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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, `Fifty Shades of Grey` is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view...show more
Great, great, great! A must read
This book is awesome for so many reasons. It is a love story and it contains a lot of erotic parts but somehow it is not vulgar at all! Also I was sucked into the story in no time and couldn't put the book away even though I had a job interview the next morning! A job I really wanted too I can not wait for the next book to arrive!
Despite being advertised as usually available within 24 hours this has still not been dispatched 8 days after ordering.
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. Review Do you ever find yourself disliking something without ever having given it a chance? Maybe you form an opinion about certain things before really experiencing them properly. Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself unjustifiably against something. However, when I feel this way I try to make a point of giving said thing a chance. That way, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised and have a change of opinion. Or, I'll be justified in my dislike and be able to back up my slating with truth. Fifty Shades of Grey was one of those books which I would have been quite happy to never pick up. Ever. As far as I was concerned it was a fanfic/masturbatory aid for older women. But then people started raving about it. I kept hearing that the characters were actually very well rounded and the narrative was engaging. So, I decided to splash out and buy the book. I felt like I was selling out when I pushed the "Buy" button, but also felt good about the decision to put aside my prejudices and try and read the book I was so ready to slate. Honestly, it was just slightly better than I had anticipated. It wasn't hugely similar to the Twilight books, though the inspiration was evident. But it still wasn't great. There was a story there and conflict and all the necessary ingredients for a book, but it was just kind of ... meh. Most of my concerns about the book were justified upon reading it. Many of the character-flaws which irked me in the Twilight books were magnified, especially where Christian Grey (Edward Cullen) was concerned. In Twilight, I often thought Edward was a domineering chauvinist. In Fifty Shades of Grey, this is exacerbated drastically as Grey is into BDSM in a big way and likes very much to be in control. Now whatever your own kink might be, that's just dandy in the right circumstances. But when your control issues extend beyond the bedroom and result in subjecting women to what is basically abuse, then it's time to get some meds. Grey's "quirks" are explained away by saying he had an emotionally abusive childhood. But I don't think anything justifies sadism. A bit of kink is just fine, and if blurring the pleasure/pain boundary is your thing then knock yourself out (pun intended)! But emotional and physical abuse isn't sexy. I've always hated it in fiction when the love interest is "broken" and in need of "fixing". I think too many real-life bastards end up having their every whim catered for because their lover thinks they can change them. I just felt like Grey was a glorified abusive partner in the first book of this trilogy. Perhaps things change, but even if love does fix him, is that a good message? Does that negate his dark proclivities? I might have to read the rest of the books to see how this plays out... but I just don't know if I can be bothered. Ana, the first person protagonist, was okay. However, I actually preferred Bella. Bella certainly had her annoying moments and is forever soured by Kristen Stewart, but she was always able to come up with a plan when the going got tough. She had faith in Edward which was sort of justifiable because, even though Edward was capable of being a monster, he kept himself restrained. And what human being doesn't have the ability to hurt another? The most irksome aspect of Ana's character was how often she says "Oh my". It is impossible not to read it in a George Takei voice, which made many of the love scenes unintentionally hilarious! Christian Grey, however, indulges his darker desires and causes pain to others. He's big on charity work and sustainable technology, but then Hitler had his philanthropic moments too. To me, Grey was more of an animal than his vampire inspiration ever was. Overall, this story did have its moments. The chemistry between the two main characters was tangible and, at times, enjoyable. It's a shame that there was little more to this book than just some fairly cheesy sex-scenes and characters who I felt as much empathy for as I might a soggy sponge. This gets two stars. I read it, I might read the others to see if the fuss over these books becomes justified, but mostly I just didn't love or even like it much. I didn't hate it either, it was just okay. Mostly, I'm glad I read it because now I can eviscerate it justifiably! So there's a plus!
