I don't know what all the hype is about for this book. It is very poorly written, I felt like I was reading a book meant for teenagers, except for the subject matter. Some reviewers have called this "literary art". OMG people! This is garbage, not art! Ana is totally unbelievable as a character, and Christian is an abuser of women, plain and simple. BDSM in the bedroom between consenting adults is one thing, but this extends outside the bedroom, and with all the hype and Hollywood rushing to make the movie, it's troubling because the book, to me, says this kind of thing is OK, because Christian is a troubled soul who had bad things happen to him. I've heard so many people say "Oh, I'd love to meet a Christian, he's so romantic". People, wth?? He's a control freak who likes inflicting pain! He makes Ana feel horrible all the time, she cries regularly. The sex scenes are terrible and totally unbelievable, no first timer would be able to "perform" the way Ana does. I've had people say to me that the story gets better in book 2 and 3, I won't find out because I'm not wasting my time on it. I've heard the author is a fan fiction writer and her followers bought the books, and that's how the hype began. She should go back to fan fiction.