Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

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Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

by E L James

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | April 3, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.95 × 5.16 × 0.89 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803485

ISBN - 13: 9780345803481

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good storyline.... to sum this review up. Story line was good, terrible writing. Most of the wording was repetitive.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book ever I've bought first one and hardy keep on reading it. Money not well spent. Wouldn't recommend.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey If you think you're going to love this think again. By far the worst book I have ever read. absolutely no story and very predictable. An absolute waste of money, I will never believe anything that has hype again. ripped off
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! wish it was more than just a trilogy!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seriously? I don't see what all the fuss is about!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Poorly written, couldn't hold the attention of your average gnat, assuming the gnat could read. It's too bad that the publisher saw the erotica as the money maker and overlooked the fact that the author couldn't string proper sentences together. I gave it one star because the program won't let me proceed with no stars.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why Do Billionaires Spank So Much I sell books and read this for work. Characters were lifeless and story was predictable. However, it was a cleverly put together book to appeal to a mass audience.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a Page Turner I loved this series! Okay yes, it is erotic, and very detailed, but the first book captured me instantly, and the third and final book is full of SUPRISES!!! If you want a good read that is full of adventure, action, and excitment this is definitley a must read book!!
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed these books, i have to say the first was my favorite though!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great I bought the series after hearing a lot of hype about it...but I just couldn't get into these books. The writing style is horrible, the plot is transparent, and the characters are unrealistic. D- for this one.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why all this Hype My thoughts: Media hype and curiosity got the better of me and lured me into reading this twisted story. In my opinion, it is definitely not a literary work of art. The heroine’s dialogue in a backstreet language weaves between her subconscious voice and her desires creating a never ending spin that goes on and on. As I read page after page of descriptive sex scenes from vanilla to kinky and the more explicit it became the more I wanted to laugh. The whole premise borders on dumpster sex…. maybe hamburger but definitely not haute cuisine. The author has created some sustained tension to tease her readers but sex and one’s dreams are definitely the meat of the plot. To say this novel deploys every cheap clichés in existence would be an understatement. Enough said time to move on….
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A waste of time It seems that even with all profanity removed from my review, this website will not allow me to upload my thoughts. I cannot figure out what word is triggering the censor, or maybe its just that my entire review was negative. Freedom of speech be gone & censorship at its finest. Either way, Good Reads allowed it so if you want the flip side to all the hype, head over there. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/487352712
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not safe for work. This book blew my mind in the best way possible. It was an easy read, captivating, envy-worthy, juicy AND had good erotica. Actually, it's the other way around. It had good erotica backed up by a pretty interesting plot. You were cheering for Anastasia, the shy, sweet new college grad who lost her virginity to the emotionally challenged but filthy rich, (emotions are overrated anyways:) cocky and environmentally friendly mogul. No other book in the trilogy compares to the first taste of ecstasy this book packed. It gets all redundant and pointless after this but I adored this book despite all the critics saying it was badly written and too pornographical. Say what you must but it was definitely entertaining. So let's give it up for the woman who's probably permanently made 80% of the female population blush just at the sound of the name Christian...
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible book I am embarrassed to have read only 3 chapters. I have kids and this is shameful literature. If you can call it that. I would have given it zero rating if possible.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhere between wasn't bad/liked it.... I agree with other reviewers that the repetative nature of this book becomes annoying after a while. I did not find the book shocking in the least, as a matter of fact I was expecting more. Grammatical and spelling errors always throw me off and this book is no exception, although they were minor. It's a book of fiction, a fantasy, I get it, but Anastasia is a bit unbelievable. It's hard to imagine a virgin being able to perform the way she does. Anastasia should have been a girl with a teeny bit of experience. It is a fast read and I did find myself wanting to turn the pages for more, to find out what happens, to see if the book lives up to the hype, which in the end I think it may have just done so marginally. But it left me still wanting more, I was hoping to be shocked and I was let down.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed fifty shades of grey but I find their are some things missing. The characters are not developed enough to my liking. The book was addicting though, once you started getting to the interesting stuff you did not want to stop but at the same time, I feel like things were missing in the book. It was also romantic at some times which I enjoyed, because it took away from the sex a bit, it was also repetitive sometimes. I would still give the book a try it's good but not the best I've read.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book I've read in a long time I am sorry to everyone who loved this book, but even as a mindless easy beach read this book is terrible. The plot is predictable and tired. Actually even calling it a plot line is overly generous. The characters were dull, simple and almost annoying. I stopped reading it because I couldn't stand reading her pathetic(and incredibly repetitive) train of thought. Terrible, absolutely terrible.
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very apt. Terribly repititious. I cannot abide a poorly written book and this one is probably one of the worst. This author must have a very limited vocabulary.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprizingly Good I was quite surprized to find that I quite enjoyed reading this book. I had read that it was fluffy, soft porn with little literary merit. I found however, it rather the opposite. First of all, I find E L James uses sophisticated vocabulary and witticisms throughout her writing. I particularly liked the clever banter between Ana and Christian during their emails. I also enjoyed references that Ana makes to her inner Goddess at moments when Christian gets her mojo going. I had never thought like this before and it made me more aware of what a person's inner dialogue might sound like when in a heady, lusty relationship like this one. Next, the character development made me understand the dynamics of a dominant-submissive relationship. E L James does a great job of initiating the reader, along with Ana, to this world. Obviouly, the author has done her research because the decriptions are so precise that we can almost feel the sensations ourselves. Finally, I enjoyed how the character of Christian evolves and softens in this book. It makes me want to read on into the trilogy in the hopes that there actually is the potential for what Ana truly wants and craves: true love and not just a convenient arrangement with physical and material benefits. Cant't wait to read on!
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit limp I was on a long train trip from Stalingrad to Peking, so I had a lot of time to read this book. I had heard good things about it from my minister, my pastor and my spiritualist. Once the train left Lenin station, I got comfortable and settled in. I read it all in one go. Not because I enjoyed it, but because it was the only distraction from the voluminous amount of vodka my fellow bunk mate, Sergi, a Soviet soldier back from Poland, was consuming. the book starts out a bit slow. In the beginning, Falstaff, the protagonist, is very comfortable with public nudity, but after the fall of the Empire, his sword becomes, how should I put this,...er..listless. He goes on a quest to find some steel for his blade and ends up meeting Margaret Thatcher at a commune in Sweden. They fall passionately in love and engage in what can only be described as acts of pure carnality. Mrs Thatcher is a demon in the sack and shows Falstaf what it means to really be a man. Steamy erotic scenes aside, the writing was pedantic and shallow. The introduction of the wombat as a secondary character was completely superfluous and the cameo by Shawadawady, ridiculous. All in all it was a time waster not quite of the first water. 2 out of 6 for me.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meah.. not what I was expecting After all the hoopla I really thought this was going to be a great book. But it's just a glorified Harlequin Romance - one of the more steamy ones, granted, but if you like good writing this really isn't the right book for you. I really find it hard to believe how incredibly popular the books are, considering how mind-bogglingly average it is. If you want a book about sex, read it. Or read some other romance novel. If you need to read it to see what everyone is talking about, save your money and just borrow it from the library!
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! THis was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Giving this a 1 is being too generous! 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.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype! It was a good series. I read it because everywhere I turned someone was reading or talking about it. The story line is good and intertwined through the 3 books. The grammar however is annoying, something I couldnt read around. Everytime I went by a mistake I was irritable. Did no one edit this book? Not to mention, since when did we start calling the female body part by random names, it is what it is, let's be adult about it. This is a book about sex after all. Even kindergarten children call the part by what it is. Calling it "my sex" or any other random nickname distracts you from the overall flow of the novel
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing!! I absolutely loved this book
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!!! okay so this book is definitely not for kids under the age of 18 cause there is way too much graphical detail in it but for those who like that kind of thing this is the book for you. For those who love a good romantic story this is also a great book for you! I only started reading this book because my cousin told me about it but the way she had explained it was way off compared to what exactly happened, however a great book in itself, i would totally recommend this to people because of there is no lack of drama!!!
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Badly written and the story just wasn't good. I regret the time I wasted reading this.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever I love the story in this book everyone thinks it is about the sex but is is so much more the story is such of love and passion and loving someone no matter what there flaws and standing there with them and working with eachother to make it all work I could read this book over and over I just finished all 3 and am going to start from ok 1 all over again. I just could not get it out of my head I read all 3 books in about 5 days I just could not put it down. I really hope she come out with another series similar to this. Love it, love it, love it
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Love of My Life Personally, I absolutely loved the entire series. As soon as i finished this reading this book I went out and bought the rest of the series. It does have a lot of sexual content, however there is still an amazing story line behind all that. E.L.James does an incredible job of describing the protagonist, Christian. The reader knows enough to get an image of him and his exterior motifs, however there is no such thing as knowing enough about Christian Grey. The novel is a little mysterious, very romantic and absolutely incredible! HIghly recommended!
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It is what it is It isn't as great as people seem to think. Its a poorly written story by a first time writer. There really isn't a storyline and the characters transition too quickly. My opinion: read it but don't buy it Not worth the money.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey This is a great work of literary art and I have totally enjoyed reading this trilogy. For those who think this book is simply about sex, then you definitely aren't grasping the "whole" story. I feel sorry that your lives are so black and white and "in the box". Let yourselves enjoy the "story" but don't forget the underlying message...what happens to children often dictates who, and what, they will become in adulthood. Let yourselves go...enjoy this work of art!
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOW! James has definately hit the top with this one!! I am not a fan of erotic romances, however this one is something else. I could not put it down. It is without a doubt very well written to hold the reader on and on and on............ I am looking forward to the next two, which I will buy next week. Go for it!!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It is what it is. I find all of the reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy amusing. I read the first book and enjoyed some parts of it, but I certainly do not think it is worthy of any kind of "literary" rating. Let's call a spade a spade - this book should only be read for the sex. Similarly, a porn movie should only be watched for the sex...the acting is terrible, the storyline is terrible, the characters have no depth, the presentation is sub-par etc. etc. I have never heard someone compare a porn movie to a real movie. Why should we expect the characters in Fifty Shades to have depth? It is, quite simply, not that type of book. I have no idea why anyone would attempt to rate this novel based on literary standards. It is what it is. And that is ok.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated, at least Book 1 I finished Book 1 of this so-called-amazingly-attractive book of this exciting sexy trilogy. It was like reading some latest version of high school drama in a trendy tone and vivid graphics in mind. The story is plain in most chapters which i was expecting much more. More details, more heart aching descriptions, more unexpected excitements between Ana and Christian. I can't help being disappointed to read through all those superficial words one after another. I was screaming in my head " come on, give me something real, something powerful, something shcoking!" however it was really just an ideal dream partner on every girl's list. I wouldn't even consider what Grey had to go through in his childhood as something dramatically shaocking or eye popping as we all have read or seen tons of stories like that. Thankfully i captured the heart racing in the last chapter of Book 1 which brought me a bit more motivation to read Book 2. Let's just hope Book 2 will break the ice.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed This book was torturous to read not only because of the content but because of the writing style which was comparable to a 14 year old's diary. The authenticity of numerous aspects of this novel are lacking to an irritating extent.
