Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 2012)
Page Number: 528 pages
Rating: Seal Those Bindings (for the sluts in literature)

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever


Alright, so I filmed a reaction to this novel, but I didn't fully review it. I find that through reviewing it, I would have to talk about the effectiveness of this novel, which I did not really want to talk about on YouTube. 

There's a difference in being able to hide behind words as opposed to being watched in a video. It's easy to be shameless on a blog post rather than a video, because no one actually sees me.

That being said, I will be more direct in this review, so be warned. 

I did not like this book at the very least. I found it bland, boring, and hilarious (which is not something to be said about erotica). I did not think James succeeded into really opening people's mind into this type of sexual lifestyle, and frankly, it just made BDSM seem funny! 

It was not arousing at the very least. 

The fact that this book is based off Twilight did not really put me off from reading it, it just made me see the similarities clearer. Christian and Anastasia are very much the epitome of Edward and Bella in a non-supernatural world and it made the work seem more unoriginal.   I find that there is no character development whatsoever and that Anastasia's rash and stupid decisions made the book easy to hate. I also think that James wrote down a bunch of seemingly sexy characteristics to match Christian, but because they do not hold much ground, his character had no substance.

I find that there doesn't seem to be much of a plot line and it is  a story that is to be read plainly for the sex. And even then, the sex was not really all that great. I feel like I've read it all before and yes, it is kinky, but that's it. There's nothing else behind it.

Frankly E.L. James is better off sticking to writing fanfiction. And although this book is a bestseller, it's not a brilliant piece of work and it never will be.