The story follows a girl called Ana, who goes to interview this big-time entrepreneur in place of her best friend because she's ill. When Ana locks eyes with the extremely luring Christian Grey, she is immediately drawn to him. Coincidentally, he shows up in the store she works in a few days later looking to buy some supplies and she ends up setting up a photo shoot for her best friend with him. As things go on, she finds herself falling for him but he is definitely not what she expected him to be. It turns out that he is heavily into BDSM and he wants to control he in every way. Shocked and curious, Ana must decide if she is willing to do this one thing for the man is she slowly but surely falling for to make him happy. I literally finished this book about 5 minutes ago and I have no clue where to start.I have never read any sort of book like this before so I didn't know what I should expect. But holy, it was extremely descriptive! The author literally talked you through every single time they had sex, in excruciating detail. I'm still slightly undecided how I feel about the book right now. It was ridiculous but at the same time, addictive. There was nothing that wowed me about E.L James' writing. I have definitely seen better but I have also seen worse. I think what shocked me the most was how Ana was actually considering doing this stuff with him. I wouldn't mind if she actually had sex with someone else before and had a bit of knowledge of what she was getting herself into, but she didn't. At all. And Grey assumed she WAS experienced, just because the way she spoke to him in the interview. Big shock for him when she told him she was a virgin. But even after he showed her his 'Red Room of Pain' and all of the sex toys, she was STILL interested even though she barely knew this man since she only met him a few days before hand. It just doesn't make sense. For all she knew, he could of been some crazy, psychopathic rapist. Any sane person would have ran for the hills but, no. Not Ana. I didn't like the way she fell for him instantly. Like I said above, she barely even knows this guy, then suddenly she's madly in love with him and it will kill her to be away from him for too long. I can't stand when females are weak and helpless like that. I would have much preferred it if there was actually a full buildup to her falling for him, but it was literally just sex. He wouldn't even let her touch him for Christ's sake. We also still don't fully know why either. There was only one time in the book where I felt like they had a deep connection and that was when he brought her gliding. That was by far my favourite part of the story. I was actually smiling whist reading that chapter. Despite what I said above, in some weird way that I don't understand, I still liked the book. I liked the general plot line. It was new (to me anyway). Even as I'm writing this, I'm completely torn on what rating to give it. And like I said, it was extremely addicting. I finished it in no time at all, which I thought was good considering it was over 500 pages long. I enjoyed the ending too, it was a good cliff-hanger and it really makes you want to read the next book to see what happens.And with that being said, I finally settled on a rating.
Ok this book is not bound to become a literary classic. However, if you take it for what it is, which is a modern day Mills & Boon, it is an enjoyable light read, although by 2/3 of the way through I was overloaded and bored with the "bedroom" scenes. I followed the hype and read the book which has accurately been described as "Mummy Porn". Whilst there were aspects of this book that I really enjoyed, I would hate for my daughter, who is just entering young womanhood, to read this book and think that it is ok for men to treat women this way, or somehow think it is normal or that it is love. Its not the BDSM that is disturbing, it is a man who can only be intimate (in almost every erotic section) by restraining a womans arms and hands - the most simple way to remove or diminish someone's power to say no, who cannot let a girlfriend visit her mother without dropping in even after she expressly told him that she needed space from him, who provides her only means of communication with phone and computer of which he can access, who becomes instantly hostile and makes his partner feel worried and intimidated when she is around any of her male friends etc etc etc...this all reeks of domestic violence and is not erotic at all...My inner goddess was finally waving her pom poms for Ana by the end of the book. Mr Grey possesses some redeeming qualities and I hope they are further explored in the next two books.
This book is the most ridiculous tripe I have ever read. I would have stopped but wanted to see what all this 'erotica' is about. Well, put it this way, its not worth reading all the useless nonsense around it just to get to the erotic parts. The story is unrealistic. The situation is unrealistic. A virgin in pigtails who gets hooked on S&M with a handsome billionaire. Yeah right.
