Lodi resident Roger Pohlman is in the middle of reading “Fifty Shades Darker,” the second book in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. The 24-year-old Lodi High School graduate believes men enjoy the book just as much as women, and answered a series of questions about the books.
What do you think about the books?
It’s actually a very good love story. It’s not what I expected. Honestly, from what I had heard about it, I thought it was just a lot more of a dark story about bondage and all that. A lot of it was actually kind of light and intriguing.
What did you love or hate about the books series?
Actually, this is one of the few books (where) I liked the whole thing. I’m not much of a reader, but when I do, it’s usually good books. This is one of the first love stories I’ve read. Most of what I read is action or fantasy.
Why did you pick up the book?
I heard a lot of people talk about it. I wanted to just see the dark qualities of Christian, and how deep Mr. Fifty went.
Do you feel like people are nervous to talk about the story in public?
It seems like it’s one of the books people don’t want to bring up in the general public unless they know someone else has read it. I think it’s because of how detailed some of the scenes get in the book. Some people view it as more of a pornographic novel than an actual book.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
That’s a toss up between Christian and Taylor. Taylor is just one of those people who is kind of there and you want to know more about him, but you just get little bits and pieces. .
Why do you like Christian?
To be honest, he’s more of a phantom because of his past life. It is kind of how my life started too. I was born into the world on the (bad) side of life and got adopted into a warm and loving family, too.
Do you feel like a guy has a different experience reading the book than a woman?
I think so, because Christian is more domineering. He is a male in a dominating position, so more men would feel how he is feeling, while more women would feel how Ana is.