Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted April 26th, 2012 by in *Review / 13 comments

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E L James
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing 
Publication Date: May 2011
Classification: Adult Novel
Challenge: None

Content: Adult BDSM, acts of Dom/Submission

Summary from Goodreads: 

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

My Thoughts:

Everyone in the blogging world is talking about this one and during the first part of the buzz, long before Dr. Drew stuck is nose in something he knows nothing about, I purchased a copy of this book. Ever since Jan I have had one person or another hounding me to read this one. Well I kept putting it off for unknown reasons and now that I have finally gotten to this book I’m a little torn in my feelings for it. Let me explain….

First off I have the most respect for this genre, I have spent years reading adult romance and my first adventure into the genre was when I was 16. I didn’t pick up any old romance, nope I picked up Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh which has BDSM and that line between pleasure & pain, plus there is threesome scenes. So needless to say I started out with more erotic romance when I was younger so when I heard about Fifty I knew I had to read his steamy tale…or at least everyone told me it was steamy.

Well turns out that in the beginning of this book our leading man Christian Grey (aka Fifty) doesn’t just jump into such wicked activities with our leading lady, Anastasia Steele (aka Ana). Nope instead we sit around while he explains the lifestyle to her. This is where I checked out a little, I don’t need the BDSM lifestyle explained to me. I’ve read books that feature such relationships and if I needed more info I could have researched it myself. The beginning of the book felt like the author’s research on this topic was laid out for us to see. It ruined part of the passion for me because everything seemed a little too explained. I didn’t want to be told what was going on, I wanted to feel it! I dislike when books tell me the story, make me feel the story, make me feel like I’m right there with the characters. Often during the first half of this book I felt like the book was in a bubble and I was reading it through the bubble, reading it through a barrier and it wasn’t fun. (Wow I think I just made two sexual puns, without meaning to of course.)

I decided to pick the book back up after putting it down for two days due to the lack of connection. I mean I did love Ana’s character and I did have some feelings for Grey and their world but I needed more. Well I found that putting the story down for those two days really helped me to get back into it. I instantly felt that bubble go away and I could finally watch Grey and Ana be where I wanted them to be from the very beginning! I got to watch their intense relationship and passion of each other light up the pages. I finally wasn’t getting lectured on BDSM, it was about time Grey started to make it happen! This was where the book really shined for me, I finally got the connection that so many people were raving about.

Overall, the last 100ish pages can not make up for my dislike in the first part of the story but it does help to make me want to read book two. Yes, book one had editing problems and too often Grey and Ana played the name game going between all of their names so often that it left you feeling a little in  daze of feeling they should get over the use of their own names! I also felt a few portions were repeated and that might have been cleaned up in editing, my only hope is now that a big name publisher has picked this book up that editing time will be spent on this book in order to clean up some of the issues! So I have the most respect for this genre and I even feel like I have to say that this novel has been pretty tame when compared with other novels of it’s kind. Plus at the end of the day this is Twilight fanfiction and you can certainly see that at parts. However, by the time the explosive ending comes about I knew I had to at least try book two to find out what happens with these characters. As much as I didn’t connect with them in the beginning, is how much of a 180 this was at the end. So I have mixed feelings about this book but it gets 3.5 hearts from me.



13 Responses to “Fifty Shades of Grey”

  1. Loretta @ Between The Pages

    I want to read this book SOOOOO bad. Lol. Everyone else is reading them and loving them or NOT loving them or SORTA loving them! But, anywho. After I am done banning books which is harder then I thought…. I am going to get this one!
    I am sorry that you had some issues with the book, but your review was great!

    Happy Reading

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I started the book some time back because of all the hype surrounding it, but I never understood the appeal of it. Maybe, I should give it a shot again.
    Glad to hear that you enjoyed it towards the end. 🙂

  3. Amy J

    This is one of those books that you will either love or hate. LOL
    I am so glad you finally gave it a chance though. Book Two to me was better than the first one. Book three was okay, but not as great. I think at the time when I read them, I was tired of reading young adult books. So going from safe young adult themes to Fifty Shades of Grey was what I needed and made me enjoy the book so much more.
    I am glad to see that you will give the rest a try in the series though. Great review!

  4. Candace

    This book is EVERYWHERE! Its on endcaps in grocery stores and walmart as well as in the book section. What I don’t like is it doesn’t let people know what it is really. I haven’t had a strong urge to read it but I guess that’s really cause its not a genre I read. Ive just been curious since it seems like everyone is talking about it and I’m wondering what’s so special about it. I do think all the explaining in the beginning would bore me to death… I’m glad you enjoyed the second half anyway!

  5. Miss Vain

    Oh you know I love these, so I was sad to see you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did!! But your 4.5 rating for book two made me happy!!! Hehe.

  6. Elodie @ Once Upon a Quote

    I’m not really interested in reading this one because it doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy .. I’m glad you enjoyed the last 100 pages Alexa and that you’re planning to continue reading the series !! I’ve heard there was a movie adaptation on the way ..

  7. Amy @ bookgoonie

    Hmmm…This is one of those I’ll get there one of these days reads. too much hype right now and my pile is over-flowth. Thanks for the obstacle blaa, blaa, blaa intro heads up for the 1st half of the book.

  8. Debbie

    Ok cuz <>… so, I’m a little surprised that you had to put it down… For me this was the first BDSM book I’ve read, so I guess I needed that beginning explaination… but once through that… the book DID get more interesting… Ana is one of my favorite characters of all times and Mr. Grey… Ooo-lah-lah!!! I guess to each his own, but for me… this book… this series… 5.0 on the richter scale!!!!! Totally rocked me!!!

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