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 (153 reviews) Write your own review
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Reviewed: 13 July 2012 by Laveila, a Straight Single Female
I wanted to buy and read the book since I saw all those reviews about how good it is. The first impression was very pleasant. I could imagine taking this with me outside, without too many people suspecting by the cover what the book is about - especially as I don’t live in English speaking country. Unfortunately, it basically ended up with the cover, maybe apart from some sex scenes. At least for me, to be very honest about it.
The disappointment, and I would even call it annoyance, was getting worse as I read the book. It took me a month to read it all. And at some points I actually much preferred books for university. I believe this says a lot. There are few main reasons, so let me summarize them:
1 the characters:
I did find them rather unrealistic. I am someone who does not have really high confidence about myself, but I am bit wondering how someone like Ana would survive in today world. She does not seem to have any confidence at all. And I did find her constant clumsiness bit annoying too.
I don’t have anything against her being inexperienced at her age. I also waited longer than most until fully exploring relationships and sex, but I have to admit that the way the character is set up makes me really dislike her. Inner goddess? What is that? I really find that incredibly annoying. I do understand the dilemma of the character as she explores the BDSM and sex in general, as I remember my shock the first time I was spanked and found out how my body reacted and my mind was in turmoil. Yet, for some reason I find Ana in the same situation bit annoying. I am wondering if it is the writing style of the author and maybe the personification of the inner goddess.
Christian Grey on the other hand does seem to be bit unbalanced to me too. I cannot say he is more realistic, or maybe he is, but there are several flaws to the character. I cannot say I like him that much. To certain extend he is rather over controlling, it is even possible to say bit abusing. I have a bit of feeling from him, that he likes to control to possibly get over something which happened in his past and while I understand that the submissive is obligated to obey the Dom, if the submissive is not happy about something, then the Dom should not go there - and that should include pricey gifts and a bit of stalking. And constant control is rather off putting for me.
Another thing which I find personally disturbing is, that Christian seem so be very insecure about himself, or rather disturb by his past. I do recognise that no one will ever be 100% sure about themselves and that everyone will have some skeletons in the closet. But I believe that the insecureness is actually deeply affecting his positions towards his submissive and relationships as a whole. I am not sure I would actually dare to enter a relationship with him And I do not like the hinted correlation of Christian being interested in BDSM because of his past. I do not think that this is the regular reason why people are interested, it is more about your own nature. And as switch I personally find it that it does take some courage to submit to someone as well as being the Dom. I am not saying that he is not responsible, the safety insurances are there, but I would rather worry a bit about my mental health with his desire to control.
2 the plot:
To be completely honest, I do find the plot rather unrealistic, even if I compare it to previous fictions I read in the past. A rich guy meets a girl who does not even have her own laptop and is in close friendship with a girl, whose family is well off. All right. It can happen, but there are some issues with this. E. g. her buying flight tickets in basically last minute. Although this can depend on how lucky you are, these generally tend to be more expensive. So I am not sure as what to think of Ana. And how she is set.
And although he would never enter a relationship, he decides to make this an exception, as he cares for Ana too deep. Very fast. And even introduces her to his family. This makes the book more of a romance story, which is not something I am that much interested in. So I did find the story line a bit boring. I would rather cut the book bit shorter, although it would be easier to rewrite it.
3 sex scenes:
So Ana is a virgin. Yet she has an orgasm almost every single time, unless she is not allowed to – one case and she also manages to orgasm before Christian does, generally through penetrative sex. I understand that this is a fiction, but I do find it a lot unrealistic. I much prefer books when the woman orgasms through clitoral stimulation and sometimes e. g. vaginal sex or other methods. I personally find these far more realistic. And more enjoyable for me.
Having said this, I do find some of the sex scenes arousing. I certainly did enjoy the spanking or the being under the man´s power. Or even being used by him and not allowed to orgasm. This is something I do enjoy, but I cannot say that these positive things change my mind as a whole about the rest of the book.
If you are into harder bondage, then this book is not for you. I am not, so I found the scenes decent for me, but I can see that people who are more into harder bondage will find it rather boring.
I personally don’t find the book that well written and my previous comments already show why, so I will very briefly summarize the reasons here. I actually find that the book is relatively poor written. The characters are rather unrealistic, the plot is at times a bit annoying, as I already mentioned. Moreover I personally find that the sex scenes could also be handled a bit differently.
And I do believe that this book could have been shorter. The length is really annoying, especially with lot of repetitive scenes. And to think that this is just the first part of a trilogy...
Unfortunately, I cannot say I enjoyed the book. I read it whole, but it took me like about month to finish. I personally did not enjoy the characters, did not enjoy the plot and I found it rather poorly written. And although I was aroused by some aspects of the sex scenes, I still find them bit annoying and unrealistic, as Ana basically orgasms every single time and also vaginally, soon after she had sex for the first time. Call me jealous, if you wish, but how many women are this lucky?
Would I recommend it to other people? No, I don’t think so. But I would not put off people who really want to read it. There are people out there who do love it. And this review is my personal perspective.
There is more I could say about the book, but this review is already long enough.
- The cover, some of the sex scenes.
- The writing style, the plot, the characters, the inner goddess...
- Bottom line
- Was not worth the money or my time. I would personally not recommend it.
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