Sunday, 9 December 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Review

Written By E.L. James

Erotic, Drama


Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.
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 .


'Fifty Shades of Grey', and the accompanying two sequels, has seemingly got a large chunk of the world all hot and bothered about reading it.

Well, all I can say about that is E.L. James must be laughing all the way to the bank.

This is the novel equivalent of passing a note around the classroom with a crudely drawn picture of your teacher naked.

The writing is amateur at best and in all honesty, feels like it was written by someone with no experience or even knowledge of the scene that is written about.

The author has basically written a story about someone stalking, feeding and hitting someone with things and classed it as a study on the whole 'S and M' subculture of erotica. All I can say is that it is written with a complete stereotypical view of proceedings. The fact that the proceeding story is classed as romance is quite frankly laughable.

Don't get me wrong, the fact that it's erotica doesn't bother me in the slightest. Nor does the fact that it's about a fetish either. There have been many good fetish stories out there and there will continue to be new ones but this is just complete rubbish.

The characters seem wafer thin and pretty much no cliche has been left unused. It's like the whole book was written on a bored lunch hour and feels like no effort was put in to it at all.

I seriously can't see what all the fuss is about. If you want a good erotica novel try the Anne Rice 'Sleeping Beauty' trilogy or if you want a good 'fetish' movie then try 'Secretary' but please don't settle for this pile of dross.

Story 0.5/5
Characters 0.5/5
Recommended 1/5
Overall 2/15

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