Date published: 2012-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disgusting & Boring!! It took me a long time to buy this book. I hummed and hawed about it for a while. I've even read several of the reviews here about the book. I thought I would secretly enjoy the book even though I'm totally not into the "Mommy Porn" thing. I thought I would smile, guilty, thinking it was a pretty HOT book! I've heard all the hype about the book, I've heard about the baby booms that have happened as a result of this book. I've heard of thousands of "normal, every-day" women raving over this book. Which is why it surprised me so when I took that all into account when I read this book. (Granted, I'm only halfway through..but still...is my opinion going to change???) Women! I dont' care what kind of fantasies your into - what kind of roleplaying you're into. How can you, as a woman even THINK about allowing your husband or boyfriend - someone who you truly LOVE give you PAIN and think that this is pleasureable?? I just can't wrap my mind around that. How can pain be pleasureable?! It doesn't make any sense to me. My husband would never dream of hurting me. We have fun in the bedroom. We use bondage. But we certainly (Hell! No!) don't use pain in any form whatsover. If I'm not having fun, he's not having fun. We love each other deeply. We trust each other. We would never hurt each other, and you will never convince me that paddles, whips, etc are pleasureable in any way, any form. I think I'm almost disappointed with the book. I'm so bored reading the sex scenes (and yes, disgusted). This is so out of my realm. My husband and I have an awesome sex life, but it has nothing to do with pain. Good for you if you like this book, but there is something seriously wrong with you if you do. pain and pleasure will NEVER go together in the bedroom with me. it doesn't make any sense why you would want to hurt someone you love....don't get it.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised at how much I liked this 22-year old Anastasia is just finishing her degree when she meets Christian, a 27-year old, extremely wealthy businessman. It's obvious from the start that Christian is a control freak, but Ana is drawn to him, anyway. Though Christian initially tries to dissuade Ana from her interest in him (and tries to deny his own interest), it doesn't work. What Ana (who's never had a boyfriend) doesn't know is that Christian is into BDSM. That's all Christian wants, no “relationship” for him, just kinky sex, agreed upon with a contract, but Ana wants more. I've never read erotica before, but I was surprised how much I liked this. It had a good story, I thought, and moved quickly. Though I mostly hated control freak/stalker Christian, I felt for Ana. I will definitely be reading the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated out of 5 by from I bought the trilogy because of all the hype around it. Definitely not worth the time or money. There is nothing interesting in the books, it's very predictable and repetitive. Even though the second book was far better than the first one, it was still not worth all the hype about it. Definitely would not recommend to anyone over the age of 20...
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Glad I borrowed these. I read the first book and attempted to read the next one. I was bored and found the characters in the book empty. I did not finish the second book and decided that Ana and Mr. Grey would continue on in this sad and idiotic relationship so I just could not read any more. It was torture...and not in a good way.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I want my money back.. I managed to read a couple of chapters before stopping. It felt boring and flat. Then I picked it up again to give it another try. I kept thinking the book would get better but it didn’t. It got worse. This book was way too long and the pacing is all over the place. I kept thinking it would end. I kept praying that it would. I just wanted the book to stop already, but since I started the book I just had to know if she signs the contract. That’s what kept me hurrying to the next page. At one point my eyes glazed over and I even skipped a couple of chapters. I get the Twilight retelling. Her best friend is in love with her, he tries to kiss her and Christian swoops in to save the day. I don’t honestly know why Christian is even attractive at all. He is possessive, controlling, domineering and in a couple of swift one-liners, Ana falls for him. Seriously? You’re not in love sweetie, you’re in lust. You barely know him, and he won’t even tell you about his past, yet you trust the man? And these whole dominate/submissive relationship is so odd. The way he controls her! It’s crazy! Can you imagine being with such a control freak? He even wanted to control what she ate!!!! I am appalled at his stalker abilities! This man raises a red flag Ana. Run the other way!! Also, I couldn’t possible understand how could she love someone who takes pleasure in giving pain? I don’t understand how she could care about him. He was abusive! If Ana says another thing about her “inner goddess” I swear…I’ll scream. It’s so wildly annoying. And how in the world does she have such low self-esteem? Be confident for Pete’s sake! Christian Grey is into you and if you have doubts then lady I think you need a self-esteem check. Can you tell I didn’t particularly like Ana? How in the world did you fall for Christian? Maybe it was because he was good looking. That is the only thing she worships about him in the entire book. Oh Ana how I wished you thought with your head and heart instead of your loins. Those sex scenes were NOT hot or steamy. It was a little frightening. Why in the world would you sleep with someone who enjoys giving pain? Yes, I’m talking about the one scene where he spanks her. No more like hits her. And I can’t even look at a tampon the same way again. That part made me cringe and I almost dropped the book. And that contract!!! Why was it plunked into the book? It seriously made me laugh out loud. You can definitely tell that I did not care for any of the characters and most of this review was a rant about how much I disliked them. There wasn’t much to like in my case. I’ve read great romance novels and great erotica novels, and this one is NOT one of them. Sorry everyone, but if you trust my judgement, please don’t waste your time reading this book.
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOOK WAS A WASTE OF TIME!!! Total piece of S**T I DONT KNOW WHAT THE HYPE WAS ALL ABOUT!! SERIOULSY JUST LIKE ANY REALITY TV..THE MEDIA WILL MAKE ANYTHING LOOK LIKE MILLION DOLLARS THESE DAYS... THE IDEA OF THE STORY IS INTERESTING, BUT MANN OH MAN THE WRITING IS PIECE OF CRAP. I DONT KNOW HOW I GOT UPTO 158 PAGES BY FORCING MYSELF TO READ AND SEE IF THINGS WILL GET BETTER. LIKE SERIOUSLY FANFICTION HAVE BETTER WRITERS THAN HER..DONT KNOW WHO DECIDED TO PUBLISH HER. COULD NOT GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK, WORST SEX SCENES OF ALL TIME, DIDNT SET THE MOOD FOR ANYTHING. OH BTW THIS IS NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT, I WUD CALL THIS A MANUAL FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY THAT WE ALL SHUD HAVE. YEH I REGRET GETTING THE SET AND NOW I CANT EVEN RETURN IT.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious!! PLEASE don't waste your money! Some people told me the writing left a lot to be desired. Some said the characters and the plot were rather flat and disappointing. But, nevertheless, everyone told me that I absolutely HAD TO read them, these books that couldn't be put down. "Get all three at once" I was told, "you won't want to stop reading, not even for the time it takes to download them to your reader!" What finally convinced me was a news headline that said "Fifty Shades" was the bestselling English book ever! SERIOUSLY?!?! By the time I reached the halfway point of the first book, it became predictable and tedious. I kept hoping for more; a new chapter would begin with hints of plot and character development, maybe even some interesting secondary characters, only to revert back to yet another sex scene. Don't get me wrong -- I enjoy a good sex scene as much as anybody. But, when it's one after another ... well, quite frankly, it loses it's edge. It's like watching a porn movie over and over again. It's just gets boring. At first, it made me wonder about the reading public. HOW could so many like it?!? I know there are many tastes out there and many books to satisfy those tastes, but HOW could this book appeal to so many? In the end, it really is just a good example of superb marketing and how it can so effectively fuel and manipulate a herd mentality. Hey ... I was curious ... I bought it too. And, now that it's too late to get my money back, I've become one of the millions in that herd that have made it a bestseller. Learn from my mistake!! If you haven't bought it yet, don't!!
Date published: 2012-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So bad ! Probably one of the most dissapointing book I've read, the writing is sub par an the author obviously doesn't know anything about BDSM, there's no character development and the characters are also unrealistic and readers can't connect with them. Overall I think th people that read these and liked them are lacking in their sex life because nothing is blush worthy or outrageous. A waste of money in my opinion and I have no idea how these are popular.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought it was wonderful despite some of the negative reviews So I looked at this book a couple of months ago and read the reviews and decided that it probably wouldnt be worth a read based on those mixed reviews. Then last week after talking to someone who was reading the book I decided that I would give it a shot. At first I thought the way it was written was very simple and a little annoying but it got better and before i was finished the third chapter I was in love. The chemistry between the 2 main characters is addicting and I was totally drawn into the story and couldn't put the book down. It's a true romance - far fetched and unrealistic but totally captivating :) have no expectation reading this book and let yourself be drawn in, and you may just find yourself falling in love with these 2 characters. Ordered the other 2 books and can't wait for them to be delivered. I'm glad I read it :)
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay at best This trilogy's storyline is a steamy rip off from Twilight minus the vampires and werewolves. It was okay at best - an amusing quick read until the other books I am waiting for are released.
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passionate and Erotic The Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy is a great book. Yes there is a lot of sex in the books but lets be real who doesn't want a amazing relationship with hot sex all the time. These books are what most women fantasize their relationship could have some of. (Maybe without some of the crazy drama but who would read the books if that wasn't in it) I laughed, I cried and I felt the passion between the two charaters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. For the people who disliked them that's your opinion and it's alright to have it but you may have missed the whole idea of these books. I very muched loved getting lost in these books and I am on my second round of reading them. Read them for yourself and make your own decision.
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally disappointing Well... I must say this book was a total disappointment. I didn't want to read this, but the hype was high that I decided to give it a shot. Mistake! The "couple" is all wrong, and it is in no way sexy. I don't know how these books reached the top, but I was severely let down.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Important yeah, hi sorry to interupt your internet surfing but, uh i thought i might let you into the circle of knowledge. You see that book in the left hand corner? Yeah that's what the reading world likes to call 'erotica'. Know what that is? Porn. It is porn. Poorly written porn. Believe me when i tell youit is not worth it, and you aren't missing out on much. Hope this helped.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated out of 5 by from My book club has picked this book because of all the "hype". I have read it and am shocked and ashamed that our society makes this such a huge best seller. It is Grade B soft porn at best, but it is so poorly written it makes Harlequin look good! I have no desire to read the next books in the series - frankly I don't care what happens to the characters - primarily because there was no clear character development. I hope that the discussion at my book club is why is this such a huge best seller when women have been fighting to out of a subservient role for hundreds of years and this glorifies it.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of the Worst books I have ever read. I picked up this book because of all the hype, and to satisfy my curiosity. Big mistake. The author uses only one adjective through three books to describe the female anatomy. Ana and Christian have the same argument about control and power through three books. This book does not portray a healthy sexual BDSM relationship between two people, in fact, there is nothing even remotely realistic about their relationship at all. The books all read like they were written for someone who can`t read above a seventh grade level, and finally, who the heck says `Laters baby`in the 21st century!! this book infuriated me!
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not thrilled This is a harlequin porn in my view, and the authors quality of writing is not at all seductive. I was very bored and dissappointed with the book. If the writing was better, it may have been somewhat believable.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I honestly do not know where to begin with this book. I was so hesitant to read it at first but I couldn’t fight off the pull any longer since it seems that this book is all everyone is talking about. I took a leap of faith and began to read. I couldn’t get over the fact that I had already read the first chapter when it was titled Master of the Universe – a Twilight fan fiction. I almost wanted to put it down but I pushed myself to read father, and boy am I ever glad that I did! This book is about young Anastasia Steele who has to interview a very wealthy businessman because her friend Kate is too sick to do it. Ana volunteers and when she meets this business man – Christian Grey – she cannot get over how stunningly handsome he is and the way he makes her feel – down there (as she writes). It turns out that he feels the same way about her. Christian couldn’t get enough of Anastasia. She learns more about him as the book goes on. It is called Fifty Shades of Grey because Christian Grey’s moods can change with every breath that he takes. Ana learns of his kinky side which includes the Red Room of Pain. He is a kinky man, plain and simple but there is a reason he is like that. He was adopted into a loving family but before that he was a little child of a crack wh*re mother who barely took care of him. Anastasia cannot accept the lavish gifts he gets for her even though all he wants is to make her happy. Anastasia is torn throughout the entire book whether or not she should stay with Grey and his sex-filled ways or run for the hills. I love the emails they send between one another. Keep an eye on Greys title when he writes off. Sometimes it changes and I can’t help but smile whenever I read them. It was decently written and I found a few mistakes, but other than that, I was satisfied with my read. I have to read the next book now. What can I say, I’m hooked!