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Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James

Series: Fifty Shades (1)

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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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    becksdakex: Read the whole series, steaming sex and romance. This one with a little BDSM
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    sanddancer: A more grown-up take on female sexuality
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    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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I normally try to write spoiler free reviews, but given that everyone who wants to read this book probably has already, and there’s not much there to spoil in the first place, I’ll waive that rule this time around.
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is by no means a good book, but set against the global phenomenon that it became, it is an interesting one. It has become popular to deride it, and to an extent people that like it, but that seems to me to be a harmful, snobbish exercise in vanity. Anything that gets people who wouldn’t otherwise be reading to pick up a book is a good thing. If you don’t like the book fine, but don’t look down on people who do.
That said, I didn’t like it much at all and shall now slag it off for a few paragraphs.
The book is written in a similar style to lots of YA fiction (first person, present tense) and it is very, very easy to read, solidly falling into that category of modern bestsellers that feel like they’re compelling because the pages fly by, but are actually just so lacking in depth or complexity that they sink into the reader’s brain via osmosis.
For the most widely read dirty book ever, it’s remarkably unerotic. I don’t normally read erotica, but it occurred to be while reading ‘50 Shades’ that unlike most other genres, this is one where evidence that a book was succeeding in moving the reader would be incontrovertible and physical. This book did not pass that test even once and I remained master of my domain throughout.
I think the reasons for the unsexiness are twofold. Firstly, the characters are massively unengaging, cliched and shallow. The narrator/protagonist Ana is just plain dull and seems only to be there to reflect and react to Christian Grey. That might work if he weren’t so paper thin. The 50 Shades in the title is a nickname Ana gives him and supposed to represent the depth and mercurial nature of his character, but it’s staggeringly oversold. One shade of grey would be more like it, and quite a dull shade at that.
Secondly, James insists on inserting lengthy legal documents that outline what is and isn’t permissible in their relationship. These reminded me somewhat of the galactic senate negotiations in the Star Wars prequels, lengthy, pointless and completely at odds with what the audience wants to see. The concept of negotiated consent is an interesting one, even if James doesn’t really do that much with it.
Having given us characters who are hard to connect to and wrapped their relationship up in paperwork, James then writes lots and lots of fairly standard sex that is boring to read, whilst continually teasing the S&M aspects that only come into play right at the end.
The sex takes up a lot of the 500 pages; what fills the others is...nothing really. There is no discernible plot, lots of scenes of Ana and Christian eating, a complete lack of any romantic tension and boringly repetitive use of some phrases the author was obviously pleased with (everyone “cocks” their heads and Ana’s inner goddess gets as many mentions as many of the human characters). Had it been ruthlessly edited and the page count trimmed by 50% or so there might be a fun trashy read to be had in here, but as it is I was left longing for a speedy climax. Not entertaining, not sexy, not romantic, but at least I can now criticise it as someone who has actually read it. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
uma obra realmente incrível ( )
  taymara | Apr 8, 2022 |
Totally entertaining and hard to put down. I really like what EL James did with the emotional side of things, too. Watching the psychological side of things play out in each chapter as Christian and Ana become more and more codependent is absolutely fascinating and addictive. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
I typically do not read romance novels, especially such graphic ones. It has been years since I first read this and re reading it reminds me why it became such popular. Sex aside, it really is a captivating story of a broken man and innocent girl trying to find themselves and help each other through their issues .....which always makes for a great love story ( )
  Crystal199 | Feb 25, 2022 |
What Roxane Gay said, e.g. "Books I would burn but that I also read more than once and wrote about a lot and FINE there were a couple sexy moments" ( )
  jo_frankie | Feb 21, 2022 |
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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.

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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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