Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

Author: E.L. James

Rating: 4 of  5 Stars

Synopsis: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is 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 family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

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

My Review: The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon”. The piece featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer’s characters in Twilight, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, James removed the story from the fan-fiction websites and published it on her own website, FiftyShades.com. Later she rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication. Yes that was stolen directly from Wikipedia. But I think a little background information is good for those of you who don’t know it- regardless of how boring it may be.

So as you already know this was originally written with Twilight in mind. However, I was surprised to see how many similarities it has with Twilight. Especially when it comes to the characters. At times I feel as if all she did was change their names. The girl who ‘doesn’t see her self clearly’, has two left feet, has her piece of crap car replaced for her, has problems accepting gifts from her rich boyfriend, has an eccentric harebrained mother, loves classic novels… Who am I kidding this list is endless. And for those of you who read Twilight (or saw the movie) and think I’m describing Bella, you are wrong. That in a nutshell is Anastasia Steele.

I know many of you have heard of Fifty Shades of Grey before, for those who haven’t read it yet, I will clear the air. Yes this is fully and completely Literary Porn. The story line was ok, and especially at the end I was curious as to what would happen next. But who am I kidding? Sometimes the story drags and you’re just waiting for the excitement of the next sex scene…. Um, maybe I should have suggested an age limit for this post… Matter of fact there should be an age limit on this book. In all honesty I would have a heart attack if I ever saw my teenage daughter reading this. (Yes I do have a daughter, but she’s only a toddler.) Yes it was good and I enjoyed it but can porn be described as literature? (According to dictionary.com’s definition of literature this novel is indeed literature.) Ok, sorry, I know I got a little sidetracked. Let me be honest: I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed its erotic nature and yes it was very steamy but don’t judge me because of that. Also, while reading this book I couldn’t stop thinking of a picture a fellow blogger posted not too long ago. I just had to share it:

As for something I disliked, somewhere in there is a copy of a contract. I don’t know, I guess it all comes down to me finding it boring. Was it really necessary to fill 10+ pages with it? Also, about halfway through the book, it gets a little tedious. The storyline itself got a bit boring . But since I was rushing to get to the next sex scene I didn’t mark it and can in no way say or explain why it bored me. As for something good, I really enjoyed the emails Ana and Grey sent to each other. I found it be mostly hilarious, usually romantic and rarely boring. I found myself looking forward to their correspondences.

All in all, I am hoping to not be judged for the rating I am giving this book. I will not recommend or warn off people from this book. I enjoyed it but am sure that not everyone will enjoy this cup of tea. So, proceed at your own risk.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

    • I just finished the second one and yes it was better in a lot of aspects. Did you by any chance review these books? I would love to see what you thought of them.

  1. Oh – I haven’t read this yet but I’ve read a lot about it!
    I knew nothing of its history so thanks for sharing – very interesting indeed. Also, I haven’t read the Twilight series (don’t tell anyone that, lol).
    This is a good honest review. After all the hype and shite written about this book it is really good that you just get to the point of why you rated it.

    Excellent 🙂

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