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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 10:05:08 AM PST
kuroikitsu says:
I'm not even halfway done the first book and the only reason why I'm not bored with the writing is because I'm horrified! Train wrecks are atleast exciting as you cringe and try not to look.

I've seen people notice the complete and utter lack of realism but no I've seen one review which only barely mentions the blatant abuse Christian does to Ana.

Their first introduction was boring and unrealistic (I'm sorry but if you fight months for an interview Kathrine Kavangh you either go despite being sick or you reschedule. And if you were well enough to do homework that evening you were not that sick.)

There is no change from her finding him creepy and control freak to find him charming yet frustrating. He is creepy and hes a bad control freak at that because hes too obvious to actually have as much control as he thinks he does, espeically since he has no qualms about the fact that he "cant control himself" around her.

I won't even talk about that travesty of a "contract" which does not make the sex okay at all. No one can sign their consent away. And she litterally signed her life away. What did she get for it? It is in no way romantic for someone else to decide how you dress, how and when you eat, your behavior, your body hair, ect.

I don't understand what people are seeing when they say its romantic. Honestly with how abusive and horrifying the beginning starts out and how much the characters flipflop (looking at you Kathrine with your He likes you, I don't trust him, Lets get you all made up to go out with him) I don't understand how anyone can say its romantic ever at that point.

Not to mention how many times i would blatantly go "oh that's Bella, theres the Jacob. So why don't you use your real name Mr. Grey. we all know its Edward."

I'm actually not trying to troll anyone; I just need to understand the mindset that people who think this is romantic have. I need to know why people think this behavior, committed by anyone is romantic or sexy or even just okay in any form.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 10:08:13 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 24, 2014 1:52:24 PM PST
jbs1 says:
I feel your pain. Just a horrible book. Feel bad for the people that actually liked it, be glad you were not one of them. Your opinion was spot on. Some people may not have great sex lives and get a release from these mommy porn books I guess. The bad writing and unrealistic storyline was too much to bare. Sorry I could not help you but I do understand your points. I guess the same crowd that loved the book will be flocking to theatres next year to see the movie. Very pathetic but you can't fix stupid

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 6:55:24 AM PDT
I really can't believe they are making a movie out of THIS!. what good can it be??

Posted on May 19, 2014 3:39:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2014 3:41:29 PM PDT
Jan says:
It looks like I am way...in the minority here. I thought the trilogy was very romantic because it told the story of how a growing love between a messed up guy and a shy, insecure girl redeemed them both, especially the guy, who only knew one way to connect with women. It is truly a journey of redemption and if this isn't romantic, I don't know what is. I have to admit that I probably skipped over the many erotic parts -- the parts that get everyone's attention -- and enjoyed Christian's and Anastasia's growing love for each other: Christian's always wanting to hold Ana's hand.....so romantic to me. His wanting to protect her and keep her safe.....very romantic, although of course, Christian could carry this need to an extreme...but Ana learned how to assert herself. Why isn't that romantic? Not to get too graphic, but Christian's concern that Ana's needs were satisfied....... and his growing appreciation of vanilla......well, bless my bones! That's certainly romantic to me! And I ask you, who could complain about Christian's behavior toward Ana when her father was in the hospital....or when Ana was recovering from her assault. Christian was so tender and loving toward Ana during those times....who wouldn't want such a gentle, loving partner?

When you compare Christian in the first book, 50 Shades of Grey, and follow him through to the end of 50 Shades Freed, I think we find a different Christian. His journey to redemption is a journey of finding love and healing because of his love for Anastasia and is very romantic.

As far as EL James' writing skills, they were good enough for me. I knew I wasn't reading great literature -- just a great love story. Her English aphorisms should've been edited, in my humble opinion, because this story takes place in the US. But, oh...well.....
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