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Violence against women is NOT exotic or romantic. Women are more intelligent than this book portrays them. We've come further than this. Definitely not worth the price and i won't buy the rest of the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Repetitive, predictable--yet very addicting Like many others, I only picked up this trilogy for the hype. I was hesitant on buying the whole box set at once instead of a book at the time, but now I'm glad I did, because it's addictive! The quality of writing is okay, and the story plot is nothing extraordinary--it was actually quite easy to tell that this trilogy was originally fan fiction. Somehow though, EL James has created an addictive story that has kept me up for many nights in a row reading. I rarely read adult fiction unless it's for school (most of my reading is in the young adult genre), let alone erotic fiction, but the sex was SO repetitive. Seriously. At first it was like "whoa", but by the half way point of the first book, I became completely desensitized of it. By the time I got to the half way point of the second book, I actually became annoyed and frustrated. Every time a detailed sex scene came up--and it's very often--I wished EL James could have just hinted towards it and skipped the details completely. It's THAT repetitive. Christian Grey, or as I like to call him by his self proclaimed name, "Mr.Fifty Shades of Fucked Up", is round character, yet easily predictable. Reading through the first book, my eyes were narrowed towards his character as I was ever so skeptic. I kept doing a psychological profile on Christian as I read it. To me, it was very easy to figure out why his character is the way he is with sex, food, and being touched. It only took me the first seven-or-so chapters to figure his character all out. So when Christian does explain why he is the way he is, I was not at all surprised. The story line itself was predictable, but I believe that figuring out Christian's character very early in the book causes me to feel so. Here gets to the part I don't understand: despite what I have said about the book (and it's not the most positive), how is this book so addicting? How am I addicted to the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele? I'm halfway done the third book now, and I've spent all week inside, glued to the books. Whenever I peeled myself away to do others things, I kept thinking "I need to know what's going to happen! I need to know!" It probably has something to do with the sexual tension--though I am annoyed and desensitized by it. There is just something about this fictional couple that I can't let go of. This is not necessary something I'd read again, but it's cute. Well, the second book in my opinion is cute. I actually squealed at the ending...I just wish EL James could stop writing so many sex scenes in this trilogy.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Boring I read this book only to find out what the hype was about and it didn't live up to its expectations AT ALL - Fifty Shades of Major Disappointment. It was completely repetitive and so predictable. The writing was like it was written by a teenage girl - how many times can one person say "Jeez" throughout a book. If rumours are true in that a movie will be made based on these books, I hate to watch a movie based on a "zero storyline" and nothing but sex. I definetely won't be reading the next two books. I had a very difficult time getting through the first one. Not recommended at all.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Hype I had heard so much about this book so I decided to buy it and see what everyone is talking about and really there is nothing to this book. It's all how much a billionaire can make a woman explore his fantasies and not even consider what she wants in the relationship. It gets tiresome to hear Anastasia say "My Inner Goddess" this and that. Wow hard to believe this book is a New York Times Best Seller.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy. I believe in the journey not the destination. I got a kick out of Ana's inner goddess. I could picture her every step of the way. Use your imagination people. The emails are hilarious especially the subject and how they changed who sent the email. People are missing the details and there were plenty. Life can be taken too seriously and these books definitely made me laugh. My only concern is that the movie goes too much for the erotic side and doesn't keep more to the Love story because that is what it was. I found the last chapters in book three especially clever.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it alot! I can see how opinions can go both ways, I did feel it drug on a bit. In the end though, it was one of those books I had to buy the rest of the trilogy asap! I fell in love with the story, the characters and I had to see how the story ended!
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where do you stand with this book? Love it or Hate it? This is an erotic/romance series, so some readers will find the theme "hard" to handle at times. (pun intended) Besides the crap writing and inconsistencies, it is an enjoyable story of fluff, romance and control (due to fear and other things). Enjoyed the inner thoughts of Ana's subconscious and inner goddess, also the playful emails between Christian and Ana. Admittingly, there are some good laugh out loud scenes while reading this book. Read it to find out if you love or hate, or if you are somewhere in between
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated out of 5 by from although the "hype" about this first book would lead one to believe it was so much more risque and shocking, it was actually a beautiful and suspensful novel about an alternative type of lifestyle and not so hardcore as i had heard...i absolutely loved the in-depth descriptions of the characters it was if you were there in the room with them all in every scene...every breathtaking,lucious scene...i've already finished the second in the series and i'm saddened to think that there's only one more left...
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Readers are too critical Personally, I loved this book. It was an easy, fun read. Many readers are complaining about the female character and how she cannot stand up for herself, etc.; however, it is evident that the novel entails dominance and submissiveness, so it's only expected that the characters play those roles. This book was probably written to be a fluffy erotic read for certain types of people--- E.L. James most likely didn't think it would be one of the most talked about novels.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh, not really into it. So after all the 'hubbub' about this book, finally picked it up. Gotta say, not so keen. Found my self pushing to get through it. The story behind it isn't all that great. I mean, yes, the sex is entertaining, but I don't know. It didn't hold up to my expectations. Characters aren't great and make me more mad then anything. Going to force through the next two, mainly because I've already purchased them. Hoping though that perhaps the story line will pick up? Become a little interesting perhaps? Maybe be able to relate a little more to the characters? Who knows.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible. I began this book knowing almost nothing about it and definitely without reading any of the many negative reviews that are available so I would say I read it with an open mind and gave it a fair shot. It didn't help. It didn't take long before I discovered that James really needs a thesaurus. The constant use of the words "Oh my", "Crap" and "Inner goddess", for starters, was unbelievably annoying. There is such a weak plot it's not worth trying to find one amongst the poorly written sex scenes. As for the characters, I know almost nothing about them -- some more very poor writing. Ana is the worst female main character I've ever had the misfortune of reading about (and I've read Twilight!) She's weak and uninteresting. She admits to being afraid, but allows this man to control her... because he's good looking!? She allows him to control her whole life, down to her meals, doctors, medications and exercise regime?? Am I really reading this in the year 2012?? I won't comment on the accuracy of the BSDM element of the book as it's an area I have no experience or knowledge about, but from my point of view it was just plain awful writing. I would rate this book at a grade 7 or 8 level writing ability. All in all, I hated the book. The idea of a widely popular erotic fiction seems on its surface to be a great one, but in my opinion this was too poorly written to fit the bill. Save your money, don't buy the book!
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Modernized, formulaic bodice-ripper Three things I was either sick of or bewildered by early on in this book: 1) Ana's 'inner goddess'. 2) Ana biting her lip (how there was anything left of that lip by page 20 is a miracle because she chomped on that sucker almost twice a page). 3) That I'm still reading this modernized, formulaic bodice-ripper bewilders me.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart stopping I just finished reading the first book in less then a day. I have never been so drawn to a book like this in my life. Fresh and heart pounding, this book left me panting for more.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated out of 5 by from The first book in the series was not as good as I had anticipated. It was repetitive, badly written and quite boring. However, I did get through it as I had heard that book 2 & 3 were much better. And they were!
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated out of 5 by from Some of the worst writing I have ever been exposed to...unbelievable! I can't imagine a young woman who just lost her virginity using the language, "Holy Crap!" when she is facing possible torture at the hands of a miserable unengaging totally false character. I am also disappointed in the almost nonexistent sex scenes so far (I am on page 300). I really would enjoy well written sex scenes. What can I say - Ms. James is one lucky lady to make so much money off (holy) crap.
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I read this whole trilogy in exactly a week. Could not put the books down. My favorite book was the 2nd in the trilogy, but they were all equally as good. Yes some stuff became a little repetative after awhile, but you cannot help but he lured in to the premises and ofcourse Christian Grey. I am sad the trilogy is over!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I had read a lot of negative reviews about this book, so I was hesitant to read it. I'm glad I did. I can see why some people dislike it though, as it can be a bit vulgar at times. It's one of those books that you have to take it as it is. I am glad I gave it a chance!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Erotic nature aside, a great read! I had never read an erotic novel before and I was definitely skeptical as to whether I would like this book or not. I had heard from friends and family that it was great so I bought the box set. The erotic nature of the book wasn't anything that put me outside of my comfort zone, and the actual plot line of the novel was definitely something I enjoyed. I would describe this book as Twilight meets erotica (after all, it was originally based off of Twilight fan fiction!), and I would definitely recommend this book for someone who enjoyed the plot line of those books. Throughout the novel, there is a lot of different music mentioned, and I found myself listening to these songs on YouTube to get a better understanding of the nature of what I was reading. I explored E L James' website and found that she had all of the music mentioned throughout the book listed there. I would definitely recommend taking a look at the "soundtrack" for the book at www.eljamesauthor.com. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as the remaining two books in the series. It has a beautiful plot, and the characters are developed well overly the course of the series. A DEFINITE recommendation! :)
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated out of 5 by from I want my own fifty shades.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Grey is a really good book. I read it because it became controversial. LOL! Everybody was talking about it, they were all saying how its like TWILIGHT. Although, i really did not see quite the resemblance. Hmm... I hate Mrs. RObinson... Im with Anastasia there (i love her name too). I think the sex was erotic, definitely not for 18 years younger. The love story was awesome as well.. the twists, some parts made me cry. it is a little bit of everything.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey is a great book. I could not put it down! The characeters were so enthralling, I had to keep reading to know what was going to happen next to them, if his complusions and her innocence could make it together. The sexual contents took second place for me, next to the drama, and suspense. I am so glad I have bought the series, I am almost done book 2 and ready to dive into book 3. What a great change from my usual reading.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I loved this book! It was a bit hard to get into but once the story gets rolling, it was amazing! I loved the characters and the plot. It is definitely an erotic read! I purchased this and the entire trilogy online and I feel like it was definitely worth the investment.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated out of 5 by from Well, what is there left to say? I had no idea what the trilogy was about. I am now starting the third book only because I purchased the three books at once; not because I am enjoying them. The first thought I had concerns Ana's first sexual experience; wouldn't most healthy girls run like the flames of Hell were licking their heels if they encountered someone like Christian? In my opinion, the" ups and downs" of Christian and Ana are shallow and self-absorbed. This series is a Harlequin with porn overtones and I am not being prudish when I express this opinion. The books could have been shorter if some of the predictable, enough already sex was omitted and more story was involved. I am not a fan of the writing style.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It served its purpose Anyone disappointed or angry with this book, expected too much and took it way too seriously. It was mindlessly entertaining, I mostly skipped the sex parts because they got repetitive, and I enjoyed it. It was fun.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a bit of a let down I was kind of upset with this book , seeing how i fell in love with the first one.. I like not knowing what's coming next and with this i found i knew what was going to happen ... but it was still not to bad.Will read the last just to see the outcome
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected I admit that i picked it up out of curiosity. This book starts out slow, took about 100 pages to real me in. But it does heat up and did get my attention, along with an awareness of style and terminology which was previously unknown to me.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not even worth stealing. Unless you suffer from the kind of self-loathing that drives you to cut yourself at night while you sit on the edge of your bed whimpering along to songs by The Cure or Depeche Mode, do not read this book. This book is the literary equivalent of flogging your genitalia with razor wire. E L James is an awful hack writer who makes Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" seem like literary genius. The sex is ridiculously narrated, the characters have zero depth or consistency of personality, the dialogue sounds like something George Lucas would write if he were addicted to smack and Jane Austen novels. Heap on to this pile of steaming moose droppings the fact that James has absolutely no clue what BDSM is about, the mindset of Doms and subs, or anything related to the scene that she didn't skim off a poorly written wiki on the subject, and you have a book that isn't fit to be used as emergency buttwipe in a campground outhouse. If someone tries to give you this book, punch them in the face until they drop it on the ground. Then, pour lighter fluid on the book and light it on fire. PS the only reason I gave this a 1-leaf rating is because there is no option for negative #s of leaves.
