Fifty Shades is a series of erotic novels by E. L. James, initially a trilogy consisting of Fifty Shades of Grey (), Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed Salman Rushdie said about the book: "I've never read anything so badly written. Fifty Shades of Grey is a erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It became the first instalment in the Fifty Shades novel series that follows the. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the US Congress Library. E L James is currently working on the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey and a.
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What does this tell us? She felt the need to flee. She felt the need to not be alone with him. But instead of speaking up, she fled. She never voices her discomfort. She is the submissive, quiet person that society has taught her to be. And 70 million people have read about her and have had these dangerously passive behaviors reinforced, yet again, through her actions, behaviors and words or lack thereof.
How will this same mentality play out in a situation involving sexual assault? I feel panicky, drunk, and out of control. The feeling is suffocating. Luckily, Ana is spared further abuse because the one and only Christian Grey arrives on the scene and saves her. You got that, ladies? Bear in mind that this little scene takes place in the parking lot outside of a crowded bar, just a shout away from salvation. And we should not be surprised when they behave these ways during attempted or completed rapes.
Women will behave the same way they have been taught to behave in all social, professional, and sexual interactions. I sure thought so.
I glare at him. Ana, who are you kidding? Leave that to the menfolk. Men, you know, the other sex, the ones that have been raised to talk about emotions. In public. A stranger. But accept his help and trust his kindness she does. When she wakes up in his suite the next morning, pantsless by the way, she accuses Christian of stalking her.
Pressing his suit! There is no plot point 2. Well there isn't really one, it's just kind of an all over the place ending She says he's too weird and ends it. What a complex, thrilling, and incredible plot full of depth. Did you even care? If you've gotten this far, nope. But guess what. I guess that's how she gets people to download the next ones because hot diggedy I can't wait to see them get back together and whine some more.
And let's talk about the sex for a moment. Nothing forbidden actually happens that you'll be like ohhhh how scandalous I want to try that. For the most part it's pretty much all basic stuff or basic toy play, because basically he's taking it easier on her since she's inexperienced. Except for the belt part at the end, I guess, which just doesn't sound fun. And you already heard about the tampon, so like, that's not even a surprise although imo it's not a big deal anyway.
Out of all the women having sex on their periods regularly, I can guarantee you there are quite a few men that are tasked with taking the tampon out and throwing it aside. I was actually more upset about the fact that she is sleeping completely naked in a hotel room bed on day two of her period.
As if that isn't going to be a mess in the morning. Okay lest I go on as long as the book, you get the point. If you want to see more, my commentary while reading it is below. However, a few things: Don't get crazy on us, I might be too overwhelmed by this turn of events. And it was, expectedly, gross. I still stand by that statement. It's not what he's doing, it's how he's doing it.
He is deeply troubled, whiny, and manipulative, and while he does love control, it's for the wrong reasons. He was abused as a child, and sexually abused as a 15 year old and vastly denies it, and because of this he justifies his activities as personal preference when he is in fact a bit too fucked up to currently have a relationship.
She goes to visit her mother because she needs a break from him to think, and what does he do? Flies out there, using his roundabout stalker way of finding information about where she's at, like he always does, to meet up, have sex with her and take her out with him.
She's supposed to be visiting her mother and having time to think, yet he can't stay away and makes this about HIM, taking her away from time with her mom whom she hasn't seen in 6 months.
I can't at this selfish fucking bastard because he just can't stay away. It makes me mad just thinking about someone that clingy. Which is another thing that pisses me off, almost everything about their whining and relationship conversations reminds me of everything I've hated about past relationships I've had.
How does anyone think that this is sexy, that this depicts something they want? I can't even. I cannot. Now everytime I see a commercial for Gossip Girl, rage courses through my body.
I'm bored. Someone get me out of here. Did you know that James recently stated she's set the bar for writing pretty high? Please, do yourself a favor and go download a book of much higher quality plot and writing, ohhhh like What in the hell just happened? Did I really read that? Oh, my god, I did. I did read that. Meet Anastasia Steele: Ana is just a giant mess of a human being. She's insecure to the point of it being laughable, 'klutzy' even though she only trips twice in the entire book , and a complete ditz.
She's a virgin of course who's never taken any sexual interest in anyone before. I'm fairly certain there hasn't been a woman this naive since 'round about At one point, she thinks putting h What in the hell just happened?
