Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan

October 18, 2012 Book Reviews, Books 6

If you’re looking at this and thinking something along the lines of, “I can’t believe Heather read this,” you’re not alone.

I can’t believe I read it either.

Firstly, let’s talk about what this book is about, then we’ll discuss why I read it, and if I came even close to liking it.

Diary of a Submissive is exactly what it sounds like. Sophie Morgan is a “21st century woman.” She’s smart, she has a successful journalism career, she has some snark; she just also gets off on being the submissive in a S&M relationship. This “diary” follows Sophie’s story of her sexual life. From the early days in college where she was first spanked to later in life where things get a little… crazy…. To put it in today’s terms, Sophie meets her Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey reference!) and the whole reason her book got published, I expect. Sophie doesn’t pull any punches, or hold back the details. What follows is a straight-forward discussion of sexual fetishes. It’s no-holds-barred, explicit, and (to me) a little unnerving.

Okay, a lot unnerving.

I am not what I would call a prude. However, okay, yeah, I do have a bit of the prude about me. I just believe there is a time and place for every conversation. I think sex lives are best left (mostly) private. Yet, I found myself curious. I’ve BEEN finding myself curious. Not about the lifestyle, per se, but about this sudden influx of erotic literature into the market. I know it’s always been around, but ever since 50 Shades of Grey took the world by storm, I’ve been curious. What IS it about this kind of literature that is attracting so much attention? From all I’ve heard, 50 Shades of Grey is horrible. I’ve had no desire to read it. Yet. What was I missing?

Apparently not much.

Yes, Diary of a Submissive is daring. It’s bound to be controversial. After all, this does purport to be a true story. I know I don’t see the appeal of this lifestyle. Not only does it seem slightly dangerous, it seems demoralizing, and I can’t see how a good relationship can grow from such a thing. I had hoped perhaps Ms. Morgan would help me see the light a bit, but sadly, she didn’t. I finished the book feeling… well… a little dirty. And in probably not the intended way.

I can just imagine the kind of discussion a book like this could generate. So, join in. Come visit BlogHer all month to discuss the book and find out just what other people think of Diary of a Submissive.

Disclaimer: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. Seriously. MY OWN.

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6 Responses to “Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan”

  1. Rebecca

    I am not a prude either, but I still find these books a little much for me. Perhaps I have found a comfort zone with sex and erotica and have no real desire to read outside them. Maybe I am getting old, I don’t know! I read The Color of the Earth the other day and decided I could have done without some of the more graphic comic strips. I think maybe I am not in the right mood for these books, I don’t know.

  2. Charlie

    I’d wonder how much of it was written purely to get the audience who reads 50 Shades, so in that respect I wouldn’t go near it. To be honest though, what put me off more was an article I read by the author, it was just silly. Wrong kind of angle I suppose, I should be thinking of the sexual content, but my feelings towards it didn’t get that far.

  3. angela

    I read/reviewed it for BHBC, too. I found it interesting because I realized I may not be quite as open-minded as I like to think I am :)

    I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey either (not because of the prude angle, but because I hear it’s so poorly written), but I googled to try to find out the explicitness level. If what I found on-line are truly the “most explicit” scenes, I think this book will be a bit of a shocker for readers looking for more 50 Shades; Diary seems much more frankly graphic.

  4. Meg

    Oh dear. Though I also have stayed far, far from the Fifty Shades phenomenon, it’s hard to escape the sudden influx of erotica in the market . . . and I actually caved recently and read MJ Rose’s Lip Service, which is about a sophisticated Manhattan socialite who moonlights as a phone sex operator. I actually . . . liked it! And there was much more of a plot between the naughty sex scenes than I anticipated.

    But this one? Eh. I think I’m going to steer clear, though I enjoyed your review!

  5. Andi

    I was actually gonna try to get in on this one, but I missed the window of opportunity. Sorry the book didn’t work out better for you, and I’m curious how it would’ve struck me since I have read 50 Shades. The writing is awful but it certainly has stoked an interesting cultural conversation in all its controversy.

    Thanks for an honest review, Heatheroo, and I may pop over to the forums to check out the discussion.

  6. softdrink

    I just can’t get past the belief that this, and others like it (even the parodies!), are cashing in on the 50 Shades success…so yeah, I’m avoiding them all.

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