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50 shades indeed
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
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Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Advantages: Storyline that gets you hooked
Disadvantages: Frothy characters and language used. Can be unbelievable
With all the hype over 50 Shades of Grey, I finally succumbed to the trilogy earlier this year. I purchased Book 1 first in case I didn't like it to save me buying all three in one go and took '50 Shades of Grey' on holiday with me.
The book was RRP at £4.99 but at Tesco at the time you could buy '2 Books for £7' so I treated myself to a different book aswell. The paperback novel has a grey cover - aptly, and an image of a silver grey tie on the front. The tie represents part of the story in this book. The title is in bold as is the name of the author E L James. E L James is a female author from London, and a former TV producer. I was surprised to hear the book came from an English writer as it is set in America with 'very American' characters, and I feel the book would have worked just as well if based on English characters.
When I review books here on Dooyoo I don't like to give too much away plot wise, so I will try and set the scene without ruining the story for those of you who haven't read it. Firstly the book is full of sex and at some points it overpowers the storyline, giving far too much detail and overloading you with sex scenes, but in other parts of the story it is an integral part of the plot and is needed to move the story along.
The book is based around the character of Ana (Anastasia), a young girl who with a twist of fate has to stand in for her ill flatmate and conduct an interview with a very powerful young mogul called Christian Grey. From this chance meeting Christian becomes obsessed with the fiery, independent Ana, and Ana with him! As they begin to get to know one another the story develops to show that the powerful, handsome mulch-millionnaire has a lot more hiding than Ana first realised and she soon becomes involved in his dark BDSM passions. The young and innocent Ana falls deeper in lust with the mesmerizing Christian but as she does so becomes embroiled in the submissive relationship.
The book follows Ana's journey into the unknown of BDSM and Christian's dark side and I soon found I disliked Mr Grey for his treatment of Ana in the relationship. As the story progresses it then also evolves into a form of love story with Ana attempting to bring out the real Christian and find out why he is like he is.
The story is like Marmite - you'll love it, or hate it, and by mid-way through book 1 I was hooked. The characters, however flimsy - and they can be, pull you in, and you just have to find out what happens next. I wouldn't say the book is well written or has hidden depths, it is in most ways a light frothy read, the characters can be unlikable and unrealistic and the use of language is irritating. Ana for instance often uses the phrases "Oh my" which is laughable for me. However, despite all of this downsides, the book was still addictive. The plot pulls you in and the nature of the story leaves you hoping for romance rather than just the disturbing sex based relationship.
As you move through the book you realise that it is essentially a love story which if truthful begins in a weird and dark manner but boils down to a woman (Ana) trying to uncover the good nature of Christian and helping him become the man she knows he really is.
If you want a simple romance book this may not be for you, but is you fancy trying something with an edge and have an open mind give it a try and bear with the frothy nature of the language and characters at times.
Summary: If you can't beat em, join em...give 50 shades a go!