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Has anyone read "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E I James

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message 1: by Divya (new)

Divya Purandar This one has been making rounds for quite some time now. I admit I am really not into this genre. But since it is touted as the next big thing, I am curious.


message 2: by Haidi (last edited Oct 24, 2012 02:25AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Haidi Perhaps have a look at all the other threads on this topic, there are a fair few of them, with loads of peoples opinions. :)


Christine Honestly I'm not sure what the big fuss is about. Its not really in the erotic category, granted it has some kink. If you like the modern day romances give it a shot. Keep in mind that the author is English, so the writing style is not the same as the American authors.
I also caution you to read all three books, you can't stop after the first one because the first book is only about a quarter of the story.


Kristin I only read the first one. I couldn't justify wasting the time to read the rest.

It's not a long read, so pick it up. You can decide for yourself what you think about it.


message 5: by June (new) - rated it 1 star

June Absolute trash! didn't get past 75 pages. wouldn't waste my time.


message 6: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Bellmore This is not the normal genre that I read, but it had a story as well as (lots) of sex. I however did become quit facinated with the series. I was intantly hook, either because it was something new, or the simple fact that every woman needs a little Fantasy in their life. I was a good read although not for everyone.
Oh MR.GREY !!! OH MY :)


Christine If you have a Kindle or e-reader, you can get a sample of the first 100 or so pages for free. The sample will let you know if you like the writer's style, characters, etc...to keep going.

This is actually true of all books available on Kindle. One of the lovely things about e-readers.
You can also apparently borrow books from the library on e-readers now - so that's another way of checking it out without spending a dime.


Ilana i think that it was one of the first books in the genre to get national coverage on the news and that's why it's so talked about. honestly, i've been reading stories likes this since i was a teenager and although this one had a BDSM spin when others that i've read didn't - that didn't make it any more/less racy. it's just the influence that media has on things - The Today Show picked it up and then bloggers talked about it and then everyone talked about it.

that all being said, the first time i read it, i got why some newbies to the genre would be awed by it and talk about it more, but the 2nd time i read the series, i really got a better picture of the story behind it all and i actually appreciated that aspect more.


Becky have to say I've read alot of things and in many different genre's. this is a good read as in page turner, the "kink" factor was blown way out of proportion by the media blitz on it. makes me think some people have a prudish nature. and in this day and age... that's a wow find.


message 10: by Ida (last edited Oct 25, 2012 07:48AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida I got at least 80% into the firs book and decided I didn't want to read it anymore. This is the first time I've made the decision to not finish a book. Usually if I don't finish it's because I forget about it or get distracted by another book, but I allways pick it up again at some point. Fifty Shades? I'm not touching it again. Ever.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Garrrr, this book is awful. It's badly paced and badly written. The characters are all clones of Twilight, stereotypes, or Mary Sues/Gary Stus. The plot lacks any story structure whatsoever. Anything else is blatantly ripped off from Twilight. It's basically a porn version of Twilight, with Ana's "inner goddess" added in.


Amyleigh Of course, I've read all three and even though they wasn't my kind of books to read i really did enjoyed them :)


message 13: by Ari (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ari Rodrigues Yup read all three of them , even thought they are not really my type of books , i actually liked it :)


Danielle Christine M wrote: "If you have a Kindle or e-reader, you can get a sample of the first 100 or so pages for free. The sample will let you know if you like the writer's style, characters, etc...to keep going.

This is ..."

Oh how I wish i had done this.

Totally my kind of book, typically, but this particular one was terrible. Not in a "so bad it's good" way, just in a "wow, this is really, really, un-readbly bad" way.


message 15: by Jane (new)

Jane I read the first one and part of the second i really dont want to read anymore. I can't stand either character! Ana needs a slap upside the head how she puts up with christians constant control issues is beyond me!! I was with a control freak once i left is ass!!! I normally dont read romance and now i know why! I think if this was a real life relationship it would never last for one thing he would not change and she would find his controling ways get really old fast! If you enjoy this sort of thing go for it... i did not like it at all.... so i bought my self a good Johnathan Kellerman book a good murder mystery ahhhh i am home now!! :)


Brandy yes! hot book, a little poorly written, repetitive phrases...but overall juicy story, can't wait for the movie to come out!


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Read all 3 and loved them; however, they were my first journey into this genre.


