Book Twenty-Six of 2013: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James

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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.

I have heard many bad things, as well as good, about this book trilogy. Two of the major points have to do with the writing style and the lack of use of “Safe words”. I’d like to begin by saying my opinion of these points.

1. The writing style isn’t great. It isn’t Dickens. It isn’t Twain. It isn’t Austen. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not readable. Seriously, this book reads like any normal genre fiction book. Just that there’s a lot of sex. Detailed sex. Big whoop.

2. There are safe words in the book. As with any BDSM erotica novel, there needs to be safe words. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY does have those safe words. The only reason why they aren’t used in the sex scenes is because literally the BDSM is LIGHT. There is no point in using safe words if there is no brink of limitations. Which there weren’t.

That said, here’s my big opinion of the book. It isn’t bad. I know this series was written as a TWILIGHT fanfic back in the day and I have a love/hate relationship with the well known sparkling vampire saga. Here’s the thing, I loved Anastasia Steele compared to Bella Swan. Christian Grey has a lot of issues and I wouldn’t mind reading more to figure him out.

The sex is sex. Nothing too special about that. If anything, the book was boring until the first sex scene. And then everything went well. I’m not saying this is literary gold, but honestly the Classics we know today probably wasn’t considered gold in their day. The book wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. I’ve read worse erotic and I’m glad this book at least had something for me to keep going on. I can see how it’s a bestseller.

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