My Thoughts of The Fifty Shades Trilogy
It will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever………….
This is not a formal review of the trilogy. It’s just a few of my thoughts about the New York Times Bestseller that everyone is talking about.
I was at work when I first heard about Fifty Shades of Grey. My colleagues were ooohing and ahhing over it. They kept saying oh it’s an erotica novel with lot’s of sex scenes. They kept making innuendos and references to the book. In my mind, I was saying what’s all the fuss about, erotica novels have been around for years. To me it was nothing new. After that it seemed that every where I turned women were talking about this book. The women in the grocery store, mall, nail salon, spa, restaurants, even my study group members. They insisted I read the book. Everybody knows I love to read. When I have free time, reading is my entertainment. Still I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Finally, I decided to read it.
Fifty Shades of Grey- Book description via Amazon.com
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.
I think I read Book 1 in about four days. It was very entertaining. Is it the best romance/erotica novel of all times? Hmmmm not so much. I would say it’s a very good read for entertainment. The author did a good job considering it’s her first novel. There are a few grammatical errors, misspelled words, and over use of some words. The characters Ana and Christian used words and expressions that we don’t normally use in America. Sometimes it was hard to believe a 21-year-old woman would use the words that Ana uses, but then I remembered that Ana studies English Literature. She has read many, many classics; therefore her vocabulary would be slightly different from the average 21-year-old. Perhaps, it’s also the result of the author being from the UK. Many critics argue that E L. James’ literary prose is mediocre to say the least. Well maybe it is, but in time the more she writes, the more polished she will become. Practice makes perfect. For the most part readers don’t really don’t care about all of that literary jargon. They just want to be entertained. A story of two people from different worlds romance blossoms into something different from the everyday fairy tale romance. Ana flushes and bites her lip all the time. (Btw…I bite my lip when I am in deep thought.) Christian tilts his head to the side and presses his lips in a hard line and of course gazes deeply with those gray eyes. Aside from having a vocabulary lesson, meeting Ana’s inner goddess, and picturing how tall and sexy, gray-eyed Christian Grey is, a complicated dysfunctional relationship unfolds. The virgin, Ana is introduced to the world of BDSM…..google it! Then all hell breaks loose.
Fifty Shades Darker-Book Description via Amazon.com
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
I enjoyed Book 2 more than the first book. It picked right up from Fifty Shades of Grey. There’s more of Ana’s inner goddess, her flushing and blushing, and lip biting. She rolls her eyes a lot too. Christian gasps, frowns, smirks, and of course presses his lips in a hard line. Ana loves to see her man’s pants hang on him “in that way”. Christian is overprotective and controlling. Ana is confused and unsure; yet she handles her Fifty. Ana continues to sort through the Pandora’s box of Christian’s world. She tries to keep up with Mr. Mercurial. His moods are ever changing. I suppose so, if he’s going to live of to the name “Fifty Shades”. This book has a little more drama with the unexpected “ghostly look-alike” of Ana and the unraveling of Christian’s inner demons. This dysfunctional romance continues and there is sex, and sex, and more sex. Are the sex scenes dynamic? Some of them are, but then sometimes it got to be a bit redundant. I found myself speeding through the sex scenes just to get back to the story. Although, I can say vanilla ice cream will never be the same again. This book was more entertaining and a much needed distraction from statistics, research, and dissertation topics.
Fifty Shades Freed-Book Description via Amazon.com
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
After reading books 1 and 2, I couldn’t stop. I just had to finish to see how it would end. Christian is still constantly trying to protect Ana. He thinks she’s fragile but eventually learns that the blue-eyed, pale girl with the brown hair is very strong and brave. Of course there is more sex. Christian and Ana just can’t get enough of “good ole vanilla and kinky fuckery”. Ironically, the inexperienced Ana has an insatiable appetite for sex. She enjoys exploring in the Red Room of Pain. The plot thickens with drama from psychotic employees, crazy accidents, high-speed car chases, neurotic behavior, secret confessions, unwelcome announcements, and freedom. Christian and Ana argue, fuss, fight, and rock the headboard; all while ducking and dodging the crazies that won’t go away. As I said before this is no ordinary love story. It’s very dysfunctional and complicated, sort of like how some relationships are in the real world. Christian and Ana are the epitome of dysfunction. These characters really are fifty shades of fucked up but that’s what make them so intriguing. Book 3 gives us a glimpse of how you can be dysfunctionally happy ever after.
Overall, the trilogy was a GOOD READ! (in shouty caps) Fifty Shades is a story that has this strong, uncontrollable force that’s very hard to escape. Once you start reading it, it’s very hard to put down. I know the world of BDSM is a turn off for people but that is not the major focus of the story. There are elements of BDSM, but a greater story unfolds. The sex scenes are hot but are tastefully written. That’s why it has coined the phrase “mommy porn”. I call it romantic porn. I’ve read other novels that are true erotica and leaves nothing to the imagination. The story of Ana and Christian is breathtaking, heartwarming, heartbreaking, emotional, honest, and tantalizing. No it wasn’t well written and yes there were serious editing issues but the story keeps you wanting for more. I think one reader describes it as literary crack. Not only will Christian and Ana leave a lasting impression (whether good or bad), their excessive use of words and phrases will be etched in your memory.
Here are a few of the excessive catchy phrases:
“Don’t bite your lip”,
“Oh stow your twitchy palm”
Have you read the Fifty Shades Trilogy? What are you thoughts? Please share.
- Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (atallfourcorners.wordpress.com)
- Fifty Shades of Awful (motherstonic.com)
- 24 of 52 – *shudder* Fifty Shades of Grey (ramblingsofanangrylion.wordpress.com)
Posted on July 2, 2012, in Pop Culture, Reveries and Rambles of Moi and tagged Anastasia Steele, BDSM, book review, Christian Grey, E.L. James, Erotica Novel, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Free, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mercurial, Seattle, Sex and romance. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.