Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L JamesFifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James

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

byE L James

Paperback | April 3, 2012

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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.

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...
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Title:Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I was hesitant on reading this book and still am torn on how I feel about it. I can see why people both love and hate it considering all the underlying issues. If your just reading for enjoyment try not to look much into the deeper issues.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series This was the best book out of the entire series. Worth getting the whole trilogy. I read the book quickly as it was so good and reread it a second time and it just got better
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In awe Amazing book, definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Steamy? Cringy at times and interesting at others.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really This book is a man requiring the need to control a woman hiding behind he is tormented by (fill in the blank). Quite disappointed in this writing, the movie was even worse.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Loved the book. WAY better than the actual movie!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF I really did try reading this book. I read until chapter 8, but the writing was atrocious and the characters were terrible.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had to read it... you should too! I enjoyed reding this book. Very x rated though. Love story in the background. I actually skipped some of the x rated stuff as it was at times a bit much. But really enjoyed it. The whole series really!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok. Addicting and sexy but poorly written for the most part.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I found this book very intriguing and hard to put down, real page turner!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hesitant at first but enjoyed it A friend lent me this book highly recommending it to me and I was a bit hesitant because I don't like jumping on things that everyone in the world is talking about. I decided to read it as an easier read and I am really happy I did. I got through it pretty quickly and while I found it fairly repetitive I still really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of this most talked about Love Story. Read this book when it first came out as a recommendation from a co-worker. It is simple yet different from any love story you will read. I found the flow of the book very well written. If you are curious about reading it just start reading. You will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For 6.99, why not try it So there are a lot of mixed reviews on this book, which I get. I personally enjoyed the book a lot. I had no idea what the book was about, just that everyone was talking about it at the time. So 2 summer's ago I decided I would just check out the first couple of chapters. I ended up reading all 3 books in 5 days. It is an easy read, a page turner, and actually pretty fun. Why it has low reviews: Yes, it has some grammar issues, yes it could be written better, yes it does glamorize abusive relationships ( i.e some cases where Christian is overly jealous, or manipulates Anna). So I get why people warn against it. It definitely isn't an example of what a healthy relationship should look like. Why it has High reviews: It was one of the first novels to get this big and talk about sex in detail the way it did. So it was something new, exciting at the time. Its fun in the sense that there is wealth, power, and prestige being displayed- while an "average person" is the one being desired. Its very much like Twilight, in its character structure. The female character seems, at some times, relatable in her struggle of how she should react to her crush on Christian. ie. Her struggle of being hurt or self-conscious by how many women he's been with. It does display a dominant relationship where the man with wealth seeks the lower class girl- it fulfills the fantasy that many women would like. Christian Grey displays social characteristics that are deemed desirable for men: wealth, power, physical strength, influence, power, and she displays desirable (as defined by our society at large) traits of a female: sexually inexperienced, submissive, lower power and earning than her male-counter part, pretty, educated enough, young, and curious. If you're wondering how this book is, honestly... just read. If you are intrigued and wondering if it is any good- I would say just read it and give it a try. It is a very easy that you will be able to figure it out in the first few chapters. However, give it that... a few chapters. I totally get and understand the low reviews; however, despite that I also liked the series.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you're wondering, just read it So there are a lot of mixed reviews on this book, which I get. I personally enjoyed the book a lot. I had no idea what the book was about, just that everyone was talking about it at the time. So 2 summer's ago I decided I would just check out the first couple of chapters. I ended up reading all 3 books in 5 days. It is an easy read, a page turner, and actually pretty fun. Why it has low reviews: Yes, it has some grammar issues, yes it could be written better, yes it does glamorize abusive relationships ( i.e some cases where Christian is overly jealous, or manipulates Anna). So I get why people warn against it. It definitely isn't an example of what a healthy relationship should look like. Why it has High reviews: It was one of the first novels to get this big and talk about sex in detail the way it did. So it was something new, exciting at the time. Its fun in the sense that there is wealth, power, and prestige being displayed- while an "average person" is the one being desired. Its very much like Twilight, in its character structure. The female character seems, at some times, relatable in her struggle of how she should react to her crush on Christian. ie. Her struggle of being hurt or self-conscious by how many women he's been with. It does display a dominant relationship where the man with wealth seeks the lower class girl- it fulfills the fantasy that many women would like. Christian Grey displays social characteristics that are deemed desirable for men: wealth, power, physical strength, influence, power, and she displays desirable (as defined by our society at large) traits of a female: sexually inexperienced, submissive, lower power and earning than her male-counter part, pretty, educated enough, young, and curious. If you're wondering how this book is, honestly... just read. If you are intrigued and wondering if it is any good- I would say just read it and give it a try. It is a very easy that you will be able to figure it out in the first few chapters. However, give it that... a few chapters. I totally get and understand the low reviews; however, despite that I also liked the series.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I think it is a simple love story. Romantic and is a great read!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never again Poorly written, poor character development, and certainly despise Christian Grey whose creepy actions are only tolerated because he is portrayed as a hot and sexy man.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Easy, quick read. Alright for what it is.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 shades of grey I don't understand what the big hype is all about. This book is not sexy at all. I hated it. It is boring, predictable, badly written. Poor grammer. This writer does not know what sexy is. I would give it less that 1 star
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Embarrassed that I loved it I watched the movie first, which got me hooked on the series, but the book was truly great, it offered a deeper meaning and understanding that the movie was unable to provide.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love i got to admit the book was a bit repetetive ut wants i got into i really loved it
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea Don't understand the hype. Didn't finish it, the writer was very repetitive.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Know Why I Kept Reading Oddly captivating, but quality of the writing wasn't great.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was fine Anticipated a lot more from this book from the rviews I received. Read quickly, there were some good passages in the bookbut I even skipped some pages at one point I wanted more of a story