Good grief! This book was recommended to me, admittedly by a friend who warned me it was 'mummy porn'. She now has read all 3 books four times each?! This book is Mills and Boon meets soft porn written very very poorly. If I had a dollar for every time certain phrases were repeated I'd be almost as wealthy as the author!! Fair enough, she knows her SnM but perhaps a ghost writer, or at the very least a perceptive editor, would have raised the bar a little on this one as a work of almost believable fiction. (The film Pretty Woman worked!) To be reading a story in 2012, the premise of which is controlling older man sweeps young woman off her feet amidst nasty sex, is, at the very least, highly disturbing. My daughter is the same age as Ana. I would hate for her to read this trilogy. She is an independent, free thinker but as with all of us, desires romance. This is gutter writing at its worst. I teach Writing to 16-18 year olds. Thankfully none of my 45 students write this badly. The sad and sorry truth is that women are flocking to read it. The same friend who recommended it saw several ladies reading it at an airport recently, more were reading it on the plane. All of these women were apparently middle aged. What a sad stereotype! I admit, I did order all 3 books and I did read them. I felt sure it could only improve as I turned the pages. I was wrong!
What a great imagination the author has, I'm a medical professional and I'm not sure what she writes is humanly possible though I wish it was. The disturbing overture is the male dominance and denigration of a woman in 2012 and by a female author. Yes I read it all but I won't be letting my husband read any of it, god forbid that type of relationship even exists. I suppose I read it to see what the hype was about and as a learning tool. I may just be jealous that for some there really are great outcomes.
This is my final review on the books (kind of started backwards but hey) and would just like to say this book and the other two, have created a lot of attention and that's not a bad thing. For me I've been reading erotic (mainly gay) fiction for a while, and was told about this book by a friend who knows I'm into adult fiction so thought, why not give it a go? Hey I'm curious and love reading. Obviously this book isn't based on a gay couple (I wonder though how that might have been though if it was, and if it had gotten as much attention...), it's written in Ana Steele's P.O.V where she has been dragged into interviewing this big CEO of a company as her mate as the flu. Enter CEO Christian Gray. The interview goes alright, and a day or so later while Ana is at work said CEO turns up at her store. From there Ana wants to know more of Christian, Christian warns her off, and does she listen... No. Then again Christian doesn't exactly stay clear of her either. To cut it short they start to see each other but not in the normal type of relationships people have. Mostly cause Christian is into domineering S and M relationships and Ana has had no relationship before him what so ever, she's a newbie to love, relationships and sex. I found the book quiet funny during parts, and enjoyed the signatures of Christian's emails. Along with the emails as well, not something I'd seen before in books and quiet liked it. As for some readers of the book who have read it and found it quiet horrid for it being a man domineering relationship, I do find that a tad odd. Firstly, the female character Ana is made aware of the relationship... After all there is a contract, which you do get to read about what it all includes... And also if you find male domineering fiction irritable or/and offensive, then why pick up the book and read said book? I have a hatred towards clowns, but I'm not going to buy/read "It" by Stephen King, even though I love thriller/crime fiction and have adored other works by Mr King ("The Green Mile" for one). Also the fact that his character kills off kids, which freaks me out so yeah I know of the book and film but don't read/watch it. I can understand it's been given a lot of publicity and people are generally curious, but I would always read peoples reviews of the books first before thinking shall I borrow/buy said book? Also some woman have said it's horrid but then we buy into other things which are worse, again Stephen King's weird and wonderful mind and his books which have sold very well. Just saying. And also it is, at the end of the day, Fiction. I have bought all three books, and have quietly enjoyed them but unlike others who have loved the books I'm not one of them. They are good, and I have found them interesting in parts and slightly irritable in other parts, but then not everyone likes everything. Do I regret buying them, Not really, I adore books and reading and if I don't read them again I can always donate them to a charity shop for someone to try them out at a cheaper price, but I think I probably will read them again, not because they are amazingly written fiction, they're just a good read. And a nice escape from real life and other books I have.
