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Monday, April 2, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This review deals with Erotica - If this offends you do not read and if you are a FAMILY MEMBER - please do not read - I would like you all to keep me in your minds as sweet and virginal. Now for the rest of you, read on. Thanks for the recommendation Captain Awesome, this book led to hundreds of fascinating conversations.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
by E.L. James
The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (Random House)
ISBN: 9781612130293
Suggested Ages: 19+ (Classified under Erotica)
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Description: 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 Anas quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 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?

The Good Stuff
  •  Some very naughty steamy sex scenes that made me blush at times (although have read just as hot in Laurell K Hamilton and her books are not classified as Erotica)
  • Author does a fantastic job of writing the scenes with sexual tension  at the beginning of the story 
  • Have a sudden urge to ride elevators with hot men and maybe get lucky (Husband - of course I would never do that -- well unless it was Daniel Craig or Nathan Fillion & yes if that happens you can have Scarlett Johannsen and that icky Jessica Alba)
  • Christian gives her books as a gift -- hell why does that not  happen to me - who needs sparkly jewellery and flowers - all  you need is a good book to get in my pants LOL!
  • There were some fun humorous moments that made me laugh out loud (The emails back and forth between them were hilarious at times)
  • I think the author  has some potential and would benefit from an experienced editor and just more writing
  • A not bad introduction to erotica for the beginner.  I had an English professor who introduced me to much better written stuff than this though (sorry don't like saying that, but I have to be honest) and also showed me some interesting things at Northbound Leather (I thought I was worldly back than and he enjoyed shocking me LOL!)
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Outside of the bedroom, Christian is a creepy controlling stalker -- lets be straight about this. What they do in the privacy of their bedroom is ok -- but when you want to control what she eats and who she hangs with -- that is sick and you need help
  • Ana wants to change him and that is not good for a relationship
  • It portrays BDSM as being sick and wrong - and though it is not my thing (although I somewhat understand as after giving birth without drugs, when the pain stopped it felt good LOL!) that probably isn't a good message to send
  • The writing needs work, it is very choppy and jumps around a lot
  • This should not be classified as erotica 
  • Seriously her first time was that good -- yeah come on I don't believe it -- have never heard from one women that losing her virginity was that pleasurable (yeah Dave I totally faked it I didn't want to hurt your feelings, you were so sweet and tried so hard)
  • I wanted to smack Ana (and not in that kinky sort of way) for being such a pansy. You obviously enjoyed it, why whine about it all the time 
  • Christian needs some serious therapy for being emotionally closed off and controlling OUTSIDE the bedroom (Yup cannot get over that -- really telling someone what they can and cannot eat and when they should eat that is sick sick sick!)
  • Brought back some painful moments of me at the same age and the stupid shit I did for the man I was attracted to 
  • Eww the scene with her period - ick ick ick -- really people we don't need to read about characters bodily functions!
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Men aren't really complicated, Ana, honey. They are very simple, literal creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they've said - when really it's obvious. If I were you, I'd take  him literally. That might help."

"You see, Ana, men think that anything that comes out of a women's mouth is a problem to be solved. Not some vague idea that we'd like to kick around and talk about for a while and then forget. Men prefer action."
"I may have neglected to mention Christian's stalker tendencies to my mom."

What I Learned
  •  When I originally balked at the idea that there was a submissive/dominant contract -- I was informed by author Leah Braemel that that is actually true of serious players in the BDSM population - thanks Leah!
  • I soooo never could be a submissive. I don't like to be out of control in ANY situation - hence why I don't do drugs or get drunk (Well except for those couple of times right sweetheart & one day I will forgive you for letting me fall down in those snowbanks with my mini skirt)
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for prudes!
  • If you are new to reading Erotica this would be a good start, but there are far better and steamier out there 
  • For long time fans of Erotica, you might just want to skip this one
2.75 Dewey's

I borrowed this from Jenn 


  1. After all the fuss about this book in the past two weeks I had to see a snippet of the racy stuff. So I read the virginity scene on Amazon and about 20 pages at the start of the book. In that tiny space I was bothered by the guys controlling tendencies!

    Also, I totally agree with the virginity scene being ridiculous! Especially considering she was a very naive 20 something virgin. There is no way she would have eagerly done some of the things described or enjoyed them as much first time out. It made me roll my eyes.

    However! It did make me want to read the book with a book club so we could go to town about it all some night!

    1. Yup there was definitely a lot of eye rolling while I read -- it is worth picking up a copy just for the book club discussions