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan There are much better erotica books and stories out there! Check out Laura Antoniou
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Can't Believe I'm Giving It Four Stars I didn't want to like this series... but I did. Of course. If this is a genre that you read, you'll want to try these books.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it was a very addicting book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this series! fun, trashy read!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from To be honest, I don't know how I feel about this book. It was addicting, but it was wrong on so many levels. Erotic novels don't need to be emotionally abusive, and messed. Kind of have to wonder why it was so popular. Want something sexy, read the "beautiful" series.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THESE I am not a huge favorite of romance novels but these books had me hooked! The love story is complicated which makes things even better, so much drama! With a lead male role in the book you get a chance to view things from different points of view as well i throughly enjoyed all of these and would definately read them again!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steamy fantasy read for women I enjoyed this. It's a nice escape when you are craving a little bit "more". It's just a fantasy.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Have respect for yourself This was utterly disgusting to read. I only got through a few chapters before i had to stop. Gross. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was exciting and captivating.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So so Well i read the book cause a couple of friends wanted to see the movie. I have to say it kept me reading but i found myself skimming pages.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it the only book in the trilogy that i really liked. eye opening
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Bother Unsure why I bothered to pick this book up and I am sad that I did. Initially I wanted to see what all the fuss was and what I was missing, apparently not much.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Don't be a prude. Worth the read, despite the major hype #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I loved the love story and the development of the relationship not so much the detailed sex... #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! I bought this book as it was hitting main stream readers and I have to say that it satisfied my urge to read some thing hot and steamy. Although there was almost no story line to the book and I felt that Christian would have come across like a creepy stalker if he was a real life man. However, the author was able to show case the good in this character which made you accepting of his flaws (much like Ana did). I'd recommend this book to someone who wanted something light and fun instead of serious and deep.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked It I know these books get a lot of flak but I thought it was a fun, fast read. Kind of funny too.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Over Hyped The topic of a BD/SM relationship has the potential to stimulate, titillate and provoke serious thought but this was simply maddening from its poorly written format to the lack of knowledge shown about this lifestyle. Stick with the Story of O and other such works if this topic is of interest.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from interesting enough to read not amazingly written, but passionate characters and an interesting story
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure, but beware: it's not well written It's the kind of book you want to read until the end because of the content, but at some points it's painful to read because it;s so poorly written.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting This novel had a lot of hype to it which made me want to read it and now I understand why. This book was incredible. Made me want to understand what exactly Christian went through and why he was the way he was. Definitely buying the next book!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my favorite reads I did read all the books but was not impressed with the overall writing. It was much of a same story as many others which is just a repeat of abusive rubbish.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Grey I'm a bit behind on the times in reading this but I decided to see what the fuss was about. I don't see it. The narrator's subconscious and inner goddess crap is so annoying. Her self deprecation is equally annoying. The plot is abysmal. I just don't see the appeal.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from what? Read the first chapter. Could not keep up with the drivel. Gives me hope that I can one day publish a book and make millions despite my lack of an ounce of talent
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting This type of book isn't what I usually buy. However, I bought it due to the hype and really enjoy the quick and easy read. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay An erotic novel that is good and interesting... but the story line is not enough good to read the sequel...
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting These books are addicting!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great Read the book because I was curious to what everyone was talking about. Not a great book. Not well written, plot is weak and characters are somewhat boring.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The series is great This is the first of three and this one sets up everything to come. Christian is totally messed up. I was disturbed by where some of this went but the start of the relationship is what drew me in. Ana was new to the whole "scene" and so was I. I could not believe some of the things that were just being discussed. It certainly isn't for the faint of heart, The story really gets going on the next book though.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was surprised This series was recommended to me by someone who has a bit of different reading tastes than me. I have to admit it though that I was hooked once I started reading it. yes when you see the previews all you can think it is a book with a lot of naughtiness but you have to take the time you look past that and look for the storyline. It is amazing. Makes you feel a bit of sympathy for Christian.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Not bad but it was a bit graphic and sadistic
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adored This was the first one that i read in english. I loved the story. Movies was noting compare to the book. Cant wait for the next series or book she will wright
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from umm what? Very repetitive, not very good.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ...What? Didn't even make it 1/3 of the way through the book. The writing is not good, the character development is weak, the sex scenes are laughable and borderline abusive. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is because part of me was interested in finding out what Christian's backstory was...I almost wanted to keep reading just for that. But only almost. Gave it away and never looked back.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved i thought this was an amazing story I couldn't put it down fantastic!!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Better than the movie, very detailed and overall a good read!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this trilogy I am huge fan of FSOG trilogy. A love story in very disturbing way.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh While the writing, characters and story line weren't' very good, I basically only read the book so I'd get what all the fuss was about but I feel like I missed the excitement. Just not my type of book I guess.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Grey This is truly a horrendous book. Terrible story line, boring characters. I don't buy the abusive relationship angle some people like to push, a S & M relationship may seem like that to people who don't understand that life style, but the series is still garbage. I read it so I would know what everyone was raving about; the answer was nothing much apparently.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow This book was interesting...a little too much for my liking and you can tell the author is new in writing
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read this book when it initially came out.. very interesting.. struggled to put the book down..