Before buying this book I read a lot of reviews. Most people seemed to dislike the controlling aspect. One person even compared it to an abusive relationship. And of course everybody was talking about her writing skills, which needed improving. Personally, I could'nt let go off the book. I liked the wordgames, the e-mails, but also the sad story behind it all. It's true that people have mindsets. They get programmed a certain way especially in their first years when they can't speak and use their ratio. It changes people into who they are, needing the next thirty to forty years getting rid off it all unwanted mindsets and believes. This book perfectly explains a person who is messed up because of his childhood. And Ana tries to understand and see if and how far she's willing to follow him in his obsessions. Throughout the book there's the struggle from Christian who's trying to understand things can be different, if only pointed out to him (again and again I might add). That's the way changes work. People need to become aware, things can be different. Until someone says so, they won't make a change. But he's willing to. And that speaks for him. As for boundaries. When it really starts to hurt and it crosses all boundaries with regards to pleasuring, Ana decides to leave. The big difference with abusive relationships is that Ana constantly speaks her mind, they discuss this upfront with a contract and they keep discussing what's doable and what's not. When it's not, she leaves and he lets her leave. She is completely aware of what she's getting into and keeps getting chances to get out. Once she's beaten beyond what she believes to be normal she breaks it off. That's actually a very good example for a lot of people. We can see if we like certain things. If we don't , we get out. But we do things openminded and aware of the consequences. And that's what responsibility is all about. I'm looking forward to the next two parts. I loved the details, especially the emails and the subject. I liked the (playful) sarcasm and I really got into the story. It's a lovely mix of getting in the right mood because of what's written, but also becoming aware of what certain events can do to a person. No need to get upset with the author. She has done her reseach and it's got a wonderful storyline.
I would love to be Mrs grey that would be the icring on the cake for me as i am a single lady ... i find the book fab .. cant put it down will be trying out all on my boyfriend .. dont think he will mind do you .. cant wait to read 2 one .. hands down to El JAMES YOUR BOOKS ARE FAB ... keep up the good work like to see lots more well done on your books ..
Fifty shades of grey trilogy is one of the most amazing books I have read. Fifty shades of grey OMG it has had me hooked from the start and I would read it over and over. It's a must read love it. My girlfriend and I are hooked and want more.
I didn't read the reviews. I approached this book with an open mind but nothing could warm me to a hero that is abusive and a supposedly intelligent heroine, who is a lit major and a romantic at heart if her choice of writers is any indication, who puts up with the abuse. I could accept the control freak thing. But this guy is twenty something, has unbelievable wealth gathered in a few short years of working, acts forty something and is cruel- which is sort of unbelievable. I'm shocked at the women who read this book and abuse is acceptable in any form. I thought we had evolved. Erotic games is one thing, cruelty is something else and though he had an abusive beginning he also had a lot of privileges. He's weak. I am sorry I spent my money and time on this book. I truly am. I don't think it added anything to my reading experience except anger at my not reviewing the book first, the writer for writing what I can only assume is a book she thought might sell because of the shock factor, a female character I felt grabbing by the scruff of the neck and asking what the hell is wrong with her and a male I think should be locked up.
I give this book a 4, only because it kept me intrigued and now I'm waiting for delivery of the next one. After reading the reviews, I was skeptical, especially after the miss know it all that gave it a bashing of note. So I, like her, ordered the first book and waited to see how I felt about it... I wanted to scream after getting to the last 100 pages and knowing that I would be finishing that book and not having the next one to read straight away. It was then, at those last 100 pages that I knew, not only would I read the next two books - regardless of how this book finished- but I would also be surprised by any ending. I had no idea how this book was going end until 3 pages before it actually finished, and that is why I've titled my review as 'surprised'. Once you get over the sex scenes that actually aren't all that erotic, and you actually read the story, you will enjoy it. Throughout the whole book you're asking yourself if you would do what she is doing for the sake of being happy, and yet unhappy at the same time. This is more than your usual Mill's and Boon tacky romance novel. I urge you to at least read it once, just the first one, because even though I read the description of the second book before I finished this book, I was still unsure of how the ending would play out, and if a book can do that to me, I recommend it to anybody! Be prepared to both love and loath Mr. Grey! And one of the best things I LOVE about this book is that the author doesn't over describe every bloody detail. She keeps it simple, to the point. Enjoy!!!
