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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (original 2011; edition 2012)

by E L James

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Member:vivaval
Title:Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
Authors:E L James
Info:Ebook (2012)
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Tags:Romance, erotic, trilogy, bondage, S&M, BDSM, EL James, Ebook

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

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    The Story of O by Pauline Réage (GYKM)
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    Nine and a Half Weeks by Elizabeth McNeill (dara85, Aleana)
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    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (amz310783)
    amz310783: Beautiful Disaster reminded me of Fifty Shades, except loads better (I think this is how Fifty Shades should have been written.)
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    My Favorite Person: A Non-Fiction Romance by Charles Stampul (Anonymous user)
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    The Boss (The Boss, #1) by Abigail Barnette (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: a different take on bdsm relationships between boss and employee.
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    The New Bottoming Book by Janet W. Hardy (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: for those who want to make their newly discovered desires real life
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    Learning Good Consent by Cindy Crabb (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: for everyone who got inspired to do kinky things in real life.
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    The Harem by Thomas Sweeney (Emma-Reads)
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    Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward (becksdakex)
    becksdakex: Read the whole series, steaming sex and romance. This one with a little BDSM
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    Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (sanddancer)
    sanddancer: A more grown-up take on female sexuality
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    Topping From Below by Laura Reese (Anonymous user, Anonymous user)
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    Panic Snap: A Novel by Laura Reese (Anonymous user, Anonymous user, Anonymous user)
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    The Gift of Shame (Black Lace) by Sarah Hope-Walker (marcejewels)
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    Shades of A by T. A. Kimpton (Anonymous user)
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    Twenty Tones of Red by Pauline Montford (PaulineMontford)
    PaulineMontford: Twenty Tones is a 'progression' from this series. It is more intense and the heroine actually wants...even craves...domination. This adds a new twist to her erotic adventures.
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Not a very good book, not very good writing, but I couldn't put it down. It had this elusive ingredient that turns a book to an addictive read not to say a compulsion. ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
Not a very good book, not very good writing, but I couldn't put it down. It had this elusive ingredient that turns a book to an addictive read not to say a compulsion. ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
I have no idea why i read such stupidity. my kids will never see a copy anywhere in my house when i have kids. ( )
  RinHanase | Mar 11, 2017 |
With an ending like this, I would usually be sad, devastated or something along those lines. However, one star goes to this one because instead of leaving me in tears, I laughed. It is beyond silly. That never happened before. It is not a case where a reader hates where the characters are going. I don't give lower ratings when that happens, but I don't like when a heroine is this stupid. It isn't about the big picture at all (what she allowed or did not allow, that doesn't matter). It is about her reactions, thoughts and comments to the things she saw and experienced.
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  Aneris | Feb 15, 2017 |
Oh boy. Where do I start with this piece of crap? The only thing it's good for is laughs. The sex scenes suck, the BDSM is not accurate,the characters are flat and incredibly annoying, there's too much British slang in a book that's supposed to be set in the United States. And quite simply, this is basically Twilight with the names changed and geared towards adult audiences (aka married women who can't get laid), and way worse.

1. The sex scenes. Now I, a fanfiction writer, am not that great at sex scenes. They're hard to write. So I stick with not writing them often. James is worse at sex scenes than me, and I'm sixteen, and she's probably thirty. The first rule of writing sex scenes is not to use any euphemisms. Not only does James use them, but she uses them way too much. There's too many "oh my's" to count. She never actually uses the words penis and vagina, only "down there," and "him."

2. The BDSM. I'm a firm believer that if you know nothing about what you're writing about, you either research it, or don't write about it. Don't write about something you haven't research and know nothing about. The BDSM as portrayed in this book is a false representation. Now sexually frustrated mothers (and teens)think BDSM is all whips and chains and spanking, which is not true at all. Look up BDSM if you want to know what it's all about.

3. The writing. It may be even worse than Twilight, honestly. And the story is lame.

4. The characters. Ana Steele is an older version of Bella Swan. That means Christian Grey is a more hardcore Edward Cullen. Basically, 50 Shades is Twilight except raunchier, which is funny, because it started out as Twilight fanfiction. Anyway, Ana is boring and flat and annoying. Christian is flat and controlling and abusive. And a total stalker.

5. The use of slang. The author, EL James, is British, but is that any reason to include British slang in a book set in the US, said by American characters? If using American dialect is too much to ask, why not set the book in England, make the characters English characters?

The only good things to have come out of this book and the other two is the scathing review blogs that always make me laugh, unintentional laughs from the book itself, and the fact that reading erotica is not that taboo anymore. But I wish it wasn't this erotic book that got popular; I'm sure there is much better smut out there.

The few good things are what earned the book its one star. Otherwise, it doesn't get any, not even a half. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
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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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