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Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
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Oct 15, 2011

it was amazing
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In this second book of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, the romance continues between Christian and Ana from Ana's point of view... and what a busy POV it is!

I have enjoyed this story since it was on the author's website, so it's no surprise I loved this book! The edits have indeed improved the story. "Darker" opens up with the couple apart, but soon Christian and Ana are re-negotiating their relationship.

As in the first book of this trilogy, some aspects of the writing are sophomoric, mainly in relation to periphery characters, but don't let that deter you (!) because there is brilliance here too. The relationship between Ana and Christian is just so good. Their frank and open communication is fantastic and their story is not only totally engaging, but downright addicting! Christian (aka, Fifty) is one of the most memorable, delicious characters I have ever read. His voice is unique and clear and mesmerizing, yet he is revealed entirely through Ana's experiences and perception of him (quite a talent, Ms. James!). For both Christian and Ana, everything they think they know about their lives gets tilted at odd angles and makes their growing relationship feel like a thrill ride. All the usual suspects return to keep the "action" going (with at least 3 different mini-plots), and, of course, there is the continuing fallout from Christian's severe childhood (and possible adolescent) trauma. Issues of independence, trust, acceptance, submission and, most importantly, unconditional love are all in play. Despite the intensity and conflict the tone remains witty and playful and romantic.

Readers complain about Ana a bit and, I must say, she took me out of my comfort zone at times often questioning Christian. But I tend not to like confrontation, so it's likely just me. Those who hate misunderstandings will appreciate that no stone goes unturned between these two. It is refreshing to read about people who are completely guileless with one another. Ana can also come across a bit schizophrenic when her thinking swings from "I want this", to "I don't want this" to "do I want this"? However, this tension feels true to life. Her choices were not easy (too many shades of grey!). Overall, I really like Ana and I certainly enjoyed having a front row seat to her busy inner world. Those (very popular) inner characters may have been overused in this second book, but they are fabulous nonetheless.

Something interesting to note: The original story was published one chapter at a time for the subscriber's reading pleasure, so each chapter of this book feels like "a full experience". This format created highly eventful and revealing chapters for the books and the overall story feels "episodic" not unlike the structure of "Outlander" which I found unique and very readable.

I also noted Ms. James fleshed out several scenes with additional action and dialogue in this book during editing, which was great for me as an original reader. I thought she did a splendid job filling in some gaps and deepening the story. The author also summed up the day's events from time to time in this version. I didn't mind it, but it dragged the action down for me a bit. New readers will likely benefit from the summaries as I remember needing to summarize in my own head previously. The only quibble with this format is the repetition (Christian sets his "mouth in a hard line" about 10 times throughout the book; Ana wonders if it "will it always be like this" about 3 or 4 different things and she reminds us many times that she wants to know more about Christian), but it didn't pull me out of the story at all. In fanfiction, it doesn't feel repetitious when it takes 2 years to tell the story.

The sensuality is once again hot, hot, hot. It doesn't feel gratuitous to me, but there is a lot of it. The sexual experiences between Christian and Ana and their growing intimacy are central to the story in FSD and are gloriously full of the darkest and lightest shades of grey.

I can name a hundred heart-soaring, heart-rending and breathtaking moments in this book. There are many favorite scenes that I am already looking forward to re-reading (Portland to Seattle, anyone?). I am a fan, what can I say? Although British-isms still abound, there are typos, and a couple of the mini-plots are duds, I don't care. It's imperfect, but it's so very unique in its style, its structure and its content. I adore it and highly recommend it!
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Bakudis oh yes you like Fifty to. but i little bit confused about this,you remember this words?
“A long time ago, I thought I loved her,” he says through gritted teeth.
Oh. “When we were in Georgia . . . you said you didn’t love her.”
“That’s right.”
I frown.
“I loved you then, Anastasia,” he whispers.

if i'm not wrong "a long time ago i thought i loved her" means he loved her in the past but NOW he realize/knows he didn't love her at all in the past and definitely he doesn't love her now.

and i think Christian hasn't loved Elena for long long time ago too.
but i get from that words is Christian still love Elena until he realize he feel for Ana in Georgia. i mean if he hasn't realize his feeling in Georgia or even maybe if he doesn't love Ana at time how he answer Ana question (do you love her/Elena). Yes or No.

what do you think?
Thanks Searock :)

message 2: by Searock (last edited Jul 03, 2012 03:53PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Searock Bakudis wrote: "oh yes you like Fifty to. but i little bit confused about this,you remember this words?
“A long time ago, I thought I loved her,” he says through gritted teeth.
Oh. “When we were in Georgia . . . y..."

Hi Bakudis!
I think Christian thought he loved Elena when he was younger, but when he fell in love with Ana, he realized his feelings for Elena were never really "love". Now that he loves Ana, he knows what real love feels like and he has more clarity about his old feelings.
Hope that makes sense.

Bakudis yes Searock,he thought he loved Elena when he was younger but it seems he still love her all the time until he fall for Ana.

“When we were in Georgia . . . you said you didn’t love her.”
“I loved you then, Anastasia"

From this words, he said i loved you then, the answer Christian give to Ana in Georgia like Christian present feel ( i mean he doesn't love Elena because he love Ana at time) not because his love for Elena dead for long time ago and the rest his feel now just care.

If i remember Ana just ask "do you love her?" why he just say no, because at time and for long long time he doesn't love Elena.

Different if Ana ask like this "do you ever love her?" suppose he say yes, i did love her when i was younger.

Thanks Searock Hugs :)

OHHHHH btw, how my grammar? any progress or not?LOL.

Searock Ohhhh. I see your point and you explained it so well. Like Christian did love Elena until he met Ana. Maybe he did, in a way. You are right.

Your grammar is excellent!

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