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Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
Read on July 06, 2012

Here goes!
I have finally finished this book tonight, after I suddenly realised I had way too many to read to be messing about slowly reading the last book in this trilogy.

I started the first book 3 weeks ago, ironically the same day I had finished a relationship and immediately thought Christian was a slime ball (Woman meets man, finishes him and hates men scenario), so had already made my mind up he wasn't worth knowing, however, I was so intrigued by the hype over this book that I wanted to give it a go.

Ok, the writing was very repetutive, after all there's only so many times you can say "laters baby" and "Oooh Mrs Grey" It's not the most solid of books.

My first opinion was that if it's just going to be about sex, butt plugs and sexy toys then I'm not interested - I'm not a prude by any means but there definately has to be more to a book than just sex, which is why I read it, A. Because I knew it was more saucy than I'm use to and B. Kept an open mind due to that fact it was quite a new experience to me. However, without realising, it didn't take long for me to become attached to these characters; and surprisingly for me, I was much more attached to Mr Grey (Yes, I know the majority of women are wailing out for a bit of Mr Grey) but personally the fact I got the impression he was good in bed didn't actually make me like him. What attracted me to Mr Grey was more the fact that I knew in my heart he would never hurt Ana, but more that he was a hurt person - I mean who wouldn't be after going through all of that, blaming yourself for your mum dying because you were too young to know what she needed/wanted. I think, the thing that stuck out the most to me, was that quite often in books it is the woman you're made to feel sorry for, except this time round I felt sorry for the man. Afterall, Mr Grey has everything in terms of money, buildings, businesses etc but in terms of real connection he begins with none of that, he is just about materialistic items and control (who can blame him though really?) If I am totally honest though, the only time i really hated Grey was the middle of the last book (not giving anything away) but he went against everything I'd hoped for him.

Ana, this is the girl who had nothing materialist but had a family and group of friends that she knew she could depend on, I didn't feel sorry for her, maybe I should have, but from the beginning she knew what she was letting herself in for. The contract? I mean surely she knew what type of a man Christian was. Although, I did admire her, I found her very weak in comparison and only started respecting her on the last book she still irritated me. I found her niave, often quite childish (My inner goddess) yes, Ana, we've heard it all before!! For me Ana was an unrealistic type of girl, one minute she's a virgin, never even been near a guy, next minute she knows exactly what she wants,now personally thats got to be pretty hard to work out considering when we meet her she's a virign. She did annoy me, because she came across independent, a career girl, almost quite feminist, yet never really appears to pay her way - yes we know Mr Grey has a lot of money, but she very rarely offers. I think what puts me off the most about Ana, is that she could quite easily give a woman a bad name; girl meets very rich man, they hit it off. Yes, at the beginning she is intimindated by him, but it doesn't take her long to realise she's got a good deal and she could have him. I can't remember how many years there is between her and Mr Grey but she is definately quite un-sheltered. Personally think her bark is worth than her bite, she tries to play games and play hard to get but she surrenders to quickly. I can say that Mr Grey is an insecure character but for me Ana wasn't she knew what she wanted before Mr Grey which is why in many ways they're very much unsuited.

I think the biggest moment for me with Ana is when she leaves in the first book, but in the second goes back. I think all women can relate to that; because at the time we didn't know the extent of Mr Greys problems, so I assumed he was just a control freak. The reason Ana is easy to relate to is because most women have been there (I think that's fair to say) but Ana quickly questions her relationship with Mr Grey, and perhaps if she had, had other relationships she'd have known it was hard work been with Mr Grey and perhaps not right for her, but even when she had her doubts, Kate was teasing her, she still went back, and the ending totally strengthens that, though at the time I felt like she was weak.

To cut it finely, if you ignore the sex, the butt plugs, the contract, it is a love story. It's about two people who in reality probably wouldn't suit each other at all. You've got Ana who has everything in terms of love and loyalty but not alot of possesions, to Christian who doesn't do "hearts and flowers" they would be the most unsuitable couple ever to read about, but they worked.

Anybody who says this is "mummy porn" is talking rubbish, yes, it's not the best book but like everything try it before you knock it. The characters are well established and the worst part or maybe it's a good thing, it's the first book I have read where I have been able to relate to both the man and woman. Nobody can criticise E.L. James because at the end of the day, this is possibly the most popular/most spoken about book for years, and although it is slightly racy, the sex scenes can be a tad dramatic, it's a good book, I just feel at times it missed substance.


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