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Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed) Paperback – Box set, June 12, 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!
Personally, I liked the book and the movie, although I have to admit I like the movie slightly better due to the gorgeous Jamie Dornan, who by the way makes a great Christian.
Anyway, getting back to the book, Christian was a dapper, intriguing, and mysterious character. I was drawn to his character throughout the book and I kept wondering what was hidden beneath his rough exterior. Even though at times he comes across as dark and mean, deep down inside there’s a troubled soul who needs to be healed.
As for Ana, I liked her character and her relationship with Christian, I kept wondering if she’d be the one to get him to change. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Christian opens up to her about his rough childhood. At the beginning of the book, I liked Ana because she was a young woman who was graduating college and ready to start the next phase in her life. She seemed confident, and I loved how she played mind games with Christian at the beginning and how she negotiated terms of the submissive contract. Towards the middle of the book, I found her to be a bit irritating as she kept reflecting on her relationship with Christian.
The sex scenes were okay, but nothing to go wild over. The movie offered better visuals than the descriptions in the book.
My main probably with the book is some of the scenes were repetitive and that made the story drag on too long. In my opinion, the book should’ve ended a little sooner.
Even though there were some flaws with the book, I have to admit I liked it and I’m curious to read the sequels in the trilogy to see if they’re any good.
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Loved the storyline
Was scared at some parts
Loved the ending
Glad they are getting married
Looking forward in reading the third book