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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:The Writer's Coffee Shop (2012), Edition: First, Paperback, 380 pages
Collections:Your library, Digital copy, Advise others never to read

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

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Just. Please.

I can't. ( )
  aliceoddcabinet | Jul 25, 2015 |
LOVED IT, LOVED IT. Make sure you have book 2 to start reading immediately after! ( )
  GwendolynGrace | Jul 15, 2015 |
Sweet, young and virginal college student Anastasia Steele is doing her sick friend a favour when she goes to interview multi-billionaire Christian Grey. As soon as she walks into his office the attraction is palpable. He is kind enough to warn her that he is “not the man for her” but this does not deter him from pursuing her to the point of stalking. You see, Christian has a secret. Instinct clouded by sheer physical attraction Ana agrees to see Christian and agrees to sign a non-disclosure agreement (what girlfriend wouldn’t?) and he quickly introduces her to his “red room of pain” explaining he likes to engage in BDSM. Ignoring her better judgement Ana listens to her “inner goddess” and decides to experiment with Christian.

This book has been getting quite a bit of hype and I understand there is a movie in the works. Personally, I don’t get it. I have no objection to erotic literature, and there is some that is very well done, but this book falls flat. In fact, as I was reading I couldn’t help but think if the author left out the “kinky” stuff it could well pass as YA. Ana is beyond annoying (she is involved with a “dominant” and keeps repeating “he is sooooo controlling” … dah!) and Christian, rather than being the erotic teacher, falls half a step short of creepy stalker dude (no amount of money and good looks could make up for his actions, even outside his red room!).

And now I am about to say something very sad. Despite the fact that this is not the best writing I have read I have an idea in my head as to where the story is going to go … I NEED to find out if I am right … so sadly am going to venture on to the second book in the series. That’s the price of my frustrated writer/inquiring minds personality.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Why aren't there negative stars to rate a book? WHY?? WHYYYY???

People can have sex whatever kinky way they want, from bondage to alien submission fantasies. Whatever turns them on, whatever makes them ecstatic. The problem isn't there. The problem is in the plot and write-up of this book. Frankly after the first 20% of the really dull and stupid story, it keeps repeating the same incidents over and over until the very last when finally (spoiler) the girl leaves.

It seemed more like the next version of the Twilight series to me, while Twilight was aimed for a somewhat younger age range, this is for the older ones. Where sex comes in the last book of Twilight, it starts from the first on this.

It's the same clumsy, bookish, inexperienced, introvert girl, and that same expert of everything, Goddish good looking and filthy rich dominating guy. The girl is overwhelmed that this weirdo chose her and the male dominates both physically and mentally. Yeyyy!

What worries me about the huge popularity of this cliche storyline is that women, good, educated, so called sensible women find these okay and praise and recommend these to others when there is so much violence against women even in this 21st century. I wonder if its been woven in women genetics to crave male domination or is it the million year male domination around the world that altered the synapses of the female brains to accept and think its alright to be submissive and promote such crap?!

P.S: Re-reading my review of this cr** after more than a year, I realize my own literary skills are much much greater than this woman who is supposedly a bestseller writer! In fact you can find better examples of literary skills in simple erotic stories by random strangers with a Google search than what this piece of cr** has to offer, if that's the reason one would pick up the book. Please don't, save yourself the time, this cr** is so poor in the category of erotica even, it won't be satisfactory enough! :v ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
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 |
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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…
*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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