Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

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By (author) E. L. James

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 34mm | 372g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099579936
  • ISBN 13: 9780099579939
  • Sales rank: 18

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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, `Fifty Shades of Grey` is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view...

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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 career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

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By jesica 28 Jul 2014 1

This book could have been so good if E L James would have been more interested in constructing a good story, with good characters instead of just writing down her fantasies. This book does not only have a bad story, but the progression of it doesn't help and it is written in a very annoying way.
I read it a couple of years ago because when I heard that it was a love story involving bdsm I got really excited. But it is really bad. In fact, I laughed a lot reading it, and this is not a good sign.

By Sherry 06 Nov 2013 2

The book and the plot was okay. It can be quite addictive at first but what I really don't like about this book is that it treats women like sh*t. It seems to say that all women fall in love with people who:
1. looks good
2. is rich
3. is a slave driver
4. treats u and uses u like ur their servant
If you like people who treat u like that then this book is totally for you.
But I say, because I am female that this book disrespects our gender and makes men think that we like sexual intercourse a LOT.

By SIMONE CAMILLERI 25 Sep 2013 5

I'm very glad I read some of the negative reviews AFTER I read E.L. James' trilogy of Fifty Shades. I read the 3 books in under 5 days ... they literally brought my real world to a halt and I escaped with glee (and without sleep!) for those 5 fantasy days. And they were a very enjoyable (but tiring) 5 days.

So what does this say for author E.L. James? Simple. She can write a good story. All of some 1000 pages or more of it are page-turning prose. Unlike what many reviewers here say, Fifty Shades is not about sex and BDSM. The driving force behind the story is the emotion ... the developing complex love between two very different people from two different worlds and the complex personality of the male character. This is why women around the world are reading it so voraciously, and why it was a hit. If it were just erotica, it wouldn't do a thing for women!

To be sure, the repetitive cliches were a bit much for me to take in at times (I especially disliked the "Oh my's"). True enough, too, that I found some scenes hard to believe. And most emphatically, Christian Grey is not your average man of the real world, who would never seem to find time for anything or anyone but himself. Christian Grey is what every woman's dream-man looks like and acts like (minus the slapping and whipping stuff), and for this they are probably willing to forgive his dark side, or, at best, permit it to slip into the background. As long as, of course, he mends his villainous ways in the end.

The character Ana hops from virgin to sexpert in a blink and that hardly constitutes credibility in the real world. Neither is it credible that she attains orgasms at will and each and EVERY time. The dark side of the story can really turn your stomach if you dwell on it too long. But despite the negatives, Fifty Shades is indeed good fiction.

The author has her own writing style that one can like or dislike. I personally thought it was passably good considering. What I found to be excellent was the techniques the author uses to keep her readers enthralled. The "Inner Goddess" is actually quite cute. So is the email correspondence between the two characters. Heck, what woman wouldn't just love to get all that attention from the man she adores?!

There is not one person I know who has read these books who has been able to put them down. I think that says a lot for how a book is written. It certainly isn't boring, I can vouch for that.

Fiction is about larger-than-life characters doing daring things we ourselves would never dream of doing. Perhaps there is a little of the alter ego that attracts some readers to the characters ... they are dangerous, exciting and, finally, a good deal romantic into the bargain ... an aspect of our own personalities that we keep very firmly in check. And isn't this why we read fiction, I would venture to ask? To escape into an unreal world and fantasise about what cannot be? So why are people complaining that the trilogy is too far-out? If they want a story to be close to reality, then they should stick to non-fiction where every detail must be referenced to a reliable source. Alternatively, they should be reading real-life stories that tell us about what we know so well ... that life is hardship and disillusionment rather than the happy ending of an impossible situation like the one depicted in these novels.

And do I dare say it?? Could there be a teeny bit of envy at play here, that a first-time author sold 40 million copies of her books in such a short time? I mean, imagine how wealthy she has become overnight thanks to the so-called 'thrash' she has managed to produce. Oh my! Oh my! ...LOL

Let me assure those of you who are looking to escape that you will not be bored for a minute reading Fifty Shades.

By Bereth Sofie Kozma 18 Jun 2013 1

Dont read if you dont want spoilers.

This book was a pain to go through for me. It tears down any dignity that you should have as a woman. The book was so bad it made me sad that this is even close to a best seller. If you want to be someones slave, wouldn't mind being abused and used. And loves whoever as long as he looks good, even if he treats you like absolute ****. This is the book for you.
I understand it is just a book, but goodness grief what has happened to today's women that at all thinks this is realistic or even close to being okey?
And not only that the book is even written like a small child would talk, oh my! I will let this man do what he wants to me while being a virgin, and lick my virgin blood from his fingers while doing so. And this is so romantic, oh my christian grey what a catch. This is the kind of things that makes me really believe the world really is going to hell. This book is a disgrace to women, trashly written. And overall horrible. And even men should be aware that this is unfairly written painting a picture of men as egoistic, sadistic ********.
Yeah have fun reading this. Definitely not a book for me.
But a great way to waste money, or if you decide you want to get pissed one night, its a great way to do it.

By stephanie ditri 07 Jun 2013 5

I absolutely loved the fifty shades trilogy and have read it a few times now. It will remain a favourite on my bookshelf for years to come

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