Jasmine So I've read the first 2 because I wanted to know what all the hype was about and honestly...the first book started slow, no sex till like chapter 8, I barely made it that far, and Anastasia annoys the crap out of me I pretty much want to punch her in the face for being so stupid/naive!! The second book was a little bit easier to get through, and I imagine I will read the 3rd book eventually just to complete the story, but the way book 2 ends the direction book 3 is gonna go in is predictable, and honestly I've read better sex scenes In Jeanine Frost's Cat & Bones series


Priyanka Hmm..I'm not too sure about this series..I have read BDMS books and this is not a serious study on the same..Its a good read when you have nothing to do and time to kill but don't look at it as a standard for the genre. I think it just scratches the surface..Personally i don't care much for Anastasia..She's supposed to be innocent in most ways but we keep hearing about her 'Inner Goddess' and stuff..?? Like i said..its a good one time read to spend time but nothing else..


message 20: by Libbie (new)

Libbie I didn't get past the first chapter when it was on fanfiction.net so I guess that'd be a no?


Sparrowlicious I only read the first one and ... some parts of the second one. To be honest, one book of this boringness was already enough for me. You see, there's not much character development there - and if it happens in the second or third book I really seriously have to ask why the author couldn't put all of that into one book? Cutting out all the unnecessary scenes would've done that. These books are poorly edited and a lot of people know that. The explicit scenes often use descriptions that even other fanfiction writers could've done better. Even the ones who never were in a situation like described in such a scene. And that's saying something. Apart from that, I can perfectly understand why the BDSM scene hates this series, even though I'm not into that stuff myself at all.


Priyanka Im sorry..it was on Fanfiction.net !!!!!!!! I bought the book and it was on Fanfiction.net !!!! *slams head on wall*


message 23: by Libbie (new)

Libbie Priyanka wrote: "Im sorry..it was on Fanfiction.net !!!!!!!! I bought the book and it was on Fanfiction.net !!!! *slams head on wall*"

I still can't fathom *anyone* paying money for it, but don't beat yourself up too much. She took it off ff.net a few months before she self-published and the spin started. But yes, it was there. Of course, the names were different, Christian was Edward and Ana was Bella back then.


Priyanka Libbie wrote: "Priyanka wrote: "Im sorry..it was on Fanfiction.net !!!!!!!! I bought the book and it was on Fanfiction.net !!!! *slams head on wall*"

I still can't fathom *anyone* paying money for it, but don't ..."


What can I say..it was the hype, I was curious how this was written..temporary insanity..got cured reaaal fast though !!


message 25: by Libbie (new)

Libbie Priyanka wrote: "What can I say..it was the hype, I was curious how this was written..temporary insanity..got cured reaaal fast though !!"


I take it you've read Katrina's review?


Priyanka Libbie wrote: "Priyanka wrote: "What can I say..it was the hype, I was curious how this was written..temporary insanity..got cured reaaal fast though !!"


I take it you've read Katrina's review?"


I have now !!! Ugh i wish i found this site before I got the series...*shakes head*


message 27: by Libbie (new)

Libbie Priyanka wrote: "I have now !!! Ugh i wish i found this site before I got the series...*shakes head* "

Glad I could pass on the happiness. And don't worry about it, we all stumble into that pit from time to time. I was just "lucky" enough to be in the Twilight fandom when it was originally put up as fanfiction and being recommended everywhere.


Nichole This series is a crime against the erotica genre. It is not very erotic in my opinion. The male lead is domineering, mentally unstable, and abusive. The female lead has no backbone, feels responsible for all of the man's faults, and has the MOST juvenile point of view for an erotica character. I understand she is supposed to be naive, but honestly I am surprised she actually knew that sex even existed! This series was NOTHING BUT HYPE! It is actually somewhat offensive that a world full of women pick this book up, watch the abusive nature of the relationships, and then swoon. I would recommend NEVER reading the 50 Shades Trilogy, it is definitely time you can never regain.


message 29: by Ushlah (last edited Nov 13, 2012 12:40AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ushlah Aluthge I have to tell everyone this is not a book for men it’s a book for women......Because guys don’t find this as romantic or exciting. They just think that this is another horrible book.
And it’s so scary..... Man! It is romantic....in some ways...not fully..... Sometimes its wow sometimes....it’s all crap.... I mean that woman is a (F**king Virgin) why the hell she couldn’t tell him not to do stuff to her..............why why why?
It’s a Romantic – Liberating & totally addictive, A novel that will obsess you, possess you & stay with you forever.
-And Yes!!! It does all that.
At some point it made me scared to even to think about marriage.... :(
It made me scared.
But I really like the way Christian cares for her in his own way.....
But still I don’t think I want to live with a damaged brain like his.... oh no Never.