I read this book already knowing what many people thought of the actual writing and as such was prepared for the lack of plot and cringe-worthy dialogue but I still felt this book was lacking. To be honest I read half of it then put it away for a month because I found it dull. Ana was so two dimensional and lacked any real depth I found it hard to relate to her. I feel the only reason this book is so highly regarded and sold so well is because a lot of women have not explored this genre of romance or erotic novels before. I have read other novels in this genre and although none of them are challenging at least the characters have depth and the plot is far more developed to keep the reader interested. The other issue that bothered me was how weak the female character is. It is the same thing I hated about Twilight where Bella cannot even function without a man by her side after she has Edward. This is why I find other romance authors so much more appealing because they are able to bring out female characters who have depth, personality and they are so strong and independent. I gave this book 2 stars because the book became interesting enough to finish but I am not rushing out to buy the second or to complete the trilogy.
This book is a very easy read and totally unrealistic but who was expecting anything else? Not me and certainly not meant to be a literary masterpiece. If I wanted that I would have picked up a Charles Dickens but probably would have been bored to tears. The author is using everyday language which I am totally in tune with. As a woman in her forties, I find the dialogue between the two main characters humourous and alot of it reminds me of myself at 22. The difference being I probably would have run a mile if I had met a man like young Christian! Porn aside, I think it's primarily about control and takes readers to place most of us have probably not been before. I read all three books in a week. Can't wait for the movie. Ian Somerhalder has to play Christian Grey! Enjoy!
If you are about to read this book, please STOP!!!Please dont waste your valuable time!! Its absolutely comical that a book as poorly written as this has ever made it to the book store. The language is so limited to 'Oh geez' or 'Oh my', that it has taken full mockery of the readers inteligence!!! I am sorry but this is extremely poor quality !!! B.P.
I only read it because half the people were all "OMG, IT SUCKS" and the other half are all "OMG, IT ROCKS". In a situation like this there is only one solution. And that is to make up my own mind about this book. So I got it and read it. At first I was really annoyed at the fact that the writing and dialogue was so British and the characters were based in Seattle, USA. I get it James wanted to be "mainstream" but seriously! It was so bad and overwhelmingly irritating. If you're going to write about people living in the States and they're 100% American, try and do some research on how they talk and the words they use. I had to fade out their actual location and their nationality so the dialogue wouldn't be so annoying. ARGH! After I got over the dialogue, I got irritated by Ana's use of words... like Jeez, Oh my, Inner Goddess, Holy Moses... Seriously woman. You're like on the verge to commit yourself as a "Submissive" and you don't have the decency to actually learn how to swear. She even says f*** and sh**. I don't see why she can't do it instead of Oh my, holy moses and all that crap. Tsk. Yea, sure... the book had a lot of sex, BDSM and bad dialogue. But when you skip all the BDSM, and read further... James actually lessens the bad dialogue and simply focuses on something else. This book is more about a girl trying to breach and set a man free from his demons. Isn't that what most romance books are all about? The book actually had character development... yes... with a bad annoying character like Ana. But you get used to her. Well, I did. But every time she says Oh my, I get annoyed still and makes me hate her some more. There is a lot of romance, even if the guy is a little cold. Towards the end, Ana actually comes to her senses and Christian is beginning to change and his wall begins to crumble. I knew what to expect when I began to read it and I expected to hate the book but I still kept an open mind about it and at the moment, I say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I think it might be because I skipped all the BDSM and stuck to whatever angst and romance James has lurking in this book.
...forget later. Just as with twilight, it's fun to read. Nothing more, nothing less. Very entertaining if you overlook all the mistakes and flaws. Are you searching for some literary sensation... this in not your book. Strong characters... too clichÃ???Ã??Ã?Â©. Something light and erotic... go on :-)
I loved this book because it took me out of my everyday world and entertained me. It made me laugh and cringe! Romantic and erotic! Great book, awesome trilogy.
I purchased the trilogy of fifty shades because I was intrigued to find out why so many women were engrossed in it whilst on public transport. I managed to finish the 3 novels within 2 weeks. It was an easy read, the first installment 'fifty shades of Grey did not really meet my expectations, the eroticism did not appeal to me as such, but the characterization of the main protagonists was impeccable. The following two installments was an improvement from the first, the story line was better conceptualized and it was more than just a simple erotic piece. Despite its minor faults, overall it was an adequate book, especially if you are looking for an easy read yet interesting concept. I would also like to commend the author for taking such a big risk and evidently succeeding in reaching such a large yet diverse group of respondents.
