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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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Never considered myself a prude, but this was a little too much for me. I should have stopped when I got to the "Red Room Of Pain," but I still cared about Ana at that point. Not any more! Won't be reading the other two books in the trilogy. Definitely would not recommend to anyone, unless you are reeally into bdsm. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Definitely different - know a lot of people like it, a lot hate it. I ended up really enjoying it, but I'm an oddball with this stuff so that doesn't surprise me. I find it amusing today to find out it was Twilight inspired. I'm not a fan of the Twilight series at all, so this makes me chuckle.

The plot is completely character-focused: Ana is a young, innocent girl who meets a young, sexually advanced man. They end up together, sort-of, going back and forth with plenty of doubt, uncertainty, experimentation, angst, and love. The build-up is a little slow to keep it realistic and reading foreplay interesting, and once sex is there fun experimentation comes into play.

Some have said it's basically a porn book. Honestly it doesn't seem to me to hold more sex than a lot of romances (especially historical) and paranormal romances out there. I do appreciate the author making a build-up to it, too. Over a hundred pages pass before any sex happens, and emotions play a large part of the story, not just lust.

BDSM is present of course, it's Fifty shades of Grey after all! Despite the fun set-up of the "Red Room", things stay moderately light in their experimentation. It's not so out there it's hardcore D/s or BDSM lifestyle at all. Much of the sex is vanilla in nature to build up for the character.

I enjoyed Ana's character for the most part, but she started seriously lacking toward the end. Over-analyze much? She wouldn't drop a lot of things and keeps overdoing things in her head. She seems Christian as someone who is broken and needs fixing, while he sees himself as that way for a reason and not wanting to change, although he is trying to compromise.

Personally I found Christian erotic as hell. He is a bit too controlling, sure, and in real life some of his actions would get to me, but in the book it fits everything he told her, made fun reading, and erotic moments. I was irritated sometimes when he said "baby", that just seems out of character and place. Really dug her roommate and the other characters involved. Their e-mails were a lot of fun!

The ending was depressing, and I'm glad there's more to come. I'd hate for it to end here with this bitter resolution. I'm hoping for a happy-ever-after myself, although I would be irritated if the happy-ever-after meant Ana is right with some of her thinking.

The book is fascinating and I couldn't stop reading it, but there's some flaws. The thinking of Ana is off sometimes I think, she over-complicates and over-analyzes, sometimes a few lines are cheesy, and some of the sex is a bit unrealistic with chemistry, but since it's a romance book technically, this kind of can be expected. Looking forward to reading the second to see what happens. ( )
  Paperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Hot, hot, hot!! ( )
  winterslights | Jun 12, 2016 |
OMG! I will have to come back and review it after I've sorted the turmoil in my head. ( )
  crisana | Jun 2, 2016 |
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James.

Well, I can’t believe I read the whole book. My Mother must be turning in her grave….I don’t know how it got such a high rating and hit the top bestseller list everywhere. I must be old-fashion.

This book was so poorly written as far as grammar, spelling, dialect, many rampant scenes, repetitive use of words; underdeveloped, overdeveloped characters, (depends on what character the reader is referring to), rushed sex scenes, and a story with no plot. They call this romance?? It’s just plain bland exotic sex. I don’t know much about the BDSM subject matter but really, who has a full blown orgasm or two every time you have foreplay or sex. Maybe they do in that exotica world but I know it wasn’t like that in mine and I am normal….

We have two people, one male, Christian, one woman, Anastasia who meet by chance. Christian, who likes to be called Mr. Grey and likes to call Anastasia, Ms. Steele form a so call exotic relationship with a contract signed by Ms. Steele (which she never gets around to signing) stating she must obey, call him sir, and allow him do what he pleases during their sexual encounters in the , “Red Room of Pain”. As far as I’m concern the interaction in the relationship comes across more as sexual/domestic abuse because she considers the spanking more as a beating. Plus, Mr. Grey stalks Ms. Steele who is an innocent young woman and spends most of his time trying to convince her that it’s a completely natural experience to be hurt and humiliated, and how much she’ll enjoy the adventure if she would just let herself be free minded.

I’m glad the way the book ended. It was the only good part of the story (spoiler). She finally realizes Mr. Grey has some problems that she cannot succumb to….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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For Niall,
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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.
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Du. Gehörst. Mir.
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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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