The Wonder of Fifty Shades of Grey

The Wonder of Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey has become a world wide sensation with many reports saying that it will soon become a feature film. When I first heard about this book, I read the negative reviews first and was put off buying it. Then I found many people from different discussion groups, talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, and I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

 Fifty Shades of Grey

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.

The main reasons I decided to read this book,

1. The connection it had with the Twilight series, as I did enjoy reading those books.

2. It seemed to have caused some negative response due to the theme of the story.

3. I found the books on the shelves in two of my local supermarkets so far.

Three reasons to read a book, so I did the only thing I could, I bought the book and set about reading the story which has captured so many women.

I loved it. Fifty Shades of Grey had everything I love to read about. It had an enjoyable plot, well-worked characters, and some steamy sex thrown into the mix. The chemistry between Ana and Christian had me gasping at times. I loved how possessive he was, to the point that he knew so much about her. E.L James has written a story, which to some extent reminds me of Twilight (only for the first person writing) but also transports the reader into the story.

There are only a few books that I read with the first person narrative and so it was a surprise to me when I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Now, there have been many comments about the way that it is written and I don’t feel qualified enough to criticise a piece of writing. I know the moment I switched on my kindle and began reading the book, I was transported and held in place by a wonderfully told story. I do not agree with the view point of ‘Mummy Porn’. This story has so much more going for it than that.

The other benefit I feel, is the amount of other books I’ve found because of Fifty Shades of Grey. There have been many lists created on what to read after you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and because of this I have found so many wonderful stories which are listed below.

Books I’ve read:

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Sempre Forever by JM Darhower

Unforgivable by Lindsay Delagair

Untouchable by Lindsay Delagair

Books I’ve yet to read:

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Mercy by Annabel Joseph

Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx

I now wait with impatience for E.L. James to announce that she will rewrite the same series but in Christians, point of view. I know I’ll be buying that if or when it comes out.

So, what are your thoughts? Did you like Fifty Shades of Grey? What other books have you read since to get your fix?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sam x

7 thoughts on “The Wonder of Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. I have heard both good and bad. One day I hope to get a chance to read them for myself. Right now I’m always so swamped with review books that I haven’t had time.

    Michelle V

  2. I haven’t read the books, but my friends who have liked them very much. In the writing circles especially, I have seen mixed reviews. I hate to say this, but a lot of the negativity comes off as jealousy. All the talk about how much better other books are or that the writing is terrible. Well, that could both be true, I can’t say because I haven’t read the SoG books or the recommended books. I just do not like some authors bashing others. Any one of these people saying bad things would trade places with E.L James in a heartbeat- for the success, etc. Just my opinion.

    As for the mommy porn title- I hate that period. I think it’s degrading. First of all, I don’t think it’s porn, and secondly, why can’t women read erotic writing? Why can’t women read anything they want?

    LBJ

    • Hi Lori,

      I completely agree with your post. I never like to compare authors because so many authors have different qualities and I read them for different reasons. I personally loved the books and would recommend them and I have ordered my sisters to read them.

      I hate the title of mommy porn because it is not true. I’ve read porn and 50SoG is so much more than sex.

      Sam x

  3. I have read the entire 50 Shades trilogy and I love it. It is so much more than a story with sex. Through all three books you see a man tortured by his past, falling in love which he doesn’t know how to deal with, and trying to be a better person. I have to admit I see the Twilight connection a little more clearly since I did read the original version when it was a Twilight fan-fiction. I read it mostly because I was curious to see what changed when she took the story out of that realm and created its own, which wasn’t hard since in the original the characters were already human and different from Twilight anyway. As for the “mommy porn”, that is so over the top. Some people just can’t handle a decent story with believable characters, a psychological aspect digging into the characters’ minds, and some spice thrown in. If the spice wasn’t that spicy, people would be talking about it as much.

  4. I’m actually writing my own review of the first book and it’ll be on my own site in a few days but I’ll say this: I think the reason it grabbed so many people’s attention is that it is an easy way for someone who has never been introduced into the BDSM world to really understand it. I thought the book needed some major editing, and I thought some of the cliches dumbed down the narrative (I say this in my review), but overall I liked the way James wrote. She kept you turning the page. There were many sentences I wished I had thought of! I can only hope that the popularity of this series brings to light how good erotica romance actually is, and brings to us a new audience.

  5. I started to read it, but didn’t find it engaging enough to get past the third chapter! I have been reading Jennifer Armintrout’s chapter-by-chapter reviews though, and she raises some really interesting points about the writing and storyline. I know from that it’s not a story for me, although I think the concept is an interesting one.

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