Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Book rating: 03 Paperback Arrow Books

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 Najla Qamber 18 Aug 2012 2

I only read it because half the people were all "OMG, IT SUCKS" and the other half are all "OMG, IT ROCKS". In a situation like this there is only one solution. And that is to make up my own mind about this book. So I got it and read it.

At first I was really annoyed at the fact that the writing and dialogue was so British and the characters were based in Seattle, USA. I get it James wanted to be "mainstream" but seriously! It was so bad and overwhelmingly irritating. If you're going to write about people living in the States and they're 100% American, try and do some research on how they talk and the words they use. I had to fade out their actual location and their nationality so the dialogue wouldn't be so annoying. ARGH!

After I got over the dialogue, I got irritated by Ana's use of words... like Jeez, Oh my, Inner Goddess, Holy Moses... Seriously woman. You're like on the verge to commit yourself as a "Submissive" and you don't have the decency to actually learn how to swear. She even says f*** and sh**. I don't see why she can't do it instead of Oh my, holy moses and all that crap. Tsk.

Yea, sure... the book had a lot of sex, BDSM and bad dialogue. But when you skip all the BDSM, and read further... James actually lessens the bad dialogue and simply focuses on something else. This book is more about a girl trying to breach and set a man free from his demons. Isn't that what most romance books are all about?

The book actually had character development... yes... with a bad annoying character like Ana. But you get used to her. Well, I did. But every time she says Oh my, I get annoyed still and makes me hate her some more. There is a lot of romance, even if the guy is a little cold. Towards the end, Ana actually comes to her senses and Christian is beginning to change and his wall begins to crumble.

I knew what to expect when I began to read it and I expected to hate the book but I still kept an open mind about it and at the moment, I say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I think it might be because I skipped all the BDSM and stuck to whatever angst and romance James has lurking in this book.

By Blanche N Patchett 08 Aug 2012 1

If you are about to read this book, please STOP!!!Please dont waste your valuable time!! Its absolutely comical that a book as poorly written as this has ever made it to the book store. The language is so limited to 'Oh geez' or 'Oh my', that it has taken full mockery of the readers inteligence!!! I am sorry but this is extremely poor quality !!!
B.P.

By Alexis 03 Aug 2012 5

This book is a very easy read and totally unrealistic but who was expecting anything else? Not me and certainly not meant to be a literary masterpiece. If I wanted that I would have picked up a Charles Dickens but probably would have been bored to tears. The author is using everyday language which I am totally in tune with.

As a woman in her forties, I find the dialogue between the two main characters humourous and alot of it reminds me of myself at 22. The difference being I probably would have run a mile if I had met a man like young Christian!

Porn aside, I think it's primarily about control and takes readers to place most of us have probably not been before.

I read all three books in a week. Can't wait for the movie. Ian Somerhalder has to play Christian Grey!

Enjoy!

By Angela Sims 01 Aug 2012 2

I read this book already knowing what many people thought of the actual writing and as such was prepared for the lack of plot and cringe-worthy dialogue but I still felt this book was lacking. To be honest I read half of it then put it away for a month because I found it dull. Ana was so two dimensional and lacked any real depth I found it hard to relate to her.

I feel the only reason this book is so highly regarded and sold so well is because a lot of women have not explored this genre of romance or erotic novels before. I have read other novels in this genre and although none of them are challenging at least the characters have depth and the plot is far more developed to keep the reader interested.

The other issue that bothered me was how weak the female character is. It is the same thing I hated about Twilight where Bella cannot even function without a man by her side after she has Edward. This is why I find other romance authors so much more appealing because they are able to bring out female characters who have depth, personality and they are so strong and independent.

I gave this book 2 stars because the book became interesting enough to finish but I am not rushing out to buy the second or to complete the trilogy.

By tammy oleary 23 Jul 2012 4

I give this book a 4, only because it kept me intrigued and now I'm waiting for delivery of the next one.

After reading the reviews, I was skeptical, especially after the miss know it all that gave it a bashing of note. So I, like her, ordered the first book and waited to see how I felt about it... I wanted to scream after getting to the last 100 pages and knowing that I would be finishing that book and not having the next one to read straight away. It was then, at those last 100 pages that I knew, not only would I read the next two books - regardless of how this book finished- but I would also be surprised by any ending. I had no idea how this book was going end until 3 pages before it actually finished, and that is why I've titled my review as 'surprised'.

Once you get over the sex scenes that actually aren't all that erotic, and you actually read the story, you will enjoy it. Throughout the whole book you're asking yourself if you would do what she is doing for the sake of being happy, and yet unhappy at the same time.

This is more than your usual Mill's and Boon tacky romance novel.

I urge you to at least read it once, just the first one, because even though I read the description of the second book before I finished this book, I was still unsure of how the ending would play out, and if a book can do that to me, I recommend it to anybody!

Be prepared to both love and loath Mr. Grey!

And one of the best things I LOVE about this book is that the author doesn't over describe every bloody detail. She keeps it simple, to the point.

Enjoy!!!

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"The cream of the crop." Independent "Not only reviving the book market, but also reader's marriages." Daily Mail "Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction." Observer "One of the publishing sensations of the year." Stylist "A social-media literary phenomenon." Observer