Is this literature or just Porn??? What a of waste of one one's reading time - There is so many exciting and enticing books out there and I cannot understand how this gibberish got to be one the "best seller's list" I read approximately half the first book and felt nauseated and disgusted. I see young teenagers read this on the bus - and I have to wonder how did our society get to this low level of immorality. I would have rated this book zero but there was no zero.
I personally found the 50 shades book very badly written and not very entertaining. From the reviews of friends and colleagues I tried to keep reading but didn't even make it to 200 pages. If I met anyone with the attitude of Mr. Grey, I'd find it very very difficult to find him anyway attractive or even likeable! Ana, the female character is an absolute dose! usually there has to be at least one interesting or likeable character in a book to keep you reading!! I did however read the first book of another supposed 'copycat' trilogy and found it excellent and would highly recommend it. All is not lost for the Romance novels!
Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James. When 21-year-old college student Anastasia Steele interviews enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc., Christian Grey, she does it as a favour for her unwell roommate. She's not expecting such a young (27 year-old) attractive man. Grey is apparently attracted to Ana as well. Ana is sexually inexperienced and he warns her off because he is, by his own admission, "fifty shades of f***ed up", but ends up propositioning her anyway, to become his Submissive. This novel , set over about four weeks, is frustratingly slow moving: if 500 pages = 50 shades of Grey, then it takes 8 shades to get to the first kiss, and a full 25 shades before Ana agrees to sign the Dominant/Submissive contract (although she never actually does). 30 shades to reach a spanking. I found myself thinking, just get on with it, will you! Throughout, there is rather too much of the blushing and breathlessness and ohhh he's so hot. Ana and her subconscious and her inner goddess spend much of the novel overthinking, overanalysing every word and look. And I sometimes found Ana to be either very naÃ??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¯ve or incredibly stupid: did she really think that her experience in the Red Room of Pain, a room filled with implements designed for punishment, was NOT going to be painful? There is some humour and plenty of sex. Literature it certainly is not. Soft porn ? Probably. Romance, erotica, yes. Apart from Ana, the characters are rather two-dimensional: after 500+ pages we still don't know why Christian Grey is like this. Although Ana's mother, Carla, does have some sound advice about the complexity of men. Will I invest the time to read another thousand pages of this? Not sure......
I find it so unfortunate that Vintage has sunk so low as to publish this.... Sigh! I will never get those hours of my life back reading this abomination. (Thank God I made the decision to only read the dialogue to get through it faster, although it didn't help, it was still boring.)
Ha ha ha I just have to laugh at the writing in this trilogy. Simple? Yes, Funny? Yes, Terrible? Yes. I think the book is definitely aimed at people who read for lots of fun rather than people who read all the time and analyse writing. I think most people I know HATED the character of Anna and felt as though she pushed women;s liberation back into the dark ages. Must admit my girlfriends and I had a lot of laughs googling the red room of pain tools at book club.
I LOVED the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Very ADDICTIVE series. :D
These are AMAZING book, love the way that the book is written, and the story line is very intense. The trilogy is very addicting.
I absolutely loved the fifty shades trilogy and have read it a few times now. It will remain a favourite on my bookshelf for years to come
Dont read if you dont want spoilers. This book was a pain to go through for me. It tears down any dignity that you should have as a woman. The book was so bad it made me sad that this is even close to a best seller. If you want to be someones slave, wouldn't mind being abused and used. And loves whoever as long as he looks good, even if he treats you like absolute shit. This is the book for you. I understand it is just a book, but goodness grief what has happened to today's women that at all thinks this is realistic or even close to being okey? And not only that the book is even written like a small child would talk, oh my! I will let this man do what he wants to me while being a virgin, and lick my virgin blood from his fingers while doing so. And this is so romantic, oh my christian grey what a catch. This is the kind of things that makes me really believe the world really is going to hell. This book is a disgrace to women, trashly written. And overall horrible. And even men should be aware that this is unfairly written painting a picture of men as egoistic, sadistic assholes. Yeah have fun reading this. Definitely not a book for me. But a great way to waste money, or if you decide you want to get pissed one night, its a great way to do it.
