Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Let me begin this review by stating that I've only read a handful of romance novels in my lifetime and my only point of reference for erotic literature is Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series.  This book was GOOD.  Really, really good.  The writing isn't exemplary (apparently, the story started out as Twilight fan fiction before it was published).  In some ways, the obsessive relationship aspect of Twilight was perfectly captured in this novel, although I felt that Ana had a much stronger backbone than Bella did.  I've read a few reviews on GoodReads that didn't like this book because it was repetitive, but I also learned that the book was originally published one chapter at a time (apparently, that is how fan fiction is published online ... in installments?)  So, in a way, I can understand where the repetitiveness comes from, since the story was published one chapter at a time.

If you're going to read this book, just make sure that you know going in that it's erotic literature.  I also noticed in a few reviews that people who didn't like the book mainly critiqued the fact that they'd heard a lot of buzz about it, but had no idea what it was about.  The content is explicit but I found it to be an entertaining read.  I read over 300 pages yesterday afternoon, and finished off the remainder of the book this morning, so it's an easy and captivating read.  And I can't wait for next book to arrive at the library, so I've decided to order to the set from Chapters.  Yes, they're THAT addicting.

Edit: OMG. I just became a fan of the author on GoodReads and discovered that she has a playlist for each book on YouTube.  One of my favourite things in books is when the characters listen to a particular song that I haven't heard before and I end up listening to it and the book just comes alive just that little bit more.  I loved all of the references to opera songs, and it's amazing that they're all linked up in one spot!  Plus, Tess of the d'Ubervilles has been on my TBR for a long, long time, and this book just reinforced my desire to read it sooner, rather than later.


  1. I've read Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series too. But i must admit I found it more disturbing than erotic. And I do hope FSG does not have werewolves OR vampires in it.

  2. I totally agree -- the Sleeping Beauty series definitely has its icky moments, FSoG definitely lacks that factor! And no, no werewolves or vampires =) This is more of just a good love story, but more erotic than your basic romance novel.

  3. Haha. sounds like more fodder for a single girl's TBR pile. Based on your review, i'll give this one a chance. Let's see if it lives up to the hoopla. :-)

  4. Fifty Shades of Grey is a controversial book that many people have been talking about. Some have called it Mommy porn but thats not true, yes it has some kinky scenes in it and alot of people may consider some of them degrading to women,but under the few bondage scenes was a totally captivating story of a man who is tormented from his past and his insecurities about himself and the woman who is so atracted to him and wants to help him, love him and make him see he is not fifty shades of messed up. This is truly a love story under all that kinky stuff. If you keep on reading and you have to read all three books you will get to a totally satisfying conclusion that actually left you wanting more of Christen Grey and Anastasia Steel's love.


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