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent read I picked this up on a whim, while at the book store with my son. Started reading right away and I quite enjoyed the story. Not written the best, but the plot line ( singular) was decent. Really wished the author could have went in depth a little more with other characters and it seems like at the end of the third book, she got lazy ( or it was rushed) handed it off to other family to read. Don't read if you thing rough sex is considered abuse.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated out of 5 by from Oh boy I can't believe the hype........I HATE it!! Struggling to finish the 1 st one.......& unfortunately I bought all 3 at once. No I'm not a prude........I just don't like the writing or the story.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hyped For those of you reading this book because of all the hype around it, I advise you don't read it cause you will be let down. I was lent the book and was hooked on by the first chapter, simple read, too much sex at some points, (Yeah, I get it, they can't keep their hands off each other), the writing isn't the best but still thought the story was an interesting one. Looking forward to starting the 2nd book.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It's Just a Story? soulvictim's comment: I'm sorry you are disturbed by my alias. It was a name I chose when I was younger and I stuck with it as it holds a lot more to it than it sounds. Ignore names, focus on the reviews. What I really want to ask is: Why do people have to look at things like this in such a negative light? I understand there are a lot of disturbing suggestions to female servitude - I admit, I felt disgusted with a lot of "the rules." However, I believe most people who have opinions such as yours are afraid that those who are unable to form their values without books such as these are going to let them dictate their lives. This is an unfortunate occurrence and why Twilight received such backlash. If people don't let books dictate their lives, they won’t. my respone to soulvictim: Thank you for your comment. I submit that most women do not wish to be tied up or beaten when having sex with their partner. The fact that bondage and S&M are a minority preoccupation speaks for itself. I feel that popular fiction like Fifty Shades glosses over the realities of bondage and S&M and sexual violence that actual women experience. I would ask you to consider why you think women might be offended by representations of women who are “submissive and obedient” to men. I would also like you to consider why the “brooding bad boy” image holds such an interest for you. I suggest that Christian is more than a “bad boy”. He is a sadist who inflicts pain on his partner for his own pleasure (no matter how conflicted and complicated he is portrayed to be). In the real world innocents do not “tame” bad boys; they usually end up being abused by them. Stories that do not comment on this reality in some manner—as this material certainly does not to any intelligent degree—perpetuate myths like that of the downtrodden overcoming superior forces (think of the Pandorans beating up on the humans at the end of the movie, Avatar . A realistic ending would have the native folk crushed into blue ooze under the tracks of the bulldozers). You’re right, of course, as you say in your book review this is just a story, like Avatar, but it’s one that helps perpetuate myths of female subservience and male superiority. Question: Why should Anna go through several hundred pages of bondage and S&M torture in order to finally tame Christian? Isn’t he man enough to do that for himself?
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Harmless Reading or Abuse Training: A Further Comment “Lorie Ludtke's comment: You know I am really tired of people reading a book and deciding it is an example of abuse. Spend some time at a shelter or speak to someone who has been abused. I can tell you in an absolute that is not what this book is about in any way shape or form. Abuse is not a consenting sexual relationship where you have a say in how things go or how far they go. While S&M is about control it's not about an abuse. I suggest you study a little bit harder because it appears your idea on what an abusive relationship is has been sadly misguided. What do we need to be empathetic about when two consenting adults have an exciting sex life. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that a man would spout uninformed garbage about what abuse to a woman is.” My response to Lorie Ludtke's comment: Lorie, I’ll respond to your comment, here, because Chapters only allows a limited number of words per review, and I’ll respond civilly. I suggested in my review of Fifty Shades that it was sanitized and cleaned-up. It is. It’s safe, commercial pornography—supermarket checkout-counter safe. It’s legal—it does not cross the threshold of Canadian obscenity laws (as confusing as those laws currently are). It’s like wallpaper or Muzak; we practically breathe this stuff, today. My concern is that the novel is part of a continuum of abuse beginning at the (supposedly) innocuous romance novel level and proceeding up the scale to hard-core, violent and abusive pornography. I think it is easy to dismiss it, as some have, as “mommy porn”. You suggest S&M is not about abuse, instead it's about "control" but let’s ask: who’s really in charge—the billionaire “dom or the 21 year old, university graduate and virgin "sub" Anastasia? (“Dom”, “sub”, so cute; de Sade must be rolling over in his grave!) Let’s ask: who is being excited and at whose expense? I note in one recent Chapter’s review by Michelle Knuttila that “a few husbands” are encouraging their wives to read the books. Female servitude remains the sexiest thing going, it seems. Another reviewer, with the somewhat disturbing name of soulvictim, says “it is just a book”. But, I contend, the stories we tell about each other reflect who we are and influence who we become. Perhaps if Christian had been balding, overweight and 58 instead of preternaturally handsome and 28 then this dreck might have held my attention a shade or two longer, though I suspect not. Finally, is “exciting” the only means by which we judge our relationships and the stories we read and write about them? I think there are many dimensions to a relationship and many ways to explore our sexuality within them, ways that are not ‘bound’ to concepts of unequal power and violence—no matter how air-brushed and ‘harm-free’ that violence is portrayed. Learning the best slipknots to use to hog-tie a woman is one skill I can do without. Duct tape, anyone? Don
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read lots, but I'm not a fast reader. So when I finish a book in less than a week, there is something to be said about that. I do have some complaints and agree with most that E.L. James is not the most talented writer. She repeats a lot, which gets annoying, and most of the book did seem like it was all over descriptive sex scenes throughout. However, I really enjoyed the concept - brooding "bad boy" trying to be tamed by the innocent woman he feels drawn to. I've always been a sucker for those kinds of stories and I always will be, even if the writer is not up to par with other great authors. I do also see why a lot of women would take offense to this book as it does show the way the male society wants women to be: submissive and obedient. The same thing happened with Twilight. I am a strong, independant woman, and would not have tolerated what the charming Mr. Grey expects. Honestly, I was disturbed with some of the themes presented in this book, but rather than taking offense to that and realising it is just a book and therefore, not real, I focused on what was the cause of it all, such as the young Ana did. Once you stop worrying about how offensive some of the content is to women, it is a very intriguing book. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and sadly I have to wait to read the other two. I have already recommended this book to several friends. I believe people just need to form their own opinion, and as long as they don't beleive that the relationship in this book is healthy and the way they should be behaving with men (such as a lot of young girls sadly did for Twilight), I believe women can enjoy this as much as any other book they've read.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely disturbing I honestly cannot understand why so many people enjoy this book. I'm no prude nor am I unread in erotic literature, but this trilogy is absolutely vile. The characters have no depth, the writing is absolutely horrendous and there is, quite simply, no plot. To use a pop culture reference, Twilight has a better love story. It is a book that paints women as spineless, obedient and abuse-worthy objects who have no other desire than to be subjected to a deranged, broken man's every whim and fancy. I am not one to discriminate about other people's sexual practices, but what is portrayed in this book is tasteless and trashy. I've read bad paperbacks in a random airport with better love scenes and less repetitive non-sense. Save yourself the money, do NOT buy into this publicity stunt for something that can hardly be called literature.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This triology set of 50 shades were the best books I think I have ever read! I couldnt put it down and found myself taking every minute I wasn't busy to read. I would definently recommend it to other readers!
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! Very entertaining!
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!!! I absolutly LOVED this book, I've read the whole trilogy twice now & can't wait to see who they cast as Christian Grey in the movie version of this book I have recommended & will continue to recommend this trilogy to everyone I know It really has a way of heating up things up in your bedroom, I know a few husbands that are now encouraging their wives/girlfriends etc to read these books Excellent Fantastic story very well writen & easy to get lost in =)
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I REALLY DON'T GET THE HYPE Sweet, young and virginal college student Anastasia Steele is doing her sick friend a favour when she goes to interview multi-billionaire Christian Grey. As soon as she walks into his office the attraction is palpable. He is kind enough to warn her that he is “not the man for her” but this does not deter him from pursuing her to the point of stalking. You see, Christian has a secret. Instinct clouded by sheer physical attraction Ana agrees to see Christian and agrees to sign a non-disclosure agreement (what girlfriend wouldn’t?) and he quickly introduces her to his “red room of pain” explaining he likes to engage in BDSM. Ignoring her better judgement Ana listens to her “inner goddess” and decides to experiment with Christian. This book has been getting quite a bit of hype and I understand there is a movie in the works. Personally, I don’t get it. I have no objection to erotic literature, and there is some that is very well done, but this book falls flat. In fact, as I was reading I couldn’t help but think if the author left out the “kinky” stuff it could well pass as YA. Ana is beyond annoying (she is involved with a “dominant” and keeps repeating “he is sooooo controlling” … dah!) and Christian, rather than being the erotic teacher, falls half a step short of creepy stalker dude (no amount of money and good looks could make up for his actions, even outside his red room!). And now I am about to say something very sad. Despite the fact that this is not the best writing I have read I have an idea in my head as to where the story is going to go … I NEED to find out if I am right … so sadly am going to venture on to the second book in the series. That’s the price of my frustrated writer/inquiring minds personality.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated out of 5 by from I loved the modern take on a historical Romance type book. Although, he novel is risque, Christian has many redeeming qualities and it is clear that Ana inspires these good changes in him. Was a fanastic book and I am half way through the second and I love it to. And if Ian Somerhalder is going to play the lead as KimRauhala says below, I will definatly be going to see the series in theatre as well.
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated out of 5 by from I had no idea what this book was about. The only reason I ordered it was because I heard Ian Somerhalder may be playing the lead and I wanted to see what he may be playing. OMG. This book is amazing. It's a huge rollercoaster, and it keeps you wanting more. I'm half way done the 2nd already.
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sanitized Abuse I read this book for an essay I recently wrote on pornography. Fifty Shades had been declared pornographic by a Florida library and I thought it would be a topical reference. Beyond the fact that the writing is abysmal, the characters are one-dimensional,and the plot as thin as ice on an April lake, there is something rather disturbing about how we as a society have come to accept as normal imagery of female torture and subjugation. James's sanitized, cleaned-up depiction of S&M and bondage practices, as air-brushed as the best Playboy spread, trivializes the growing violence against women and children increasingly prevalent both in the pornography industry and in our culture today. American writer, Chris Hedges, calls such normalization the mainstreaming of "porn chic" where images and practices once considered unacceptable are today common currency. The increased presence of pornography, via computers and the internet may have the effect of turning us into jaded consumers of the latest sensation-laden product. We are becoming like junkies, addicted to increasingly violent and abusive images and ideas. Hedges says we are becoming a society that has lost its ability to have "empathy". When it becomes boring to read about or view images of tortured women, what will be next.? I am a 58 year old man and what I find most disturbing about reading this trash is that I was not particularly shocked by it. I wish I had been. (I note that the Barrie ON Chapters/Coles has available over 400 copies of the book. Shameless pandering! Isn't that what pimps do?) Don
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What is all the hype about? I must be a prude because I don't understand why this book has become such a success. I was actually enjoying the first part of the book, and then everything changed for me when the relationship between the two main characters evolved. I actually found myself feeling more, and more angry as I advanced through the book. I didn't feel that the book was extremely well written, in fact, I found it very repetitive. After the halfway point, I surrendered to the fact that I really didn't care for the book, and was disappointed that the next chapter didn't change my mind. I ended up just skimming the end. I can understand getting lost in a fantasy relationship, but this isn't something that would ever interest me. I loved the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, and I'm sure that my husband would want me to find another series like it.... but he really struck out with this series. I won't be reading the next book!
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted to this book OMG...I could not put this book down, have completed the second book and look forward to the 3rd...a modern adult romance for modern adult women. This is not a harliquin romance....and if you are offended by sex dont read it.
Date published: 2012-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked I had no idea what this book or trilogy was about before purchasing it. It was recommended by several people as a must read and I was curious about all the hype. I was at first a little thrown by the writing style of the author, but quickly lost myself in the book. I read the whole thing in a day and will be buying the second one tomorrow. Even as I discovered it was a romance novel in no way did I expect where it was headed. Interesting to say the least. Since finishing the book I have read reviews both condeming the book as they claim it is about controlling women because Christian wants to dominate Ana...if you actually read it you will see it is Ana who makes all the decisions and choices. Not that she necessarily wants to make them but they are her choices none the less. I have read other reviews claiming the book is about women empowerment........though is seems contradictory to my above statement I completely disagree with this as well. Ana is experiencing her first love and wants nothing more than to be loved, this is the basis for all of her decisions. She is not trying to empower herself and if anything she is young, naive and foolish. The very opposite of a woman who one should look to as a symbol of empowerment. What I feel the book is about.....and please feel free to argue this point.....are two people both with low self esteem masking their true selves the best way they know how and finding a connection they haven't found elsewhere with eachother. Regardless, I wanted the couple to work even though their romance is far from ordinary and I am completely absorbed in the author's world. Don't get me wrong though, I don't see myself digging out a flogger anytime soon but it definately got my attention!
