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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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    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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    Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair by Elizabeth McNeill (dara85, Aleana)
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    Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (sanddancer)
    sanddancer: A more grown-up take on female sexuality
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    Panic Snap: A Novel by Laura Reese (Anonymous user, Anonymous user, Anonymous user)
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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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    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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While I cannot recommend this book because of what I classify as amateurish writing, I do have to say that I feel the huge backlash against it is unwarranted. Yes, Grey is a creepy rich man who uses his money and influence in questionable and stalkerish ways... but his attitudes and procedures regarding BDSM contracts and rules is, in my opinion, exemplary.

Though, I hated the way BDSM is portrayed as sick and twisted. No, it is certainly not for everyone, but neither is it cruel.

Ana is innocent and naive, and I have to say that she is the wrong character to use to explore an introduction to BDSM. ( )
  HippieLunatic | Feb 20, 2015 |
DISCLAIMER: This is a review of an audiobook.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James is the first book in a romantic/erotic trilogy Fifty Shades. The story centers around a rather strange yet enthralling relationship between a recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young, handsome and insanely rich entrepreneur Christian Grey. Anastasia is beautiful and smart but, despite a handful of admirers, she has never been interested in a man. That is, before she met Christian. But Christian is, in his own words, “fifty shades of fucked up.” He is an intimidating control freak with a dark past and singular erotic tastes. Yet he cannot stay away from Ana either.

THUMBS UP:

1) Intoxicating love story.
Yes, there are a lot of graphic sex scenes in this book, but, buried beneath all that pornography, there is also an intoxicating, heart-fluttering love story, which I absolutely loved. Yes, it is a “Twilight”-type love story, but hey, I loved Twilight too.

2) Realistic and relatable characters.
It might be a by-product of love story intoxication, but I actually cared about the characters and found them flawed but realistic and relatable. Yes, Christian sometimes can be rather creepy but, given his upbringing, he could have turned out much worse. Besides, he is so protective, attentive and respectful towards his family and Ana (*siiiigh*). And Ana… yes, she might seem a little bit immature, but give the girl a break - she is in love!

3) Convincing (almost).
I agree that it is rather unrealistic that a smart, good-looking and apparently highly desirable 21-year-old American girl has never been interested in a boy, let alone kissed one; but other than that, I found the plot of “Fifty Shades of Grey” to be quite convincing. The events didn’t seem forced or rushed, the reactions, emotions, thoughts, expectations and doubts seemed natural and reasonable, and you could really see the characters gradually falling in love with each other.

4) Beautifully narrated and captivating.
Becca Battoe’s passionate narration and colorful intonations suited the story perfectly. I especially loved her imitation of a husky male voice. Now, I have seen tons of criticism towards James’ writing, but, even though I wouldn’t call it exceptional, I genuinely don’t think it’s horrible. It might be due to the fact that I was listening to the book rather than actually READING it, but I found the story captivating and didn’t notice any major problems concerning author’s writing.

COULD BE BETTER:

1) Sex overload.
Although I loved the main story, there was way too much sex for my taste. However, it has nothing to do with the fact that “Fifty Shades of Grey” propagates kinky sex (all that BDSM business); I am just not a fan of explicit sex scenes in general. Call me childish but I found the sex scenes rather repetitive, and soon enough they became the boring part of the story. What can I say, I guess erotic novels are not my cup of tea.

VERDICT: 3.5 out of 5

Although “Fifty Shades of Grey” has way too much sex for my taste (it’s an erotic novel after all), I was absolutely enthralled by a heart-fluttering “Twilight”-type love story and thus temporarily lost my critical thinking abilities. I know, I know… Don’t judge me, I’m a hopeless romantic. ( )
2 vote AgneJakubauskaite | Feb 17, 2015 |
I've had this book on my ereader for a while now, and only decided to read it as it suddenly was on the bestsellers list so I was expecting it to be good.

As other reviewers have noted, it is poorly written and has loads of annoying turns of phrase. The story isn't very realistic so if you are looking for a realistic read, this book is not for you.

I can understand why it is a bestseller as the description of Christian Grey's mannerisms and persona is very similar to Edward Cullen, and that seems to appeal to and make most of the female population weak at the knees. The sex scenes however are dull and can be somewhat bizarre! (I refer to the tampon bit in this).

It was however very easy to read, but seemed really drawn out. Nothing really happens. I have a sneaking feeling that the author could have written all three books as one quite easily.

Needless to say, I won't be reading the series any further... ( )
  KittyBimble | Feb 12, 2015 |
The hype took me over and I cracked... I just finished Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James on Friday. I've let it settle in my brain, and I don't know how I feel about it. I am torn between despising and adoring Christian Grey. I am torn between admiring and loathing Anastasia Steele.

First of all, it took me over 200 and some odd pages to even enjoy the book. I didn't like it from the get-go, and I felt like I was just waiting for the magical "ooooh I love it!" moment. That moment did not come for me. However, by time the last 50 pages came- I was hooked. I needed to turn the page and I needed to know what was going to happen next. But then it ended. And I was left wanting more.

See why I am so torn?? I didn't even really care for the book, yet here I am thinking about going out to B&N tonight to pick up the next two books, just so I can see what happens next.
I hope that after reading all three books, I may be able to form a review and a more concrete feeling about it all. It is a phenomenon after all.
Maybe by time next week rolls around, I will have a totally different opinion on the matter.... so for now, I will leave it at this: torn. (but craving more) ( )
1 vote littlebirdreads | Feb 10, 2015 |
While my initial instinct is to dis this book, I won't. Is it misogynistic, cliched and largely a Mills and Boons, but with porn? Yes. But I believe it serves an interesting function. The story line is broadly 'Beauty and the Beast' meets 'Cinderella'.In that it does nothing more terrible than a hundred million other pop and pulp fiction books do. But it expresses sexual desire and control from the point of view of a woman. It may not be Delta of Venus. But I thought it was racy and entertaining in a trashy way. As for the fact that it captures a very misogynistic idea of desire, I seriously thought about it and then wondered if I was being narrow-minded. This version of desire also exists. It is someone's reality. Is it so terrible if they want to write about it? In short, it's not a great book, but approximately in the same way as Pretty Woman isn't great cinema. ( )
  swati.ravi | Feb 9, 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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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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