by E. L James

Reviewer Rating:


It feels like everyone in the world was talking about 50 Shades of Grey, so I decided to see what it was all about.  I began reading this book with a grain of salt--a friend had forewarned me that the writing in this book is not tremendously invigorating.  I have to agree!

As I blazed my way through this story, I spoke with more people about it.  In doing this, I learned that it started out as Twilight fan fiction written by a British woman.  This, then, helped me to realize how the interpretation of British slang to American slang could make the writing seem less than perfect.

I started out liking the characters very much and could relate to the situations and experiences that each had, but as the novel turned toward darker material, I enjoyed the characters less and less.  It was a nice pleasure read for an extended plane trip, but I don't know that I will read the remainder of the series. 

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If you force yourself to read it because everyone else is raving about it and you originally had no desire to read it, there is a good chance you arent going to like it all that much.
I too, have no desire to read it and yet, my sisters raved about it and couldnt put it down. Apparently, its just subject matter I am not all that interested in.

I resist the crowd but sure do love trying to figure out what makes the crowd tick. The back and forth communication between the characters is mind numbing. The book, however, did get people talking and maybe even exploring the idea that one person's pain/torture is another's pleasure/BDSM. Ultimately, I had to use my safe word and stop after the first book.

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