At one point, she thinks putting her hair in pigtails will keep her safe from Christian's lusty advances. Fuckin' really? She "flushes" constantly, and on several occasions referred to her hoo-hoo-naughty place as "down there. Christian is a misogynistic, self-loathing, abusive piece of shit.
Apparently, his only redeeming qualities are, in this order; his ridiculous good looks, his money, and his giant penis. The only time Ana seems to like him as a person is when he's being "lovable", and those times are few and far between. Most of the time he's serious, brooding, and threatening. How charming. I knew from the very first line this wasn't going to be good. Your hair won't behave? My suspicions were confirmed a few pages later when Ana admits that any "sympathy" she feels for her sick friend is "unwelcome".
Unwelcome, apparently because her friend is beautiful, even when she has the flu? What a petty, jealous cunt. Once he gave up, however, I had to travel the rest of the road alone. What a painful journey it was. My first impressions of Ana were bad deservedly so. What were my first impressions of Christian? That's how I felt about Christian Grey.
From the beginning. Any time an author tries to sell me on a character's "charm" by waxing hormonal about how "ridiculously good-looking" he is, I snicker inwardly.
I can't think why Anyway, after reading about the description of Christian's building hello, first penis metaphor , I had to sit through the awful dialogue between these smarmy idiots and hope beyond hope that something, anything, would distract me enough to see me through to the end. I went back and counted, and kept track throughout the rest of the book, and do you have any idea how many fucking times Ana said "Oh my" in this monumentally bad missive?
Do you? I'll tell you; 79! His playroom. His playroom? Or how about his weird-ass issues with food? He wants the girl slim and in shape, yet he won't stop trying to force her to eat!
I simply love the attempt E. James made at giving these pathetic shells personalities. Ana wears Converse, drives a vintage car, and likes classic British lit. And Christian; we know Christian's super deep and sophisticated because he plays the piano and listens to obscure classical music. This is how we know Edward Christian is really just a lost soul in need of love; his love of music. Everyone knows that no one threatening listens to music.
Music lovers just aren't capable of doing anything bad. Psychos like music, too. Were the sex scenes well-written? Well, none of it was particularly well-written. The sex scenes could be kind of I've had more exciting sex myself, so I guess reader response to the sex scenes is dependent on reader experience.
There's nothing revolutionary here, and a lot of it is just plain unrealistic. I mean, come on, he pretty much jackhammers her hymen and she walks away with nothing more than a passing, pleasant soreness?
How about the time he gives her a handjob with a soapy washcloth? Apparently neither one of them has ever heard of a urinary tract infection. Oh, or we could talk about her first time giving Christian a blowjob, during which Ana established herself as some kind of Queen of Deepthroat. Anyone wanna hear about the tampon scene? Oh, you've already heard about the tampon scene? Yeah, same here, although hearing about it and reading the actual scene are a bit different.
For some reason, you imagine it being worse than it actually is, while at the same time, reading about it is more horrifying than you could possibly imagine. Yeah, gross. I'm not a prude, but there are certain lines people just shouldn't cross. What makes it worse is that Christian is just thrilled that Ana's raggin' because he hates using condoms. Apparently, Mr.
GinormoDick doesn't know that a woman can get pregnant while on her period. Which is hilarious considering all the teaching and training he's doing to remedy Ana's sexual ignorance. Sexual dependence, thy name is Anastasia Steele. We're supposed to believe that this girl has gone 21 years neither having had sex nor masturbating?
Well, Christian's supposed sexual prowess makes a bit more sense now, as does Ana's assertion that he has a giant bologna wand. She has absolutely zero experience, and she's never once had anything "in there ". Thing could be the size of a baby carrot and she'd still be like, "Oh, my glob!
How is it ever going to fit?! It's ridiculous. Come to think of it, Christian's obsession with her eating habits makes a bit more sense now. She was probably beginning to look like something out of a horror movie. Seriously, though, are we going to take the word of a girl who is apparently so undersexed she's never even masturbated? I guess I can sort of understand this obsession with some kind of an awakening, but She has absolutely nothing with which to compare, not even her own damn hand!
Now I'll be totally honest, the biggest issue I have with Fifty Shades of Shit is neither the sex nor the horrible writing. It's the plot. Thin as it is, it's still there, its core message being that, given enough time, you can change someone. While I don't have any problem with this if all you're trying to do is help them to lose weight or quit smoking, when you're talking about an emotionally and dangerously close to physically abusive relationship, sending that kind of message is ridiculous and irresponsible.
