Thursday, August 9, 2012

April's review of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey(Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Vintage
Number of Pages: 514
Format: Paperback
Buy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Description:  When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is 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 singular 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.

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

Yes occasionally I will read a book that isn't paranormal. I knew it was originally a fanfic of Twilight, and don't get me wrong I love Twilight, and because of that for the longest while I wasn't sure I wanted to read this series. Then I started to see all my friends on Facebook reading it and being obsessed with it, and these are people that I know aren't really readers. So I decided to go ahead and read it. Right off the bat I could see the similarities and references to Twilight. They were way too obvious. 

If I had to rate the book on the writing alone, it would get 1 star. This has to be one of the worst written book I've ever read. Why does the characters always whisper or murmur? And in the first few chapters his grey eyes haunted Ana's dreams. Yes I get that. You do not have to repeat that every other page. And yes, I get that Ana biting her lip is a turn on for Christian, and it makes him want to have sex with her right then and there. You do not have to repeat that 2,000 times in this book. Right off the bat he sends her first edition of Tess of the d' Urbervilles with a quote. That should of been Ana's first clue. I remember watching the movie in high school, don't think I had actually ever finished reading the book, but I do remember Tess being raped and abused in the book. 

The plot of the book wasn't bad. It was actually intriguing. But Ana...I wanted to slap a bitch. How can you be so stupid? The whole book one minute she has decided that she can't deal with Christian's lifestyle and wants nothing to do with him, and then the very next minute she decides that she wants to be with him? You should never lower your morals for a man. 

On to Christian. Yes he has demons, but he's way too controlling and likes to stalk. Do you want a guy that knows your every single move? She went across country to not only get away from him and think, but to visit her mom, and he shows up! Really?! Not to mention the emails they were exchanging before she realized he was in Georgia she was pissed at him. He shows up and all is forgiven? Grow a freaking backbone. And even though he mom insisted that she go with him and talk things out, still. She there for only a few days to visit her mom, and she stays with him for the rest of the night? My mom would of slapped me. I get that he needs to be in control. But there is a line and he is way over that line. He wants to control every aspect of her life; what she wears, what she eats, who she sees and talks to, etc. That is one step away from being abusive.  And his mood swings! I loved his moments when he's playful and joking around. The perfect bad boy millionaire. But it doesn't mesh with his lifestyle. Not to mention that when we talks about that, it sounds more like a business deal than sex. I mean "established subs"? *rolleyes* And what he said about during the interview she was all yes sir and no sir, and he thought she was a natural born sub? Please that is called manners. 

And how he got into this lifestyle? We can think Elena, or as Ana likes to refer to her Mrs. Robertson, Christian's mom friend that seduced him when he was 15! I'm sorry but I agree with Ana on this one. That is child molestation and disguising. Not to mention the things in the lifestyle she did to him would be child abuse. He was a freaking child! It's bad enough to have an affair when you're married, but to seduce a child? And back to Christian's jealousy, it's ok for him to still be friends with her and talk to her, go out to dinner with her (not ever 2 days after Ana left to see her mom), but he got pissed when Ana talked to her friend Jose, or went to the bar with him? Yes he made a pass and took it too far when they were drunk. But still. 

Overall I didn't love this book, but I didn't think it was the worst. Somewhere on the lower half. More than likely I'll read the rest of the series out of curiosity. 

Rating: 2/5

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