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An amateur writer for a bestselling novel.
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Member Name: KayleighCarter
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Advantages: Christian Grey keeps the readers interest.
Disadvantages: The story can become boring or lacking.
I won't lie, like many other's it was word and mouth that introduced me to the idea of this book. My idea of a good book initially is either something with a bit of romance, along the Sophie Kinsella lines. However, this book kept popping up, so I gave it a go.
When I first began to read, I immediately disliked Ana. I mean, she is obviously university literate with some of the language she uses, which relates her the Christian, however the whole doubting herself and unsure process she continuously goes through get's a bit boring after a bit. By the beginning on the first sex scene, I hate to admit it but I was bored, I felt that I read those first 100 page's as a boring milestone to reach that predictable point. That is another aspect that brings the book down, it's predictable and simple. He wants her, get's her, chaos ensues because of sex. Christian, this mysterious man, however, is likeable, there is something about him, and is honestly the only reason why I continued to read. You want to find out his story, which i think the writer aimed the book to be about. All those who think it's just a 'sex book' are partially wrong. It is, to a point, but the main idea is to tell the reader why Christian is the way he is.
When it comes to the love scenes, yes, they were explicit, but at least E.L.James continuously remarks at Mr Grey always using a condom. I think some of them, not imaginative enough. They explain what he/she say's and does, but there seems to be a lack of build up, for me anyway. The detail is more of so once they begin having sex rather than those little important details to begin with.
The writing, i think, is amateur. I believe the book is only so popular as it is the first novel with such explicit erotic scenes to be socially acceptable, and i think the text lacks that factor of being excited or to be given a certain feeling. It lacks imagination, from the way they meet to incident's when they see each other. As for the end, we know before hand something must happen for there to be a sequel. No one can see Mr Grey as an individual that just contracts another submissive and forever leads this dominant, individual life.
All in all I think the book is basically a number of very detailed erotic scenes that are surrounded by a somewhat lacking storyline. Despite this, the brilliant character of Christian Grey comes from it, who everyone wants to know more about. The fifty shades phenomenon if Grey himself, and despite some average writing in places, credit to E.L.James on producing a brilliantly in depth and interesting character that I would happily sign a contract with. My 4 stars alone is for his character, but the book itself probably deserves 3 without those detailed scenes.
Summary: A highly erotic book surrounded by an average storyline. Mr Grey's character makes the book.