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah There's nothing romantic about this book. I dont understand why people call it that. Its not. Its like she doesn't know better so she would do anything for him when he ask. I felt this was kind of abusive.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! My friend recommended this book to me. I was't sure if I would like it. But I totally sink into the whole trilogy! I definitely love it!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome read! great book and really great read.. movie was not quite what I expected it to be, but still good.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Emotion I enjoyed this read; I found the author wrote in a way to allow the reader to form a deeper emotional connection to the characters. The raunchy bits were fun to read; but overall I was taken aback my the unexpected, heartfelt emotions I had for the characters.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hate it Words can not describe how stupid this book is. Poor trees had to die for this?? I'd give it no stars by the way, one it too much.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Very easy to read, good story, great characters. Loved it so much that I read the rest of the serie without hesitation.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointed I read this because of all the hype and the movie was coming out. The story line was the same thing over and over. It was a hard book to finish. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! The idea and concept of the book is kinda messed up but overall, I loved it. It comes down to the same thing that most women want.....a bad boy we think we can change!!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from why of all the abuse she goes though why in the world would see stay
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OMG it took me a week to read this book. i just needed to know what Christian was going to to next. i read so many reviews about this book and it was very hit or miss so i took a chance and i read it and i do not regret it at all. its every girls fantasy to have a christian type guy in there life. so take a chance and read it ladies.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good The writing fell short on this one for. I didn't feel that was a need for this on the series. It would have been as a duology.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love the books! Love the movies! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Questionable I read this book as a fan of the Twilight Trilogy who was curious about the fan fiction story of the Bella and Edward. I have mixed feelings about this book. Although I could not put it down, I would feel weird recommending it to someone, and had no desire to move onto the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sizzling Oh my. With this book, people either love it or absolutely hate it. I don’t think there’s an in between. For myself; I love this book because it was mindless. I didn’t have to think too hard to follow the dialog; my emotions were in tact; and I finished it one sitting. And sometimes, I’m a sucker for a little X-rated now and again.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read Easy read, interesting storyline... 50 shades offers a shock value you weren't expecting
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perfect! And easy read, with an interesting story... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea. I really didn't know what this book was about. All the hype about this book, so I was really curious and picked it up. I got halfway of the book and it wasn't my cup of tea. For fans of this genre, they will probably appreciate it more than me.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from clear your schedule! you wont put it down this was the first book of it's kind that i have read...and it was essentially porn on paper....only with dialogue. if you are looking for shock value and smut its a great book.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was pretty good So I wnjoyed reading the beginning and end of this book. It took me longer than most books to finish because I felt it was a bit drawn out in parts but it definitely has the wow did that just happend definitely more than once while reading but have to say this wasnt my favorite of the triolgy #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope just no I can't stand this series at all. Did you know that it was originally Twilight fanfiction? I didn't. Also I've been hearing about this book a lot when it became popular and I read like a page and... I have no clue what I read. I can't stand it and the writing is appalling. It promotes rape and abuse to it's readers and gives people the completely wrong idea about what BDSM is. I know that some people really enjoyed it, and I wish I could enjoy reading it but I can't.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Awful Reads like amateur erotic twilight fanfiction
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What ever floats your boat I honestly couldnt get past the first couple chapters, but some people I know love it
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book that started it all A definite guilty pleasure
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow the suspense! #plumrewards. The instant chemistry between the two main characters was suspenseful and compelling.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading I enjoyed this book series and would definitely recommend them. They might not be everyone's cup of tea but I liked the storyline and the movie. Looking forward to reading the Grey book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Must read before watching the movie! Although the writing is a bit elementary, it's an easy and quick read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay its not bad, at all. However its not the best written book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would give it a zero if I could Possably the worst book ever written only passed by the second and third of the Trilogie. Repetitive and drawn out.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me into reading believe it, or not this book is the one that actually got me into reading, now after reading about 100 books after this one I can see why people would complain about how bad the writing is and how the plot pretty much doesn't make sense and honestly it doesn't. This isn't really a book that you go into looking for deep and meaningful writing that will emotionally scar you. No, it's more like a fanfiction honestly, so don't go into this book expecting too much from it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoa! On my toes the entire time