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Personally I loved this book! I knew I was not going to be impressed by the writing and the editing could use some work. All in all the book delievered. I laughed out loud, cried and could not put the book down.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is overhyped I borrowed this book off of my friend because everyone was talking about it and after reading it I'm left wondering why. I have personally read way better erotic fiction. It could be that I didn't like it because of the use of bondage, which doesn't do it for me at all. Or it could be that the main male character was a domineering jerk that tried to buy love. But these are personal feelings and someone who is into BDSM may enjoy it. The scenes where the girl was beating beaten for sexual pleasure made me angry, because she clearly wasn't liking it. Then afterward the guy showered her with gifts, making me feel bad for her, because he was treating her like a prostitute, no matter how much he said he wasn't. The male character was not appealing to me at all, and I found it difficult to believe that someone like Anastasia could fall in love with him so easily. That fact that she actually fell in love with someone like him made it hard for me to relate to her as a character and I slowly became disinterested in her and what was going on in her life. I slowly came to see her as desperate and unintelligent and that turned me off of her character completely. So at this point I have no attachment to either of the main characters. Christian is the type of controlling jerkbag that I loathe and could never see myself being with , therefore even the sex scenes weren't exciting. Like how I would imagine having sex with someone I wasn't interested in: mechanical and chore-like. I kept reading thinking that he would redeem himself somehow, but he just kept getting worse until the point near the end that he beats her so badly during sex that she breaks it off with him while sobbing in pain. The scene was like a bad domestic violence situation, a subject I'm very touchy with, but my anti-bondage stance is part of my personal opinion and may not be a deal breaker for another reader. Now I'm not saying the sex has to be romantic and fluffy, but I would prefer some sort of mutual emotional connection between the characters and not just some "contract". In the end, I'm glad I didn't pay for this book and I also won"t be reading the rest in the series. My time is better wasted in other ways.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated out of 5 by from What can I say about this book that hasn't been said by readers and critics alike? Incredibly intense one moment, soft and romantic the next: this book has it all! I must admit the writing could be a lot better but overall the hype and word of mouth is well deserved!
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eminently erotic. When I read the mundane description on the site, I wasn't really keen on buying this book. However, once I got it, I actually couldn't put it down. It contains many sex scenes and foul language. Do not read if you're not at least 20 and over. I thought that Twilight was sort of better than this, but that's really biased only because I really liked how Stephenie was so good at describing the setting and environment, and this was E. L. James lacked. In my opinion. Moreover, this book, near the end, really leaves you hanging and makes you want to read the next book immediately. I can't wait till my next two books arrive in the mail.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of S*#T! The writing is terrible and plus it is so obvious that the author knows nothing of the BDSM lifestyle. I am sure it isn't that hard to research. Plus it is making it seem like people who engage in this lifestyle all have "troubled" pasts and are abused, which is so untrue. But good on EL James for making good money on pure drivel!
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mixed feelings with all the hype about "fifty shades" i went diving into this first novel with high hopes and expectations. some where met and other failed completely. 1. the sex scenes are hot! if you don't get turned on you may consider reading another author that is more smutty. now im not saying everything that happened in this book i would participate in. but james does a great job on turning you on 2. protagonist is irritating with subtle hints of sweetness. she is the reason i will never read twilight. a beautiful and extremely intelligence whiner. i mean get she's does not have much experience with anything to do with the opposite sex. i find her too whiny and it drove me insane. bits and parts i liked of her perspective, because she is funny. 3. definitely an over the top exaggerated version of a prince charming coming to the rescue fair maiden. you will see as you continue reading not really my type of book, but i can see why people are hyping about. i have been told by friends the 2nd and 3rd is a lot better and the 1st is the weakest link. don't let my personal thoughts sway you from reading. i just prefer books with more sentimental material and substance. as you have seen the past books i've read.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from gets better with music Loved the series, not too fond of the first book, but I found that listening to the author's playlist for the books helped. Books two and three are infinitely better - better character development, drama and excitement. Definitely listen to the music though - that was the turning point from "could care less" to "enjoyment" of the story.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it but hated it at the same time. Personally this book is either something you fall in love with or hate. From the second page i was completely engulfed and it's such an amazing experience when that happens with a book. Here's the thing though i didn't like the way the author talked about sex it was a turn off really like how is using the word buttock at all sexy? i would also really like to know what the hell they meant by "my sex" like what is that? Other then that i feel the book was good other then some aspect to it. Although i kind of feel like it's a write off of twilight in the end cause it seems like a new moon thing will happen with the next book in the trilogy. Not trying to spoil anything but honest opinion here, because of that aspect of it i am debating as to if i should read the other two but will see. Hope this helps.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from really -- no plot, no story I am surpised this is such a hit. It seems trivial to me, very old idea, kinky rich guy and virgin who becomes sex addict. I wasn't upset by it; I just didn't think it was a story. I couldn't really identify with characters - they seemed one-dimensional.
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poorly written but juicy read. Get it if you want mind numbing entertainment or have nothing else. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a trilogy by E.L. James. The story follows the budding relationship of college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire CEO Christian Grey. The trilogy began as a Twilight fan fiction (originally called Master of the Universe) It was eventually reworked and expanded into the trilogy as we know it today. Anastasia is a graduate student who fills in for her sick roommate Kate to interview the elusive entrepreneur Christian Grey. She doesn’t really know anything about him, so she is shocked to see that he is young and very handsome. She feels like a bumbling idiot and doesn’t think that the interview goes well, but there is clearly chemistry between the two. Coincidences bring them back together and Ana finds herself drawn to him, and Grey admits he desires her as well. He wants her to sign a contract to become totally submissive to him as her sexual dominant. She is very innocent and he doesn’t realize just how much this will change her life. The reason I picked up this book was the major hype surrounding it. There was a front page article in Entertainment Weekly, online buzz, and of course word of mouth. I heard mixed reviews on the books so I thought the best way to judge was to read it for myself. The book is definitely not a literary masterpiece in any way, shape, or form. This is definitely a guilty pleasure and rightly so has been described as ‘mommy porn’. Think of a movie analogy not every film will win an academy award some movies are purely for entertainment purposes. Fifty Shades of Grey is just that. The book reads like a woman’s fantasy with the author occasionally using the thesaurus and inserting a fancy word, but sorry that does not make it better. Who uses besieged let alone twice in the same paragraph. Also a grown woman should not call her vagina her ‘sex’. That really bothered me. As we read the book through Ana’s point of view we hear her inner dialogue or thoughts and man is she annoying most of the time. Her lack of confidence and self-esteem was very irritating. I have to admit that I didn’t hate the story, but it’s definitely not like the YA books that I’m used to reading. The book is definitely not for everyone especially the young or innocent! I feel like Christian takes advantage of Ana’s innocence and sometimes I felt like slapping her (or him!) She’s never had a relationship or a boyfriend before of course she is going to fall for this guy who gives her so much attention and dotes on her. She has no frame of reference to determine if this is a healthy relationship (definitely not) The ending of the book left me wanting to know happens next. I think that E.L. James just split a very large book in three sections so we don’t really get any resolution in this first book. I’ve invested so much time reading about these characters that I need to know how it turns out. This is relatively quick since lots of pages are emails or lists, so I easily finished it in a day. I hear that Universal bought the rights and there will be a movie coming out. I don’t know how it will translate to film as it is practically pornography. It will definitely have to be rated R. In conclusion this is a poorly written and executed book that is a juicy read. Check it out if you want some mind numbing entertainment or have nothing else to read. Check out my blog for more reviews http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ Add me on Goodreads to see what I'm reading now http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3565173-allison-allain
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyable! A good fluffy read! Picked this book up because of all the commotion surrounding it on the news and the fact that it was being banned in some libraries. I was expecting it to be WAY more intense sexually given all the stink people were making. HOWEVER, I found this one to be quite mellow compared to the other 2 and didn't really understand what all the fuss was about with people being offended. Definitely enjoyed reading them even though they are fluffy and lovey and sappy. I enjoyed the whole series, will recommend them and will most likely read them again. How can you not like Christian Grey even a little bit by the end? ;) Happy reading!!!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Normally this is not the type of book I would read. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! This book is very graphic and sexual to say the least, but it left you wanting more and when I say that, I mean the how and why. E L James did a wonderful job on this book and grabed many peoples attention. Hopefully there will another book (4th) as I think there is still more that could be told with this story! Enjoy the reading folks and I recommend you reading it on a weekend otherwise you may be tired when you have to go to work. Read all three in two days.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh! Everytime that I turned around for the last few months I saw someone reading this book so when I actually got around to reading it myself I was expecting a somewhat decent story but l was left feeling disappointed with the weak storyline, characters and writing. I am glad that I didn't buy the book and instead borrowed it from the local library.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from well...had high hopes just finished the book. what can i say. i knew what i was getting myself into when i picked up the book. but still continued on. definitely not literature, but an easy trashy read where the story just dragged on in the same manner repeatedly. descriptive yes. inspirational no.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs a better heroine So I have joined the Fifty Shades group, which seems to consist of every woman I know over the age of 15. I knew going in it was based on Twilight Fan-fic, so I was prepared for disliking the main female character, Ana, as much as I did. I will not go on about the bad editing, as it's been done in countless other reviews, nor will I complain much about Ana's constant references to he inner goddess or her fondness for the phrases "oh my" and "holy crap". It's insanely irritating and seriously, how does a girl get by when all she does is whisper? Wanted to punch her in the face! What I want to comment on is my sympathy for Christian for having fallen for such a ninny. *spoilers below!* I have read much about how Christian Grey is nothing more than an abusive psycho and I have to disagree. The problem is that he fell for the wrong girl. There are many girls out there who would not be so horrified by his lifestyle because they have stepped outside their bubble at some point in their lives. He has a past that has messed him up and that he does not want to talk about. Ana does not understand why he won't tell her every detail about his life and so she is constantly pushing his buttons. Despite this need for his dirty secrets, she is horrified that he asks her when her period is as this is "too personal". Whatever! If you're with the guy, he has a right to know, doesn't he? Another point of defense is that he tells her everything he is going to do, in minute detail, before he does it, followed by "do you understand?" If she is uncomfortable with anything, this is the time to speak up. Instead, she nods and thinks to herself "why does he want to hit me?" I could go on and on in this vein. I will finish the series to find out what happens (although I'm not anticipating any big surprises). It's a compelling, trashy, beach read with too much mundane sex. Seriously, I found the sex a bit boring after a while as there was SO MUCH of it!
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it knowing it's not an award-winning book Got through all 3 books rather quickly and really did enjoy them. I started the series knowing that it wasn't a literary stunner but was curious to see what all the commotion was about. With that attitude, I had a great time getting through the books (yes, a little too much "inner goddess" and mulitple orgasms). I must admit, EL James did make me have a big crush on Christian Grey!
Date published: 2012-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Very Good Poorly written. Weak characters. I do not recommend this book at all.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic I read them all twice the first book was a little hard to get through but once you give the story a chance i couldn't put them down i pray theres more to the story and can't wait for the film well done EL James!! amazing erotic dark, love story once you see the big picture!! i might even read it a third time down the road!!
