Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Part 1: From The Book Cover
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.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
Part 2: Recommendation
Everyone in my office is raving about how good and funny this book is... To be honest, I am not an erotica genre fan but I thought I'd give it a try... I am not liking this book as much as my officemates do but at least I am not hating it as much as I hated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This book is more annoying than enjoyable and as much as I would like to just put this down and never finish it like I did with ELIC, I'm a couple pages away from the end so I'll just suffer through this and I won't even bother reading the next 2 books in this series.
Thank God I am finally done with this stupid book! I can honestly say that I am appalled that there are actually women out there who think and feel that Christian Grey is the ultimate romantic hero. I don't think so! Who in their right minds would want to be controlled like a puppet on strings at all times, have no say at what to eat, drink, wear, where to work, what music to listen to, among other things? Who in their right minds would want to be physically and mentally abused, stalked and raped? Christian Grey seriously needs to be locked up.
As for Ana Steele, she's a stupid, annoying, spineless idiot. A perfect example of what women should not be. I was a virgin when I got married 3 years ago when I was 28 and thank God, I was not like Ana with all of her "Oh my", "Holy craps", "Subconscious" and "Inner Goddess" shit. No sane, mature woman above the age of 18 with or without sexual experience have thoughts as immature as Ana does. Virgin or not, if you don't like to do something, you don't feel confused about it. If you don't like it, you don't. End of discussion. And when you say no, it means no and and if Grey still forces himself on you (like he always does to Ana), you either slap them hard, or knee them and walk away, not go with the bastard complacently and then try to bear the abuse. And how on earth does a college graduate go through college without having a computer (even a beat up old desktop) especially in the 21st century? Or use the library's computers? Ana is probably just as delusional as Grey himself and needs help.
As for E.L.James, she needs to read more high quality romances (since she is claiming to be a romance writer) and learn from great romance authors, she needs to expand her vocabulary (hence the read more advice), her characters need to have more depth to them and the plot line could do better.
Not to judge the author by her first crappy book, but I really and seriously hope her other works after the Fifty Shades trilogy will be a better and much, much more improved version of her current writing skills.
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