The below synopsis was taken from E L James author website. Please click on the link provided in this sentence to access the aforementioned page.
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 review is being written in retrospect containing the raw thoughts that paced through my mind the moment I finished reading the final page.
The first thought was – I want more and I want it now. Luckily the rest of the series is readily available. At first I was dubious about carrying and reading this book so openly in public (on the tube, in the park, at Starbucks) then a change of heart occurred and I just couldn’t put it down. Fifty had consumed me completely.
The partnership between Steele and Grey was electric from the beginning and even though Ana wasn’t the easiest character to get your head around she was redeemed again and again through the illustrious Mr Grey. The sexual tension created by James between the two individuals was salacious and intoxicating beyond belief and personally had me sitting on the edge of the tube and any other seat occupied whilst reading said pages.
An easy read that hardly produced a blush despite the feeling of constant need to cringe at lines such as ‘He touched my sex’ which is repeated endlessly throughout the book. Overall it was a shame that there was a somewhat lacklustre approach towards imaginative narrative of such sexual expletives. Vacant would be the most appropriate word for such non-existence.
After reading this book and having heard the commercial tag of mummy-porn that was bestowed on this book I have to relay my disappointment. That is not to say that this book is appropriate for children to read or that it would sit comfortably with me if my own mother were to be exposed to this material but it is far from pornographic.
The issues surrounding the book with regards to the entrance into the world of BDSM, not that it is something that I practice but from word of mouth from those who have done by all accounts this book lacks realistic properties from said sexual endeavours. The descriptions used seem to be somewhat demeaning and cruel. Being beaten with a belt is closer to torture however there are some that may call is pleasurable. Each to their own.
Whichever part of the newly ‘contracted’ couples sex life Ana seemed to melt into a million pieces around her man even if he touched her with his inexplicably long lustrous fingers. This was yet another part of the book that I couldn’t quite get my head around. It seemed that with one touch she would be in a million little pieces, I am not making judgements but maybe this was due to her lack of sexual experience and Gray being an unimaginably amazing lover even with his unbelievably long fingers.
One particularly enjoyable thing about this book was that there was a soundtrack to accompany it. I am a great lover of listening to music when reading as it helps me zone out of the world that surrounds us and get into the book. The music paired with this book is just as addictive as the somewhat just on par script. I was acquainted with the peaceful musical talents of Damien Rice and the song The Blowers Daughter.
At this point I think I will finish this review as there are many other points of this book that could be picked apart and flogged publicly. There are however many good points to this book and I think there are many people out there who have focused heavily on the things that cannot be achieved in the real world and have forgotten that this is FICTION. E L James wrote this book most likely from her deepest darkest desires and has shared such desires outright. Just because you cannot get it don’t hate on others that can eloquently or not so much put it out there for everyone to enjoy.
Overall I enjoyed this book very much but after further deliberation and having the opportunity to venture further into the erotic fiction genre this book scored as stated below.
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