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Fifty Shades of Grey: (Movie tie-in edition): Book one of the Fifty Shades Series Paperback – 6 Jan 2015
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MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLD WIDE.
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.
As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view ...
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Quite besides the fact that it glamorises and normalises a relationship that is at best thoroughly abusive (not to mention that it claims to portray BDSM whilst being more of a twisted caricature by someone who likely has never even read a Wikipedia page about it), it's just so. poorly. written.
This book's USP is supposedly the oh so hot sex. Um. Well quite apart from the fact it takes chapters of utter tedium to get to said sex scenes, the sex itself is just... really not very good. James doesn't appear to have a strong understanding of female anatomy, despite being a woman, and overall the sex is surprisingly vanilla, extremely repetitive, and unbelievably unimaginative as well as frequently wildly unrealistic. How a writer, given the entire world of sexual experience to explore without any limit save their own imagination, can manage to make the sex that comprises most of this novel so desperately boring and unsexy I simply do not understand.
In addition, it's poorly written to the point where, were I a proofreader, copy editor or similar on this book, I would refuse to be associated with it. Even now that it's a huge bestseller from a legitimate publisher, it still contains the phrase "his eyebrows widen in surprise" - and yes, that's one of the more egregious complaints, but that's not to ignore that the prose, like the sex, is boring, juvenile and repetitive.
I read and write fanfic alongside original fiction, and some of it is genuinely brilliant. It is such a shame that of all the pieces of fanfic to make it to the mainstream, it was this dreck that somehow became popular.
Possibly worse than the Twilight books from which it spawned, which is some kind of backwards achievement I suppose, and one of those books where I would award zero stars if I could.
If you want poorly written faux-BDSM, I assure you there is plenty available out there for free. If you want a book with any merit whatsoever... well, there is definitely plenty available for free that leaves this mess in the dust, and if you are willing to spend your hard earned pennies, you can do far, far better than this. Even at 99p, this is a pile of garbage I returned with no regrets.
The lead male is a stalker, control freak and all round nutcase who should be in prison. The lead female is a doormat with split personalities.
The lead male is messed up as he was sexually abused as a teen, so now he is taking it out on the lead female. Erotic? Hardly.
It is written in the style you'd expect from an illiterate teenager. I can't believe grown women are fawning over this. The book is an empty shell, full of the same repetitive nonsense to fill a book. As far as erotica goes, it's unimaginitive and quite frankly boring. The hysteria reminds me of the days giggling behind the bike sheds. Surely the only people getting excited are the celibate, or those who have never come across erotica before. Also to note, those comparing it to twilight. You would be right. It was originally fan fiction. Bella-Ana. Edward-Grey. Jacob-Jose. Google it, the book is available in its original form on the net. Masters of the universe. Same book, same author under a pseudonym. Just the names have been changed for this to be released as "original" work. The characters are based on those of twilight.
To sum up this book, so you to don't have to waste your time reading it. Bella and Edward, I mean Ana and Grey have lots of boring sex, in a badly written book, repeat the following expressions......
"Holy *!?* "
That's the book basically word for word.
The author clearly has a very limited vocabulary and the same adjectives and exclamations are constantly repeated with maddening regularity. Mr. Christian Grey, who owns Grey Enterprises based in Grey House, has gray (not grey) eyes and wears gray flannel trousers; you get sick of seeing the word 'gray' (American spelling) very quickly.
As if that wasn't bad enough, how many times does the author have to say "oh my" or "holy crap" or "oh no". It's pathetic.
If any part of this book had been written as an O-level English composition it would have failed dismally, and the very fact that this book has become such a huge best-seller says a lot for the decline in the appreciation of our language and our literature.
The two main characters are extremely shallow and seem to have no redeeming personality features whatsoever. Even the sex scenes get boring after you've read the same stuff over and over again. A bit of variation, please! As other readers have pointed out, there is nothing clever or creative or artistic in the writing style at all. If this is all the talent it takes to make millions, then I've clearly missed my way in life.
I didn't even finish the book. I read the first ten chapters, did a quick keyword search on my Kindle to see if the other 400 or so pages were any different (they weren't) then deleted it from my device before any of my friends knew I'd been daft enough to buy it.
I would say a total waste of time.
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