Hella Walkington's review of Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
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The erotic romance everyone's talking about. Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this novel will possess you, and stay with you forever.
As literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for the student newspaper, 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 store where she works part-time.
Ana, innocent and unworldly, is shocked to find herself 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 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.
The first instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy by E L James, 50 Shades of Grey is erotic, romantic and totally addictive. The Fifty Shades Trilogy (Part II: Fifty Shades Darker and Part III: Fifty Shades Freed) is a tale of BDSM romance that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
- Author: E L James
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Arrow
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James 8 out of 10 (96 reviews) Write your own review
Compelling story, annoying repetition of language
Reviewed: 01 May 2012 by Hella Walkington
I didn't read any of the Twilight series and had to switch off the film after 20 minutes before I ripped my face off (sparkly vamps in a teeny-bopper's love story do sweet FA for me), but sexy doms and not-so-submissive-minded subs tick all my boxes.
I was not disappointed, although I found the sex scenes dull, unimaginative and way too contrived. The BDSM scenes were much better, but again... the sex is unbelievable and it read as if she was cumming like a train within seconds of unimaginative foreplay and thrusting commencing. I just don't buy it. Less sex scenes with more substance would have made for a more compelling and erotic read. This was disappointing and somewhat tainted the well-constructed nature of the character's other interactions, but other aspects of the book make up for it. Smouldering sexual suspense is rife throughout.
Great characters that are well developed, although I understand they're plagiarised from the aforementioned sparkly-vamp tripe. However, the nature of D/s interaction was fantastic and I received it well. Great conversational rapport between the main characters and a lot of heavy emotion that reels you in. The pleasure/pain balance and the character play surrounding the desire to do things to please someone unsuitable was compelling.
I hate Christian Grey. He's a massive (and pretentious) douche, but if he wasn't the book would have no power. I also hate that I can see parts of myself and my experiences in D/s in his actions and as a painful reflection of some of my loving vanilla relationships. Damn it. Big empathic tick.
Good sub plots and scenarios. Eerily close to emotional issues I've encountered in and out of the scene - relatable to lifestylers and anyone who has had a less-than-smooth relationship with someone they couldn't let go... just brillsticks.
The NDA aspect riled many BDSM aficionados, but HI, he's a famous millionbillionbajillionaire. This is pretty standard (discretion is key in the public eye *Nazi whipping parties* *cough* *politicians* *cough*. Basically, if you're a lifestyler in the public eye, you'd have to be an IDIOT not to have one in place. Get over it.
Annoyingly repetitive language is used throughout. Especially the use of 'eyes fluttered'. I'm pretty sure eyes can't flutter. Eyelids can, but probably don't as much as James suggests.
I would have liked to see this re-edited before it went to print and the E-book re-released as it really lets the book down. There are also some really poor errors that made me tut, and I'm that type of gal that needs a beady editor's eye to pick up mistakes.
Took me just over a day to read cover to cover with breaks for re-composure. I'll be buying Fifty Shades Darker, but I expect the series to lose strength. Fingers crossed I'm wrong.
- Character development, main character's verbal interactions, D/s development, BDSM scenes.
- Terrible use of repetitive prose, sex scenes lack substance.
- Bottom line
- Sexy, but not as you would perhaps expect from erofic.
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