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't get past the writing I read this because every woman everywhere was talking about it, but I just could not get past the horrible writing. I made it through the first and second books, but finally gave up part way through the third. I had zero interest in the characters, and it was so repetitive I was skipping sections.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spellbinding? I think not! I really struggled to get through this. I found Ana to be a very monotonous, boring character, and Christian the epitome of the controlling, obnoxious, egotistical male. I realize that these are probably tools that the author used on purpose, but while some people may find this contrast exciting, I found it horribly boring. The plot connected, and the writing was average, but definitely very tame in terms of graphic content. If you're a bored housewife - this is your book.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I bought this week a few years ago. Did not think much of it. Just want to read something for fun. I feel like you will love it or hate! I do love it especially the first book. There are give and take of relationship in the book and some of the part is out of this world unreal but it's fun to take yourself out of reality for awhile and drive into the book.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, I loved it So good, I loved it. Ohhhh my goodness, I have to start reading the third book immediately!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finally...a love story worse than Twilight. Given that this was originally a TWILIGHT AU FANFICTION (and a badly written one at that) and certain details had to be changed for it to be published, is it any wonder why it's so bad? I've read WAY better fanfiction than this.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it It doesn't matter how many times I read it, still feels like the first time, I totally love this book
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Makes you want you a Christian Grey, not because of his red room.But cause he's all that and then some... Read the d*** book you will see what I'm talking with about.. The series you can't put down once u start... ENJOY
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Couldn't stop reading I' ve become addicted to all of them. I love the story. Drama and Romance. I have read several time. Never boring. Love it. Drama and Romance. Cogratulations to the author.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I thought I would hate these books but I absolutely love them and I'm now reading them for the second time
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally gripping The book tells of a beautiful magnetic relationship complicated by a dark past. The combination of pure innocence and raw experience will have you gripping the book till the end x
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from and not only about a sex. I think it would be a much better read if it had a plot or story line and a little fewer sex lesons.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sick It starts out well & gets you into the book. Then it becomes obnoxiously, sickly pornographic. ai thought I'd want to read all 3 books, but the punitive aspects through me off. NO MORE of this smut!
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sickenibg l0ve This read is not ny genre. The author gratuitously describes various sexual acts in apt detail. The character Christian Grey hovers between normal-abnormal mode & at times perverted in his sexual obsessions and beliefs, while the protagonist Anastasia Steele is either willfully stupid or mystifyingly courageous in longing for this man. Definitely not my type, nor should he be any other woman's. Read at your own risk.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50shades of grey Really different, let me say. If you can get past the bondage, it looks like a nice love story. P.s. nobody has that much sex, that's list not love.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny I thought the book was great. The characters were genuine and the story was hilarious and sad. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I wish I had bought the trilogy; had to buy book 2 so that I would not be left hanging and will have to buy book 3. It is costing me more so I would recommend that you buy the trilogy.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ummm.. There are probably so many reviews to this book that it's almost pointless to write a review throughout. So I'll just say: "what a book..."
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a million times better then the movie. Starting number 2 hoping its just as good as this one
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously??? I couldn't even finish the first book, let alone read 2 more! Where do I begin? The writing is horrific, the characters are bland-boring, the sex is not sexy one bit! This is not a love story. Ladies, there is much better erotic out there. Why are you selling yourselves so short? Save your money....don't read this garbage.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Loved it. Pictures can never capture every detail in a book. The movie had nothing on the true background to the story.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Beginning very exciting but middle showed qualities unbecoming which made the ending predictable. Doubt that I will see movie now that I am disappointed with the story line.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read... A good book will draw you in, and it should stir emotions. This definately does. I laughed out loud, smiled and got a little annoyed. I was mentally screaming at Ana to listen to her instincts and get a grip! I wish the book to movies would copy the HP series and be exact. Good read.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Contrary to other reviews I've read I thought that this book was very well written and I would highly recommend it. I have no experience in that type of relationship so I don't know whether or not the author was correct in her interpretation of that relationship style but after going through several English courses I found the book was extremely well written
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't bother to finish it I'm an avid reader with a broad range of interests, rarely do I not finish a book. This one went to the recycle bin, as it's not worthy of passing on. Grey is a disgusting control freak, Anastasia is...I don't know. Fifty Shades is disturbing, degrading, not even close to entertaining...don't bother. Having trouble with the rating field (don't want to give it one) but the program won't allow that. I grudgingly give it one star.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype! I purchased this book against the recommendation of the bookstore staff. I figured she was probably a book "snob". Turns out she was right. I don't read too much myself, but even I could tell that the book was poorly written, was very repetitive, and just not enjoyable at all. Besides that, the entire book is SO unrealistic that you can't even gloss over it and enjoy the book. To top it all off, Anastasia needs a backbone, and Christian is a messed up controlling jerk!
