Series: Fifty Shades #1
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 25th 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
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MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORDWIDESOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREWhen 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.This book is intended for mature audiences.From the Trade Paperback edition.
YOU GUYS! I did it! I gave into the hype! I read Fifty Shades Of Grey by EL James on Valentine’s day weekend, right as the movie was releasing. Y’all, this was my first Valentine’s Day as a single person in a really long time (it was awesome though, so no pity, like it was seriously legitimately fantastic and I spent it with a best friend and went shopping and purchased the love of my life, my iPhone 6 Plus) and so one of my BFFs was talking to me about the book and the movie and I was like fine, fuck it, I’ll read it! AND GUESS WHAT? It was on sale, so I could not be like oh, haha I refuse to read this for $9.99. I hate myself a little tiny bit for saying this, but I actually did not loathe Fifty Shades of Grey. WHAT?! I KNOW! (This review is going to contain a lot of capslock, so contain your capitalization snobbery)
By now, I think everyone knows what Fifty Shades Of Grey is all about and I am just rehashing old news. Whatever. Here’s my take on it: so there’s this girl, Ana, who is a total wet blanket. She’s about to graduate college and is still a virgin and yet every single guy she meets is totally into her. How does that even happen? Anyways. She decides to do her BFF Kate a favor and interview Christian Grey for the school newspaper. Ana’s interview with Christian is awkward, at one point she’s all, are you gay? And he’s all No. Anyways, there’s chemistry between the two. Fast forward a few chapters and Christian draws up this sex contract for Ana. The rest of the book pivots around her deciding whether or not the sign the sex contract. That’s really honest to goodness what the plot boils down to. AND I ATE THIS WHOLE BOOK UP AND INHALED IT AND WHYYYY WHY WHYYYYY.
Okay, so I will admit some of the appeal to this book lies in Jamie Dornan who isn’t even in the book, but the movie, so hey advantages to reading post-movie, which by the way I still have not seen. And then the other appeal came from the movie’s soundtrack, which I love. Hate away haters, hate away, but listen that Earned It song will be on my Spotify rotation for a super long time. Like, I read this book and wasn’t expecting War And Peace or even Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake and I liked it. I legitimately liked it. If we are being real here, yes the writing is terrible. I mean the dialogue is stilted and it’s all do real people even talk like that? No, no they do not. HOWEVER, there’s helicopters and gliding and sexytimes so whatever.
SPEAKING OF WHICH! You guys! I learned so much from this book hahahaha. Like, adult things I had no clue about. Not that this book is an instruction manual, but hey, now I get it. A little bit. Like, yeah the whole inner goddess thing is annoying AF, BUT I get why so many people legitimately love these books and I can’t seem to find it in me to fault them.
And yes, the relationship is borderline and controlling and whatever, BUT I am an adult and can distinguish between real and not real, much like my bro Peeta, so I wasn’t reading the book all OMG THESE AWFUL PEOPLE IN THEIR BDSM SITUATION. Granted, okay I know nothing about BDSM except what this book told me, but still I read with an open mind and enjoyed myself. And really, that’s all I personally want when I read. (You can personally want more, that’s okay, but for me, I did not hate my time with Fifty Shades Of Grey) I actually am to the point where I would consider reading the other books. WHO AM I RIGHT NOW y’all.