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50 shades of pure rubbish
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Member Name: cirsty
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Advantages: The cover looks nice.
Disadvantages: Awful characters, offensive themes, very badly written
I'm an enthusiastic reader, I'd rather sit with my nose in a book than watch a movie and I've got an extensive collection of books which I read over and over again. I love a good classic and I really feel like there is nothing better than a well written piece of literature, and I also love that feeling you get when you're reading a great book that makes your train journey go in quicker and reduces you to tears/laughter!
I'm a sucker for a good controversial book, one of my favourites is Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (definitely worth a read to open your eyes!) and when I heard about 50 shades of grey I was excited to take part in he hype and bury myself in this book that had shocked so many. I picked all 3 books up at my local Asda for £10 and got reading right away, something that I now deeply regret and wish that I hadn't wasted my time or money.
The story begins with the virginal, plain yet predictably pretty Ana and how she catches the eye of the mysteriously handsome and rich Mr Grey. Long story short, Mr Grey has too much money on his hands and throws money at Ana and buys her lots of lavish gifts to entice her into being his sex slave. You see, mr Grey has a fetish for beating, humiliating and controlling women and thought that young Ana would be perfect for this role.
Not only was I appalled at the ridiculous story line, I was genuinely offended at the portrayal of Grey and his love for treating women like dried up faecal matter. There are scenes where he forces her to see a doctor to be prescribed the contraceptive pill as he 'hates using condoms' (where have I heard that one before?) and he forces her to eat yet work out as he likes is conquests to be in good shape. I'm a mental health nurse, and I've worked with patients who have been traumatised by abusive and controlling partners that showed behaviours much less than Mr Grey's, and for that I wanted to rip all the books off the shelves to prevent anyone else from buying them.
What was the author thinking? She has managed to convince the nation that Mr Grey is actually a good guy and his love for beating and controlling women is but a mere flaw, and it by sheer miracle that I was able to look past her horrendous writing style to see the themes she has implemented throughout the book. Is this what we want to teach our younger generation? If a man beats you senseless, shoves foreign objects into your body, demands to pick your clothes and controls nearly every aspect of your life it's okay because he's got lots of money to buy you fancy gifts afterwards?
Aside from the ridiculous and offensive story lines, the author's writing style is laughable. If I see the phrases 'oh my/holy cow/my inner goddess' again I'll retire from reading. Her development of characters were mundane, Ana, who I'm guessing is supposed to be admired for putting up with Mr Grey's nonsense, is so infuriatingly stupid and dull and don't even get me started on the others.
It amazes me that this disasterous series was even published to begin with, I read the first book and couldn't possibly carry on reading. The books went straight in the bin rather than polluting anyone else's mind with this garbage by selling it on eBay. Don't even waste your money.
Summary: Terrible book, if I could choose 0 stars I would