E L James is a former television 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 her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her best-selling Fifty Shades Trilogy.
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...
My husband heard about this trilogy on a morning radio show and recommended I read it. I looked it up, read the product description, and decided that it didn't sound like "my kind of book." Over the next few weeks, several friends mentioned it to me. A very close friend told me, "It's about bondage. But keep an open mind. And JUST READ IT!" So I downloaded it and began doing just that...
The first few chapters of book one set the scene...naive, bookish girl meets attractive, billionaire CEO and lust ensues. The rest of book one was sex. Explicit sex. And at first it was "steamy." But I quickly found myself wondering when it would end. I read it all, though in reality, I could have skipped entire chapters and really missed nothing.
Books two and three got more into the actual story line and made me glad I stuck with it. I quickly realized that the descriptive sex scenes in book one were necessary to fully develop the two main characters. On the exterior, Christian is a powerful, worldly man but through his interactions with Anastasia, the reader begins to see his immaturity and "damaged" side. And Anastasia's oblivion over the fact that every eligible bachelor in her life is fawning over her betrays her presentation of herself as an ordinary, bumbling recent college grad. It was exciting to see the evolution of Christian and Anastasia throughout the trilogy.
To say that this is "a book about bondage" is wrong. Yes, there are a few select scenes that depict sex with restraints or spankings or floggers. But in the grand scheme of things, they were isolated, fleeting events. Instead, I would say this book is a love story. It's about the concessions we will make for the one we love and the "hard limits" that keep us true to ourselves.Read more ›
I finished this book last night.. and now I know the saying of "I feel like i've lost a friend". I won't say these are the best written books out there. They aren't suppose to be. I had so much fun reading them every day. I love books that go day by day. It makes it seem more real that way, like I know what they're doing every day. I never in a million years would have thought I would like these books.. let alone LOVE them! This is why I think everyone should give any book a chance.. it might surprise you. I love how this book played with your emotions. One minute I hated Christian and the next I loved him. You could totally feel the emotions through this book. I'm not sure what i'm going to do with myself now that i'm done. They were my first 5 star books of the year and I know I will have a hard time thinking about anything else but these books. So glad my book club suggested them.. otherwise I would have missed out on this wonderful trilogy.
Why so much for this Trilogy? I would love to read this set, and I love my Kindle. However, I am not willing to pay this price for a simple download. There is something not quite right when it is cheaper to purchase the actual paper books than the Kindle editions. Publishers need to re-think their pricings if they want dedicated customers, in my opinion.
on several occassions i have chosen to order the printed version rather than the digital because of pricing. i feel abused when the digital cost is moe than the written. the only excuse for such high pricing is greed. shame on you
I would like to say that I liked this book. I would like to say that the writing was wonderful, the characters three dimensional and the sex steamy. Unfortunately, I really can't.
Discussions about BDSM and power play relationships could have helped to mainstream alternative sexualities, but the characters were so cardboard thin that you could never really grasp why the author kept droning about them (you may already by thinking "oh my" - might as well get used to that phrase, it is used over 80 times in the first book alone).
Want to know a little bit about the characters? Ana is the dumbest person alive. Really. She appears to be an undersexed, ignorant college grad who knows nothing about her body, boundaries, safety (forgetting safe words?! Really??), independence or basic brain functioning (when there is a crazed gunwoman on the loose, she can't figure out why the fireworks were stressful for the bodyguard). Christian is a maladjusted survivor of childhood trauma who copes by sadistically beating and controlling women who look like his mother. He has "stalker-like tendencies" (which are terribly amusing to the characters in the book), a "twitchy-palm" (because threatening to beat people who do things you don't like is SOOO hot...) and is by turns taciturn and distant or clingy and needy. While I'm not against consensual erotic punishment, her lack of consent and the severity of the interactions made this book (and their relationship) a little rape-y for me.
As for the sex, which is why many have found these books so good, it is incredibly repetitive.Read more ›