Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Gray By, E L James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

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

ebook391 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (first published May 1st 2011)
From Goodreads 

No word of a lie I have started this review at least four times. I also have to admit that I read this book because all of the hype surrounding it. Both good and bad.  When a book goes from obscure fan fiction, to book, to picked up by major publisher, and than to movie, in such a short period of time your interest does get piqued. It certainly stays connected to it's past fan fiction roots. (We all know the story it emulates.. gasp)  The similarities between the major characters and their dominate traits, the location, the families are all too transparent. The writing is not stellar.  It by no means is on par with great works like Lady Chatterley's Lover.  (But than again D. H. Lawrence is in a class all by himself.) It lacks in some originality. But here is the kicker. I liked it. 

Yes I liked it. It kept my attention and I had a hard time putting it down. From the time Ana fell into Christian Gray's office, till she walked out the door of his pent house in tears it had my attention. Like when your flipping through channels and stop on The Breakfast Club even though you have seen it like 17 times and the 80's is so done. But you can't pull yourself away. 

The erotica is plentiful.  And if submissive and over the top sexual situations involving bondage are not your thing. Well, don't pick it up. I am not going to get into all the in depth discussions of how Ana is used and how it glorifies abusive relationships. Other sites have covered that fully.  Yes Christian starts out as a major control freak and domineering bastard. But in the end he does have some redeeming qualities and there is some reasons for his peculiar "appetites".  And it is fiction. Sometimes we should just leave well enough alone and go with the story. 

I have read some real good books. And I have had the misfortune of reading some real bad ones. This book falls somewhere in the middle.  It was a good way to pass a lazy Sunday afternoon in between a pile of other more serious books.  And it made me all the more ready for new books coming my way by my favorite authors.  So I will give it a 3 and 1/2 and just might read the rest of the series when I need a filler. 

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