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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James

Author: E. L. James
Series: Fifty Shades
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF (Library)
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Pages: 514
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: BDSM/Contemporary Romance/Erotica











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Synopsis from Goodreads

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 - 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 a 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?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

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    This is and will probably ever be the most tricky and uncomfortable review I have ever written. Let me say, I have heard plenty of things about this book and  some of what I have heard scared the crap out of me. I have never been frightened to read a book until now. But I thought it best to get my own opinion and well...I loved it. I loved it sooooo much. I can't believe it myself. And I have no regrets.

    The characters were incredible and intense as hell. Christian is truly overwhelming. He had these massive mood swings and it was hard to keep up with him. But I honestly couldn't hate him. Anastasia (Ana) was smart and was able to take on Christian which was surprising. But I like that she just didn't do everything he asked, she fought him at every corner. I would have hated her if she didn't question him and acted like some stepford wife. She was willing to do a lot for him (I mean A LOT) and I love the journey she took not only for him but herself. And they still obviously have a long way to go. I loved Ana's best friend Kate. She seems to know something is up before everybody else knows something is up. I wish we could get more about her and Elliot, Christian's adopted brother. They definitely had a lot sparks flying between them.

     Now the problem with a lot of erotica/BDSM, is that they don't actually have plots. They are more just for the sex and not much else. Well we get plenty of both here. We slowly uncover that Christian has some dark past that is the reason he is the way he is and why he likes what he likes. It is unnerving to say the least and we don't even know the full story yet. But I want to know more and I want to know more now.

     The one real criticism I have is actually over the hype. I think when people heard this was a Twilight fanfict, they just started grabbing it without paying attention to what they were getting into. And that is where the hype comes in. This is where I call bullshit. Quite frankly I think that the Twilight name drop was a way to get people to read it because I don't really see a connection between the two at all. It makes no sense. If anything, this book reminds me a lot of Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. It is not a BDSM/erotica, but the characters, the tone, and the depth of the books are very much alike. If BDSM isn't your cup of tea or you have read this and wanted something less extreme, I say go and buy Gabriel's Inferno.

      Fifty Shades of Grey is very dark and erotic. It has its tough moments (very tough) and moments that have you laughing and giggling (I loved those emails). It is truly a mixture I haven't come across before. That is what makes it so difficult to write because I have read the complaints. On one hand I understand where people are coming from. But I also see that this comes from a dark place. It is unrealistic to expect that everyone is the same and everyone handles things the same way. And that is the whole point behind Christian Grey. I get where James is coming from here and what she is showing us. I am glad she went there. This is not the first BDSM ever written, but people are definitely acting that this is the very first BDSM ever written. This book will not be for everybody, hell probably not for maybe 50% of people that have or will read it. If BDSM/erotica isn't your thing, don't read this.

     But I have had my eyes open and my views on things have shifted. We (especially me) are use to a certain kind of romance, I am glad to be introduced to a different kind. One that has more layers that really need deciphering. The title of this book is incredibly fitting. Things are not as black and white as we want to see them. I am dying for book 2 right now because that ending almost left me in tears. Not cool Mrs. James, not cool at all. Throw the hype out the window, if anything it makes things worse. Like I said, given all that I heard and read, I was scared to read this. I am glad I ignored all of that or I would have been missing out and not have grasped the real depth of this story if I had listened. I recommend this only to those who are willing to go into some very dark territory, the other 50%. 


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10 comments:

  1. Great review. I didn't see a connection between Twilight and the books either, you don't see Edward grabbing out a ruler from his bedside table and smacking Bella on the ass. Seriously lol

    I have finished all the books....I need more Christian Grey! *sigh* I think the second was definitely my favourite :)

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    1. Thank you so much hon. Sorry about the late reply. My ereader has been pissing me off with the internet. I don't see Edward doing anything. The guy is boring as hell. But like I said, feels like name dropping just for recognition. You already read them?! I am jealous. Just bought book 2, can't wait to start it. I need more Grey too. I will be rereading this series, I know it. Thanks for the comment hon :)

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  2. I think this book made one of my favorite reads of 2011. I don't agree with all the hype and the comparisons with Twilight, but in the end of the day it's a compelling and interesting read, and that is what matters. I've tried to read Gabriel's Inferno after Fifty but it didn't work for me at all. The character was a total ass ;))) but then a lot of books like that put me off, so it's a personal preference.

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    1. Yeah, the hype makes no sense. I think it is a great read, but people blow it out of proportion. Sorry Gabriel's Inferno didn't work for you hon. I loved that book so much, I gave it 6 out of 5 stars LOL! Gabriel was an ass, but after hearing his story, it made sense. So depressing :( Thanks hon :)

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  3. Yes! Excellent review...I read this back before the hype (not in the fan fic stage but before it made the talk show circuit) and I loved it so much...I made my friends read it and I ended up reading it 4 more times...twice aloud to my husband! I kept telling my friends to just get over the kinky fuckery and find the story...it's deep, it's intense - you want to not like Christian but i find that an impossible task...and the email exchanges cracked me up - loved that part, it's really where the real communicating happens. Go on to book 2...it's my favorite - one scene literally made me gasp out loud and get all weepy...i don't weep! Great review!!

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    1. Wow! You are quite the fan LOL! You read this to your husband twice?! I want to ask questions, but that would be wrong LOL! Hating Christian is impossible. He is a really compelling character. The real communication is through the emails even Christian pointed that out LOL! I am going to start that eal soon. Everyone is saying book 2 is the best. So excited. Thanks for the comment and the tweets hon *hugs*

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  4. Awesome review luv! So glad you took the chance to write it… I LOVED this trilogy! Its an incredible romance story and i think people are losing sight of that fact. Its all about compromises people make to be in a relationship with someone they love. This happens to be a very different type of compromise that a lot of us can't understand.

    The emails are one of the things i enjoyed most about the book actually. Quite genius writing actually.

    The label "mommy porn" and the Twilight reference drive me insane! This book is so much more than porn. Like i said, its an incredible romance and not a novel i will ever forget reading.

    Loved your review. You captured the essence of the story beautifully! Well done you!

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    1. Thank you so much hon. I knew you would be a fan of the trilogy. It is an incredible romance and does deal about comprises made in a relationship. People are losing sight of what this is about and are just focused on the sex :( It is much more than that for sure. Thank you so much again. I am so glad you liked it :)

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  5. Agree 100%, in retrospect I think the comparisons to Twilight might be adding to this book's infamy. Aside from the physical descriptions, they are nothing like the annoying Bella & Edward. I'm glad Cimmaron made me read this!

    Talk Supe

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    1. Good point about that. I understand that, but still, being someone who doesn't like Twilight also made it hard to start this book. I am glad there are no real comparisons between the two. The physical descriptions are much either LOL! I definitely find Christian hot as hell LOL! So happy Cimmaron got you on board too LOL! Thanks hon :)

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