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Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
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Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Advantages: Ok read in places
Disadvantages: Boring, badly written in places
Like most of the population I become aware of the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon that swept the country last year. While it didn't sound like a book I would normally read, I was curious about the hype that surrounded this book.
I find it hard to review this book, partly because while I did enjoy it, it was also the most annoying book that I ever read. The phrases Oh my and Inner Goddess had me feeling so frustrated that I would have happily tied the author up and whip her with copies of the book. Then again, she may enjoy that. It seemed to be as though the author had found some phrases that she liked the sound of and was determined to use them as many times in the book as possible. I also felt that it read as though it was written by a teenager, although I know the author is slightly older than that.
The origins of this book was from Twilight fan fiction sites, although the author later removed her work from the sites, partly due to the sexual nature of her work. They later appeared on a site called Fifty Shades.com although it was removed prior to publication of the books.
The story is centres around the shy virgin Anastasia Steele, who falls under the spell of Christian Grey, a high powered businessman who has a secret. He warns Ana that he was trouble, but like a moth to a flame, she is powerless to resist. Christian introduces her to his world and his red room of pain. Ana is richly rewarded for her participation with Christian, but the one thing she really wants, he is unable to give.
I have often heard this book (and similar books) being described as 'mummy porn'. I'm still not completely sure what this means, but to me, the phrase sounds slightly condescending.
The popularity of this book was apparently because of the racy S + M scenes. While there are some sex scenes, I honestly couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. I have certainly read more stimulating (if you'll excuse the expression!) scenes in other books and being honest, I flicked through most of the sex stuff. There's only so many conversations with inner goddesses that I can stomach.
I did enjoy the story that is wound through the book, between the sex scenes. The struggles faced by Anastasia, I could relate to, and it reminded me of when I was a teenager and some of the thoughts that I had back then. The story did make me want to read on, and I hoped for a happy ending for Anastasia away from Christian, but towards the end of the book, it got really annoying and I was actually relieved when I got to the end of the book.
I would imagine that by now, anyone who would want to read the book will have done so by now, but if not, I wouldn't bother. I only read it to see what the fuss was about, and if I'm honest, I am still none the wiser. It didn't make me want to go swinging off the wardrobe or investigate some of the items that were described in the book.
I have noticed that some places have tried to cash in on the Mr Grey phenomenon, but I'm not tempted. I have also heard there is a movie planned, but I won't be watching. My inner goddess is washing her hair that evening.
Summary: Not worth the hype