Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

Goodreads Summary: 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

Why I Read This Book: I might as well just be honest, I had to see what the hell all the hype was about.

Review: Apart from all the BDSM, I think I could write a better book. Don't get me wrong, the sexy parts are pretty sexy, but the story line in pretty poorly written. When I found out this was originally Twilight fan-fic I was very surprised, as this just doesn't fit the Twilight story at all, unless you consider that Ana always bites her lip like Bella. Which is probably one of the most annoying things about Twilight.

I do however like that this book received the hype that it did, not because it was deserved, but because it represents something for women that would have previously been too taboo to have published and spoken about on the news.

All I can really say is that James has a pretty wild imagination, or a very wild recreational side! I will finish the series, but really, I don't think I would recommend them to anyone unless they wanted some sexy time alone, cause it will at least do that much for you!



  1. I agree! I checked this out for the hype. I never wrote a review for it. The repetition drove me absolutely nuts. Plus all that inner goddess stuff...doing the tengo, peeking over glasses, tapping her foot:( Not my favorite parts. The author lives in England and she made the characters talk like they were from there. It was a lot worse in the second book. I chuckled at your last paragraph. She was a TV exec at one point...but you're right...did she do a lot of research on it? :)
    - Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

  2. I haven't read book 2 or 3 yet, and I think I will, I'm just not in any rush. I definitely agree that you can tell she is from England, as there is a lot of Anglophile language in there. She should have changed the setting along with the names to distance it a little further from Twilight as well. Glad to finally hear someone else not raving about (or completely trashing) this book. I don;t think it's as good as all the lovers of it, but I have read worse books as well. Do you find people love to challenge the fact that you weren't crazy about it?? haha, that's always my favorite!