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Friday, May 11, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E L James


When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more 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 adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Fine Printing's Review

Color me shocked. Not about the books themselves, but about the PUBLICITY behind these books! I read all three a couple weeks ago, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. And they were wonderful! Fair warning, these are definitely for Mature Readers ONLY. However, since they have hit the top of NY and USA Today Bestseller list the reviews have been mixed. Mostly positive, but the negative feedback seems rude and borderline vitriol.

Yes, these are erotica books. And yes, they are now mass produced, but what is wrong with that? Someone can go almost anywhere today and buy pornography videos (soft or hardcore), and stores in the mall even sell "personal" massage-rs. <---- That is wrong, because it is in view of children and the like, however, erotica writing is nowhere in this low class consumerism. These books, sold by actual publishers, are an art form. And I give a hand to E L James for being brave enough, and well written to form a solid storyline.

These books are not all sex, sex, SEX. Sure there is plenty of hot, detailed scenes which she writes well. But these two characters, Ana and Christian, and their development is the central plot. Finding who they truly are. Ana's darker, braver and trusting side. While Christian learns to truly love, honor, and let go of his demons. A touching romancing that builds well through all three novels. I truly loved them, and read the trilogy twice through!

The only downside I found for it, was James' writing style. This quite possibly is my own issue, and not something other readers will have trouble with. I give leniency because this is her first foray into the writing world and the storyline is inventive, the plot flows well. But phrases are used repetitively throughout the story arc and also within a page of the last time it was used. As I said, could be just my own pet peeve but was the one point I found quite irritating. 

In the end, a wonderful story, and as someone who has written erotic fiction, I am proud to see one come so far. To all the critics out there, just because you think of it as "Mommy porn" or some other derogatory term, does not mean you should put down others for enjoying it. Picking up this story can be difficult for a lot of people not familiar with the genre and it's a brave step to make. They are not evil or demeaning as made out to be. Guaranteed that women and men of all adult ages will enjoy it!

02/12/2014 - Now, I wrote this after reading the series once. I did pick it up to read again and I must have just been enthralled with the erotic storyline the first time thru. Disappointing. When you re-read books you have a chance to pick up on the nuances you miss when being absorbed in a story for the first time. The writing is spectacularly horrific. And yes, this seems dramatic, but James writing is dramatically bad. The characters are not well developed, and it seems that Ana may have severe bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. Christian seems almost normal by comparison. And as I stated in my previous review, her writing style leaves a lot to desire. But the second time through was AGONY on my soul. So much so that I went out, bought all three in paperback format and edited the entire thing. Crossing out paragraphs, re-writing scenes and just ripping pages out! My OCD just wouldn't let it rest!
If you're like me, and a very avid reader, don't bother unless honestly curious. If you're a pick-it random reader, or occasional reader at leisure then go for it. You quite possibly won't notice the faults with these novels. If you do ... sorry. :-(

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