Christian is controlling, possessive, condescending, and cruel. He doesn't allow Ana to behave as she normally would, and Ana just puts up with it, insistent that if she can give him what he wants, when he wants, as often as he wants, she can eventually begin to pull his strings.
Will it work? In the books, probably. In real life? Almost never. How many misguided women are going to waste their lives on some emotionally retarded prick because they've read shit like this and think this kind of fucked-up fairytale will come true for them?
I've known women with this mentality. He may be hot, he may have a huge dick, he may even be rich, that doesn't make him a good person.
It doesn't even make him a potentially good person. Look, I can make my words Staccato like Christian. Now hold still while I choke you until you pass out Potential rape is downplayed. Ana's friend, Jake Jose, starts pushing himself on her rather vehemently when they're both drunk.
Ana repeatedly says no, but Jose just keeps trying to go in for the kill. Admiral Chaps busts on up with his riding crop, however, and saves her. Ana understandably avoids Jose for a while after that, and when her other friend asks her why, all Ana says is, "He made a pass at me.
Christian tells Ana that he gets off on having complete and total control over another person. This is not just in the bedroom, but in Ana's overall life.
On several occasions, he fails to yield when Ana says no, plunging on regardless, assured she'll like whatever he does, anyway, so why bother stopping? And there are women out there who think this is romantic. I wish you the best of luck, ladies. Just keep in mind that while you're fantasizing about abusive, misogynistic assholes like Grey, there are a lot of women dealing with the horrors of actually living with men like him.
For all you ladies bustin' out your toys while daydreaming about Hunky Mr. Grey, I want you to do something for me. It'll only take a moment. Close your eyes. Think about all the things Christian Grey does in the book. Not just those supposed sweet things, but really, everything. His condescension, his control, his insane jealousy, his threats Still turned on? The end of the book was absolutely hilarious, with Ana fleeing in emotional tumult because Christian can't give her what she needs love!
And we're treated to her alternately being angry about the pain and humiliation she faced at Christian's hands, and chastising herself for being a failure and for being mean to Christian.
It really is classic abuse mentality. Yet I see her being touted by some as "strong and independent". It's this kind of ignorant trash that sets feminism back decades. This is not a book about BDSM, this is a book about one sick, abusive man and his obsession with a young, naive invertebrate. It's a book about a girl who has absolutely no sense of self, who sacrifices any pretense of individuality in order to hold onto a man who doesn't even show her the faintest glimmer of respect.
It's about two attention-starved individuals with the emotional maturity of toilet paper convincing themselves that their relationship is 'like, the best thing ever, OMG'. It's trite, insulting, and dangerous. I fear for any impressionable young women who read this and think that this is how an ideal relationship should operate. If nothing else, it should be issued as a guidebook to mothers around the world to show their daughters the kind of man to avoid at all costs.
This book does good men and indeed, all of humanity a disservice. They're thinking of turning it into a movie I can't Word Count: Aman Dhindsa Gosh girl! I totally agree on your perceptive!
May 24, Oct 18, Steph Sinclair rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Absolutely no one. Now with whips and chains! Fifty Shades of Shit Haters, please exit stage left. I'm not sure what possessed me to pick up Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought I might genuinely like it before I started, but all I was left with was one hell of a mindfuck.
Whatever it was that brought on this knee jerk download seems to have mercifully left me with enough common sense to say I will not be continuing on with this series. Recently I discovered one of my favorite publishers, Random House, has picked up Fifty Shades of Grey and made this statement: Fifty Shades of Grey and Master of the Universe the original fan fic are essentially the same thing. The biggest difference being Edward and Bella's name being replaced with Christian and Anastasia respectively.
And I would know this because I have both and while I was reading, I would occasionally switch back and forth between the two without difficulty. I'd go through and give you examples myself, but other people have done it already here and here. So if you must read this book, do yourself a solid and find the fan fic online. You even get the second book too! I know some people claim this has no similarities to Twilight and got dammit, I'm allergic to all the bull shit.
Do I really need to point this all out?
Because it looks pretty obvious to me. The mannerisms of the characters are exactly the same. They even say similar things the original characters say. The whole "dazzle" line and Edward asking Bella to trust him. Her mother being remarried with the same inability to maneuver her way around a kitchen. Bella is still trying to save Edward from himself due to his troubled past. Edward still stalks and controls Bella, only now he gets to hit her when she gets out of line.