Date published: 2015-02-16
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 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

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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 huddled on the couch in the living room.   “Ana, I’m sorry. It took me nine months to get this interview. It will take another six to reschedule, and we’ll both have graduated by then. As the editor, I can’t blow this off. Please,” Kate begs me in her rasping, sore throat voice. How does she do it? Even ill she looks gamine and gorgeous, strawberry blond hair in place and green eyes bright, although now red rimmed and runny. I ignore my pang of unwelcome sympathy.   “Of course I’ll go, Kate. You should get back to bed. Would you like some NyQuil or Tylenol?”   “NyQuil, please. Here are the questions and my digital recorder. Just press record here. Make notes, I’ll transcribe it all.”   “I know nothing about him,” I murmur, trying and failing to suppress my rising panic.   “The questions will see you through. Go. It’s a long drive. I don’t want you to be late.”   “Okay, I’m going. Get back to bed. I made you some soup to heat up later.” I stare at her fondly. Only for you, Kate, would I do this.   “I will. Good luck. And thanks, Ana—as usual, you’re my lifesaver.”   Gathering my backpack, I smile wryly at her, then head out the door to the car. I cannot believe I have let Kate talk me into this. But then Kate can talk anyone into anything. She’ll make an exceptional journalist. She’s articulate, strong, persuasive, argumentative, beautiful—and she’s my dearest, dearest friend.     The roads are clear as I set off from Vancouver, Washington, toward Interstate 5. It’s early, and I don’t have to be in Seattle until two this afternoon. Fortunately, Kate has lent me her sporty Mercedes CLK. I’m not sure Wanda, my old VW Beetle, would make the journey in time. Oh, the Merc is a fun drive, and the miles slip away as I hit the pedal to the metal.   My destination is the headquarters of Mr. Grey’s global enterprise. It’s a huge twenty-story office building, all curved glass and steel, an architect’s utilitarian fantasy, with GREY HOUSE written discreetly in steel over the glass front doors. It’s a quarter to two when I arrive, greatly relieved that I’m not late as I walk into the enormous—and frankly intimidating—glass, steel, and white sandstone lobby.   Behind the solid sandstone desk, a very attractive, groomed, blonde young woman smiles pleasantly at me. She’s wearing the sharpest charcoal suit jacket and white shirt I have ever seen. She looks immaculate.   “I’m here to see Mr. Grey. Anastasia Steele for Katherine Kavanagh.”   “Excuse me one moment, Miss Steele.” She arches her eyebrow as I stand self-consciously before her. I’m beginning to wish I’d borrowed one of Kate’s formal blazers rather than worn my navy-blue jacket. I have made an effort and worn my one and only skirt, my sensible brown knee-length boots, and a blue sweater. For me, this is smart. I tuck one of the escaped tendrils of my hair behind my ear as I pretend she doesn’t intimidate me.   “Miss Kavanagh is expected. Please sign in here, Miss Steele. You’ll want the last elevator on the right, press for the twentieth floor.” She smiles kindly at me, amused no doubt, as I sign in.   She hands me a security pass that has “visitor” very firmly stamped on the front. I can’t help my smirk. Surely it’s obvious that I’m just visiting. I don’t fit in here at all. Nothing changes. I inwardly sigh. Thanking her, I walk over to the bank of elevators and past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressed than I am in their well-cut black suits.   The elevator whisks me at terminal velocity to the twentieth floor. The doors slide open, and I’m in another large lobby—again all glass, steel, and white sandstone. I’m confronted by another desk of sandstone and another young blonde woman, this time dressed impeccably in black and white, who rises to greet me.   “Miss Steele, could you wait here, please?” She points to a seated area of white leather chairs.   Behind the leather chairs is a spacious glass-walled meeting room with an equally spacious dark wood table and at least twenty matching chairs around it. Beyond that, there is a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the Seattle skyline that looks out through the city toward the Sound. It’s a stunning vista, and I’m momentarily paralyzed by the view. Wow.   I sit down, fish the questions from my backpack, and go through them, inwardly cursing Kate for not providing me with a brief biography. I know nothing about this man I’m about to interview. He could be ninety or he could be thirty. The uncertainty is galling, and my nerves resurface, making me fidget. I’ve never been comfortable with one-on-one interviews, preferring the anonymity of a group discussion where I can sit inconspicuously at the back of the room. To be honest, I prefer my own company, reading a classic British novel, curled up in a chair in the campus library. Not sitting twitching nervously in a colossal glass-and-stone edifice.   I roll my eyes at myself. Get a grip, Steele. Judging from the building, which is too clinical and modern, I guess Grey is in his forties: fit, tanned, and fair-haired to match the rest of the personnel.   Another elegant, flawlessly dressed blonde comes out of a large door to the right. What is it with all the immaculate blondes? It’s like Stepford here. Taking a deep breath, I stand up.   “Miss Steele?” the latest blonde asks.   “Yes,” I croak, and clear my throat. “Yes.” There, that sounded more confident.   “Mr. Grey will see you in a moment. May I take your jacket?”   “Oh, please.” I struggle out of the jacket.   “Have you been offered any refreshment?”   “Um—no.” Oh dear, is Blonde Number One in trouble?   Blonde Number Two frowns and eyes the young woman at the desk. “Would you like tea, coffee, water?” she asks, turning her attention back to me.   “A glass of water. Thank you,” I murmur.   “Olivia, please fetch Miss Steele a glass of water.” Her voice is stern. Olivia scoots up and scurries to a door on the other side of the foyer.   “My apologies, Miss Steele, Olivia is our new intern. Please be seated. Mr. Grey will be another five minutes.”   Olivia returns with a glass of iced water.   “Here you go, Miss Steele.”   “Thank you.”   Blonde Number Two marches over to the large desk, her heels clicking and echoing on the sandstone floor. She sits down, and they both continue their work.   Perhaps Mr. Grey insists on all his employees being blonde. I’m wondering idly if that’s legal, when the office door opens and a tall, elegantly dressed, attractive African American man with short dreads exits. I have definitely worn the wrong clothes.   He turns and says through the door, “Golf this week, Grey?”   I don’t hear the reply. He turns, sees me, and smiles, his dark eyes crinkling at the corners. Olivia has jumped up and called the elevator. She seems to excel at jumping from her seat. She’s more nervous than me!   “Good afternoon, ladies,” he says as he departs through the sliding door.   “Mr. Grey will see you now, Miss Steele. Do go through,” Blonde Number Two says. I stand rather shakily, trying to suppress my nerves. Gathering up my backpack, I abandon my glass of water and make my way to the partially open door.   “You don’t need to knock—just go in.” She smiles kindly.   I push open the door and stumble through, tripping over my own feet and falling headfirst into the office.   Double crap—me and my two left feet! I am on my hands and knees in the doorway to Mr. Grey’s office, and gentle hands are around me, helping me to stand. I am so embarrassed, damn my clumsiness. I have to steel myself to glance up. Holy cow—he’s so young.   “Miss Kavanagh.” He extends a long-fingered hand to me once I’m upright. “I’m Christian Grey. Are you all right? Would you like to sit?”   So young—and attractive, very attractive. He’s tall, dressed in a fine gray suit, white shirt, and black tie with unruly dark copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes that regard me shrewdly. It takes a moment for me to find my voice.     “Um. Actually—” I mutter. If this guy is over thirty, then I’m a monkey’s uncle. In a daze, I place my hand in his and we shake. As our fingers touch, I feel an odd exhilarating shiver run through me. I withdraw my hand hastily, embarrassed. Must be static. I blink rapidly, my eyelids matching my heart rate.   “Miss Kavanagh is indisposed, so she sent me. I hope you don’t mind, Mr. Grey.”   “And you are?” His voice is warm, possibly amused, but it’s difficult to tell from his impassive expression. He looks mildly interested but, above all, polite.   “Anastasia Steele. I’m studying English literature with Kate, um . . . Katherine . . . um . . . Miss Kavanagh, at WSU Vancouver.”   “I see,” he says simply. I think I see the ghost of a smile in his expression, but I’m not sure.   “Would you like to sit?” He waves me toward an L-shaped white leather couch.   His office is way too big for just one man. In front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s a modern dark wood desk that six people could comfortably eat around. It matches the coffee table by the couch. Everything else is white—ceiling, floors, and walls, except for the wall by the door, where a mosaic of small paintings hang, thirty-six of them arranged in a square. They are exquisite—a series of mundane, forgotten objects painted in such precise detail they look like photographs. Displayed together, they are breathtaking.   “A local artist. Trouton,” says Grey when he catches my gaze.   “They’re lovely. Raising the ordinary to extraordinary,” I murmur, distracted both by him and the paintings. He cocks his head to one side and regards me intently.   “I couldn’t agree more, Miss Steele,” he replies, his voice soft, and for some inexplicable reason I find myself blushing.   Apart from the paintings, the rest of the office is cold, clean, and clinical. I wonder if it reflects the personality of the Adonis who sinks gracefully into one of the white leather chairs opposite me. I shake my head, disturbed at the direction of my thoughts, and retrieve Kate’s questions from my backpack. Next, I set up the digital recorder and am all fingers and thumbs, dropping it twice on the coffee table in front of me. Mr. Grey says nothing, waiting patiently—I hope—as I become increasingly embarrassed and flustered. When I pluck up the courage to look at him, he’s watching me, one hand relaxed in his lap and the other cupping his chin and trailing his long index finger across his lips. I think he’s trying to suppress a smile.   “S-sorry,” I stutter. “I’m not used to this.”   “Take all the time you need, Miss Steele,” he says.   “Do you mind if I record your answers?”   “After you’ve taken so much trouble to set up the recorder, you ask me now?”   I flush. He’s teasing me? I hope. I blink at him, unsure what to say, and I think he takes pity on me because he relents. “No, I don’t mind.”   “Did Kate, I mean, Miss Kavanagh, explain what the interview was for?”   “Yes. To appear in the graduation issue of the student newspaper as I shall be conferring the degrees at this year’s graduation ceremony.”   Oh! This is news to me, and I’m temporarily preoccupied by the thought that someone not much older than me—okay, maybe six years or so, and okay, mega-successful, but still—is going to present me with my degree. I frown, dragging my wayward attention back to the task at hand.   “Good.” I swallow nervously. “I have some questions, Mr. Grey.” I smooth a stray lock of hair behind my ear.   “I thought you might,” he says, deadpan. He’s laughing at me. My cheeks heat at the realization, and I sit up and square my shoulders in an attempt to look taller and more intimidating. Pressing the start button on the recorder, I try to look professional.   “You’re very young to have amassed such an empire. To what do you owe your success?” I glance up at him. His smile is rueful, but he looks vaguely disappointed.   “Business is all about people, Miss Steele, and I’m very good at judging people. I know how they tick, what makes them flourish, what doesn’t, what inspires them, and how to incentivize them. I employ an exceptional team, and I reward them well.” He pauses and fixes me with his gray stare. “My belief is to achieve success in any scheme one has to make oneself master of that scheme, know it inside and out, know every detail. I work hard, very hard to do that. I make decisions based on logic and facts. I have a natural gut instinct that can spot and nurture a good solid idea and good people. The bottom line is it’s always down to good people.”   “Maybe you’re just lucky.” This isn’t on Kate’s list—but he’s so arrogant. His eyes flare momentarily in surprise.   “I don’t subscribe to luck or chance, Miss Steele. The harder I work the more luck I seem to have. It really is all about having the right people on your team and directing their energies accordingly. I think it was Harvey Firestone who said, ‘The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.’ ”   “You sound like a control freak.” The words are out of my mouth before I can stop them.   “Oh, I exercise control in all things, Miss Steele,” he says without a trace of humor in his smile. I look at him, and he holds my gaze steadily, impassive. My heartbeat quickens, and my face flushes again.   Why does he have such an unnerving effect on me? His overwhelming good looks maybe? The way his eyes blaze at me? The way he strokes his index finger against his lower lip? I wish he’d stop doing that.   “Besides, immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control things,” he continues, his voice soft.   “Do you feel that you have immense power?” Control freak.   “I employ over forty thousand people, Miss Steele. That gives me a certain sense of responsibility—power, if you will. If I were to decide I was no longer interested in the telecommunications business and sell, twenty thousand people would struggle to make their mortgage payments after a month or so.”   My mouth drops open. I am staggered by his lack of humility.   “Don’t you have a board to answer to?” I ask, disgusted.   “I own my company. I don’t have to answer to a board.” He raises an eyebrow at me. Of course, I would know this if I had done some research. But holy crap, he’s arrogant. I change tack.   “And do you have any interests outside your work?”   “I have varied interests, Miss Steele.” A ghost of a smile touches his lips. “Very varied.” And for some reason, I’m confounded and heated by his steady gaze. His eyes are alight with some wicked thought.   “But if you work so hard, what do you do to chill out?”   “Chill out?” He smiles, revealing perfect white teeth. I stop breathing. He really is beautiful. No one should be this good-looking.   “Well, to ‘chill out,’ as you put it—I sail, I fly, I indulge in various physical pursuits.” He shifts in his chair. “I’m a very wealthy man, Miss Steele, and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies.”   I glance quickly at Kate’s questions, wanting to get off this subject.   “You invest in manufacturing. Why, specifically?” I ask. Why does he make me so uncomfortable?   “I like to build things. I like to know how things work: what makes things tick, how to construct and deconstruct. And I have a love of ships. What can I say?”   “That sounds like your heart talking rather than logic and facts.”   His mouth quirks up, and he stares appraisingly at me.   “Possibly. Though there are people who’d say I don’t have a heart.”   “Why would they say that?”   “Because they know me well.” His lip curls in a wry smile.   “Would your friends say you’re easy to get to know?” And I regret the question as soon as I say it. It’s not on Kate’s list.   “I’m a very private person, Miss Steele. I go a long way to protect my privacy. I don’t often give interviews . . .”   “Why did you agree to do this one?”   “Because I’m a benefactor of the university, and for all intents and purposes, I couldn’t get Miss Kavanagh off my back. She badgered and badgered my PR people, and I admire that kind of tenacity.”   I know how tenacious Kate can be. That’s why I’m sitting here squirming uncomfortably under his penetrating gaze, when I should be studying for my exams.   “You also invest in farming technologies. Why are you interested in that area?”   “We can’t eat money, Miss Steele, and there are too many people on this planet who don’t have enough to eat.”   “That sounds very philanthropic. Is it something you feel passionately about? Feeding the world’s poor?”   He shrugs noncommittally.   “It’s shrewd business,” he murmurs, though I think he’s being disingenuous. It doesn’t make sense—feeding the world’s poor? I can’t see the financial benefit of this, only the virtue of the ideal. I glance at the next question, confused by his attitude.   “Do you have a philosophy? If so, what is it?”   “I don’t have a philosophy as such. Maybe a guiding principle—Carnegie’s: ‘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.’ I’m very singular, driven. I like control—of myself and those around me.”   “So you want to possess things?” You are a control freak.   “I want to deserve to possess them, but yes, bottom line, I do.”   “You sound like the ultimate consumer.”   “I am.” He smiles, but the smile doesn’t touch his eyes. Again, this is at odds with someone who wants to feed the world, so I can’t help thinking that we’re talking about something else, but I’m mystified as to what it is. I swallow hard. The temperature in the room is rising, or maybe it’s just me. I just want this interview to be over. Surely Kate has enough material now. I glance at the next question.   “You were adopted. How much do you think that’s shaped the way you are?” Oh, this is personal. I stare at him, hoping he’s not offended. His brow furrows.   “I have no way of knowing.”   My interest is piqued. “How old were you when you were adopted?”   “That’s a matter of public record, Miss Steele.” His tone is stern. Crap. Yes, of course—if I’d known I was doing this interview, I would have done some research. Flustered, I move on quickly.   “You’ve had to sacrifice family life for your work.”   “That’s not a question.” He’s terse.   “Sorry.” I squirm; he’s made me feel like an errant child. I try again. “Have you had to sacrifice family life for your work?”   “I have a family. I have a brother and a sister and two loving parents. I’m not interested in extending my family beyond that.”   “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?”   He inhales sharply, and I cringe, mortified. Crap. Why didn’t I employ some kind of filter before I read this straight out? How can I tell him I’m just reading the questions? Damn Kate and her curiosity!   “No, Anastasia, I’m not.” He raises his eyebrows, a cool gleam in his eyes. He does not look pleased.   “I apologize. It’s, um . . . written here.” It’s the first time he’s said my name. My heartbeat has accelerated, and my cheeks are heating up again. Nervously, I tuck my loosened hair behind my ear.   He cocks his head to one side.   “These aren’t your own questions?”   The blood drains from my head.   “Er . . . no. Kate—Miss Kavanagh—she compiled the questions.”   “Are you colleagues on the student paper?” Oh no. I have nothing to do with the student paper. It’s her extracurricular activity, not mine. My face is aflame.   “No. She’s my roommate.”   He rubs his chin in quiet deliberation, his gray eyes appraising me.   “Did you volunteer to do this interview?” he asks, his voice deadly quiet.   Hang on, who’s supposed to be interviewing whom? His eyes burn into me, and I’m compelled to answer with the truth.   “I was drafted. She’s not well.” My voice is weak and apologetic.   “That explains a great deal.”   There’s a knock at the door, and Blonde Number Two enters.   “Mr. Grey, forgive me for interrupting, but your next meeting is in two minutes.”   “We’re not finished here, Andrea. Please cancel my next meeting.”   Andrea hesitates, gaping at him. She appears lost. He turns his head slowly to face her and raises his eyebrows. She flushes bright pink. Oh, good. It’s not just me.   “Very well, Mr. Grey,” she mutters, then exits. He frowns, and turns his attention back to me.   “Where were we, Miss Steele?”   Oh, we’re back to “Miss Steele” now.   “Please, don’t let me keep you from anything.”   “I want to know about you. I think that’s only fair.” His eyes are alight with curiosity. Double crap. Where’s he going with this? He places his elbows on the arms of the chair and steeples his fingers in front of his mouth. His mouth is very . . . distracting. I swallow.   “There’s not much to know.”   “What are your plans after you graduate?”   I shrug, thrown by his interest. Move to Seattle with Kate, find a job. I haven’t really thought beyond my finals.   “I haven’t made any plans, Mr. Grey. I just need to get through my final exams.” Which I should be studying for right now, rather than sitting in your palatial, swanky, sterile office, feeling uncomfortable under your penetrating gaze.   “We run an excellent internship program here,” he says quietly. I raise my eyebrows in surprise. Is he offering me a job?   “Oh. I’ll bear that in mind,” I murmur, confounded. “Though I’m not sure I’d fit in here.” Oh no. I’m musing out loud again.   “Why do you say that?” He tilts his head to one side, intrigued, a hint of a smile playing on his lips.   “It’s obvious, isn’t it?” I’m uncoordinated, scruffy, and I’m not blonde.   “Not to me.” His gaze is intense, all humor gone, and strange muscles deep in my belly clench suddenly. I tear my eyes away from his scrutiny and stare blindly down at my knotted fingers. What’s going on? I have to go—now. I lean forward to retrieve the recorder.   “Would you like me to show you around?” he asks.   “I’m sure you’re far too busy, Mr. Grey, and I do have a long drive.”   “You’re driving back to Vancouver?” He sounds surprised, anxious even. He glances out of the window. It’s begun to rain. “Well, you’d better drive carefully.” His tone is stern, authoritative. Why should he care? “Did you get everything you need?” he adds.   “Yes, sir,” I reply, packing the recorder into my backpack. His eyes narrow, speculatively.   “Thank you for the interview, Mr. Grey.”   “The pleasure’s been all mine,” he says, polite as ever.   As I rise, he stands and holds out his hand.   “Until we meet again, Miss Steele.” And it sounds like a challenge, or a threat, I’m not sure which. I frown. When will we ever meet again? I shake his hand once more, astounded that that odd current between us is still there. It must be my nerves.   “Mr. Grey.” I nod at him. Moving with lithe athletic grace to the door, he opens it wide.   “Just ensuring you make it through the door, Miss Steele.” He gives me a small smile. Obviously, he’s referring to my earlier less-than-elegant entry into his office. I blush.   “That’s very considerate, Mr. Grey,” I snap, and his smile widens. I’m glad you find me entertaining, I glower inwardly, walking into the foyer. I’m surprised when he follows me out. Andrea and Olivia both look up, equally surprised.   “Did you have a coat?” Grey asks.   “A jacket.”   Olivia leaps up and retrieves my jacket, which Grey takes from her before she can hand it to me. He holds it up and, feeling ridiculously self-conscious, I shrug it on. Grey places his hands for a moment on my shoulders. I gasp at the contact. If he notices my reaction, he gives nothing away. His long index finger presses the button summoning the elevator, and we stand waiting—awkwardly on my part, coolly self-possessed on his. The doors open, and I hurry in, desperate to escape. I really need to get out of here. When I turn to look at him, he’s gazing at me and leaning against the doorway beside the elevator with one hand on the wall. He really is very, very good-looking. It’s unnerving.   “Anastasia,” he says as a farewell.   “Christian,” I reply. And mercifully, the doors close.

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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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