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Fifty shades of imagination
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Member Name: steve4oo
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Advantages: Great story line and an exciting read
Disadvantages: A little repetitive
Generally, I do not have much spare time and as a result, show a minimal interest in reading. However everywhere I have turned recently, people seemed to be talking about this novel. Opinions surrounding it seemed to be controversial and so I decided to give it a go.
Fifty Shades of Grey is one of three books by E L James, which follow on from one another. The next book is Fifty Shades of Darker, followed by Fifty Shades of Freed. Admittedly, I was largely skeptical before I began reading it as I had heard quite a lot of negative comments but I am now glad that I did.
The book appears to focus on the characters of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Anastasia is a university student, while Christian is an entrepreneur and she stumbled across him largely by accident. The story line in short, follows the two main characters as Ana begins to realise there is more to Christian than meets the eye. He has a very mysterious character that I was curious to find out about. After finishing the book, I am happy to report I think I am in love with him! Arguably, the character of Ana could have been a little stronger and there were times when I was left thinking she was a bit of a wet lettuce.
Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read for me and I did struggle to put it down. It has been criticised as being poorly written and although there is a great deal of repetition within the book related particularly to character expressions, I felt that it was very fitting for the situations and in a way, I felt I got to know the characters and their reactions much better because of this. The sexual scenes again were quite repetitive but still quite interesting to read throughout, albeit a little far fetched and not entirely realistic perhaps.
I felt the character of Christian Grey was very well written and I was left thoroughly intrigued by his character. He is very mysterious and rather moody, but I can't help think that the next two books will allow the reader to gain a deeper insight into his background, thus providing an explanation for his behaviour and desires.
My favourite part of the book has to be the emails between Ana and Christian, in particular the subject of the emails. They were quite humorous and I found myself chuckling away on several occasions. Similarly, I was highly amused by Ana's subconscious and 'inner goddess' descriptions which I felt sort of gave it the 'Bridget Jones' edge that most women can relate to.
Before I even finished reading the book I ordered the next two, although I hope they live up to this. This certainly ended on a cliff hanger and I am itching to see how the plot develops.
Admittedly, I have read books in the past that are better written, but the most important thing for me is being excited to turn over the page to see what happens next, connecting to the characters and most of all actually enjoying the read. It certainly had me intrigued and I experienced a whole range of emotions while reading it, from happiness and excitement to sadness and heart break!
If you are unsure, it is without doubt worth a read. In Waterstones, it will cost you £7.99 although I noticed they are offering another book half price when you buy one at full price. Failing that, I purchased mine from Amazon for £4.79, it should keep you entertained for a good few days at least!