NOTE: I originally wrote this review on the incorrect edition....so I have corrected now!!!!
It’s pretty hard to ignore all the hype and controversy suNOTE: I originally wrote this review on the incorrect edition....so I have corrected now!!!!
It’s pretty hard to ignore all the hype and controversy surrounding E.L James’s FIFTY SHADES trilogy. Mind blowing how many people are talking about the books…since the 1st book, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY was released at the beginning of Apr 2012, it’s absolutely incredible the number of reviews I have seen. Amazon has almost 6000 posted reviews and probably twice as much on their discussion boards!!!!!
I am an insatiable, voracious avid reader and over the years and the amount of reading I know what I like and don’t like. But I am not a writer and I admire and love the fact that there are people who can use words to create worlds that I am able to engage with. The whole craze, fixation about the books, whether positive or negative is not an issue…..it’s the fact that EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT!!! And I have to congratulate the author for this…it’s the best and free publicity ensuring high sales, which is after all, what a writer and the publisher, naturally, want to have.
By now, thousands of reviews have been written and everyone pretty much the story of virgin Anastasia Steele & dark Christian Grey. So I am going to write on what I liked and didn’t like after reading THE BOOK.
NOTE...........THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
CHRISTIAN GREY – and yes, him first!!!!!! Because I really warmed up to the guy. Okay, it does seem far-fetched, OTT even, that a guy by the age of 27…YES TWENTY-SEVEN (where to these kind of guys live..certainly not here in my place!!). But listen, this is a fantasy, fiction where anything is possible..there is no impossibilities here..so if you are 27, gorgeous, rich…no a billionaire, you fly helicopters, gliders, feed the poor in Africa, wears the most incredible designer clothes, a body to die for, a sex fiend in bed – he’s smoldering..fabulicious never ending sex and in one go too, beyond fabulous gray eyes, a loving family, hot hot cars, owns an empire , he still finds lots of time to chase the woman he wants and write tons of emails to her................... how can any woman in her right mind not want him!!!!!!!!
Yes, he seems like an unemotional control freak..But under all this glamour, there is something dark and intriguing about him. Something sad and painful inside him that wants me to do something to make it all go away. By the end I was totally “dazzled”.
What interests me about Christian is the way he tries to portray himself as this remote tycoon, living alone with no friends and just a spectator in his world. Yet, the more I learnt about him seem to be in total contradiction to what he believes he is. He has a warm and loving (at least that’s what it seemed to me) with his family (although I sense something about his stepmother that makes me wonder if there is some deep, dark secret about her!), he’s kind to his housekeeper, his bodyguard, is passionate about sharing his vast, and I mean vast wealth with underprivileged people. The contradictions in his persona are what makes me not believe that he’s not a good man.
ANASTASIA STEELE–I was beyond irritated with this girl/woman by the middle of the book.
No, it’s not possible; she cannot be 22…no way!!!!! Maybe there’s a generation gap between Ana & I - is that how people in their twenty’s speak??? (more about that later). It’s more like a 16 year old would talk about her crush on that gorgeous, rich man!!!! And all those emails…drove me crazy after a while but it does fill pages!!!!!! What would Ana have done if Christian hadn’t given her a Mac – not even available to the plebs like us!)….what, she’s never owned her laptop? A student in the age of technology!!!!!!
All that crying…wooo poor me…I just love him and he just wants to spank me!!! Boo boo….Grow up and act real I kept saying to myself. I smiled when I read she was a virgin…wow, and here I was thinking that it only happens in a Mills & Boon aka Silhouette romance book and not in an erotica/bdsm book!!!!!! An insecure virgin, who constantly bites her lower lip, blushes and flushes suddenly is having orgasms by the dozen…she just has to look at the gorgeous Christian and wow…no need for sex, looking at does the same thing!!!! And so innocent that is able, at her first try, the best blowjob he has EVER ever had!!! The characterization of Ana from being this “green” with sex suddenly jumps to a hot temptress was just not believable to me…oh forgot…this is fictional and anything can happen and be!!!! When she asks Christian “are you going to play on your X-box” had me rolling on the floor.
Now, after writing all of the above about Ana, I honestly admit that I began thinking that perhaps I misunderstood her..maybe there was more to her than I thought…and then….POW.....she does something totally insensitive…I wanted to pull her hair…pity she did not have her pigtails hairstyle!!! After going through the whole contract stuff (which I thought was so OTT), Christian not pushing or demanding that she agrees to his wants/needs, after telling us how much she really loves him…….decides she can’t handle it and no longer wants to be with him and his problems. Girl, love, real love would have you help the man to face and overcome his problems, his pain and loneliness and not leave when things get tough!!!
REPETITION – this seems to be one of the most heated discussion of the book, and in all honesty the overuse of certain words did irritate me a bit..well more than a bit!! I know we are suppose to believe that Ana is this naive, innocent virgin but her vocabulary! It’s very limited but as I mentioned before, perhaps this is the newspeak of the new generation!!!! And both characters did the same and said the same things over and over and over again.
