Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James- 528 pages
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: 2.5 stars
50 Shades of blah says my inner goddess! Please, don’t get me wrong, the first weekend of sex between our overly innocent protagonist and our dominant (pun intended) male character was hot and I was anxiously awaiting that initial experience. It was instead a combination of the poor writing, the fact that it took place in Seattle (with an innocent, clumsy girl) to attract Twilight fans and the misuse of Australian words for an American girl who grew up in GA put me over the edge.
I'll break it down now: After the first sex scene, the “f%^king” was so constant and so lacking emotion that I was getting bored. Admittedly, I’m not an highly experienced erotic fiction reader, but I have read a handful of them and each one had much better, hotter and needier sex scenes from both parties involved. Next, Ana’s innocence was beyond irritating. I find it highly unlikely that a college graduate at 22 years old is so completely virginal that she’s never seen a man’s privates, never touched herself and is so clueless about sex! Yet she listens to inner goddess religiously.
Finally, no girl from Georgia or Washington says she’s taking a “rucksack” instead of a carry-on bag and they certainly don’t say “fetch” in terms a grabbing a glass of water.
I ended up giving it 2.5 stars because I did have the desire to finish it to see if Ana survives her trips to the Red Room of Pain, however I’m not sure I’m continuing on to read the 2nd and 3rd installments. I’m also glad that it got so many women and men reading and perhaps doing some other extra cirriculars together!!!
I am not a reading snob and I can appreciate many types of books. Even a poorly written book can have a great story at its heart. This just didn’t meet up to all the hype it’s been getting and the best part of this book in my humblest opinion is the quote I noted below.
Quotes I liked:
“I’m fifty shades of fucked up.”
Tags: Erotic, 2012, Romance
Labels: 2012, Erotic, Romance