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Fifty Shades of Grey (original 2011; edition 2012)

by E L James

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Member:Wooper
Title:Fifty Shades of Grey
Authors:E L James
Info:The Writer's Coffee Shop (2012), Edition: First, Paperback, 380 pages
Collections:Digital copy, Advise others never to read
Rating:1/2
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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
  10. 22
    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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Book One is interesting....except for all of the drama! I read the first chapter of Book Two, and had to stop. How can you make so many excuses for your man controlling your life? Anastasia should have moved on after the first book, too! ( )
  Pamela_SC | May 24, 2017 |
Going out on a limb, I'm admitting I read this trash. I had heard the buzz and listened to an interview with the author (at ComiCon, of all places), so I wanted to find out what would get the nethers of millions of women in all a tizzy. I didn't find out. Baffled. And disturbed.

According to the interview, the author (I don't remember what her real name is) wrote a lot of Twilight fan fiction before drafting this thing. I don't know what idiot said to her, "Hey, have you ever thought of writing professionally?", but that person should be flogged (sorry, too easy). I read better writing when I was a teen and stumbled across the factory writing of the Mack Bolan and a few other series. Garbage. Hell, even Robert Anton Wilson wrote better. The writing is so amateurish, hackish, Harlequin romance-ish (I sped read a couple 25 years ago, just to find out what they were like...un-flipping-believable, but whatever), but with that Story of O spin (I read that too...the story was was more disturbing, but the fact of the wider audience here is more weird), it was a struggle to finish - and finish I must if I am to write an "informed" opinion.. These characters are so far from believable, but then that's the point, I guess. I can only guess that those millions of women want to yearn for the grade A sadistic bastard asshole of "Christian"...it's a mystery. And this Ana is instantly orgasmic with porn star skills? Wow.

Take a trash romance, add the "O" story element and then mash it up with some Penthouse letters (or at least what they were 30 years ago) and then dumb it down further. Too bad I didn't write this crap first and make a bunch of money, but I could never dream up these characters. Maybe because I never read the Twilight drivel.

Excuse me while I go take a shower or two. At least my neck muscles will get toned as I keep shaking my head. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Yes, I read this book and I enjoyed it. Sue me, I was entertained and that's all I care about when I read a book, not the controversies surrounding it (though sometimes that's what makes it intriguing and can add insights to the story). Typically I don't like straight up romance novel or erotica novels, they just don't interest me. However, I wanted to read this because of all the hoopla over it and because it originally started out as Twilight Fan-Fiction. And yes, I am a Twilight fan. I enjoyed it because at times there were very "Bella-Edward"-like dialogue, mannerism, & situations (which sounds like plagiarism in my opinion) and not going to lie, the steamy scenes were awesome. =) ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
The fact that so many women have enjoyed this book baffles me. It's badly written, poorly edited (can I get a comma in here?), and contrived. The dialogue is awkward at best and the parts in italics (the narrator's inner monologue?) is redundant and completely unnecessary when writing in the first person.

I started this book with exceedingly low expectations and it still doesn't compare to how much I hated it (so much, I haven't even finished it and I'm compelled to write a review). And then there is the fact that it is barely concealed plagiarism. At times, I felt like whole lines were lifted from the Twilight books. If you want to cut your teeth on the writing world through fan fiction, have at it, but please do not publish the works as your own. Changing the name and hair/color of a character does not make him or her your own. And attempting to emulate Stephanie Meyers writing style is just a disaster waiting to happen. ( )
  kmatti844 | May 2, 2017 |
Somebody needs to shoot this girl's inner goddess and Mr Grey is the worst dominant i have ever heard of!

2 stars is for making it bold and easy to follow. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 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
 
Sadomaso-Bestseller "Shades of Grey": Das Leben kann so stöhn sein - Fesselnde Story? Oder reine Quälerei? Der Sadomaso-Softporno "Shades of Grey" erzählt von einer Frau, die sich lustvoll einem Mann unterwirft. Jetzt erscheint der heiß diskutierte Bestseller auch in Deutschland. Sie wollen mitreden, ohne das Ding zu lesen? Hier die wichtigsten Fakten.
 
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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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