Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book ~ "Fifty Shades of Grey" (2011) E.L. James

From Goodreads ~ 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.

I read this book because I wanted to see what the big deal is.  I know people who have read the three books in the series two and three times, back-to-back-to-back.

The story is quite graphic in its descriptions of BDSM activity.  I quickly became immune to it.  Sometimes there was too much information, though (like with the tampon).  The language and activity is extremely mature.

When we first meet Ana, she is a very young and inexperienced 21-year-old, forever blushing.  By the end of this book, she has matured a bit.  I never did like her, though.   She whispered quite often when having a conversation.  Why??!!  I just read a review that she actually whispers about 200 times!  She's forever biting her lip ... about 35 times I discovered (it seemed like more!).  And she says "jeez" about 81 times!!  I wasn't expecting much from the writing style but I found it very immature, especially considering the content of the book.

Christian is a 26-year-old gazillionaire, handsome, has a pilot's license (along with his own plane, of course), plays classical piano and, besides having the need to be a Dom, has a weird fetish about being touched (he doesn't like it).  Oh, and he has a weird obsession with not wasting food.  This rich powerful guy often says, "Laters, baby" to Ana ... really?!  He was introduced to the world of BDSM when he was 15 by a friend of his mom's ... ewwwww!  In the beginning, I didn't like him because he came across as arrogant and controlling.  By the end, I didn't mind him, though ... he's honest, caring and trying to give Ana what she wants (which is love).

Everything in this book happens over a four week period.

Though I didn't enjoy this book, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (I give it 1/5).  I must say that I was happy when I was finally finished it.  I won't be rushing to read the next two in the series.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

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Here is a funny clean spoof of this book with Selena Gomez ...



This one is funny too but Gilbert is reading directly from the book so the language is mature.



And finally, here is a funny spoof with a Canadian twist, Fifty Shades of Eh.

16 comments:

My Little Corner said...

Thank you Teena! I think you're the first person I know who gave a really honest assessment. I didn't want to read it because everyone else was reading it.. and I was waiting for a more detailed review.
I love the Gilbert Gottfried clip - thanks for sharing!

Isabel said...

I was getting annoyed with the inner goodess and just eff me hair. Ugh..

Lady Banana said...

I read all 3 of the books.. After the first I just had to see what happened!

Not the best books, but then.. not the worst either.

Angie in T.O. said...

Worst written series I have ever read, but I keep reading it because I want to find out what happens to the 2 most messed up and unbelievable characters I have ever read about. I am on book 3, but had to take a break after book 2 and read a real story. I look forward to finishing the series.

Teena in Toronto said...

I'll probably eventually read the other two to see how the characters develop but not for a while. I'm not a snob when it comes to books but this was a really bad book, both from the written style and the content.

Teena in Toronto said...

Izzy: Ha! I can dig it!

Margaret Bourne said...

The Gilbert Gottfried version is priceless. I'm surprised you gave it one star out of five. I'd have given it 1/2 star. Couldn't get through it.

Swordsman said...

I'll stick to the Longarm and Trailsman series instead thank-you

Teena in Toronto said...

Margaret: Goodreads makes you give a book at least one star ... and I thought at best if deserved one star (but no more!).

Teena in Toronto said...

Gord: Your trashy novels are probably better than this one!

Masshole Mommy said...

I read all three in the matter of about a week in a half. The second one was MUCH better than tne first and the 3rd was ok. The second book is my favorite.

Masshole Mommy said...

I read all three in the matter of about a week in a half. The second one was MUCH better than tne first and the 3rd was ok. The second book is my favorite.

Teresa said...

Read all three awhile back. Inquiring minds needed to know what all the fuss was about. The story is a huge stretch, if you ask me, and its not Shakespeare, but was good for a laugh. I kept thinking "oh come on!!!" Some of the repetition is annoying (biting my lip, inner goddess, etc). It was a quick read and certainly a fantasy. A form of escapism from the dull routine with some voyeurism, perhaps that is why it was so popular.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I enjoyed it for what it was. Definitely not a Nobel Prize winner but entertaining nonetheless.

I am in the middle of book 2 but put it down down to read a book for book club. I will finish them to know what happens in the end.

Thanks for the video of Gilbert - that was hysterical.

Jen Estes said...

Teena, I was reading your review on Goodreads, but I'm so glad I came back here to finish it -- that Gilbert video is hilarious! I sent it to my mom, who is obsessed with Christian and Ana. (And now if you'll excuse me, I have to go dry heave.)

Teena in Toronto said...

Jen: Ya, the Gilbert reading is hilarious!