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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (original 2011; edition 2012)

by E. L. James

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Title:Fifty Shades of Grey
Authors:E. L. James
Info:Arrow (2012), Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, sex, romance, erotica, bdsm, relationships, love, submission, dominance

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (2011)

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Now, going into this book, I didn’t really know much about it beyond that it was about a young college girl who falls in love with a wealthy, successful man named Christian Grey. I had gathered – from the comments on the book, that there were some sex scenes, but that’s nothing surprising as so many were stressing the point that the book was “for adults”.

By about the third chapter, I almost quit reading. The writing style and main character just reminded me so much of the Twilight “heroine” that I nearly couldn’t take it. I am over this trend of authors penning these ridiculous female protagonists that are so naïve and weak. I would like to know what happened to writing protagonists that are strong and intelligent, and not merely intelligent because the author tells us so a million times.

This character Anastasia Steele is presented as an awkward, insecure klutz who “doesn’t fit in” anywhere – as per usual (read: Bella Swan of Twilight). Of course, she meets this charming, immaculate, wealthy man who the reader knows is immediately smitten with her – though the protagonist herself is naturally clueless (read: Edward Cullen of Twilight). To top it off, the entire story is set in and around Seattle, Washington (need I say it – read: Forks, Washington of Twilight).

Of course, it is at this point that I decide to Google more information about this book – and what should I discover? The book was originally a fan fiction piece based off of Twilight. That explained so much. Having learned that it was an acknowledged semi-copy, I decided to try to get past my dislike (I just really cannot stand Bella in the Twilight series) and continue the story.

I don’t want to give away too much of this book, for those who haven’t yet read it, but let me just say that this book – the underlying plot – has so much potential for a good, heartbreaking story about a man who, because he was a victim of child abuse, doesn’t know how to love people the “right” way. However, paired as it was with this very visually descriptive BDSM story-line (if you don’t know what BDSM is, I could suggest you Google it, but use caution on the links that you click; stick with Wikipedia or something known), that superior story-line is easily lost in the shuffle.

As for the writing style, as I mentioned, it is very Twilight-esque, and there are several phrases and points that get repetitive to the point of being obnoxious (such as Ana’s “hot, distracting” lip-biting habit, and her shy, timid mannerisms that are also just so “hot” – again fitting with the role of the weak female protagonist). Then again, the book being what it is, I suppose that’s to be expected?

Somehow, at the same time, you get a crash-course in SAT vocabulary. That is, of course, provided that they would want you to know the definition of words like lascivious, concupiscent, and salacious. Often, these SAT vocabulary words seemed unnecessary, as though E.L. James got tired of using the same words to reference sex, and so utilized the “synonyms” option in Microsoft Word. Of course, Ana makes a joke to that extent at one point, asking Christian Grey if he’d been “playing with the thesaurus again,” to which he responds: “you know me so well, Miss Steele.”

Overall, it's definitely not a book I'll recommend. I wish that the story had focused more on the psychological problems of Christian Grey and less on the BDSM – but that’s just my preference. It wasn’t my first experience with the BDSM genre – though that genre in general is not my thing – however, I do feel that, if that is your thing, there are other more well-written BDSM books than Fifty Shades of Grey, such as [a:Anne Rice|7577|Anne Rice|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1287842260p2/7577.jpg], for instance.

**Full review posted on Honest Reviews Corner** ( )
  ItEntertainsMe | Oct 4, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading Fifty Shades of Grey, even though many other people disliked it. This book was kind of a spin off of Twilight, just more on the sexual, risky side. I would not recommend this book to people under 18 because of how sexual it is, which is why this book was so controversial. The plot of the book is great, it sucks you into it, forcing you to read what is going to happen next. The way the narration is can sometimes be a little confusing because it seems as if she is thinking inside of her head. Other than that, this is a good read. ( )
  Neshia.Rowe | Sep 26, 2016 |
I thought this was a great book. I am sure that I will get flak for saying as such, but I don't care. ( )
  MzKitty | Sep 18, 2016 |
This book was terrible! The characters were ridiculous, the "plot" absurd, and worst of all (for a "romance" novel) booooooooring. Needless to say, I won't be reading the rest of them. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
Anastasia Steele blir förälskad i den mystiska mångmiljonären Christian Grey. Han är förtjust i Anastasia och ger svar på hennes känslor samtidigt som han varnar henne för att komma för nära. Grey har ett starkt kontrollbehov och besitter stora hemligheter. Jag tycker att denna boken var väldigt spännande då man hela tiden vill ha reda på varför Grey beter sig som han gör. Han är väldigt mystisk och Anastasia har svårt att förstå sig på honom.
  Veronikaaa | Sep 11, 2016 |
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For Niall,
the master of my universe
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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.
Du. Gehörst. Mir.
Why didn't you tell me there was danger? Why didn't you warn me?
Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…
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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more 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 adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind -- until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.… (more)

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