Friday, March 16, 2012

different Shades of Grey - slave assignment 3/16/2012

My darling Serafina,

On your Kindle you'll find three new books by E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

Your assignment is to read the trilogy in order, and make 3 separate posts, one for each book. Each post will detail, discuss, and review an individual book. Your review of book one is to be completed before the end of April, book two by the end of May, and book three by the end of June.

with desire, devotion, and dominance,
Michael X. Samadhi

What I love most about the hoopla surrounding "Fifty Shades of Grey" is that the story here isn't really about women getting turned on. It's not even about women desiring more sex with their partners. It's about women sharing information with each other. It's about storytelling and friendships. Women have found something that enhances their emotional and sexual lives and want to pass that knowledge onto their friends, family members, and even the world at large.
    ~ Dr. Logan Levkoff 
For individuals reading this assignment who aren't yet familiar with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and the story's protagonists, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, you might be in for a treat.  The series is very popular.  To best of my knowledge, Shades of Grey is the first time any book with a frank portrayal of BDSM has made the bestseller list.  The first book of the trilogy is currently the #2 seller in Kindle books at, having already reached the pinnacle of that category in a previous week.

Here just a small sample of links to media coverage of this book phenomena:
  1. NPR -'Fifty Shades Of Grey': Publishing's Sexiest Trend 
  2. NY Times - Discreetly Digital, Erotic Novel Sets American Women Abuzz 
  3. LA Times - Bestselling 'mommy porn': '50 Shades of Grey'
  4. Huffington Post - Deconstructing Fifty Shades of Grey
  5. Slate - Book Club Erotica


  1. Dear Sir,

    While O did give his blessing for mouse to read it, he's forbidden mouse from entering in discussion about it in her vanilla book club.

    Looking forward tho, once mouse has the time to read it, to see what all the fuss is about.

    Really look forward to read what your serefina has to say!


    1. Omega's direction seems wise to me, as a vanilla book club might not be quite ready for the perspective of an individual with real experience with BDSM . . .

      I've read excerpts and know the story line, I'm reading along but staying a chapter behind Serafina so she can discover the book herself without any of my initial influence, but with this pacing I'm available for discussion of any points she might like to further consider.

  2. BTW mouse dear - If Omega prefers you to call me Sir, that's perfectly fine, but I also want you to know that you are welcome to call me Michael . . .

    1. Dear Sir,

      After reflecting a little on your remark, mouse truly prefers to refer to you as Sir. Not because Omega requires it, but because mouse feels that it demonstrates the respect she feels for you, in your writings here and in your comments on The Power Exchange blog as well.


    2. What an honorable sweet mouse! Omega should be so proud of you!

  3. Dear Sir, I have also been asked to read the series and to discuss with my Luther upon completion of each book. Not going to quiz me in the traditional sense but to ask me to consider the matter and also how this might improve our marriage.

    I am married (recently) to my Luther. He is my husband and Lord but at this time we have not entered/explored me being considered anything but his wife. (That doesn't sound right, as if being wife alone was not good enough, I hope you understand my meaning)

    I am having a hard time of understanding what my being his slave would entail. Would I lose all sense of self? of being an individual in her own right? Your lovely wife sounds incredibly content and in love, so obviously there can be wonder and love in this type of relationship. May I ask, how did you and she walk the path towards this?

    I am having a hard enough time being properly submissive to my dear husband. I still have issues with impulsive behavior and these are some of the reasons, he can get quietly displeased with me. I then become sad that my actions have reflected poorly towards him. Sigh.

    Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

    Love, Isabella

    1. Dear Isabella,

      Our path has not been a conventional one. Serafina was not experienced at all with any thing even related to BDSM, so I've had to use great patience as she's grown to understand what it is that I most desire. We started with orgasm control, with Serafina learning to ask permission for orgasms. Also, because we landed in the role of being caregivers, moving slowly in the BDSM aspects of our relationship was not even something that was a choice, it was the only option we had!
      Life has to come first.

      You both have my best wishes moving forward.
      Love and respect,

    2. Dearest Isabella!

      When I read your Blog Entries and notice you have a gratitude post and all the ways Luther has been there for you, I would tell you that you, my sweet, have nothing to fear!

      I would also encourage you to go ahead and read the books, for so far the heroine has multitudes of doubts along the way. I have reached ch 20 and although I am not an avid fiction reader I confess this one has me spell-bound.

      I have become aware there is a fair bit of controversy about the way this publication was created, however the story is outstanding and the author who created this has a great ability to write a great novel. It is my wish that the correct person gets the credit, but it is not my personal endeavor to involve myself into that debate.

      I think anyone who picks who picks up the book will find it difficult to set down.


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