Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Fifty Shades of Grey

By E L James

  • Release Date: 2011-05-25
  • Genre: Erotic Romance
Score: 4
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Description

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. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Reviews

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  • Mixed feelings.

    4
    By Em124218
    Loved and hated this book, it's poorly written but I also couldn't put it down. The narrator, Anastasia, seriously irritates me sometimes. Her "inner goddess" is completely ridiculous. "My inner goddess has her pom-poms in hand - she's in cheerleading mode." Seriously?
  • spectacular

    5
    By MGS1217
    book was really good, I just wantt the prompt to write a review to go away
  • :):

    5
    By Mallory P. Diaz
    Started with laughs, and I ended up in tears. I'm excited to now watch the film, and begin the second book.
  • People enjoy this?

    1
    By Goobes1235
    It's gross. Sex was never meant to be like this...terrible.
  • Unexpectedly good

    4
    By Demwood
    I'm not into bondage and that sort but I love this book just because I can really feel the characters. Can't wait to read the next one!
  • If she bites her lower lip one more time. . .

    1
    By KAMB17
    After a great deal of encouragement from my friends, I finally broke down and decided to read this so-called enthralling and taboo tale. For those who don't have time to read the rest of my review, let's just say that it took a whole lot of persistence on my part to finally finish reading it. I started reading 50 Shades 2 1/2 years ago and have read many wonderful books in between. This became my fall back book whenever I ran out of good books to read or if I was waiting for an appointment, you get the idea. This book was so difficult to appreciate that I felt like I was forcing myself to read one of my college textbooks. However, being one of those people that MUST read a book before I can see the movie, I forced myself to finish reading this book just prior to the release of the motion picture. Now that I have read it, I'm not sure I will be capable of sitting through two and a half hours of Ana biting her lower lip and stomping around acting like an ungrateful brat every time the big bad billionaire wants to shower her with gifts. Seriously, is Ana's denial of extravagant gifts supposed to convince the female species that Ana is a strong independent woman? Come on. We're not talking about Wonder Woman here, Ana is a recent college graduate looking for a position within a dying news medium. She drives the stereotypical hunk of junk and "worked her way through school" at the Mom and Pop Hardware Store. How realistic is it to expect that a girl like Ana would turn down anything Christian had to offer? She agrees to be the submissive of this gorgeous "self-made" (his adoptive family is uber wealthy too) billionaire, but she draws the line at accepting gifts from said billionaire? I get it, the book is fantasy, but even fantasy must find a basis in reality to be entertaining. I can appreciate that it is difficult to write an interesting story about two star-crossed lovers once you remove the Vampires and Werewolves, but shouldn't the author have been able to recognize that when she first started writing Twilight Fan Fiction? The Twilight Sage wasn't popular because a wealthy handsome man with a dark past fell in love with an unlikely (although very likely as modern storytelling goes) bumbling and awkward girl. It was popular because Edward was a vampire and he was quite literally addicted to Bella. There was no substance to the Bella and Edward story once those plot elements were removed, so what made the author of 50 Shades think that this story could stand on the Ana and Christian relationship alone? The characters were so badly developed that by the end, I couldn't recall why I was supposed to care what happened to either of them. Sure Christian has a dark past, but we get zero hints as to what that past includes and Ana, what of Ana? She grew up in a broken home, but other than that, absolutely EVERYTHING has always gone her way, right down to landing the handsome billionaire who desires her for no reason whatsoever. Please, this man can have any woman he wants and he chooses Ana because. . . he likes the way she annoyingly bites her bottom lip and stares off into space as her inner Goddess jumps up and down like a drunk cheerleader in her head? Character development aside, the number one thing missing from this tale that has received 5 stars from most of the average everyday reviewers? This book has absolutely no plot and considering that the book is about sex, one would at least expect a climax of some sort. But no, making it through hundreds of pages of a woman with voices in her head chastising her for her choices, offers no reward. Instead, we are expected to read book two to find out if anything interesting occurs, which likely also means that we'll have to read book three to find out if these two undeveloped characters live happily every after. Aside from the very explicit and sometimes downright disgusting (the tampon episode) descriptions of Ana and Christian's physical adventures, I'm not sure what this story has to offer? I was absolutely sick of the lip biting a few chapters in and literally rolled my eyes every time she mentioned her inner Goddess. What type of inner Goddess salutes their host for being a man's submissive? Shouldn't the inner Goddess encourage Ana to take charge? I suppose that's just another thing that completely confused me about this book and the reason why I am having difficulty writing anything good about it. In closing, if you're looking for an utterly unbelievable romance filled to the brim with steamy sex scenes, the old faithful Harlequin romances are still your best bet.
  • Spare Yourself the Horror

    2
    By d.diamond
    I was told to spare myself, to refrain from indulging myself in the torture that Fifty Shades of Grey is but I just had to find out how bad it was for myself. It was bad, real bad.
  • I wish I had my time back!

    1
    By Val Cat
    By far, the most poorly written book I've ever read. The plot is boring, the writing style is simple, and the characters lack depth. I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I wholeheartedly regret reading it!!!

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