Just what the world needs, another review of the most talked about book of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey. As I write this, there are nearly 13,000 reviews of this book on Amazon. Interestingly, over 5,000 are five-star reviews and over 4,000 begrudgingly offer one star. There are another 4,000 that fall in between loving it or hating it. I liked it; more than I thought I would.
When I first heard about E L James and her Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (yes, there are 2 others out there), I had no intention of reading it. I came over to the “dark side” only because I wanted to be able to comment, or be part of the conversation when it would almost certainly be brought up by friends. Here is what I found after reading Book One.
Anastasia Steele, soon to be college grad, meets Christian Grey, billionaire Seattle businessman and the mutual attraction is immediate. She thinks he is the best looking guy in the world, he thinks she is adorable. Christian is a control freak, in ALL things. He also has a voracious sexual appetite that can only be quenched through making women his “love slaves”. He is only 29 years old but has already had over 20 women who have agreed to his bondage/masochism form of sex. Being a virgin, Anastasia knows nothing of such a world of sexual perversion. All she seems to know is she wants Christian on almost any terms. As the book and the relationship progress Ana is introduced to a world she has never imagined. Unfortunately, the sex scenes, when they finally arrive are nowhere near as good as the anticipation of them.
The real problem with the book is the amateurish writing. If Ana was a virgin when it came to sex, it would appear that E L James is a “virgin” when it comes to stringing sentences together. There are constant repetitions of words and phrases which are way too numerous to mention here. Simply read almost any review to understand how this greatly disappointed readers.
Despite the awkward style, I have to confess, I LIKED both Christian and Anastasia. I swore I was NOT going to read the other two books. It is likely I will keep that vow. However, there was something about the way that Fifty Shades of Grey ended that greatly tempted me to start the next one. I overcame the temptation, but I still have to give this one four stars because, despite its obvious flaws, I still enjoyed reading it.