Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
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.
Oh man. Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes, I know all of you have heard of this book by now. I am sure you have either read it, or read a lot about it. I am late to the game, but honestly I never thought I would read it. I guess I should start off with a little bit of background about me and this book. My one friend is someone who likes all the celebrity gossip and keeps me up to date on the new big things. She gave me the Hunger Games book before I had heard of it as she heard it was going to be the next big thing in one of her magazines, and it was. Well she has subscriptions to People and all those magazines and she would give them to me when she was finished. I first saw Fifty Shades of Grey in one of them and it said it was Twilight fanfic and I thought eh. I am not a fanfic fan really so I wasn't planning on reading it. She asked me about it, said it would be the next big thing, but still I said no thanks. I don't like fan fic.
Then it blew up. Everyone was talking about Fifty Shades. It was everywhere, and still I kept thinking how it was fanfic and still didn't want to read it. Then I saw some examples of the writing and thought yeah, I really don't want to read this. The writing is terrible and I am not sure I could handle that. The years went by and I read more and more about it. I read a ton of negative reviews of the book, how it is abuse not BDSM, how it is just the worst and it reinforced my not wanting to read it. One thing I absolutely cannot stand in a book is when they try to pass abuse off as BDSM. They are not the same things, and if that is what this is then no. Just no. So I was pretty sure I would never read Fifty Shades. Eventually I got into blogging and reading all the time and people kept asking me about it. What my opinion was. And I could only reply how I didn't read it, but don't think, based on what others have said, that I would enjoy it. I knew eventually I would have to give it a try as it was such a huge cultural thing, everyone knows it, and the movies were coming out and yeah. You can't escape it and I knew I should try and read it so I would be able to share my opinion of it. Without reading it you can't say much about it except well I heard x, y, and z. Which is not good.
I love BDSM books, yeah they are hot, and I recommended one of my favorites to a friend who likes the same thing. Afterwards we were talking about how awesome it was and I asked her if she read Fifty Shades. She said yes, it was okay, very light BDSM, but nothing crazy or anything. She didn't hate it, but she didn't love it and she talked me into giving it a try. As I said I knew I should read it to have an opinion, and that was the push I needed to try. I checked it out of the library and started reading.
Now I was like 99% sure I would hate this book. From everything I read it sounded terrible. And I started reading with that mindset, and the first chapter I thought I don't know about this. Then I kept reading and oh my goodness. This is the funniest book I have ever read. Seriously. It is hilarious!! I had sooooo much fun reading this book. So. Much. Fun. I laughed till I had tears running down my face. It was amazing. If you would have told me going in that I would LOVE this book, and actually recommend it to people, I would have laughed. Said no way. But oh, this book is comedy gold! It is not supposed to be, but I have no idea how you can not find this book hilarious! Well that is not true. I can see you hating it, but yeah. I love bad movies and TV shows and everything. The stuff that is so bad it's good, and that is what Fifty Shades is. While reading I told every single person I talked to how amazing this book was. How you should read it. How it is so so so funny. How I can't believe I am saying this, but do yourself a favor and give this book a try. Oh it was great.
There are so many things about this story that are so wrong they are so right. While reading I kept writing lines to my one friend and oh, we had some fun times. It got to the point where I was just like I have to stop. I would send her almost every line it felt like, because they were all so bad they are good. Oh, this book. Oh Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey and Katherine Cavanaugh. I am usually really bad with names, but the author uses the characters names so much, both first and last names, that I cannot forget them. It was glorious. The books starts off with Anastasia Steele intrviewing Christian Grey for Katherine Cavanaugh. Because Katherine Cavanaugh is sick and can't do it. Oh, Anastasia Steele, if she would have been written just slightly less entertaining, she would have been one of the most annoying characters I have ever read. Instead she is one of the most entertaining. She is so incredibly stupid and naive and I don't know how she has lived as long as she has. Or why Christian Grey would want to be with her so much. She was...horrible in such a delightful way. I...she was awesome. She thinks things that I find not sexy AT ALL, things that are just no, that I would NEVER want to happen are just the best thing ever. Anything that comes from Christian Grey's mouth is so much better. There was one time when he put wine in his mouth, then put it in her mouth, and that scene I almost died laughing. It was sexier than the toothbrush! Cause using someones toothbrush was previously THE sexiest thing ever. No. Just no.
So yeah. I'm not really going to go into details as I would be here all day. I could tell you all the amazing, gloriously terrible parts of this story that had me, my friend, and my husband cracking up. All the things that had us laughing so hard we cried. All the things that we still talk about and enjoy even months later. This book. This book is better than I could have ever imagined. This book is the funniest thing I have ever read. This book is everything I never expected. I expected it to be terrible, the worst, but that made it the best.
Oh, and just a note. This book doesn't really have much BDSM in it. It is pretty much vanilla sex. He spanks her like two or three times, he ties her hands up once, then the rest is just vanilla. Oh, and if you would have told me that I would feel bad for Christian Grey at the end I would again have laughed and said no way. But I did. Anastasia Steele was ridiculous. *Spoilers if you don't know how this ends already* So Anastasia Steele asks Christian Grey to show her how bad it would be. The worst he can do. And so he spanks her like 7 times or something and then she is all you monster! I can't be with you! You are the worst! It was just like what?!? First off seven spanks is the worst it will get? Umm...okay. I think even I could handle that. Plus, you asked him to show you this. And it is not much worse than anything that happened before. So I have no idea why she freaked out so much. But I did feel bad for Christian Grey. I can see where some wouldn't like this book because of the older lady that introduced Christian Grey to the BDSM stuff, but that was just in the background. Also all the people that said this was abuse....I don't see it. And as I said I normally hate that, so...Anastasia Steele always consented to anything that happened. So not abuse. I also felt bad for Christian Grey as he really did start to change for Anastasia Steele. She wasn't sure she wanted all of this light BDSM stuff, and he tried to be more like what she wanted. Because he wanted to be with her and make her happy. It was sad then that she was just all you monster! And left him. Now to read the next book. Hopefully it will be as entertaining as this one has been.
One last thing before I sign off - if anyone knows of any other reviewers who have loved this book as I have, who have found this book hilarious - please let me know. I read through a lot of reviews and they seem to be either a) I love this book! Christian Grey is the best!! I wish he were my boyfriend!!, b) this book is meh, whatever or c) I hate this book! It is the worst thing I have ever read! No option d) that this is hilarious. That you should read it because it is so bad it is good. So yeah. Let me know of any you see that think the same as me. I want to connect with more of my people. And go read this book. It is incredible. So bad it's good. I never thought I would give this more than 1 star, I never thought I would actually recommend it, but I am. Incredible.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★