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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (edition 2012)

by E. L. James (Author)

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)
Title:Fifty Shades of Grey
Authors:E. L. James (Author)
Info:Arrow (2012), 546 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

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Well, I don't feel like I need to get too in-depth here. Succinctly, I wasn't impressed - I've read better romance novels (and even better erotica, to be frank.) Unfortunately, there were so many similarities to the Twilight books for me that it was hard not to see it as Twilight erotica (which I believe it initially was anyway.) I'll probably read the other books in the trilogy just to see if they improve, but overall, I didn't especially care for it. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
This is not a well written book from a literary sense. However it's a fun read-hehe. ( )
  srlib12 | Oct 16, 2021 |
I'm leaving this as an unstarred review because I've read, listened, watched, and heard so much about this book prior to reading this that there's no way I can give this an unbiased review. That being said, this is a bad book and you shouldn't read it, at least not as your first romance. I personally read this because the Fated Mates podcast is reading this book and I wanted to read along.
I don't really want to get into the issues too much because people who are more informed about this lifestyle has already dissected this book (one example ) but there are just so many issues. Ana has no experience with being in a BDSM relationship, she never even had sex before. From what I understand, when introducing someone to this lifestyle, you would start very slow and discuss what will happen in each scene prior to the scene occurring and you would never immediately start a total power exchange type relationship with that person. Christian wants complete power right away, has very little regard for Ana's feelings or inexperience, and never walks her through what he is going to do in any of the sex scenes. I highlighted a lot of lines that were bad or just poorly written if anyone wants to look at those to see what I mean.

Aside from the abusive relationship in this book, the writing itself is just very poor. Lines are repeated and repetition in general is one of this books most annoying quality's. Characterizations are very inconsistent. Ana talks about her high GPA but also doesn't realize she has an email. Christian is described as intimidating and brooding but he ends all his emails with "laters, baby" and says "ta-da" when he takes Ana's clothes off. The sex scenes weren't fun to read or sexy. The plot goes absolutely nowhere and the conflict is extremely contrived. This whole book revolves around them arguing about a stupid contract and when this book ends, no one has grown or changed despite saying they will and we are in almost the exact same place we started.

This book is bad, technically and plot-wise. I'm glad this wasn't my introduction to romance because I don't know if I would have continued to read this genre if it had been. Unfortunately, this is one of the only romances most people know or have read. Obviously, this book was read by a lot of people and a lot of those people have liked it and I don't want to say that those experiences are inauthentic. Clearly this reached people in some way and if I had to guess why I would say it's because it was a lot of people's first romance. I hope some people who read and liked this book have read other romances since then and have been exposed to some really great books and can now look back and see the pitfalls of this one. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Yes I did it. I really did. I'm also reading Dune I'll have you know! I think this book is bad but its also good. It reminds me of all those teen novels I read in my youth (I guess that makes me still in my youth because I still love reading this shit) but with the added 'going there' of sex. Too much of it if you ask me. But, from personal experience, I know that lots of ladies are not aware of the personal pleasures that they can enjoy through sex. I hope that this book will be a sexual awakening in a positive sense for, lets call them, maturing girls. We all deserve pleasure ladies! And just because our pleasure doesn't stick out of our pants or explode in a sticky mess doesn't mean we don't deserve it too.

Also this book had the least satisfying ending, perhaps ever. It made me want to read the next book, which I really don't want to do. But we'll see. ( )
  mayalekach | Sep 25, 2021 |
Well, I succumbed to the propaganda and read Fifty Shades of Grey. I borrowed it from my library's eBook collection and I half read it and half skimmed it in three days. I can understand the hoopla over the sex in the book. When Christian Grey and Ana Steele have vanilla sex for the first time, it is enticing. He makes her feel as beautiful as a goodness and as sexy as Venus. Every one's first time should be so stellar and affirming. However, aside from their bedroom activities, the story seems boring. Ana's inner dialogue is irritating at best, or, maybe it is the writing. I swear if I read Ana describe her vagina as " there" one more time, I would've hurled my iPad. This story had potential to be darker & sexier. I wish it could have been tighter. At 484 pages, it really was just too long and redundant. ( )
  RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |
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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.
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?*
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"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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