I struggled to come up with a proper review for this book and couldn't figure out why I was feeling rather uninspired to write one. And then I figured it out. I was left so disgusted by this book that I wanted to purge the memory of its existence from my mind. With a rusty nail. Every time I thought of the book my brain cells would go on strike, yelling obscenities at me. Anyway, I thought Bella and Edward's relationship couldn't get anymore fucked up than Twilight.
I stand corrected. If I were to describe FSoG in one sentence it would be this: Fifty Shades of Grey is like Twilight on steroids, high on ecstasy, in a dirty little corner. A very dirty corner. With badly written sex. Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of the beautiful but of course she doesn't know it , naive virgin, Anastasia Steal after she is suckered into interviewing the Greek god, Christian Grey.
Of course, sparks fly and for some unknown reason he can't seem to stay away from this incredibly, unremarkable girl. There are a myriad of problems with this novel, many of which ironically can be found in Twilight. Never saw that one coming! However, Ana doesn't see it that way. She thinks of him as a broken person and it's her duty to fix him. Even when he says things like this: But not beyond anything you couldn't take. And please don't even bother to tell me that it's just BDSM.
No, just fucking no. Ana is genuinely afraid of Christian and is never entirely comfortable with the "punishment" aspect of their relationship. But Christian just manipulates her with sex to continue the relationship.
And that's what really gets me. I just have a hard time believing a virgin would somehow become a sex goddess overnight, because that is exactly what happens. When she first is introduced to his kinky lifestyle and tells him she is a virgin he immediately tells her he needs to handle that "situation" before they could continue.
Since when is your virginity a "situation? Oh, no, because that is when we are introduced to Ana's two best friends. Everyone say hi to: Anna's inner goddess, who always cheers her on when Christian wants sex or wants to punish her. She's also quite annoying, doing back flips at the mention of anything sexual related. Simmer down. Where did she come from exactly? Ana is in her twenties and has never felt the urge to have sex with anyone until Christian comes along with his whips and chains?!
Ana's sub-conscious, who hides behind couches when it comes time for her beating. When it comes to Ana having sex with Christian, well, her sub-conscious only has one thing to say, So after the "situation" is handled, Ana has to sign a "contract" agreeing to his sexual demands and also outlining things she won't do. It was pretty pointless considering he still got what he wanted and she never signed the damn thing.
He exploits her, stalks her and abuses her! She cries after sex.
She is afraid of him being angry! Even when he is angry at something else, she thinks it's her. Her reasoning for allowing him to hit her as his therapy is because she's afraid to lose him. That is not a reason for agreeing to a BDSM lifestyle! In fact, that's not even really "consent! His brow furrows, his eyes widening. He blinks twice. Not here. Not now. Please don't. No, excuse me.
That's not right. Yes, the caps were totally necessary because that was the most disgusting thing I have ever had the misfortune of reading. That is not sexy, that's foul. Whenever Ana thinks about leaving him, he comes over to her apartment unannounced pounds into her literally and her inner goddess does a fucking happy dance, forgetting her urge to kick his sick ass to the curb. They fight, they breakup.
They kiss, they sex up. Dance, puppet. The writing is a shitty mess too. I mean, if I had to sit and read Ana saying "Holy, shit! I wanted to take my red pen and have at this "book" so badly. It was the little things like Ana's roommate saying over and over, "You never cry Ana," and what do we find Ana always doing? I'm not sure where the hell the plot was. Didn't I mention this was a Twilight retelling?
Why was I expecting a plot? And another example of poor writing: They used phrases that Americans don't use. And now I'm trying to figure out why this book is so popular. Why do so many women love this book? I get the appeal of the bondage even though it's not my usual cup of tea.
Sounds exciting! Not so much. Fuck my life! Zero stars! Eh, I'm off to read a good book now and possibly to bleach my brain.
More reviews at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Jan 28, Kruti rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. In the words of Miss Steele, "You need to sort your shit out, Grey! I honestly do NOT feel like revisiting this book and writing a review.
However, this book is so bad that I feel the need to warn others from this drivel. Luckily, I did not download this garbage. I do not even know what overcame me to read it and I can only blame a momentary lack of judgment on my part.
What baffles me is the scary fangirlgasm following this book. Doing some research, this book was originally posted online as a twilight fanfic!
