Book Review | Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

July 22, 2013 Reviews 2

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review | Fifty Shades of Grey by E L JamesFifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Published by Vintage Boks on April 3, 2012
Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 528
Format: eBook
Source: Library

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 book is intended for mature audiences

My Review (3/24/13):
I have really mixed feelings about Fifty Shades. I had heard it was fan-fiction for the Twilight series, so while there were several bits that felt familiar (especially the basic characterization of many central characters: Ana/Bella, Christian/Edward, and José/Jacob, Grey family/ Cullen family, Ana’s parents/Bella’s parents ), I was pleasantly surprised that the plot diverged so substantially. For some reason (maybe because it’s Twilight fan fiction) I also had thought the book had a similar supernatural element to it, so I was slightly disappointed to discover it did not.

That was a minor, short-lived disappointment though, which was unfortunately surpassed by other disappointments. I think all the hype surrounding this book did it a disservice, because I was expecting something really great and exciting. For me a good book often centers on the character development; I need characters that I both love and believe in. I never fell in love with Ana or Christian, and on many fronts they remained all too fictional, because they just weren’t 3 dimensional or believable enough.

Enough of the bad, though! I may not have loved the characters, but they were still fun to read and their sexual escapades never failed to entertain (even if sometimes they were more laughable than erotic). And Christian is a hopelessly damaged man with potential to grow into a character that I could really care about. If you’re looking for a fun and at times steamy read, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a masterpiece, with complex characters and incredible plots, move on. If you do read it (and enjoy it) make sure you have the next book ready, because the book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger!


About E L James

I’m a former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London. Since January 2012 my life has taken an extraordinary turn with the runaway success of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. From an early age I had always dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with – and my dreams have come true, thanks to you guys. Now that life seems to have settled down a little, I want to crack on and write my next novel – another adult, provocative romance. I do hope you will enjoy that too.

Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.


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2 Responses to “Book Review | Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James”

  1. sophie

    Hi berls,

    I confess, I am looking forward to reading the books but was really put off by all the hype around if i had to read it only because it is popular… I have not seen the movie either, ( although I am a big big big fan of jamie dornan…) anyway, I guess i will read it first before watching the movie. sorry jamie you will have to wait a little haha
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    • Berls

      Haha! I understand, hype can put me off a book too. I ended up enjoying thesw quite a bit though.

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