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Fifty Shades of Grey by [James, E L]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 13,723 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Fifty Shades (3 Book Series)

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"The cream of the crop." (Independent)

"Not only reviving the book market, but also reader’s marriages." (Daily Mail)

"Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction." (Observer)

"One of the publishing sensations of the year." (Stylist)

"A social-media literary phenomenon." (Observer)

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A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself."
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; Film Tie-in edition edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L3BMGA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 13,723 customer reviews
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I put off reading this trilogy after seeing the mass of negative reviews. But, curiosity finally got to me.
These books definitely have their faults: there's far too much sex, to the point where I simply skipped passed them; the writing is a little contradictory and repetitive, and it's in no way suitable for anyone who has experienced an abusive relationship.
However, if you are looking for an enjoyable guilty pleasure ,where you can leave your brain at the door and simply have a fun read, then it's great.
Don't take any notice of the neigh Sayers. This book was never meant to be a literary classic or a serious piece of literature. This book is all about indulgent fun. If that's what you're looking for, have at it and enjoy.
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I brought this as a gift for my mother, to complete her set.

I felt a bit grubby and disturbed buying this for my mum, but I thought what the hell.

So the following is her take on it...

This book is not as good as the other books, it gets a bit boring in places, and the way it is written is very basic, and repetitive. I would never recommend these books to anyone who has been involved in an abusive relationship, and to be honest there is far to much sex in the books.
The book is easy enough to follow, and it's not a difficult read. It's a nice way to finish the trilogy and I am glad I read it.
People may slate this book and yes, it is not as good as I expected, but all in all it's a good book.

So there you have it, my mum reviewing what can only be described as a book about sex.

Brilliant.
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I agree with all the other reviews. Sex scenes thrown in to fill book and for someone who has come from a normal background with no money Ana doesn't half make some really rude comments about Christians family! She needs a good slap high horsed cow! As of she's better than everyone! As for rest of book I used it to bore me to sleep at night! It's a shame really as there is a hint of what could've been a really good storyline. If it was more prominent it would be a trilogy you wouldn't want to put down. But instead there's just stupid sex tales that are so far off its laughable. I read the trilogy but it was just to see if things got better and as not to leave the whole story unread! Not missing anything if not read books and really don't see what all the fuss was about!
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Awful books......awful, awful, awful.......BUT...... equally GENIUS!!!! I have no idea how to describe this mess but i'll have a go! These books are written from the pen of a teenager, idealistic, crass, nostalgic - in terms of 'teenage' fantasy!!!! So simplistic and so 'rubbish' for want of a better word BUT - so compelling - they took me back to the beginning of my forays into 'romantic' novels!!! I remember reading '15' by Beverly Cleary (I think).... such innocence, a first kiss etc. I was 12 at the time and read and re-read it over time and time again and it never lost the power to move me - hence my enjoyment of the genre! These books were written in the same vein... I was taken back to beginning of my foray into the fray! Genius is meant in terms of E L James tapping into precisely what I've just described!!! I can only give her books a big 5 in terms of achievement!!!! Much as I might denigrate the material, hey, she's just 'gone for it' and written some compelling stuff!!! Crazy but true!!! She's managed to make me interested in characters that are sooooo two dimensional - hell, ONE dimensional but so easy to read about. It's so simple and it works! I completely understand people hating this stuff but at the same time LOVING it... it's so simple. A simple story, every which way - completely unoriginal etc. but she's done it - I read all three and ENJOYED all three!!! Fantastic rubbish! I'm in awe simply for that!!! :)
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I saw Fifty Shades as the best-seller of the week in Waterstones and, deciding to trust the public's opinion, purchased it on my Kindle. Later that evening, I settled down to read what the blurb suggested would be more than just another romance/erotica novel. Credit to EL James here - she kept me turning the pages. However, this was because I was waiting for the story to start, waiting to discover what mysteries lay behind those dark grey eyes of our hero (or villain as James would have us believe). Sadly, I read the final page and closed the book with a severe sense of disappointment. For me, it just didn't lift off the pages.

The book follows Ana, a young lady of virginal innocence as she falls for a classic tall, dark and handsome billionaire - Christian Grey. Ultimately, the twist is that his bedroom fantasies are somewhat on the dark side. If you're not comfortable with BDSM, this book is not for you. (On a side note, I avoided reading this book in public for fear of people catching glimpses over my shoulder and wondering...). Fifty Shades also explores the roles of dominance and submission - both in the bedroom and outside it. I found these paragraphs the most difficult to accept due to Ana's swinging from one extreme to the other, depending on the proximity of Mr Grey.

The basis for a gripping story is there and it was a shame to see such potential wasted. The characters were not developed properly and I often felt that their actions were in direct contrast to the way they were portrayed. I feel that the next two books in the trilogy will merely be rehashed versions of this one and at the end, I'll wonder why it took James three books to tell Ana's tale. So whilst I'd like to know what happens, purely out of curiosity, it's not strong enough to make me willingly suffer through more disjointed, mismatched writing that often left me feeling confused and cringing.
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