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.