It was all sweet in the beginning telling all about how a girl feeling when she’s getting attached to a man……. It reminded me all about tension on your first love. The novel is just Wow. And I actually persuaded all my friends to buy & read all 3 books…..But till I was in the middle of the book I never knew it was a corrupted book... I mean it’s like not watching Porn but Reading Porn.....
Actually I bought the 2nd book first & read 10 pages & realized that I was addicted to it so went & bought the 1st book & the 3rd to continue the full story…. Actually besides all the disturbing sex.....the book it good. I like it .I even had to search the book through internet to realize that it was an erotic novel....even I asked all my friends to buy it........& in the end all my friends were like..."What the hell your reading....woman get a life"
It’s an Erotic Novel which tells the story about a strong relationship between a college graduate – Anastasia Steele who is a virgin when she meets a young business magnate –Christian Grey at his office, that she had to interview his for the college‘s student paper which was purposed to be conducted by her friend Katherine & fail to attend to this as she falls ill & Katherine persuade Anastasia to take her place & interview CG.
It does not sounds like a romantic relationship between Ana & Christian in the beginning as Christian insists that Ana must sign a non-disclosure agreement forbidding her to discuss anything that they do together, which she agrees to sign. He also mentions other paperwork, but first takes her to a room full of BDSM toys and gear. There Christian informs her that the second contract will be one of dominance and submission and that there will be no romantic relationship, only a sexual one.
The contract even forbids Ana from touching Christian or making eye contact with him. At this point, Christian realizes that Ana is a virgin and agrees to take her virginity without making her sign the contract. The two then have sex. And their relationship goes on until -after Ana asks Christian to punish her in order to show her how extreme a BDSM relationship with him could be. Christian fulfills Ana's request, beating her with a belt, only for Ana to realize that the two of them are incompatible. Devastated, Ana leaves Christian and returns to the apartment she shares with Katherine.
And couldn’t wait to start the second book (Which I have already read 10 pages by now) & finish it…..I even didn’t new that this kind of sex was there….
I mean I knew people hurt others to get pleasure but how the F*** you call this romantic.....but I have to tell that at some points I really liked the novel....


Somerandom I haven't read it, I feel like the only person who hasn't. I even spied my Boss reading it!
I read the first chapter online and quite honestly thought the main girl was 15. No joke.
I was quite shocked to find out that she was in college.
Okay, there might be some residual teenage angst in your early 20's (I am in my early 20's so I can attest to that) but I've never ever heard any of my Uni (college) friends talk the way Anna did. And they're all younger than her.
She complains that her friend got sick and acts like a bitch when her friend has the audacity to ask her to do her a favor. Yeah, not that endearing to me.
I can see why people like the simplistic writing style, but I don't think this is my cup of tea. Especially after reading some very confusing and badly written excerpts on some other reviews.

I give credit to E L James for having the guts to get published and for being humble about her success and I wish her all the luck in the world.
I do find her writing technique rather poor, though.
Oh well, to each their own.


Tanya I thought the series was a nice read, but they took it way to much on it
it wasn't a steamy read and it didn't have alot Of BDSM in it just an introduction of it... it was just a normal love story....I think it was that mainstream ( TV, News) haven't heard of BDSM and they got exited LOL....


message 32: by Pradeep (last edited Feb 28, 2013 09:38AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Pradeep Kapoor Book Review - Fifty Shades of Grey: E L James
Summary: Pornographic trash.
Rating: Fit for the nearest dustbin.

Story: The hero is extremely good looking the simple heroine goes to interview him and falls for him. Hero was abused sexually as a teenager so he becomes a sadist who gets his kicks by physically hurting women. Out of the 514 pages the couple remains in bed for about 400 pages. The description is so boring and repetitive that one falls asleep every 20 pages. He wants heroine to sign a stupid contract in which he is designated 'dominant' and she 'submissive' so he can treat her anyway he wishes. The hero gets the shock of his life when heroine tells him that she is a virgin. Who wouldn't if a 22 yr old is a virgin in USA. There is a 'Room of Pain' in which instruments of torture are stored. The hero ties the heroine and beats her which she seems to enjoy. One day he beats her black and blue with a leather belt and finally the heroine can't take it any more and goes away.


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