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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
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Aug 12, 2012

did not like it

I was going to rate this book two stars - but then the annotation for that was "It was okay.", which I'm sorry to say - it was not.

I bought into the hype, I admit. My friends started reading it and I wanted to see what this book that was all over the internet, and all over the world apparently, was all about.

It wasn't about much.

I stopped at chapter nine. Which may be used against me by some who claim I didn't really "understand the depth of the novel since I didn't give it a chance". But I am sorry, which my "inner goddess" was blushing due to the initial descriptions of Christian Grey, my "subconscious" was kicking myself because I still had the book open on my eReader.

The sex scenes really weren't fan-freaking-tastic because they were drowned out by Ana's annoying inner conflicts and every time she bit her lip, I 1. wanted to hit her, 2. tell her that she shouldn't have voices in her head, go to a therapist! and 3. GET A GRIP and tell Christian to 1. go to rehab because weird pain sex situations are not cool and 2. get with her best friend.

I do not like reliving this experience. Basically, I just think both of them need to go to a therapist for completely different reasons. Favourite part about this novel experience? Discovering this review:

Now that, is interesting writing.

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message 1: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley I am an avid reader and was not interested in this book at all. However, the trilogy was recommended to me by both my best friend (who is 47 and has been happily married for 25 years) and my 24-year-old daughter (married 2 years). Both loved the books - the whole set, not just the first. When I complained to my daughter, early on in the first book, about the same things with the female lead that you dislike - my daughter laughed and said that's what makes it so realistic. Anastasia talks like young twenty-somethings (with little experience in anything) talk in their heads. All the self-doubt, all the over-analyzing, etc. The first book is the weakest (and most over-sexed) of the three. I should say that my unmarried 21-year-old daughter only made it to chapter 10 and quit. As for me, I read the trilogy and enjoyed it. I wouldn't keep them for a re-read, and I didn't read it for the sex parts. There is, though, a realistic-type story about relationships and how we all have our own baggage - some are just more difficult to carry/deal with than others. There is a deeper story there than just BDSM. Unfortunately, many people miss that part because they're too busy re-reading over the "soft porn" parts.

message 2: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley P.S. However, great literature? It isn't. I prefer Mark Twain, Henry James, and C.S. Lewis myself...but it was an interesting summer read. :)

message 3: by Lily (new) - rated it 1 star

Lily One of the biggest problems with the book, for me at least, was that it didn't have a good story. After the first few scenes, I skipped over everything sex related to see if the book really could hold it's own without all the BDSM. Unfortunately, my conclusion was that it couldn't. Maybe that's because without the sex, the book is the length of a children's novel. There was nothing about the book that drew me in or made me want to keep reading and I beg to differ about it being realistic. I can wrap my head around the idea of the inexperienced, naiive girl falling for the guy who's larger than life idea. But, I don't think the fact that a 20-something year old man with issues like Christian has is realistic at all. The fact that he has managed to create a business empire, embrace his issues and still talk to the women that made him the way he is, isn't believable to me. Nor is the idea that he has decided to choose Ana, essentially out of any girl in the world (or at least in his city). Then again, I've never been a believer of the stories where the man on a pedestal falls for the girl with the inner beauty.

On another note, I've been thinking of reading a Henry James book - have you read Wings of the Dove?

message 4: by Kimberley (last edited Aug 13, 2012 09:26PM) (new)

Kimberley I have not read Wings of the Dove, but I've been told that it is good. Since you mentioned it, I looked up additional information about it and decided I need to add it to my "to read" list. :)

I respect what you're saying about "Fifty" and understand where you're coming from. While it is fiction, I do think there is some truth to the characters. I have known people like this in my life. Of course, I don't know their sexual habit/preferences, but I have known highly intelligent, powerful men that are driven to succeed because of the bad home life they grew up in (and, yes, their personal lives were quite messed up). And, believe it or not, the true mark of a genuinely intelligent man is that he is attracted to who a person is, not "a look". (I suppose I should point out, though, that the only person in the book who thinks Ana is Ana. I suspect she's actually quite lovely.) He is attracted to her (after the initial physical attraction) because she isn't jaded and has that "wide-eyed innocence" to her - she loves openly and unconditionally which is something no one else has ever really offered him before. I've never met a man (or a woman, for that matter) who wouldn't want true, unconditional love. It is elusive and rare, indeed,...and it is always attractive.

By the way, I'm really not trying to defend the book series. Just pointing out a few things I believe to be true about what the author was trying to say in the story. It isn't everything the hype says it is, but I do believe it says something about society because it such "the hype" these days. :/

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