I caved to the reviews and read the trilogy and I cant for the life of me see what all the fuss is about. The series was awful. The writing was terrible, the story was unrealistic and it was basically Twilight. Swap out the shiny 17 vampires with adult sadists and there you have it. Shy, self conscience girl meets dark, handsome, rich man with a past and they fall in the kind of love only seen in Nicholas Sparks novels (in 5 weeks mind you) and he changes for her. She want understand why. There are countless chapters of incessant whining from each character. I swear if I read, "Dont leave me, my world would collapse," one more time I thought I would throw up. People dont change in 5 weeks and sadists dont speak like that. No one says, "you beguile me." And the sex. In the first book, it was rather steamy which was probably the only redeeming quality. Then it got old. Fast. These two fight and have sex and rarely have time for little else. It was unrealistic to have such mind blowing orgasims so frequently. Then comes the part where she is in danger and needs rescuing and here comes the knight with a bullwhip. And finally in the end, everyone gets what they want without having to sacrafice anything or anyone. Just like Twilight. Its maddening that people think this was anything short of terrible. I hate that writers can turn out garbage, especially about weak females who need rescuing but that never have to loose anything or anyone and have a perfect life in the end. One that gives up her will for the love of a man that she cant understand why he loves her so much. It was bad for pre-teens in Twilight and now its bad for young women. Where are the strong women, who dont need rescuing. Who understand their self worth and have a healthy self esteem??? And no one found all the S&M awful? I mean how can anyone think this is romantic when someone says they want to beat the crap out of you in one sentence and then begs her not to ever leave in the next? Its just stupid and a waste of my time and money.
Yes, I had to google BSDM to find out what it meant,also! Didn't even know there was such a thing as a butt plug. If E.L. James finds out how much floor kicking laughter I've received reading these discussions and opinions, she would charge me for my utmost laughter at $ 9.99 anyway instead of reading the book. Now, when I have a bad day and need to brighten my evening, I'll just read some more reviews. Thanks readers!
It's called fiction....it's not real. If you want all that other stuff, write it yourself! These are not real people. Your right, there are very few women that would allow themselves to get into this situation, but again, it's not real! And honestly, this story is more about Christian and his struggles, then it is about Ana. It's a fantasy....one that most women wished were true. That we can change a man, no matter how messed up he is, just by being loving and patient and understanding.
My .02 cents. - First, I can't attack anyone for their views whether I agree or not. My daughter read the books and thought they were the porno version of Twilight which made me laugh. However, that said, I really liked them. Again, are they extremely well written, no but honestly most books out there aren't. It's rare these days to find a J.K.Rowling or a Diana Gabaldon every time you pick up a book. Also, there are times I just want an ez read, in the summer out on the beach or curled up by the fireplace. I agree also that you're better off finding out about a series before you invest your hard earned money in any book.
As for the trilogy; it's basically a romance with a sexual twist. The average American book worm isn't going to stumble into a handsome single guys office and start dating him. I mean come on. However, the books wouldn't be best sellers if it weren't for the fantasy which is why so many people bought them. My husband read them just so he could be part of the debate. I'm glad he did. I agree with another poster, wouldn't it be fabulous to think that someone loved us enough to really examine themselves and their choices, which is the whole underlying theme. I also find it interesting that Mrs. Robinson is so vehemently opposed to Christian finding happiness after all he's been through. I mean I'm probably looking too hard but maybe it's because she would have to admit to the possibility that she's not open to finding love ... that all she wants is to work out her power trips on the bodies of others. I really found looking into the whole lifestyle very interesting having never had any exposure to it. I must say that if E. L. writes the first book from Christian's POV I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I like the psychological aspect of looking into his head and wondering what attracted him so much to this lifestyle. I mean the trilogy touches on it to a degree and how he decides to give it up as he realizes himself that Ana has a point but I would LOVE to dig deeper into him. Don't know why but the insight into his thinking would be fascinating to me.
I bought Fifty Shades of Grey by accident - my kindle was on the fritz and the book bought. Frankly, I don't know if I could freely buy the other two. It sounds like the story has a happy ending...though various reviews confuse me on this fact because everyone has a different opinion. I don't suppose anyone can confirm this ending for me? I know the age old saying - read the book to find out, but frankly I don't think I could put myself through the rest of this story - whether bought or borrowed. I don't like leaving things unfinished, but there are a few times where I quit a book, not many, but it's happened, because I consider the drama pointless and not my cup of tea. So if anyone could confirm or deny the ending, that would be great. If not, I understand. :D
It was the insane repetition of wording that drove me mad. Honestly how many times can you read the same phrase..bite your lip, inner goddess, Christian smell and the number one offender.... flush or flush scarlet. And the ease of orgasm was ridiculous. How many women actually orgasm every single time they have sex? And these two are going at it two three times a day.