Book Review 50 Shades of Grey Series
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This series has been out for quite a bit and I finally tackled it as part of my summer reading. I was always intrigued by this series, not because it has sex in it, no, for other reasons. If you read as much as I do, and you never discriminate a book based on its genre, then you know this is not our first sexually explicit novel. I was intrigued because it is one of the first “main stream” sexual novels that are not hidden in the dark corners of the book store and one of two things happen;People are either so obsessed with it a la pubescent adolescent, or they deny ever reading such “horrible filth.” This book is a National Best seller people, came on now… you know you read it.
What’s it about? The series is about a young couple, Anastasia Steele and multi Millioner Christian Grey who start their relationship in a rather unconventional way. The books follows them through the ups and many downs of their romance. After meeting Grey, Ana quickly realizes that she very much attacked to him and is surprised to find he finds her attractive too. However that does not equal the shock she gets when she learns about his rather erotic sexual tastes. Scared but interested she starts an affair with him, soon they both realize that they are in this bizarre relationship for more than physical release, they love each other. As the series progresses we follow them towards the hardship presented due to Grey’s past and emotional issues, and we witness as Ana must learn to handle his need for control while teaching him a more acceptable way to love.
What did I think about it? Very soon after I started the book I got this little nagging feeling about it, after some quick research I found out and confirmed that this book was originally published in a fanfic site for, get this…Twilight. Ana and Christian were originally Bella and Edward…but you know… with out all the YA restrictions. I wont lie, that more than anything made me feel eeky about it all somehow. Ha! But I read on. I tend not to like fan fics in general but kudos to James for making it work for her. In the first and second novel there are very clear elements that will stand out as being part of the Twilight Saga, and it bothered me, but mid way into book two there is enough of a leap to make the series stand on its own.
While there were things about the book I dislike, specially some very repetitive dialogue I liked the book as it progressed. Yes, Christian drove me crazy…if someone tried to control me like that I would probably commit murder, but at the end of the day this is a love story. A love story about a man with so much self doubt that he must be taught how to be happy and accept love. You know me, I am a sap for love stories and happy endings.
Until Next Time…Read on!