I found some interesting information that someone wrote in their review about this subject: Ana’s “holy crap, double crap”, “holy shit” some 90 times, Christian “cocks his head to one side” 20 times, both “raise eyebrows” over 50 times, Ana’s” inner goddess” is mentioned up to 50 times , smirk, rolling of eyes, and “oh my’s” that by the middle of the book my head was spinning with word bombardments (hope such a word exists).
THE SEX , THE BSDM AND MOMMY PORN STUFF – don’t understand why there is such an emphasis on the whole bondage and sex stuff. And what on earth is Mommy Porn???? Ana & Christian’s first sexual encounters were pretty tame compared to some other books that I have read. And all the bondage stuff…though I have read very little about this subject so I can’t comment about it and my thought was…is that it????? I expected more violence and pain, for it to be a bit more dirty and sordid, although I find it strange that Ana would agree to enter into this kind of relationship just because she loved Christian. Would any woman be prepared to accept the whole domination thing so easily????
THE TWILIGHT “THING”– so I now am aware that this book was originally written as fanfiction so I should have realized that there would be similarities. And there are many. Though the names are different, the story tweaked here and there, it is basically like reading Edward & Bella’s erotic (soft rather than hard) porno love story.
Ana lives in Continental USA, is beautiful (but doesn’t know it!), smart, loves English classics (read Tess instead of Wuthering Heights!!!!!), has a ditzy mother who she feels very protective over and cannot believe someone like Christian would want to be with her..oh yes there is also another guy who wants her too (thankfully she never goes as far as Bella did with Jacob!!).
Christian is the ultimate beautiful male
(and I mean beautiful..it’s mentioned so many times that it’s impossible not to get it!!).
He has a fabulously styled copper colored mop, anything – well designer it is- he wears looks amazing on him. His body is to die for. He’s beyond rich and loves to give her gifts…an Audi no less.
And “What am I going to do with you?” Edward..sorry no Christian asks Ana. Christian plays piano like a pro. And such a lovely and warm family he has. I would have thought that the editor would have done something about the two stories being so similar but I am not qualified enough to say more about the editing here.
Although I read that Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight had no problem with the similarities. Let's check out some of those similarities......
In conclusion, I caved in and joined the FSOG TRIBE - I wasn't forced to become a member...........in fact, it was totally and I mean totally willingly!!!!
Yes...I did.... I read THE BOOK.
And what, finished it in two days!!!!!!!!! And wanted to read the next installment immediately, which told me that……….okay, it’s not the most incredible book I have read, it’s not a classic that will be used in schools, it’s not “Jane Eyre”, the sex wasn’t that out there exciting, sensual or even a turn-on for me and the plot..can’t really say much about that.
However, it was not as bad as some of the reviews I have seen. I don’t believe it was ever meant to be seen as a brilliant piece of literature (which it isn’t - it certainly will NOT win any Pulitzer prize for Literature!!!!!) but was it entertaining? Yes, absolutely!!!! I didn’t hate it. And right now...... I want to find out who Mrs Robinson is, what is Christian’s dark secret, is there something more about his stepmother, what will Ana do next, and Christian…he’s like embedded in my head!!!!
Those are some of the reasons I am giving this review 4 stars instead of the 3 I was going to give originally. But - If a book can get me so engaged it had to be more than just an average and mediocre tale. And for the author to have the guts to do something that very few writers manage to do…..get people talking about it and get them to buy, buy your books. 10 million copies sold in America alone – IN 6 WEEKS!!! And now the talk is that Hollywood wants to turn her books into a movie!! It’s a writer’s dream come true and that is BEYOND AWESOME!!! One has to show respect to this woman!!!!!
So now onto Fifty Shades of Darker…need to discover more about the books that everyone is talking about (some blurb on the cover, which I think works very well)
These are some quotes from this series that have become "famous"........
Now, is E.L. James a clever writer or not!!!! Did we actually need this book??? Of course not!! GREY is exactly the same book as Fifty Shades of GreyNow, is E.L. James a clever writer or not!!!! Did we actually need this book??? Of course not!! GREY is exactly the same book as Fifty Shades of Grey and the earliest section of Fifty Shades Darker ..there's only one difference.........let me tell you more...
It's time for us to get Christian Grey's very own POV............oh....we gonna find out what makes this guy tick!!!! Never mind that it's the exact same dialogue.... that we get to read the legal contract ....again.........we get to check out all the emails that we have read before...........so why do we go out and pay for something we have read before????
Because we are totally besotted with Christian Grey.......well, I am............. If it wasn't for him......would I have continued turning the pages!!!! Not sure....because right now....Anastasia Steele is not on my favourite heroines list!!! I was reminded again of how much she irritated me in FSOG.....
.........Listen up Christian...give her up...I am so much more interesting.......in fact, I am fully committed to being his girlfriend...
Grey is not the worst book I’ve ever read - I wanted to read it when I heard about it....and I am happy I did..............will I read it again???? Probably not!!! Or maybe I will in twenty years time!!!!!!! But honestly........Christian Grey may be egotistical, OCD.....and all those other things....but hey.....
So, I'm off to go on a "flip" with my CG...........
PS.......Not wanting to be "beaten" up by some of the FSOG 'Non-Fans".........can I admit that I liked the FSOG movie...and ...let me say it softly....have watched it a couple of time!!! Okay, time to go!!!...more