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Plain Bad All Around This book was terribly written. It's very hard to criticize the story without sounding disapproving of the BDSM lifestyle, so let me say, that I am totally NOT disapproving. BDSM done properly is very, very emotional and powerful and fulfulling. What we read here, however, is controlling, abusive behavior masquerading as a OMG Save The Pretty Man story with the heroine's shining, sparkly love. It's thinly disguised Twilight fanfic and it shows all over the place. Trust me, there are far better stories out there in fanfic. And you can read them for free! :) Please, don't waste your money or your time on this crap.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from possibly the worst series of books I have ever read twilight used be that series, how fitting that what began as twilight fan fiction has taken its place. it is poorly written, as was twilight, but I can forgive that if the characters are welldrawn and the plot is well constructed. that was not the case with these books, they are repetitive, I seriously thought what a great drinking game they would make, everytime someone says 'you are mine' or 'inner goddess' or 'apex of my thighs' you could take a shot, however you may end up with alcohol poisoning. The sex scenes were not 'hot' or realistic (I mean really does she have some sort of hypersensitivity issue that she orgasms 2-3 times every time they have sex?) and they were repetive too, and the big secret Christian didn't want to tell her, that he finally does in book 2 is so pathetic, any one with half a brain figured that out in the first book. In short, if you want a good romance read Lady Chatterly's Lover if you want porn watch porn. don't waste money on this drivel.
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this trilogy Firstly I'd like to say that I understand everyone has there own opinions; but remember no one was holding a gun to your head and saying "read this book". If you didn't like it you should have stopped reading it end of story. Stop being so critical about grammatical errors and incorrect sentences. If you’re so put together than go write your own book, see how perfect you are. Sorry my rant is done. Moving on.... my actual thoughts of this book was that I found it very endearing. In some parts yeah I did ask myself "what the heck am I reading?" but I’m glad that I continued on. There was some shocking situations throughout the trilogy but I must say that by the end of book one I was all teary eyed. I know how emotional, right? Lol. All in all, it was just a great romance story with some seriously steamy bits, almost like a modern day Beauty & the Beast with an erotic twist lol. I agree with other reviewers and am sad that I’ve finished the trilogy and wish there was more. This should definitely be a show on HBO!! haha! I’m happy that in the last book there was a quick chapter written in Christian’s point of view and, truthfully, I would love to read a book about him prior to him meeting Ana. I guess we had the sweet-girl-next-door’s POV; but to see his would be interesting. Bottom line, I totally recommend people to read this book. There’s more to it than the Dom-Sub relationship that people seem to dwell on!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trilogy I've read in a while I started reading this book on a whim, deciding to break down and read it due to all the popularity (a new author and the books hit record-setting numbers?!) thinking that there would be a boat load of sex in it, which is all fine with me. I started into the first chapter and after that I became completely engrossed in the first book, completing it within a couple of hours. I moved on to the second and yet the same thing happened and so on. I would recommend for every person to go out and purchase this trilogy, because it captivates you and takes you to a world all it's own. I'm very sad now that I've finished the trilogy and almost wish that there were more books. Either way I'm very happy I've read them, and as for being "changed" by the book, it only makes me want to find my own Christian Grey that much more..or rather my own fifty shades.
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Novel Loved the first book, COULD NOT put it down...2nd was equally good, the third...well..disappointing frankly
Date published: 2012-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure...read it for entertainment This was truly a guilty pleasure. I really hadn't paid attention to the hype. I only bought it because it was referred by a friend and I finally have some time to read. I love it. I finished reading the trilogy in a week. I couldn't put them down. Yes, I agree with some of the critiques, not the best writing, all the sex got boring etc...but I was taken enough to want to know where the book was going. It's fantasy taking me out of my day-to-day routine. Even finishing the book I can't get enough of it. I keep picking up a book and skim for interesting bits (not the sex scenes, they really got boring) revealing vulnerabilities in the characters. I consider myself neither prude nor full on feminist. I'd like to be pampered from time to time but I'm more comfortable opening my own doors and ordering my own food, at the same time, I sometimes would like to have nothing to think about. I enjoyed being drawn into the book curiously and intently and in another world so different than my own. This book has not inspired me to research S&M or BDSM (whatever that is acronym is). I don't know what people are referring to as "real" erotica but clearly this isn't it. It's a fun read for me who finds it hard to find a book that captivates my attention, reading until odd hours of the night. Twilight, Dragon Tattoo, Hunger Games. Did them all. All captivating in their own way. Some better written than others but all entertaining. Give it a read if you're looking to get out of your routine and for light entertainment.
Date published: 2012-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Congrats to EL James It was a slow start due to narration style but it picked up quickly. Great job with character fleshing, makes you care about them deeply. Much more to this story then just the erotic side, which is also handled in a realistic manner. I really congratulate the author on breaking the barrier for erotic literature, crossing over to popular fiction is not an easy feat considering the content. Loved this entire trilogy; I couldn't put it down even though I tried so that I could extend my time with the characters. Would really be interested on another volume just to see what Christian and Anastasia are up to now.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disgrace to literature It sickens me that this book is so popular. It's poorly written fanfiction with the names changed. I could barely skim the first 100 pages and don't know how any literate person could look past the barely-there-plot, glaring grammatical errors, awkward sentences and constant British-isms. Don't get me started on the sex scenes. "Oh jeez...holy f***... My inner goddess is dancing a tango!" The editor should be fired. Worst of all, this book romanticizes an abusive relationship. Christian (aka Edward) takes controlling to a whole new level. BDSM is a legitimate fetish (not restricted to those with "tortured" pasts) but it is CONSENSUAL and it DOES NOT LEAVE THE BEDROOM. Clearly the author did zero research on this. The story blatantly violates those rules with Christian's ridiculous contract. That's just abuse. If you're looking for a steamy erotic romp, there's better. If you're looking for an epic romance, there's better. If you're looking for fanfiction, you can get it for free online. Don't waste your money on this.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely surprised. At first I was kind of weary about reading this entire trilogy of books. I've heard a lot of buzz going around about them, and it was either extremely good buzz or extremely bad buzz, there wasn't really any happy medium I found. However with that being said, I decided to purchase all 3 books. Thinking that hey if I don't like them I can give them to someone else no big deal. After I had read the first few chapters I felt like "Fifty Shades of Grey" sounded familiar like I had already read it before, then I realized that I had. As a Twilight fanfiction known as "Master of the Universe". After realizing that I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading the books, But I did and I was actually quite surprised at how much they all drew me in, I was sucked into the world of Fifty Shades, and honestly couldn't put the books down. I finished all 3 books in 3 days, and absolutely loved them. Sure some of the "language" in the books seemed adolescent to me, but I looked passed that because I actually really enjoyed the books. They are something you either love or hate. There are not to many books out there nowadays that truly suck me into their world, so it was a nice surprise to finally find something that did again. It saddens me that I am done them kind of feels like I lost apart of myself. Almost want to open them up and start reading them again. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for something to suck you in. Something that makes you laugh, cry, love, and even maybe feel a little frisky. Ha.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely the worst book ever written Please, do not purchase this book. Do not read it. It is so poorly written that the mildly interesting story is completely ruined. Such gems as "her face blushed as scarlet as the communist manifesto" and "But my hips start to move involuntarily, gyrating to their own rhythm, caught up in his cool vanilla spell" make it obvious that EL James is no real author. This was originally a Twilight fanfic and that, too, is obvious - Ana is very "Bella", a stunningly beautiful virgin who somehow is oblivious to the fact that everyone she has ever met is in love with her and she is completely perfect in every way. This book is just awful. Do not give EL James your money. Read some real fanfic for free or the "50 Shades of Suck" tumblr. At least it is funny.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series I read the fifty shades series and loved them all. I couldnt put the books down. Im a little stuck on what to read next I was wondering if anyone had any books to suggest that were similar? Thanks :)
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book! Now, I only write reviews when books are either really bad or really good. This book took me 2 days to read and was absolutely captivating. I decided to read it because of the buzz surrounding it and expected pure S&M filth. What I discovered though is that this book is so much more then just an erotic tale. I found the first book to be the most violent (sex wise) ridden as Mr. Grey was stuck in his ways until Ana showed him other ways to express his feelings and showed him what love can be like. I give this book, and the series 5 stars, despite it being quite dirty and pretty cheezy... I really enjoyed the series and will read it again soon.
Date published: 2012-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! All 3 books in this triology are amazing, there is such a wonderful story between Christian and Ana, it takes you on an amazing journey, alot of unexpected but wonderful things. Highly recommend all 3 books!!
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Story, Annoying Writing I loved the story between Grey and Anastasia HOWEVER if you're looking to read a story with a brilliant writer this IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU. This book is very repetitive, we hear the same thing 300X over and over, BUT the story behind all the bad writing is awesome. If you're expecting a soft erotic novel TURN AWAY this has some seriously detailed parts and its no "vanilla" sex to start with.
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I recently purchased this book online and was enjoying it until I reached page 326! I was confused when the book skipped to page 391. Looks like I'm missing 70 pages of this book. Anyone else have this problem?
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So not what I expected!! So this is kinda funny, i thought this books was fiction , supernatural type lol oh i was so wrong.This book exceed all my expectations, it was Sexy as hell, I had a smile on my face almost all the time.. laugh out loud funny.. my husband gave me lots of funny looks lol .. the ending i kinda seen coming ( but wanted it that way) I'm very excited to get into the next book!!!!!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tied up too much time , and I am not a submissive! the triology was a good read, however, the typical cookie cutter ending was a bit of a drag considering time was invested to complete it...explored female thems of changing men and a bit last milenium for those ideals,Still, learned a few things and my physican referred to the series as " happy husband books", my husband would concur!!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I am by no means a romance fan, let alone do I shop in the erotica section. But I had some time off and picked up this book because of all the hype. Boy oh boy, am I ever glad I did. This is a captivating story thats so easy to read, and you might as well pick up three of them because one leads right into the other. Yes, its hot, really hot, and by the third book (maybe the second) I found the sex scenes boring and needed to get on with the story line. I was up until 4:30 this morning reading them. Its a guilty pleasure no doubt, not your grandmothers books for sure. No its not literary genius, and no, not overly realistic, but there are reasons why women dream about stuff like this. It's a book, and leads you into a world you can't even imagine. Sigh...a week or so well spent. A hundred pages or so to go and I'm done all three. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down It's a easy read, read all 3 books in a matter of days. Story is fun, its a sexy Twilight! Just not for Teens!
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure This book (and the following 2) were entertaining. Yes, a little repetitive, but something to get lost in and for sure a guilty pleasure. This isn't award winning writing, it's not meant to be. Its cheesy, unadulterated fun. Just remember not to take it to seriously. It's in the erotica section for a reason....Not in non-fiction. I had fun reading them.
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of...eh Those of you who read erotica know that erotic books tend to have a low standard when it comes to literary value. I have no idea how this made its way onto the bestsellers list, but for those of you who are new to this type of reading: welcome to our world. I like all genres actually, but erotica is a favorite of mine. Except for the quality issue. Maybe now that everyone is reading it publishers will take note and hire editors. This was about average. It was no better or worse in that regard than most erotica.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but strongly resembles Twilight... There are a ton of similarities between this book and Twilight. I'd say it was almost the exact same plot except that the supernatural content you'd find in Twilight is replaced with S&M in this book. Even the individual character profiles and subplots are the same. I think if that fact is acknowledged, then it can still be said that this book (and the rest of the series) is a good read.
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, just give it a chance OK, so I'm not usually one to enjoy a. books with S&M references and/or content, b. books filled with the character's boring thought process and/ot inner turmoil or c. books written in the first person. At one point I thought to myself, "What the hell am I reading?" not because it's poorly written but because of all points above. But, I'd spent the $10, so I figured I'd keep on trucking. I'm really glad that I did. Are there issues with this book? Of course, no one's perfect! Are some of the British phrases used by the American characters odd? Sure. Would a 20-something really say "Laters, baby?" No. (And let me tell you, if we'd met, I'd run the other way!) Don't expect this book to change your life. If you aren't into kinky sex, don't read this book. If you are looking to be spiritually enlightened, don't even open this book. If you are overly critical about what you read, you should probably stay away from it. But, if you're looking to get away for a few hours to be entertained (and possibly a little turned on) then buy it and enjoy!
