TITLE: Fifty Shades of Grey (Vol. I)
AUTHOR: E.L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey Book Review (Vol. I)
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.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. This book contains graphic sexual content and profanity and is intended for mature, adult audiences. ~ Goodreads.com
You Don’t Have to be Hemingway to Enlighten
by Janet D., Date Oxygen Date Guru
There are many motivations to read—to learn something new, to escape into another world, to experience a different perspective, to improve oneself, to laugh, to revel in the art of great writing or just to find out what the hell everyone is talking about.
The motivation for me to read the first volume of 50 Shades of Grey was the latter.
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s time to step out your cave and re-join the world. There was a time I couldn’t complete a grocery shopping trip, reach the end of a Marshall’s aisle, or chat with a girlfriend without hearing hushed whispers and giggles. It was Twilight all over again…and, I was curious.
Well, I am no longer a “Grey virgin.” And, I’m quite surprised (and a bit embarrassed) to admit that this is not a bad thing.
Let’s revisit the reasons people read and see how this book stacks up:
- Learn something new. Hopefully. Wouldn’t it be great if all education were this “stimulating.”
- Escape to another world. If this isn’t an escape for you, please start writing your memoir immediately.
- Experience a different perspective. Ummmmm, yeah.
- To improve oneself. There are many men would suggest this as a required self-help book for all women.
- To laugh. Guaranteed.
- To revel in the art of great writing. Okay, five out of six isn’t bad.
My initial groans did not stem from pleasure.
Being a seasoned and moderately snobbish reader, I didn’t think I’d be able to get through Chapter 2 of this extremely averagely written bestseller. But, somewhere around Chapter 4, something quite unexpected occurred. I actually began to appreciate James’ peek into the complex psychology of the dominant/submissive relationship.
She effectively brings to light one of my own personal observations. Now, granted, my observations are not pertaining to the physical, but the emotional aspect of a relationship. My experience is that a woman who willingly and healthily chooses to fill the submissive role in a relationship is (typically) far from weak. I also felt she made it clear that without passionate love, deep respect, gentle care, and extremely open communication on the part of a dominant man, no strong emotionally healthy woman would dream of remaining in such a relationship.
I did it! I made it to the very last page and I managed to write this Fifty Shades of Grey book review! The jury is out on whether I’ll finish the trilogy, but I’m glad I ready the first.
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