Fifty Shades Of Grey [Paperback]
- Publication Date:
- 12 April 2012
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I’m going to skip including the premise of this book…and actually I am going to write this review for the whole “Shades” series.I was reading the Huffington Post Books section and ran across a story about this series and it piqued my curiousity. Here is a “nutshell” version of what the article said…This series is inspired by Stephanie Meyers’s “Twilight”. It was originally on a site Twilight Fan Fiction and it was referenced as “Mommy Porn”, which, frankly, got my attention.In an effort to see what all the hub bub was about…I downloaded them. I started the first book, “50 Shades of Grey” on Wednesday afternoon and had finished the whole 3 book series by midnight on Thursday. As this was Twlight fan fiction I thought it was going to involve vampires…I was WRONG. Rather than vampirism as the central theme it was BDSM – for those of you unfamiliar with the term that is Bondage, Disciple, Sadism, Masochism. Yep, as in “whips and chains”. Now I am not a prude, by any means, but it’s the first time I’d encountered this particular theme in a book I was reading, and I was surprised, to say the least. It’s the BDSM that is drawing all the media attention! But the story was so much more than just BDSM.Here is where my “review” starts…This was a story of redemption. The male protagonist, Cristian, spent his formative years in an UGLY atmosphere and it was with the introduction of submission that became his coping mechanism during those highly hormonal teenage years. After he learned that “control” he switched over to the “Dominant” role…and that dominance is what allowed him to continue coping…but at a huge cost. His level of self-loathing is astounding…he often said he was “50 shades of fu**ed up”.Enter our female protagonist, Ana…it’s through it’s through her reticense to participate in his lifestyle, that causes him to re-examine and re-evaluate his life. Was this the best written book I’ve ever read…NO! Was it an incredibly fun read…YES! Did it make me want to run out and sign up to be someone’s submissive…NO! Did it give me ideas of new areas I might want to try out with my husband…YES! Will I read it again…OH YES!
From: Claire Sent: 08 December 2011 12:45To: Christian GreySubject: Best Book Ever?Dear Mr GreyOr should I call you Sir? I have recently finished the first part of your trilogy about the romance between yourself and Miss Anastasia Steele and like Miss Steele I thought it would be easier for me to write my feelings down in an e-mail to you. You see I don’t tend to read books like the one written about you. In fact if you take a look at my bookshelf you will see less than five. So where shall I begin? Well I think I should start with my feelings for you. To put it bluntly Mr Grey you beguile me. Even though I have only known you for four days I am a little embarrassed to say that I cannot stop thinking about you Sir. It seems that my every waking moment is about you. I have even dreamt about you. I have been so addicted to your story that I have grabbed every moment I could to read about you. I have skipped meals because that would take me away from you, I have stayed up late reading about you and I have also been late for work because yes you guessed it I was reading about you. I do not think you would have been happy about my behaviour Mr Grey and I fear that if I were yours my behind would be fifty shades of black and blue. I would also like to say how much I approve of Miss Steele. You have a wonderful girlfriend, she is clever and funny and I like her very much. I loved reading the e-mails between you both they were very witty and entertaining.I must admit that I have seen your book around for a while and many of my friends have read it and raved about it but I didn’t even give you a look until this week but I am so glad I did. I see that your story is classified as erotica but I’m afraid I do not agree with this and I would class it as romance. Yes there is BDSM in your story and very hot scenes of you and Miss Steele but for me it is a love story. I have read a couple of erotica books before and they are nothing like yours. Unlike the others, which seemed to be just about sex, your book has a plot and a story that needs telling. Have you ever read a book Mr Grey and wished that you had written it and that it was your words on the page? Well that is how I feel about this book, I absolutely love it. I love the authors words and style of writing, it has bewitched me. Could this be the best book that I have ever read? You know what, I think it could be. This book has completely taken over my life, a first for me I must say. I have even listened to Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis this morning. You know, the music you make Ana listen to when you…well I won’t go into that here.I need to go now and give my life away to you again in book 2 Fifty Shades Darker. I hope I find out more about you Sir and why you are fifty shades of f**ked up. So until next time Mr Grey I bid you farewell.I wish I was yours.Claire x
Oh.My.God. I don't care what anyone else has said about this book. I loved it. I will admit that I had a bit of trouble with the first couple of chapters of Ana's dialogue and it dragging on, but pushing past that and really getting into the story.....oh. My. God. Break out the fans, the ice water, the pool....anything to cool off! E L James has created one fascinating start to a fantastic series filled with so much more than erotic scenes and kinky romance. She's filled it with amazingly complex characters, humor and deep meaning.Right now, I'm trying to decide whose character spoke to me the most and became my favorite. I loved both Anastasia and Christian in ways that were different. I loved Ana with her witty self. Her inner goddess and her subconscious often spoke to her and left a smile on my face. I found myself smiling and cheering Ana on as she deals with her feelings and inner turmoil about choosing whether or not to become Christian Submissive.And Christian.....wow. I absolutely adored his character. Not because he was a Dom, but because he had so much inner turmoil, and secrets from his past, that I wanted to reach out and play the ever caring mama role and hug his past away. Don't get me wrong, though. He's controlling side is out of this world wowza! I loved it. But, you can really see the inner struggle he goes through, especially after meeting Anastasia in the meeting. That being said, I did hate Christian and his bossiness and stuffiness at first. Together, these two characters flow perfectly to bring out a complex, meaningful story of facing fears, learning to trust and relinquishing control. It really pulls the reader to the center of the story and keeps them planted until the very last page. With a mix of humor with some really laughable emails between the characters, your never left for wanting with this novel. I can definitely say that this is my favorite book of 2012 by far. I didn't think that I would like it after reading and hearing about the issues people had with it, but it's more than the BDSM and control....it's about finding your true self, about facing fears, and learning to let go. I definitely recommend this with 5 Books and I've already got book 2 sitting on my Kindle and am looking forward to finding the chance to read it as well. This a series that is sure to stay on my reader and I'll go back again and again. A bit of warning though.......make sure you have lots of uninterrupted reading time to devour this book.
I don't usually follow the crowd but needed some holiday reading, and I'm glad I chose this. Lovely charcters and a good story line.
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