Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Title Fifty Shades of Grey

Series Fifty Shades, book 1

Author  E.L. James

Release Date May 25, 2011

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.


It seems like everyone is talking about this book. It's a New York Times #1 best-selling erotic fiction paperback and e-book. I've seen it mentioned around the web, on Facebook, in magazines and newspapers. After hearing so much about the book (and the trilogy in general), I had to give it a read.

First off, the writing is pretty bad. There was nothing engaging about it. The descriptions were boring and repetitive (is it possible that repetitive is an understatement?). There were numerous times throughout the book where I sighed to myself and rolled my eyes (haha), unable to believe that she used the same phrase again. [Side note: I've read in numerous places that this book started out as fanfic for Twilight. While there are some similarities, I can definitely connect the two by way of terrible writing and story-telling.]

Secondly, the story was pretty bad. While the concept was interesting for a romance novel, the execution was terrible. The storyline wasn't fleshed out enough, the pace was sluggish, the "romance" was childish, and the sex scenes sound like they were written by a very sheltered and shy teenage girl. Another note on the sex scenes, who was the author trying to turn on here? Nothing was sexy, erotic, or hot at all about the sex scenes.

Thirdly, I'll give you some positive about the book. I did keep reading it. While the author is definitely not a writer of a literary masterpiece, she does keep you turning the page. Maybe it's like a car accident, where you just can't look away. Whatever it is, I finished the book and I started reading the second one. Here's to hoping that it's better than the first.


2 out of 5 stars 

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