Darker: 'Fifty Shades Darker' as told by Christian Paperback – 28 Nov 2017
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E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.
Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.
But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana's scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian's confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?
And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?
About the Author
After twenty-five years working in TV, E L James decided to pursue her childhood dream, and set out to write stories that readers would fall in love with. The result was the sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, a trilogy that went on to sell more than 150 million copies worldwide in 52 languages. In 2015 she published the best seller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey.
In 2012, E L James was named one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World," one of Barbara Walters's "Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year," and Publishers Weekly’s "Person of the Year.” She went on to work as a producer on the film adaptations of her trilogy for Universal Pictures; Fifty Shades of Grey, the film, broke box-office records all over the world in 2015. Its 2017 sequel Fifty Shades Darker proved equally popular with fans of Ana and Christian’s story, and the concluding film Fifty Shades Freed will be released in 2018.
E L James lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, their two sons and their two dogs in West London, where she is working on new novels and movie projects.
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In Darker we continue to follow the events from Christian’s point of view but we also get flashbacks to relevant memories, all of which - I think - helps us to understand him better. We get to see a softer more naïve side to him. His therapist says that he’s finally going through his adolescence and we get to live it right along with him, which means we get to see him grow as a person. Being able to see his reasoning, see him growing, we get to understand and connect with him better. So much so that you actually start to feel sorry for him; which I wasn’t expecting as I didn’t feel that way in the original telling. I also found several scenes had a greater impact when seeing them through Christian’s eyes, probably because they were pivotal moments for the character and were not being merely observed by an outsider. So rather than just seeing the connection Leila and Christian had we get to feel and experience it, making Ana’s reaction to it all the more understandable if you ask me. The family reunion after the helicopter crash is another scene that was significantly improved in Christian’s telling. It finally seems to sink in for him that his family love him and that’s a really sweet moment. A breakthrough moment even. I also thoroughly enjoyed watching his relationship with his mother strengthen through their interactions, even if she wasn’t always happy with him.
So what are you waiting for? Go read it and enjoy.
Having read, and enjoyed, the original books from Ana’s point of view, and quite enjoying the first of this set of books, I felt a bit deflated with this one at times.
There’s not going to be the same page turning effect as the first books because the storyline is the same, but all the same I thought I’d be relishing revisiting the tale as seen through the eyes of Christian.
I nearly stopped reading the book at around the third chapter, then I was glad I kept going, then I was struggling to pick it up again.
I would have been better re reading the original books I think. I thinks it’s personal taste, but I like Ana’s perspective better and those books hold my attention much more.
Also, I'm sure there are some inconsistencies in the conversations and events between Ana and Christina. I don't remember certain things happening and unless I start reading the comparing Darker with its equivalent 'fifty shades darker' i won't know for sure.
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