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give it a chance, I did and loved it Fifty Shades of Grey. Wow. I was impressed by the novel. I personally love the characters that were created. Ana and Christian are not described down to the t of appearance and I find this allows myself as the reader to become Ana. I like the internal dilemmas that both characters are dealing with and the pain they hide. I would recommend this book, and do recommend this book to all my friends as I found it utterly fascinating and unlike other romance novels I have read. I loved it and am currently reading book two. Not everyones fancy but don't judge the book by it's cover or reviews. Give E.L.James a chance to win you over first.
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for some, not for others! If you've read at least one Harlequin book in your life, you will enjoy this book. It says on the book itself Erotic Romance - Mature Audience, so if you weren't expecting a whole lot of sex, you must not have seen that warning. I enjoyed the book, I found it was an easy read, and allows you to just step away from reality for a while. When I finished the book I was very happy with the way things ended. It was a STOP that made you want to read the next book. Of course if throughout the book you didn't like the content, characters or sexual content, you probably thought that it was a funny, typical ending. All in all, I rate it 5 out of 5, but then again it's my own personal opinion.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stupid and boring! I was very disgusted with this book and if I had been given the option I would have returned it for refund. There is a weak story line that weaves in and out of page after page of explicit sex and deviated sex as well. The main characters are boring and the whole relationship is based on sex sex sex sex! After the inital shock and squirming discomfort reading this book, it became extremely repetitive and went no where. Ana is a wimp and an airhead and Christian is quite simply put " broken" and I certainly wouldn't have dated someone with his problems no matter how much money he had. Don't bother buying this book its a waste of money
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't even finish. Where do I start? After reading all the reviews panning this book did I listen? Nope. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Should I have listened? Yes. I made it about 278 pages in before I just couldn't take it anymore. Only once before in my life have a made a conscious decision that I was done with a book before the end. The first thing I noticed was the writing, the author compeltely and utterly failed at making her characters sound like they were actually Americans in their twenties. I'm sorry but unless a person has spent significant time in England you don't use words like "singlet" or "rucksack" no matter how much you just love old British Literature. That was probably my irritant starting this book, if the story had been set in London would this have bothered me? Not in the slightest. Also men in their late twenties don't say "laters, baby"... "later baby" Possibly, but "laters" no, thats for 16 year old girls. The next thing was the characters themselves, Ana is boring and I'm sorry, I don't care how good looking Christian is, I didn't find a single thing about him that I liked. One reviewer described the writing like that of a third grader with spell check. I completely agree. Also I got sick of hearing about her subconscious and inner goddess about 50 pages in. Okay the sex, I tend to enjoy sex in my books. This just fell completely short. People calling this erotica have obviously never read an erotica novel. The whole Dominant-Submissive thing doesn't really bother me because heck, what you do behind closed doors is completely your business. However, for a girl who apparently "doesn't have a submissive bone in her body" to go along with that I don't believe. Fifty shades of Garbage is more like it. Please if you must read it, borrow it from your library or from a friend. Then if you still like it by all means go out and buy a copy. Seriously though don't waste your money.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of AWFUL There are so many reasons why this book was just an absolute mess. Firstly, I'll address the writing. I've read fanfictions written by fourteen year old, sexually frustrated teens that were better than this. Her vocabulary is so painfully limited and there isn't a solid description of Grey's face (although I'm not sure if she did that intentionally so that women could mold him to their desires). So that was certainly a wreck. Once you looked passed that there wasn't much else. I am not in any means a prude - I understand that S&M and bondage is something that many people find appealing and enjoy - by all means go for it. But halfway through this book and I quickly realised there was more to it. I'm fine if the control and domination is kept solely in the bedroom. But this book is encouraging a demeaning, backwards treatment towards women. I am disgusting that any woman finds it okay for a man to order her around in every aspect of her life. What I find most disturbing is everyone is making a fuss out of something that is a terrible reflection on society. Perhaps it is the feminist in me who is abhorrent to this, but let me remind you it's 2012 not 1202.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really?? I do like the story itself. It was just hard to read with the repetition. Why did everyone always murmur?? It was as if the author had a "word of the day" calender, and tried to add a new word every few chapters or so. Too bad she didn't find a new word for murmur!! As pathetic as the main character is, I believe the she is the reason so many women love the book. Men are direct and he states what he wants in the start, but as your typical woman, she thinks she can change him. Plus...every woman out there wishes she could have had mindblowing orgasms from day one!! Keeping the BDSM out of it, he is a stalker, plain and simple. I did manage to read the whole book, but it was painful with the lack of writing skills.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my thing. Although I do understand the appeal of this book, it just wasn't for me. I ignored the warnings of other reviewers because I just had to see for myself what all the hype was about. I consider myself very open-minded about sex, and I get that there are people who are into this, but to me the whole thing just seemed incredibly demeaning. I got about halfway through the book and decided to just delete it from my e-reader. But good for E.L. James for hitting on something that apparently resonates with a lot of women - and for being able to make a profit on it. Even though it's not my thing, I'm glad for her success.
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! Loved it. The characters and plot were very intriguing. A very easy read. Will definitely get the next two in the series!
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother This novel was so poorly written, the author should be emBareAssed! Repetitive, juvenile, very little character development. The main character was so pathetic and simpering that I wanted to slap her too, just kidding ! Very disturbing and demeaning to women,SMACKS of stalking and abuse, safe words or not. Needless to say I won't be buying books two and three.
Date published: 2012-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a real page turner - totally lives up to the hype! This book is not a literary triumph: the writing and the characters have flaws, the characters are somewhat unrealistic, and the dialogue is totally repetative to the point of annoyance, BUT...this book is every woman's fantasy (with icing on it)! I don't really see this as a BDSM book, but more of a heavy romance novel with some erotic and interesting sex scenes built in. The romance is really what drives the novel...the all-consuming "I can't live without you" type stuff that most woman never really get to experience in life. This is how I judge how good a book is: how many days did it take me to read it (two days! And that's saying something for a full-time working mom of young kids!)? How much of a page-turner is it (very much so!)? Do I care about what happens to the characers and how it ends (YES!)? With all it's flaws, this book kicks major butt and deserves all the hype it has been getting. I sort of classify it as 'fantasy romance' - which is just fine with me. Books are supposed to take you away into a different world - but still allow you to relate and picture yourself in such a scenario. And, would I love to be Ana...lemme tell you! I am currently reading the second book and it's more of the same juicy (yet flawed) read that the first book is - with some added tidbits. I am curious to see how they are going to bring this book to the big screen - they are either going to have to tone the sex down or give it an NC-17 rating. Whatever the case, I will be happy to see these characters come to life.
Date published: 2012-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from silly and repetitive this book is a disfunctional repetitive look at an unbelievable "relationship" one or two chapters was interesting but three books later nothing had changed or happened. buy them one by one so you can stop when you've had enough
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I read this book in 2 days! It's consuming me! I can't get it out of my head! I can see how it's not for everybody, and I respect individual opinions, but I personally found the characters fascinating, and I can't wait to get to the next page to see how the characters grow and fall further for each other while still trying to overcome their fears and insecurities. I definitely think it's worth a read.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty tame actually... E L Gray’s novel Fifty Shades of Grey has caused something of a stir in the literary world. First published as fanfiction called “Master of the Universe” under James’s pseudonym Snowqueen’s Icedragon (and, really, fanfiction writers need to give their pen names a lot more consideration before they choose them!), the original story was set in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight universe. Yeah – there’s your first problem. For those of you unfamiliar with fanfiction, writers (of varying degrees of proficiency) pen stories based on characters and situations created by other writers. Wikipedia has a competent explanation of its origins here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_fiction) Really good fanfic writers can make their stories seem almost like canon. And really good fanfic is out there; but so is really, really bad fanfic. Back in the day I read (and wrote) a lot of it – so I can actually say this with some degree of authority. Anyway, E L James publishes this wicked long Twilight-based fic – which I suspect is long gone from places where it was originally posted…although fans of the series can still be found gushing about it online. Someone (many someones, probably) suggest that she change the names of the characters and publish it – which James did, in eBook format and print on demand in June 2011 using The Writers’ Coffee Shop. Word of mouth (ahem) fanned the flames and the rights to the book were purchased by Vintage. Suddenly, everyone was talking about Fifty Shades of Grey and weighing in on its subject matter. I talked a little bit about that here. (http://theludicreader.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/women-read-porn-shocking/) If you are a fic reader, I suspect that you’ll find Fifty Shades of Grey relatively tame. Seriously. I’ve never read Twilight fic, but I’ve read the first two and a half books (and could barely manage that) and I’ve seen the movies (I have a 14- year-old daughter, although her literary tastes are, thankfully, more advanced than Twilight). Despite the name changes, there’s enough of Bella/Edward in Anastasia/Christian that even a casual reader will recognize them. They are, at the very least, completely derivative characters: she the winsome, beautiful-but-doesn’t-know-it, feisty yet innocent virgin and he is the over-the-top rich, fantastically beautiful (and like Meyer’s Edward, the reader has to be reminded of his beauty virtually every time he appears) control freak with a sad/complicated – or, as Christian himself says “fifty shades of f#@ed up” past. Bella Ana does her roommate a favour by going to interview the reclusive Christian for the university paper. She literally falls into his office – she’s kinda klutzy – and we are to believe that Christian is instantly smitten. He tries to stay away- unsuccessfully. But does he really like her, or does he just recognize in her a submissive personality? Because one of Edward’s Christian’s dark secrets is that he likes to tie women up. And other stuff. Stuff that requires a contract and a safe word. If you’ve read fanfic, you’ve read this scenario a bazillion times. If you’re going to pay for it, it wants to be good. So, is Fifty Shades of Grey good? For me, it was okay. The writing is okay. The sex is okay. The characters are okay. It didn’t particularly shock me, nor did it, you know, rev my engine. Ana is prone to saying: Holy f@$! and Holy s*$t! and Holy crap! a whole lot. A whole lot! She also channels her inner goddess in what I suspect is her way of trying to decide whether or not the amazingly mind-blowing orgasms make up for the occasional spanking. Ana and Christian say, “laters, baby” to each other. It’s weird. Noticing this stuff is always a sign that I am not really invested in the story. Oh come on, who reads a book like this for the story anyway? I suspect that lots of people will find Fifty Shades of Grey shocking. But, truly, it’s pretty tame. If you want the really good stuff, you can read it online. For free.
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Heat! This book was absolutley fantastic.... excellent character build and you could literally feel the chemistry of the two characters as if my pages were on fire! Could not put this book down! Just ordered the other 2 books in the trilogy... can't wait to read them as well.
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm still blushing Is this book a classic....no! Is this book HOT....hell ya! I thought it was fabulously written. I read the entire book within 24hours of starting it. Great character development. You could feel the intensity of the main characters. I found myself wishing I was Ana....very provocative. To all those bashing the book....relax and enjoy the ride...I know I sure did. Books 2 & 3 are fabulous as well. BRAVO!
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I wasted my money. This book is just Grey and some chick flirting back and forth with each other. A waste of my time.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! For innocents looking for an electric charge of naughty! I usually never read books with the definition "erotic" in their descriptions ever..when I bought this book I didn't even know it was described as erotic, until I read the first couple chapters, then flipped the book over and spotted the description. However, I am OBSESSED with this book. I read the first 10 chapters in 2 hours I was so engrossed. Maybe the literature isn't that of an astounding author however I didn't seem to notice the lack there of until I read some of the reviews. If you get hooked on books like Twilight, the Hunger Games, any Nicholas Sparks books but are always wishing for a little bit more t&a this series is for you! Easy read that is hot and heavy.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take it for what it is.... I've read the good & the bad reviews. I'll say this, I loved the books! I think if we all keep an open mind & just enjoy the books for what they are, erotic romance. Let's face it....this type of book will not be winning any book awards anytime soon, so just let's all take a pill and enjoy it for what it is, PERIOD.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A sad state of affairs I started this book with low expectations. I assumed the plot would be shallow and the characters equally so. I thought it might be a harmless "Twilight-like" romp. Sadly, the quality of writing is abysmal. It is childish and repetitive, there is no intelligence or imagination to the composition. This book is literature, like Twinkies are fine pastry.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pathetic Only once before have I tossed a book aside early on, and that one was The Notebook. This one is a pathetic copy of Danielle Steele copying the most awful Harlequin romance trash. Seems to be written by a 16 year old, fresh from a wet dream. So much hype; so little cause.
Date published: 2012-04-17