Yes, a twilight fanfic. And dubbing it a twilight fanfic and promoting it as such is no doubt raising the bar on the sale figures. What has the world come to? Everything you could possibly imagine is wrong with this book! The execution and the characters. And the writing. And the plot wait, was there one?!? And it is arguably the most anti-feminist portrayal of any relationship.
FSoG simply continues this unhealthy view and promotes an even more abusive and degrading relationship towards women, targeting older women and possibly even teenage girls who know no better.
Oh dear god, I hope teenage girls do not jump on this disturbing bandwagon. This is not something that should be promoted as desirable or idealistic. This book cheapens what feminists have fought for years! The two spend the rest of the romantic evening calmly discussing the contract that allows him to fuck her senseless.
The next 4 days, he gets to do exactly what he wants, he stalks her, abuses her and punishes her by spanking her several times. Atleast, she finally sees some sense and walks out. It reads more like a diary — he did this, I did this.
The constant repetitions are enough to make someone suicidal! The sex scenes were terrible and frankly a little disturbing to put down on paper — an incident with the tampon springs to mind. The characters are simply absurd in this book. AnaBella SteeleSwan Anastasia Steele irked me quite a lot and reading this book from her point of view was no picnic in the park. I found nothing remotely interesting about her.
I swear Kate was a much more interesting character and would have made a better female lead, but like the other few characters she was mentioned only for the sake of a story. A real shame. Christian Grey…where do I begin? Kruti Subject: Your issues Date: April 18 And frankly, you are in need of much help. Perhaps, I can direct you to the nearest mental hospital?
Or better yet, accompany you to the nearest police station? It's the least I can do. In response to your email, I think you have that the wrong way around, sir. Laters, baby. Kruti On Apr 18, at That does not give him the right to exert control over her and abuse her. Hell NO! That's not BDSM. Okay children, let's explore the definition of BDSM: Don't tell me we have two consenting adults here. No, Ana is just a child trapped in a woman's body. She has no true idea of what this lifestyle entails and is at most times in fear.
If you're still not convinced about how unhealthy this relationship was, this probably will convince you. To ensure he gets her to do what he wants, he manipulates her with promises of a relationship if she is willing to try his way of lifestyle. So in her mind, his need to control her and beat her is a form of therapy? That's not BDSM either.
I have absolutely nothing more to add. I'm taking my inner goddess elsewhere and grabbing a good book. Honestly this is what I imagined Christian to be like.
If you have a facebook account, you should definitely visit this link. Absolutely horrifying, utter trash. A waste of trees, bookshelf space and precious, oh so very fucking precious braincells. Honestly, why is this even published? Every single book store in Sydney is promoting this tripe, claiming it to be some kind of awesome romance novel.
Are you absolutely shitting me? There is nothing romantic at all about this 'book'. In fact, that's what this book sh Garbage. In the UK, it's the fastest-selling book ever in both physical and ebook incarnations. There's just been an extra print run for the UK market, to meet demand: 2. It's the fastest selling adult novel of all time.
By which they mean "it's the fastest-selling novel of all time that isn't Harry Potter". But its content is, of course, rather adult.
The trilogy features Anastasia Steele, who falls in love with Christian Grey, a troubled young billionaire who likes sex only if he can accompany it with quite formal, stylised corporal punishment.
The narrative drivers are pretty slack — improbable dialogue "I'm a very wealthy man, Miss Steele, and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies" ; lame characterisation; irritating tics a constant war between Steele's "subconscious", which is always fainting or putting on half-moon glasses, and her "inner goddess", who is forever pouting and stamping ; and an internal monologue that goes like this … "Holy hell, he's hot!
Is it his looks? His civility? Civility puts me in a blue funk too. In normal circumstances, it would be lazy, but here, it is more like a shorthand. James writes as though she's late for a meeting with a sex scene.
Steele just wants a regular boyfriend or does she? Yik yak yik yak. This is Fifty Shades of Grey I'm talking about. We'll come to Fifty Shades Darker later. I've been infected by James's ominous, staccato delivery. After 1, pages of the stuff, you will too.
I'm doing it again. I can't help it. There is a little light spanking in Jilly Cooper Octavia, Rivals , and the romance genre as distinct from chicklit would be many pages lighter if nobody ever got tied to a bed with a scarf, but this is in a different league.
Its popularity has come as a bit of a surprise to publishers, who thought they knew what women wanted.