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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
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Jul 01, 2012

Yup, I read all 3. The criticisms are obvious and abundant -- cliched and repetitive writing, worn-out princess fantasy that the right woman can change or save a man, excuse for soft porn (tho' the value of that is another debate), shades of misogyny, etc. But aside from all that, which I expected -- I have 1 point of praise and 1 real criticism. Positive -- I always give credit to a good story teller; this book carried the reader right along and is a veritable page-turner, even knowing just about everything that would happen! That is a skill not many people can claim. Negative -- within the world an author builds, in this case, erotic princess fantasy, I like the world to be logical even given its own constraints. The heroine is supposed to be an English major, even valedictorian, yet spends almost no time reading, quoting, or thinking about any type of literature. Details like not owning a computer, for a student who writes and researches, make no sense.

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