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Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

by E L James

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.95 × 5.16 × 0.89 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803485

ISBN - 13: 9780345803481

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CHAPTER ONE   I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair—it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with it wet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, I attempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush. I roll my eyes in exasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face staring back at me, and give up. My only option is to restrain my wayward hair in a ponytail and hope that I look semi-presentable.   Kate is my roommate, and she has chosen today of all days to succumb to the flu. Therefore, she cannot attend the interview she’d arranged to do, with some mega-industrialist tycoon I’ve never heard of, for the student newspaper. So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for and one essay to finish, and I’m supposed to be working this afternoon, but no—today I have to drive 165 miles to downtown Seattle in order to meet the enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. As an exceptional entrepreneur and major benefactor of our university, his time is extraordinarily precious—much more precious than mine—but he has granted Kate an interview. A real coup, she tells me. Damn her extracurricular activities.   Kate is huddl
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

About the Author

E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Editorial Reviews

A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." 
—Entertainment Weekly

Bookclub Guide

1. The voice of Ana’s “inner goddess” is a distinct presence throughout the novel. Does it have a positive or negative influence on Ana? Is the inner goddess simply her subconscious? Or does it represent something else? Does every woman have an inner goddess?

2.  How important is music in Fifty Shades of Grey? What does Christian’s appreciation of music—for all genres—say about him? [Visit 50Shades.com for playlists created by the author and inspired by the Fifty Shades trilogy.]

3. When they first meet, Christian tells Ana that he follows a guiding principal from Andrew Carnegie: “A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.” What insight does this provide into his character? And does it foreshadow events in the novel?

4. Is Ana’s relationship with Christian empowering? Do you think it’s in any way demeaning?

5.  If you’ve read Tess of the d’Urbervilles, how does Ana’s story parallel Tess’s? Ana describes Tess as a woman “in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong century.” Is Ana able to exert more control over her own life and act as an independent woman in ways that Tess could not?

6. What is the basis of Ana’s attraction to Christian? Is there an allure in the fact that beneath his ultra-confident exterior Christian is a damaged and vulnerable soul? Is Ana motivated by a desire to “fix” him or save him from his personal demons? Have you ever been in a relationship like this?

7. Why do you think this story has captivated so many readers? Is it the fairy tale aspect of the story? Do women really just want a man who will sweep them off their feet and take control in the bedroom? If you agree, why do you think that’s true?

8. Would you ever sign a contract like the one Christian presents to Ana?

9. Is Ana’s innocence and naiveté believable? Is Christian just a fictitious ideal with his perfect body (“the Adonis, divinely formed”), intelligence, and sexual prowess? How does José compare? What archetype does he represent? What about Elliott?

10. What do you think of the ending? Does Ana stand up for herself? Is the situation they find themselves in—where Ana realizes she can’t give Christian what he needs and he admits he can’t love her the way she wants—something you can relate to?

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