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Fifty Shades of Grey (original 2011; edition 2012)

by E. L. James

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Member:Moniica
Title:Fifty Shades of Grey
Authors:E. L. James
Info:Arrow (2012), Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
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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So, I've been hearing about **how amazing omg** this book is for years, and I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about - and, to be honest, I am still not sure.

I went into this book knowing that it was originally Twilight fan fiction, and even though the author has changed a few things (Jacob is now José, for example), you can definitely still see its roots. I'm not a huge fan of Twilight by any stretch of the imagination; it's not like I can say that I enjoy reading Twilight, because that's just not the word I would use, but I find them to be in the "so bad they're hilarious" range. Fifty Shades of Grey, on the other hand, is just horrible.

I disliked the character of Anastasia instantly and thoroughly. She's annoying as hell and keeps repeating the same phrases over and over again ("oh my," which I always hear in George Takai's voice; "he's out of my league" or some variant of; "wow" over and over again; etc). And that girl chews on her lip so much that it should be ragged. And she's always smirking.

Christian Grey is just as bad. He's always enigmatic, although he smirks quite a bit as well (not much as Ana). I just find him boring as all get out, to be honest. There is no mystery there for me, no draw. I felt absolutely no chemistry between Christian and Ana. Truthfully, I just wanted them to get to the sex scenes, because I've been told they were hot, hot, hot.

Except they weren't! Like the rest of the book, the sex scenes were written just as badly. I've read my fair share of erotica, and let me tell you, these are some of the least sexy sex scenes I have EVER read in my life. Ana continually refers to her vagina as "down there" or the "deepest, darkest part of me" and I was like...what the fuck. Seriously? I mean, eventually she does say "vagina," but still. And how many "oh my" and "wow"s can there possibly be? Ugh!

The book is not sexy. It's not so bad it's funny. It is just plain awful. I absolutely cannot see how this book became so popular! It makes no sense to me! There is so many better books out there - read those! ( )
  schatzi | Jun 25, 2015 |
This was an extremely interesting book. I picked it up because of all the hype. Everyone was calling it 'momma porn'. It does have a lot of sexual acts in it, but it doesn't go into too much detail.

I really like the story line, however unbelievable it is. Ana and Christian are great characters and they were written quite well.

I do have one big issue with the book. When describing sex scenes Ana will say ...now he's touching my sex... I have to assume that when she says sex she means vagina, but I'm thoroughly confused about that. Maybe different cultures/countries refer to the vagina as sex. But I've never heard that.

On an emotional/relationship level I think that these two are just like any couple, just trying to work through the hard stuff to have the good.

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  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
The first half i was kinda confused by how i felt about it. I have read harlequin romance novels, and lots of fan fiction. but i wasnt sure what this book was about...I didnt want it to just be a story without depth and feelings...but i just finished the very long book...that is filled with ridiculous amounts of sex scenes...which no normal people could possibly keep up with...at least i dont think ..but maybe on their honeymoon. but ultimately im intrigued by the hero, christian, who for some reason is cam gigandet in my head. anyways...i want to know how this plays out...but i think it could have been severly condensed...its very drawn out...and ultimately that may bore some readers who tire of sex scene after sex scene...i skim them now to get to the talking emotional parts...but maybe their is other women out there doing the opposite. it gives you something to think about...and i dont think it hurts anyones marriage...it would only help it..as ive heard people say. ;) i would like to see this in movie form. just toned done...into r rated...not x. its not as amazing as twilight or hunger games...and its uncomfortable and formal ? sometimes because the relationship is so unnatural at times but maybe thats what the author is shooting for right now..but its also intriguing and steamy and heartfelt at other times. wonen who love to rescue emotionally screwed guys just to be the one girl who fixes him, this book is for you. its one of my fav themes. ( )
  Alwaysmidnight | Jun 16, 2015 |
The first half i was kinda confused by how i felt about it. I have read harlequin romance novels, and lots of fan fiction. but i wasnt sure what this book was about...I didnt want it to just be a story without depth and feelings...but i just finished the very long book...that is filled with ridiculous amounts of sex scenes...which no normal people could possibly keep up with...at least i dont think ..but maybe on their honeymoon. but ultimately im intrigued by the hero, christian, who for some reason is cam gigandet in my head. anyways...i want to know how this plays out...but i think it could have been severly condensed...its very drawn out...and ultimately that may bore some readers who tire of sex scene after sex scene...i skim them now to get to the talking emotional parts...but maybe their is other women out there doing the opposite. it gives you something to think about...and i dont think it hurts anyones marriage...it would only help it..as ive heard people say. ;) i would like to see this in movie form. just toned done...into r rated...not x. its not as amazing as twilight or hunger games...and its uncomfortable and formal ? sometimes because the relationship is so unnatural at times but maybe thats what the author is shooting for right now..but its also intriguing and steamy and heartfelt at other times. wonen who love to rescue emotionally screwed guys just to be the one girl who fixes him, this book is for you. its one of my fav themes. ( )
  Alwaysmidnight | Jun 16, 2015 |
The first half i was kinda confused by how i felt about it. I have read harlequin romance novels, and lots of fan fiction. but i wasnt sure what this book was about...I didnt want it to just be a story without depth and feelings...but i just finished the very long book...that is filled with ridiculous amounts of sex scenes...which no normal people could possibly keep up with...at least i dont think ..but maybe on their honeymoon. but ultimately im intrigued by the hero, christian, who for some reason is cam gigandet in my head. anyways...i want to know how this plays out...but i think it could have been severly condensed...its very drawn out...and ultimately that may bore some readers who tire of sex scene after sex scene...i skim them now to get to the talking emotional parts...but maybe their is other women out there doing the opposite. it gives you something to think about...and i dont think it hurts anyones marriage...it would only help it..as ive heard people say. ;) i would like to see this in movie form. just toned done...into r rated...not x. its not as amazing as twilight or hunger games...and its uncomfortable and formal ? sometimes because the relationship is so unnatural at times but maybe thats what the author is shooting for right now..but its also intriguing and steamy and heartfelt at other times. wonen who love to rescue emotionally screwed guys just to be the one girl who fixes him, this book is for you. its one of my fav themes. ( )
  Alwaysmidnight | Jun 16, 2015 |
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“Fifty Shades of Grey” is being released in time for Valentine’s Day. That’s a bold move, since the film is not just unromantic but specifically anti-romantic; take your valentine along, by all means, but, be warned, it’ll be like watching “Rosemary’s Baby” at Christmas
 
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For Niall,
the master of my universe
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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.
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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…
*RU OK Ana*
*Where RU Ana*
*Damn it Ana*
*Are you home safe?*
*Call me*
"I agree to the conditions, Angel; because you know best what my punishment ought to be; only-only-don't make it more than I can bear!"
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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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