Fifty Shades of Grey book 1 - erotic fiction by Vintage Books - review by TdotY

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Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance novel, and a pretty good one. Its primary appeal is to women who read romance novels. I did find some of it quite tedious and repetitive, on the whole I found it an easy read and mostly enjoyable. You will either love or hate this book. It's all about individual taste and opinion.
Easy read, good characterization, a lot of sex
Tedious and repetitive
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
First of all, I have to admit that I was one of those who devoured this entire trilogy in less than 3 weeks. They are not particularly well written books, but the love story of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey captivated me. For me this book was an escape, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I realize that there is a lot of controversy over this book, but ladies, Christian Grey is not real, and neither is his relationship with Anastasia.

In book one, you may think the book is a lot about the domination and violation of women, but it evolves quickly past this. I would recommend sitting down and actually reading the entire series and not just the first book.

In the first book of Fifty Shades of Grey, you are introduced to the hot and steamy relationship of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey. The two of them together are dynamite. You will love them together and you will want it all to work out.

Anastasia (Ana) Steel-Anastasia is an English Literature student who is approaching graduation. She is shy, insecure, and loves to read classic British novels. But don't let that fool you, she ends up to be quite the catch. She has goals and ambitions, and is overall a well-rounded character. She is the character that you love and want to see good things happen to.

Christian Grey-Christian is super hot to me in this book. I love him as the male lead and everything that he embodies. Christian is a billionaire who seems to really do a whole lot of nothing. You soon learn that he's controlling, has been hurt in the past, and he's only capable of having relationships based around an S&M dynamic.

Kate Kavanaugh-Kate is an aspiring journalist and Ana's best friend and roommate. Kate is described as being blunt and the sexier one of the two. She's actually the reason that Ana and Christian met. When she ends up sick and cannot complete an interview with Christian Grey, Ana goes for her instead.

Ana's Inner Goddess-I've actually read that a lot of people hated Ana's Inner Goddess, but if I must be completely honest, I think my favorite character is Ana's Inner Goddess. The author really made her sexy, sassy, fun, and alive. She was a character all on her own. Some of the inner-goddess interludes are really funny. I particularly loved when the inner goddess passed out drunk with an empty bottle of liquor. Ha!

Ana's Subconscious-Ana's subconscious was a lot like her Inner Goddess just not as fun and sassy. Sometimes the subconscious has a mind of its own that battles out with your conscience. Having the subconscious in there demonstrated Ana's internal conflict in a fun manner. Her subconscious was like her angel on one shoulder and her inner goddess was like the devil on her other shoulder.

The Red Room of Pain-The Red Room of Pain is Christian's dungeon-like room that is filled with an assortment of bondage gear including, but not limited to, whips, paddles, chains, and riding crops.

The Contract-Okay, so the contract was the only creepy part of the story to me that I did not quite understand. In a nutshell, it's basically a contract with all kinds of clauses stating that "the Submissive" (Ana) must get eight hours of sleep a night, eat only certain foods, work with a personal trainer four times a week, and shave on a regular basis. I found this part of the story to be a bit too controlling for my taste. I really wasn't a fan of Christian's controlling side.
Follow-up commentary
After reading book two I would recommend reading this book even more. It's a lot different than the second book, but I feel that for the people who had problems in the first book will find that these problems are some what rectified in the second book.
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  • lovesexandmarriage
    Great review. I agree completely with you. Being in the lifestyle, there were parts I hated, but had I read it a year ago, I'd have been in love with it. I'm just wrapping up the third book, and overall give it a "thumbs up"
  • deltalima
  • Beneath The Bed
    Thanks for the review!
  • Melan!e
    Thanks for the review. I'm still not sure how much I want to read this though.
  • Miss LadyLuck
    I have been wanting to read this
  • ska
    Nice review. Thank you.
  • Zandrock
    Nice review
  • allme1
    thanks for the review!
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  • mica123
    Great review! Still contemplating on whether or not to read this series.
  • Terri69
    Great review! Thanks!
  • TrulyLena
    great review!!
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