by E.L. James
Kindle Edition – Read June 28, 2012
Cost: $9.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 382 pages
Official Description: (This is book 1 of the Fifty Shades trilogy)
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
My Take: *Warning some very mild spoilers*
I know, I know, everyone else has read and given their what for about this book, well it’s my turn now. Curiosity is what let me to Fifty Shades of Grey, I mean everyone and their dogs have read it, and now Universal is going to make a movie out of it. Honestly, I don’t get the appeal, yeah for book porn? I mean that’s what I call racy sex filled books, but this wasn’t as naughty as EVERYONE has made it out to be. Yeah there is sex and a little tiny bit of BDSM, but meh, not really.
Oh my, I don’t know where to start. Did this book have an editor? I’m sure it did, why in the heck did this editor let so many errors get through, I mean there were sentences that just made absolutely no sense at all. I know my grammar and sentence structure is a joke, but I’m not charging you to read this and seek pleasure from it. Plus, I’ve never been able to view my own errors, but man, I can spot them a mile a way in a book or article. Is that weird? Anyway, these books need some serious editing.
Oh holy repetition Batman! How many times can you say “it’s erotic” or “bewitched and beguiled” or the other phrases that are constantly repeated. I mean come on! I like some variety in word usage. It also seemed like the author logged on to thesaurus.com for some “smart” words, which honestly felt out of character for the characters. Yeah they are college grads or big tycoons, but still they say the same “smart” words, over and over. I mean yeah you’re “mercurial” apparently everyone is, find a new word now.
Ug, the more I think about this book the more frustrated it makes me. Yes, while reading I did enjoy it, unless I began to think about it, and then there would be some heavy eye-rolling. I get that this started as Twilight fan fic. I understand that Ana is a clumsy young lady attracted to the mystery of the hunky Christian who keeps saying “Stay away”. I also understand that the appeal to Christian is his mysterious past, as well as his good looks, money and stamina. I mean really, how many men do you know with that much stamina? Also we get that Christian is “fifty shades of fucked up” but after that phrase we are all of mister seven shades of blah, or mister fifty shades, it wears thin. Oh and that green-eyed monster just rears up between both of them which get predictable and annoying.
Alright now to the reason this books seems to be so popular, the sex. A year ago I would have been embarrassed and uncomfortable reading all the sex scenes, but since I’ve gotten back into the book scene I’ve gotten over those emotions and take them for what they are, a way to move the story forward or a natural progression to characters….which moves the story forward. Sometimes, these segments are just sex for sex. Ana is a virgin when she meets Christian because she’s never met anyone who she fancies, and her emotional judgement is clouded because of classic literature. Really, some people find that books cloud your judgement is hard to believe but for a lot of people that’s a reality. Books give people a false sense of reality, of love that just doesn’t work the same in the real world. I can understand Ana’s obsession over Christian, he’s her first and it was apparently magnificent, which is not a normal reaction that most women have after their first time, and yes women do talk about sex…alot. Most people don’t have a glorious ‘first time’ experience, so lucky Ana I guess. She is just so drawn to Christian and she’s stubborn and he’s stubborn so they both work well together. The sex is ok, if you’ve never read sexy books then I can understand why people are so gaga over these books. Women are becoming more and more comfortable with sex these days, and these books ARE geared toward women. Those romance novels aren’t cutting it anymore and women need more excitement and mystery. Christian gives some excitement and mystery. I know that the BDSM community is none to happy with the portryal in the book, because BDSM isn’t supposed to be scary and this book makes it seem terrifying. Really, if you’ve never been exposed to it then I’m sure it is scary. I don’t know much about it myself, and even so there really isn’t much BDSM in this book, I’m sure there is more later on but this just has a couple of scenes. There is no sweet, sweet love-making with Christian because he doesn’t do love. He’s very carnal or animalisitc for very unhealthy reasons. No the sex scenes aren’t bad, they’re not all that racy, but they aren’t bad. EXCEPT the icky one, I mentioned it to my husband and he made a horrified face. I’ve actually heard a lot about this scene it is a popular one that people find equally gross. I mean really I don’t know what guy would want to pull out your tampon, I mean that would just be uncomfortable and gross and yucky. That’s all I’m going to say about that…
Yes I’ve been dogging on this book, but it’s not downright terrible. I did enjoy this book on some base level, I especially liked the email correspondence and I did giggle while reading it and truthfully I was entertained as long as I didn’t think about what I was reading. I still don’t get why this is so popular but if you don’t think at all about the book then you might enjoy it as well, I also have found that this book has been most popular among casual readers. I’ll read the rest of the series, because I do that, I hate to leave things unfinished (darn this crux), I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’ll be able to talk about this with some random ladies in the grocery store….which is awkward by the way, at least people are reading.
“Men aren’t really complicated, Ana, honey. They are very simple, literal creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they’ve said – when really it’s obvious.”