So, you all know that I have this book. It's no secret. And that I've read it. I was originally not going to review it, as it didn't receive super high marks from me and isn't exactly a genre I normally review. However, I've received a significant amount of feedback from friends, coworkers, and readers that they would love to hear my review, so here it is...
The book, of course, is EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Here's the Goodreads description:
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.
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.
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 a 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
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?
and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess
you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
As many of you know, this erotic romance came about as Twilight fanfiction...which leaves me, as a non-Twilight fan, wondering What the hell happens in Twilight that a BDSM erotic romance is a spin-off?!?!?! Aside from that weird connection for me, this is my review:
There's definitely a buzz about this work. Is it warranted? Women from all over the nation are dying to get their hands on a novel about a young romance involving punishment and torture of a young woman for the sheer pleasure of both parties. Needless to say, this isn't my type of novel. I think what most women are finding is that this doesn't fall into their regular genre. For some of them, it excites them--maybe they've never read an erotic romance or Harlequin before and are deeply intrigued. Some of them, instead, are finding they hated it and this isn't their genre.
I don't believe the author is too in-depth with her descriptions, so it isn't an awfully scary erotic romance if you're looking to start reading the genre. However, some of the events are beyond unrealistic, both in the bedroom and out. James does a fabulous job, though, with creating her characters, and that's where the interest from most readers lies. Her character development is wonderful, albeit a little YA-inspired. Bottom line? Would I recommend it? Yeah, if it's something you've been dying to read. I will be continuing the trilogy (I'm terrible about needing to finish something I start), but do not find it necessary to pay full price again for the rest of the books.
Here's my stats for this novel:
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
2012 Reading Goal: 9,344/15,000
Happy Tuesday, readers!