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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Publishers India Private Limited; First Edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099579928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099579922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11,226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy "In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"

About the Author

E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifity Shades of Grey.

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E L James is a TV executive, wife and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

E L James is currently working on her next novel...

Customer Reviews

Very well written and great story line .
Victoria
E L James has created the unforgettable love story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in her trilogy of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
Ellie
I found the sex scenes in this book to be so repetitive and boring.
Gina Sandelli

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2,447 of 2,565 people found the following review helpful By vox libris TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 29, 2012
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After surviving 50 Shades of Grey, and after taking a break for a few days from Ana and Christian's tortured romance, I girded my loins and cracked open the second book of the trilogy, 50 Shades Darker.

For those of you intrigued by the words "butt plug" or "fisting," half of you will enjoy your lucky day, because one of those is kinda sorta featured in this book. As it is, the only fisting we ever see - ever come close to seeing - is that of Ana's or Christian's hands in the others' hair. And that happens a lot. Not as often as Ana or Christian gasping, or Christian setting his lips in a hard line, or Ana biting her lip, or Ana coming undone, or Christian frowning. In fact, Christian's frowning is such a "thing" that, when Ana frowns, another character observes that she's turning into Christian.

It's just ... WHERE THE HELL WAS THE EDITOR?

But I digress.

To dig too deeply into the spectacle that is 50 Shades of Grey is to approach Sisyphean frustration. Trust me, because I know of what I speak. I spent an inordinate amount of time wondering how it was that Christian Grey was 27 and a billionaire as I read the first book. I don't think we are meant to really ponder this stuff. I think we're supposed to strap on our dildos and have at it, as it were.

Okay, so. When we last left Christian and Ana, she had walked out on him, horrified at the depravity entailed in his life of BDSM. (Go ahead and Google THAT, people. I had to, so you might as well.) As with its muse, Twilight, we see our heroine descend into despair, but unlike Bella's months on end, Ana really only suffers for five days. Christian gets in touch with her, and it's game on, kids.
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639 of 728 people found the following review helpful By Ebeth822 on March 14, 2012
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Someone please give this author a thesaurus and an editing team that cares. It's not just that the same actions are repeated over and over (and over... and over again), it's that the same words are used to describe them every time. It's like someone put 50 words in a bag, pulled them out and mashed them into a semblance of a sentence, then tossed them back in the bag and repeated the process to fill 300+ pages.
Inspired by another review I actually used my Kindle to count the ones that were most painful/annoying to read:

Lips bitten: 25
Eyes widened: 21
Eyes rolled: 51
"oh my": 45
Scowls: 48
Gasps: 62
"jeez": 76
Smirks: 91
Flushes/blushes: 133
F-bombs dropped: 173
Whispers: 251

Do the math! Lips are bitten and eyes are widened in every chapter. Someone gasps once every six pages. The main character "flushes" at least once every three pages.

Yes, the British author uses British colloquialisms that make no sense in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, the female protagonist is two dimensional and boring. Yes, her leading man is given a forced and contrived backstory in an unnecessary attempt to make sense of his kinkiness in a vanilla world. The sex scene was okay the first time I read it, but by the time it was recycled for the twelfth time or so it was just boring. And yes, in between the repetitions listed above the author inexplicably throws whatever was on her "word a day calendar" into character conversation where it sounds silly and awkward. But none of these things really destroy a good book quite like reading "I flush" for the hundredth time. Oh my!

Apologies to the fans out there. Imagine I'm writing this review with an "apologetic smirk."
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704 of 812 people found the following review helpful By Deshawn Taylor on April 26, 2012
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Anastasia Steele! Oh my God, was she awful! "I want you...I can't please you...I'll never leave you...I can't give you what you need...and on and on and ON!" Grow up! At one point in the book, she stated that she doesn't understand why Christian likes her. You and me both, sister! And then there's the sophomoric writing! It's soooo repetitive...repetitive...repetitive! But wait! Just when you think the same phrase is going to be used, YET AGAIN, the author throws in some arbitrary word that causes you to have to use your Kindle dictionary and doesn't fit in with any of the other elementary wording that takes place throughout the book. Who uses the word "avuncular" in everyday talk? Am I really supposed to believe that a word that advanced is coming from the same person who constantly refers to her female anatomy as "down there"? I'm rolling my eyes (which is quite ironic because that was a central theme in this book)! I haven't even finished the book but after the marriage proposal, I could take no more! I had to stop what I was doing just to write this review! And I probably won't finish the book because it will most likely be another 100 pages of "His eyes are gray...He looks impassive...I bit my lip...Gasp...Oh my...He finds his release...blah blah blah!"
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By LFR in VA on June 26, 2012
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I allowed myself to get caught up in the "Best Seller" ratings of this trilogy and purchased it for my Kindle without reading the reviews. Shame on me! In spite of the effort it took to continue reading past the painfully boring first book, I decided to withhold judgement until I read the entire trilogy.

To say that these books are mundane and sophomoric is an understatement! They are without a doubt the most poorly written books I have ever read. Besides the fact that the characters and story line were completely unrealistic; the repetition in words, dialog and mannerisms is beyond tiresome. I never thought I would find reading about sex boring but the same sex scene was recycled over and over.....again and again... almost verbatim throughout all three books. I was so bored that as I reached a sex scene I found myself scrolling through the pages until I was past it. Since the entire trilogy revolved around these repetitive sex scenes, I literally scrolled through about 80% of it. Complete waste of time and $30.00.

I would rate these books on par with Harlequin Romance novels but I truly believe that would be an insult to Harlequin Romance authors. Unfortunately, as long as we allow ourselves to be drawn into purchasing this poorly written garbage, it will continue to be on the "Best Seller" list and Ms. James, her inept editor and her publishers will be laughing all the way to the bank.
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