Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

Published in:2011
Book #:1 in the trilogy

Back cover:
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.

My review:
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book- I mean, the jokes about it alone put me off, as well as the fact that everyone knows what the book is about and looks at you strangely because let’s face it, you’re reading porn. Which it totally is.

And it’s so, so damn good. Sigh.

Christian is hot. Very messed up, but hot. And Ana is… well, my friend tells me that while she was reading this, she kept picturing me, because I was basically what Ana was described as- long brown hair, skinny, tall, pale skin, and of course, that innocent look about me (Means you can get away with more! ha). Which was weird… until I read it and went “HOLY FUCK, they based a character on me.” Right down to the damn clumsyness (Though I’m not clumsy, I’m just careless). Anyhoo, that’s where the similarities end, let me tell you now.

So it’s smutty as hell. And the scenes are really quite bad. The tampon bit? Ew. So wrong. We keep giggling like hell over how gross that bit is (Who honestly rips a tampon out of a chick and then fucks her? I mean, ew). And what’s worse is that Ana find it hot.

And the end… oh, the ending… I got so teary at the end, I had to keep putting it down and watching quality olympics to keep from bawling my eyes out.

So yeah. The book is as smutty as I expected, and possibly more. It’s like, any excuse for sex. And it gets worse in the second book. But perhaps it’s the unbelievability (That’s a word, right?) of the book that makes it good? It’s addictive. And I like the tip to the classics throughout the book- mentions of Tess of D’ubervilles, Jane Austen, and the fact that they refer to each other as “Miss Steele” and “Mr Grey”, which is a definite tip back to the classical literature novels.

People have been commenting that reading this is bad, that we should instead read something that’s really quality and well-written, like shakespeare (Okay, that was a meme I saw, and I had to mention it). Before I read the books, I was agreeing whole-heartedly. Afterwards… Well, the books are addictive. Not well written in the way of the classics, no. But well-written in a different form, in a way that makes you want to keep reading, that makes you connect to the characters, that is addictive. And that is why it’s sold so many copies, why everyone is reading it. Because it’s written to meet today’s modern reader, with no qualms about subject or taboo, and it’s a little bit naughty, a little bit enlightening, and a little bit fun. That is why it’s a best-seller.

Final review:
50 shades of grey rating:
9/10. I couldn’t really put it down, and given the last few months of reading, it was refreshing. Plus the book just stayed in my mind long after finishing it, not so much the smut parts, but more the characters and the things that they have to go through.
Would I re-read it?Yes I would. I do wish they had cut out at least half of the sex, cause it’s really over-the-top, but even so, it’s still fun to read. and addictive as hell. Plus Christian is hot.
Who would I recommend it to?Are you under the age of 20? THEN PUT THE BOOK DOWN. This would have an R-rating if it was a movie. It’s porn in a book. It’s for females, it’s for the mature, and it’s not something for you to recommend to your grandmother. So if you don’t fall into any of those categories, then this may be your thing. Just don’t go and try to recreate the scenes from the book with your SO. We don’t need the 50 shades of grey baby boom.

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And of course, you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard that they are making this into a movie. Should be interesting, to say the least. Do we want to see the movie version of this book? Cause really, it’d have to have an R-rating, or cut out 90% of the book to get it down to a M rating… but still, very interesting to see what they do, and who they get to play Christian and Ana (Rumours are that the guy from White Collar is Mr Grey, so yum… and Hermoine Granger for Ana. FUCK NO. I’m sorry Emma Watson, but you are no Ana Steele.)