- Series: Fifty Shades of Grey Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 514 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345803485
- ISBN-13: 978-0345803481
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84,605 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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 her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
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About half way through the book, I looked up the author to see if she was a teenager. I really did because the characters are out of a 16 year old's fantasy. The main male character is a billionaire (not a millionaire but a billionaire) who speaks fluent French, is basically a concert level pianist, is a fully trained pilot, is athletic, drop dead gorgeous, tall, built perfectly with an enormous penis, and the best lover on the planet. In addition, he's not only self made but is using his money to combat world hunger. Oh yeah, and all of this at the ripe old age of 26! And on top of that, he's never working. Every second is spent having sex or texting and emailing the female character. His billions seem to have just come about by magic. It seriously feels like 2 teenage girls got together and decided to create their "dream man" and came up with Christian Grey.
Then come the sex scenes. The first one is tolerable but as she goes on, they become so unbelievable that it becomes more laughable than erotic. She orgasms at the drop of a hat. He says her name and she orgasms. He simply touches her and she orgasms. It seems that she's climaxing on every page.
Then there's the writing. If you take out the parts where the female character is blushing or chewing her lips, the book will be down to about 50 pages. Almost on every single page, there is a whole section devoted to her blushing, chewing her lips or wondering "Jeez" about something or another. Then there's the use of "shades of". He's "fifty shades of @#$%% up," "she turned 7 shades of crimson," "he's ten shades of x,y, and z." Seriously?
The writing is just not up to par, the characters are unbelievable, and the sex verges on the comical. I don't know what happens in the remaining books and I do not intend to read them to find out. But given the maturity level of the first book, I imagine that they get married, have 2 perfect children, cure world hunger, and live happily ever after while riding into the sunset, as the female character climaxes on her horse causing her to chew her bottom lip and blush fifty shades of crimson. Jeez!
It is more about the way the characters explore their physical and emotional needs, learning who they are as individuals and as a couple.
The story line really emphasizes how important it is to be compatable on multiple levels (not just sex or intellectually) with your partner.
Yes, I knew the reviews for this would be all over the map, and they are. And I certainly understand why. Where to start...
Like many others, the writing STYLE made me snort and roll my eyes (but I didn't get spanked for it!). The narrator, Ana, sounds rather teeny bopperish a lot of the time but let's remember, she is about 21 or 22...I was an idiot then, too. But come on, how many times do we have to read about his copper hair and her "inner goddess" and his grey eyes and his smirk, and all that. REPETITIVE. It drove me nuts.
Also, virgins DO NOT orgasm that fast (no matter how turned on), let alone experienced women! She has also never even had a relationship but gives marvelous oral sex? Um, no. Then again I guess any oral is good oral, to a man. And this was fantasy so we have to give the author a pass there.
Now, the on-paper portrait painted of Christian is VERY well done. I ended up picturing the fella who will be in the movie a lot, but no matter: Christian was VERY sexy in every way and the author managed to get that across. I am just going to blunt: If you are a straight female, the book is arousing, flat out and straight up. So if you were after some erotica (I wasn't, but I was curious what the fuss was about), you've got it here.
We all wish a man had to have us, right here, right now, and that just biting our lip made him insane with lust. That's what happens here in this book. And the female character, while attractive, is not supposed to be a total, traditional hottie. Come on, it's fun stuff to read and I was very jealous...of a fictional character!!! So the author was effective on that note.
The S&M? Eh, I could take it or leave it but it did end the relationship (which we KNEW was going to end. I mean, were they going to run off into the sunny fields and get married and have kids? No. That was not going to happen. (Side note: By book 3, it DID happen! LOL).
In that respect, this reminded me VERY much of the movie 9 1/2 Weeks. See it and you will understand. That movie - spectacular beyond words - does not have bondage except for two blindfolding incidents but comparisons will surely be drawn. In both, the main man is rich and holds most of the cards, and we have a sad ending where the woman walks away...finally doing something on HER terms.
The underwear business (you will have to read it) reminds me of a scene from the movie "Sliver" where Sharon Stone - what a shock - ups the ante of a "poker" game in a restaurant by taking her underwear off right at the table and handing it to William Baldwin, who keeps it in his pocket until they are in the elevator getting hot and heavy back at the apartment building. He tries to give it back but Stone says "keep it, I'm pretty warm down there!" Ha! But I digress. Okay, I probably just sent 10,000 men off to rent Sliver; lol.
It's cheesy, yes (this book). Yup, it's appealing to middle aged woman married a long time(I am 43). But it's definitely hot and exciting, I cannot deny it. It's chick stuff and the opening of the movie is going to be one of the biggest in history.
You want literature? Go read Bronte. You want some hot reading? Read this.
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