I do believe I owe you a book review about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James, or rather I owe you an explanation of why I read it.
Some time in the year 2011, I was asked if I heard of this new book about BDSM, called ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ I can’t remember if it intrigued me or not, but I didn’t quite run to the stores to pick up a copy. Therefore, I assume that I didn’t have any interest in the book at the time. To be honest, BDSM doesn’t do anything for me. Sorry if I disappointed some of you in that regard. Fast forward to 2015, a very good friend of mine found the first two books in the trilogy at a yard sale and asked me if I wanted to buy them. Why not? I am writing in the romance/erotica genre so it would be good research. Well, there is nothing about FSOG that is romantic, but it’s definitely full on erotic.
Being behind the curve of reading a new release, I actually started reading it when I heard the movie was coming out. Both the book and movie received a lot of criticism and created controversy about these platforms condoning abusive relationships. Now that is an entirely different blog post discussion, but in a nut shell, all books, movies, comic books, etc. are out there to entertain and nothing else. However, I do respect all the opinions about the books and movies, either good or bad.
It took me several weeks to finish the book and I have to say I did like it.I didn’t love it either. This is hearsay, but it’s true that the writing is awkward and I can’t stand the main character’s ‘Inner Goddess’ and ‘Subconscious,’ mostly because I feel it took away from the story, but also it was simply annoying. I think the movie was tastefully done and wrapped up the story nicely. However, I read that others were like, ‘WTF?’ when the movie ended. I think it was a perfect ending, but that’s just me. Don’t people know the immense success of a cliffhanger? Anyway, what I am having a hard time with is the second book in the trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades Darker.’ I can’t seem to choke this one down, for lack of a better word.
First of all, I think it was too soon so have Mr. Grey appear early in the story. There was no separation between the time they broke up and when he comes back into her life. I felt that Anna didn’t suffer enough the way one should when couples’ go there separate ways. I must tell you that I read two books while taking my own break from ‘Fifty Shades Darker.’ That is how much I am not liking it. However, I can see why the author did that–to show Mr. Grey’s dark predatory nature. The story line is very repetitive. OK, we get it! He’s rich and he has many talents and he’s a very troubled person. Please don’t laugh (Well, maybe you should) but I find myself skimming over the sex scenes, which there is not a shortage of in this book. Can I get an eye roll please? (Just make sure Mr. Grey doesn’t catch you doing that!).
I am 300 plus pages into the book with about another 200 to go…oh joy!! It is now only getting good. Whereas before I was getting bored because the timing and pace of the story line and main plot were painfully slow. My palette cleansers and time out for the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ novel were two of Nicholas Sparks’ novels. What a shift of gears, right? Going from BDSM, to the more romantic, moving and heartfelt stories of Mr. Sparks. I will be sure to give you my thoughts on his work in another blog post.
My final thoughts are that I shouldn’t be too negative about E.L. James’ novels. She is the one with published works out there, making millions from her FSOG brand, a movie and another one on the horizon. I have yet to even get my novella published. However, that doesn’t mean I still can’t have my own thoughts.
Thanks for reading and you will hear again from me soon!