I'm very glad I read some of the negative reviews AFTER I read E.L. James' trilogy of Fifty Shades. I read the 3 books in under 5 days ... they literally brought my real world to a halt and I escaped with glee (and without sleep!) for those 5 fantasy days. And they were a very enjoyable (but tiring) 5 days. So what does this say for author E.L. James? Simple. She can write a good story. All of some 1000 pages or more of it are page-turning prose. Unlike what many reviewers here say, Fifty Shades is not about sex and BDSM. The driving force behind the story is the emotion ... the developing complex love between two very different people from two different worlds and the complex personality of the male character. This is why women around the world are reading it so voraciously, and why it was a hit. If it were just erotica, it wouldn't do a thing for women! To be sure, the repetitive cliches were a bit much for me to take in at times (I especially disliked the "Oh my's"). True enough, too, that I found some scenes hard to believe. And most emphatically, Christian Grey is not your average man of the real world, who would never seem to find time for anything or anyone but himself. Christian Grey is what every woman's dream-man looks like and acts like (minus the slapping and whipping stuff), and for this they are probably willing to forgive his dark side, or, at best, permit it to slip into the background. As long as, of course, he mends his villainous ways in the end. The character Ana hops from virgin to sexpert in a blink and that hardly constitutes credibility in the real world. Neither is it credible that she attains orgasms at will and each and EVERY time. The dark side of the story can really turn your stomach if you dwell on it too long. But despite the negatives, Fifty Shades is indeed good fiction. The author has her own writing style that one can like or dislike. I personally thought it was passably good considering. What I found to be excellent was the techniques the author uses to keep her readers enthralled. The "Inner Goddess" is actually quite cute. So is the email correspondence between the two characters. Heck, what woman wouldn't just love to get all that attention from the man she adores?! There is not one person I know who has read these books who has been able to put them down. I think that says a lot for how a book is written. It certainly isn't boring, I can vouch for that. Fiction is about larger-than-life characters doing daring things we ourselves would never dream of doing. Perhaps there is a little of the alter ego that attracts some readers to the characters ... they are dangerous, exciting and, finally, a good deal romantic into the bargain ... an aspect of our own personalities that we keep very firmly in check. And isn't this why we read fiction, I would venture to ask? To escape into an unreal world and fantasise about what cannot be? So why are people complaining that the trilogy is too far-out? If they want a story to be close to reality, then they should stick to non-fiction where every detail must be referenced to a reliable source. Alternatively, they should be reading real-life stories that tell us about what we know so well ... that life is hardship and disillusionment rather than the happy ending of an impossible situation like the one depicted in these novels. And do I dare say it?? Could there be a teeny bit of envy at play here, that a first-time author sold 40 million copies of her books in such a short time? I mean, imagine how wealthy she has become overnight thanks to the so-called 'thrash' she has managed to produce. Oh my! Oh my! ...LOL Let me assure those of you who are looking to escape that you will not be bored for a minute reading Fifty Shades.
The book and the plot was okay. It can be quite addictive at first but what I really don't like about this book is that it treats women like sh*t. It seems to say that all women fall in love with people who: 1. looks good 2. is rich 3. is a slave driver 4. treats u and uses u like ur their servant If you like people who treat u like that then this book is totally for you. But I say, because I am female that this book disrespects our gender and makes men think that we like sexual intercourse a LOT.
This book could have been so good if E L James would have been more interested in constructing a good story, with good characters instead of just writing down her fantasies. This book does not only have a bad story, but the progression of it doesn't help and it is written in a very annoying way. I read it a couple of years ago because when I heard that it was a love story involving bdsm I got really excited. But it is really bad. In fact, I laughed a lot reading it, and this is not a good sign.