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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series) Paperback – June 18, 2015
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About the Author
After twenty-five years working in TV, E L James decided to pursue her childhood dream, and set out to write stories that readers would fall in love with. The result was the sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, a trilogy that went on to sell more than 125 million copies worldwide in 52 languages.
In 2012 E L James was named one of Barbara Walters's "Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year," 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 Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks, and in 2015 the film adaptation—on which James worked as producer—broke box-office records all over the world for Universal Pictures.
E L James lives in West London with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their two sons. She continues to write novels while acting as producer on the upcoming movie versions of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
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1. This is a retelling. If you've read the other novels it will seem somewhat repetitive but I mean what did you expect? You knew what this was before you read it.
2. This is still a kinky, messed up, etc. book. If you didn't like the first novels I don't see why you would like this one. This type of book isn't for everyone. It doesn't mean it's bad, it just boils down to what you personally like.
I actually loved this book. I read the original Fifty Shades of Grey and was apathetic about it. I found Anastasia and Christian to sometimes be annoying and unrelatable. I especially disliked Christian. I couldn't imagine why any woman would want to be with someone like him.
However reading Grey, I absolutely love Christian now. I don't know what it is, but seeing everything through his eyes made me sympathetic toward him. I found him to be more charming and sexy this time around. Ana is also much more likable in this version. She seems mysterious, strong, sexy and lovable. Her annoying features pretty much disappeared for me.
In Fifty Shades of Grey their relationship never made sense to me. Ana always questioned everything and Christian spent most of his time annoyed with Ana and complaining. I couldn't understand why these two people were trying to make the relationship work. However in Grey, you really get to see how much Christian is obsessed with Ana and how much he truly cares about her. He hardly ever gets mad or annoyed with her. Their relationship is much more alluring in Grey and I found myself finally rooting for the two of them.
Overall I liked reading from Christian's perspective so much better then Ana's. So much so that I don't think I could ever go back to the original book. This is so much better to me.
If you loved the other books, I still think you'll love this novel as well! It really will make you fall in love with Christian.
The only thing I will note, the author made some baffling mistakes. Some of the lines from the first book are changed in this one. Maybe it's just an attempt to fix some of the issues people had with the first novel but it's still strange. I have to agree with others that it is a huge editing mistake and comes off as lazy.
If you’re not in the mood for Grey, there are the novelette options like Dark Petals by Deidre St Luke the up and coming writer.
Lastly, I have read some of the reviews posted and while I am not bashing anyone's opinion I would simply like to point out some facts.
1. This is a retelling of the original story but from Christians POV--therefore how can the author make it be different or original
2. Whereas I did find Christian to be immature and childish in his actions and thoughts those of us who read the original series new this already. His growth didn't come around until after the second book started. Even Dr. Flynn tells Ana that in a lot of ways emotionally Christian is still a child so this is not news.
3. I do believe this book helped to better understand Christian I am not altogether certain it was necessary as the series was already a huge success but just as I am sure with other readers the times I really wanted to know what he was thinking came in book two and three.
For instance when he and Ana marreid, what was on his mind as he and Ros made their way home after Charlie Tango crashed, and I really want into his head the night he confronted Elena at his mother's home.
4. As far as the movie I watched it and believed it to have been as true to the book as was possible for a decent rating. Although I honestly believe that there is NO ONE that could have been picked to play the part of Christian that would have been accepted by all the fans of this series. Each woman as we read FSOG had a mental picture of Christian and everyone's picture would have varied in some way.
Anyway I hope to hear more from Christians POV IN THE FUTURE
What Grey did for me was take me back to when I first discovered the original trilogy and how it felt as if a whole new world was suddenly at my feet. First we heard from Ana, got her take on things and was left wanting that often hard-to-reach more, to get inside her man's mind. And now we have.
Grey was everything I wanted and more. To get the insight into Christian Grey's thoughts, the way he perceived his budding and surprise feelings for Ana had me sighing often. I watched as his vulnerability was on display as were his fears about losing the one person he didn't even know he wanted.
My curiosity about key scenes from FSOG was satisfied and reading about both Christian's dreams and nightmares put so much of this story into perspective.
I am again left wanting that elusive more and can only hope the author will be writing both Darker and Freed from Grey's POV.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and just like the original, it will top my reread list yet again.
A huge 5 stars and a thank you to EL James for her generosity in giving her fans what they have clamored for!