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Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades Of Grey Series, 1) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian's point of view. She followed with the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Mister in 2019. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide.
E L James has been recognized as one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World" and Publishers Weekly's "Person of the Year." Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS's The Great American Read (2018). Darker was long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.
She was a producer on each of the three Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People's Choice Award for Drama in 2018. E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.
- Publisher : Bloom Books; 1st edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 514 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345803485
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345803481
- Reading age : 21 years and up
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is bad. Don't waste your money. It's not sexy. There's better out there.
Is that okay amazon, or are you gonna reject that one too? I will not rest until I get my review up!
Even though I read this 100 years ago when it first came out, I barely paid attention because it annoyed the heck out of me and I never continued on to book 2. A few years later, and with all the love that this series has received, as well as pressure from book buddies who longed for me to love this series as much as they did, I added this trilogy to a challenge and I finally dug in. Thank god for buddy reads I would have never made it.
I was expecting exemplary writing and I did not get that which confuses me as to why so many love this book. While I didn’t hate Ana, she was far from a favorite heroine. She annoyed me at times and for someone who never cries, she cried…a lot. What I did love was Christian. Even without his point of view I loved his protective, possessive and jealous tendencies. It was evident that he was crazy for Ana and he wasn’t quite sure what to do about that or even what he was feeling. All of these things are what I love in a hero. That pretty much wraps up what I enjoyed about this book.
In all fairness, I have to admit that I’m rating this book according to my expectations of an amazing read. When the whole world is talking about a book I expect more. Had this been something I picked up from a little known indie author, I would be giving it five shining stars. This is my opinion and the way I rate the books I read so I’m rounding a 3.5 to a 4.
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Porn is availablr if you want it, on the internet. I guess some women have not got involved in porn so this seemed like scandalous fun. I found it depressing.
Okay it turns out to be about a relationship and perhaps the woman gets to have a bit of power in the end in this relationship - wait and see, there are two more glorious books with the words "mumured" or " I pushed a lock of hair behind my ear" or "I bit my lip" till you want to scream. But it is very popular.
The lead male is a stalker, control freak and all round nutcase who should be in prison. The lead female is a doormat with split personalities.
The lead male is messed up as he was sexually abused as a teen, so now he is taking it out on the lead female. Erotic? Hardly.
It is written in the style you'd expect from an illiterate teenager. I can't believe grown women are fawning over this. The book is an empty shell, full of the same repetitive nonsense to fill a book. As far as erotica goes, it's unimaginitive and quite frankly boring. The hysteria reminds me of the days giggling behind the bike sheds. Surely the only people getting excited are the celibate, or those who have never come across erotica before. Also to note, those comparing it to twilight. You would be right. It was originally fan fiction. Bella-Ana. Edward-Grey. Jacob-Jose. Google it, the book is available in its original form on the net. Masters of the universe. Same book, same author under a pseudonym. Just the names have been changed for this to be released as "original" work. The characters are based on those of twilight.
To sum up this book, so you to don't have to waste your time reading it. Bella and Edward, I mean Ana and Grey have lots of boring sex, in a badly written book, repeat the following expressions......
"Holy *!?* "
That's the book basically word for word.
Hidden in the depths of this book, alongside Steele’s split three way personality (her inner goddess and her subconscious feature prominently) there’s a love story of sorts, if a very passionate one with very unconventional features to it, though perhaps in terms of the White Knight saving the Damsel in Distress, it's wanting to be a mixture of both here?
What did I learn from Fifty Shades of Grey after it's 514 pages? Do we all know what we’re getting into when we meet someone? No. Do we have ourselves tested to the limit when we meet someone? Yes.
For whatever reason, this book has become a publishing sensation and has clearly entertained many people in the process of doing so.
Not even so bad its good; its just plain bad.
The author clearly has a very limited vocabulary and the same adjectives and exclamations are constantly repeated with maddening regularity. Mr. Christian Grey, who owns Grey Enterprises based in Grey House, has gray (not grey) eyes and wears gray flannel trousers; you get sick of seeing the word 'gray' (American spelling) very quickly.
As if that wasn't bad enough, how many times does the author have to say "oh my" or "holy crap" or "oh no". It's pathetic.
If any part of this book had been written as an O-level English composition it would have failed dismally, and the very fact that this book has become such a huge best-seller says a lot for the decline in the appreciation of our language and our literature.
The two main characters are extremely shallow and seem to have no redeeming personality features whatsoever. Even the sex scenes get boring after you've read the same stuff over and over again. A bit of variation, please! As other readers have pointed out, there is nothing clever or creative or artistic in the writing style at all. If this is all the talent it takes to make millions, then I've clearly missed my way in life.
I didn't even finish the book. I read the first ten chapters, did a quick keyword search on my Kindle to see if the other 400 or so pages were any different (they weren't) then deleted it from my device before any of my friends knew I'd been daft enough to buy it.