Friday, April 6, 2012
50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James 4/5 Stars
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.
I hesitated a long time before buying 50 Shades of Grey. I read tons of great reviews and almost as many bad reviews, but when I read that E. L. James was offered 4 million dollars plus for the movie rights, I caved.
Erotica is not anywhere near the top of my list of favorites, neither is pure romantic fiction. That being said, I have to own up to loving all kinds of novels including the Twilight series, Hunger Games, Misery, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Kushiel’s Dart, and Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer. So as you can see, I’m all over the place.
Down to the nitty gritty. I have to say I loved 50 Shades of Grey. Just as I did in Twilight, I could easily identify with someone who felt awkward, clumsy, unattractive, and never quite fitting in - a square peg in a round hole. Add a gorgeous, wealthy, more than slightly twisted stalker, and I’m there. Okay, so maybe I’m a little twisted too. Who knew?
I enjoyed how both Ana’s and Christian’s characters developed as their relationship grew and changed as well. I am giving 50 Shades of Grey 4 out of 5 stars (the humor alone is worth 4 stars) instead of 5 out of 5, only because it ended with a cliff hanger. I like novels to be stand alone even when they are part of a series. It’s just my thing, but I will most likely buy the other two in the series. Wait, who am I kidding? Of course I’ll buy the next two! They are just a click away on my Kindle.