dave’s answers is that you will know automatically if you like his style just from this interview. I think some of you will love him and some of you will hate him, but to each his own, here is Dave:
What is your name? Dave King
How did you come to read Fifty Shades of Grey? I was aware of 50 Shades after my wife read it and was chatting to a friend about it in the pub. When I tried to engage them in conversation about 50 Shades, all I got was a series of stupid noises, comprising of giggles, sharp inhalations and too many ‘oohh’s’ to count. I managed to find out that there was a man (who turned out to be Christian) and a woman (Ana, obviously) who have a relationship. In order to be able to speak to my wife and female friends again, I started reading…
Did you read an actual book or an ebook? I’ve got it on my Kindle. As a man, I can’t be seen to be reading an actual copy of 50 Shades otherwise I will be shunned by society, mocked by babies and spat on by pensioners. An ebook is a much safer option for a man.
Which is your favorite book in the series? So far, I’m only on Chapter 24 of 50 Shades of Grey. By default it is my favourite book of the series and I love it more than life itself. However, that means it’s also my least favourite book in the series, so I loathe every single page.
What is your favorite scene in the series? There are plenty of bits that I’ve enjoyed, including where Christian appears out of nowhere, like a ninja, to save Ana from José’s aggressive cuddling outside the bar. I also liked the period sex because it gave me lots to write about! Having said that, I really love any scene with José or Taylor. I think they’re my favourite characters in the whole book. I love how Taylor is basically treated like a dog, being made to wait in the car (hopefully with the window open) or fetch things for Christian. He must really hate his life. I’ve got a real soft spot for José. He’s like a really well-meaning sexual predator who you can’t really get mad at. Imagine if a teddy bear tried to touch you on the tit, you couldn’t help but give it a ‘you shouldn’t be doing that’ look before giving it a big cuddle. That’s how I see José.
How many times have you read the series? 0. That probably makes me sound like the worst 50 Shades fan in the world, but in my defence, I do read each chapter 3 times and I have been writing around 3000 words per chapter, so I’ve probably spent more time with the book than most people. That might be the most depressing sentence I’ve ever written.
Outside of Fifty Shades of Grey, what is your favorite book or series? Well, after I finish reading 50 Shades, I am going to rediscover my masculinity and will be reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography which promises to be the most manly book ever written. While I read it, I may well grow a beard and punch a Tiger in the face. By comparison, while I’ve been reading 50 Shades, I’ve contemplated buying display cushions and I think I’ve started to develop a vagina. I also love Roald Dahl books because I am still a child at heart. I’d also highly recommend ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness which is easily one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. If you can read it without crying, you are dead inside.
Are you married, dating, or single? I’m very happily married to my wife of 2-and-a-bit years. As far as I’m aware, she still loves me, even though I don’t have a bajillion dollars, I’ve never taken her gliding and I don’t own any trousers that hang off my hips. Quite why she’s still putting up with me is a mystery.
Who would you like to see play Christian and Anastasia in the movie? I have a massive man crush on Tom Hardy, so he’d definitely get my vote. I seem to be the only person who thinks that he’d make a good Christian, but he looks astonishing with his top off. Just watch Warrior if you’re in any doubt. He’s also got that whole enigmatic, brooding thing that Christian has. I think he’d make a MUCH better Christian that Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer, and if you disagree, I WILL fight you (and probably lose.) For Ana, I think Felicity Jones would be ace. If you’ve not really seen her in anything, have a watch of Like Crazy. She’s still relatively unknown, but she’s fantastic and has a certain naive, innocent charm needed to play Ana.
If you were to meet E L James today, what 2 questions would you ask her? 1. Can you please retweet every single one of my Tweets? 2. I’m looking to start writing a book in the next few months. As someone who has led a busy life and still managed to write a book, how do you stay motivated to write and what tips can you give me for efficient, effective writing?
When did you start your website/fanpage? I started it back in July without much of an idea about what to do or how to write a blog. We’re now nearly 4 months on and nothing has really changed.
What is the goal or mission of your fanpage/website? When I first started, I genuinely thought that guys would read the blog so that they could pass my thoughts off as their own, making them seem like excellent boyfriends and husbands. I thought that I’d be providing a public service. As it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong! The vast majority of my readers are women who have read and enjoyed the series. I like to think that although I do make fun of the book, people can see that I’m not being malicious or mean, I’m just providing a different opinion and perspective on a book which has been written about and dissected by millions of women…but very few men have taken the time to actually read the books for themselves.
Where can people find you on the web?
Pinterest: I don’t have ovaries, so I don’t have a Pinterest account.
YouTube: I don’t have a YouTube account either. No one needs to see my face or hear my voice!
Other: I LOVE receiving 50 Shades-related pictures. If anyone wants to e-mail a pic, it can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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