I finally finished the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James a couple of weeks ago. Have you read it yet? Did you know that it started out as a self-published, fan fiction finalist? It’s her take on Twilight. Isn’t that crazy? The whole time I was reading it I was thinking that it reminded me of the Bella/Edward love story…and then I found out that it was based on the Twilight saga. For those of you who are like me and don’t know what fan fiction is, it’s when fans take a popular story, like Twilight, and write their own twist and story based on the main characters. Isn’t that wild that her books have taken off like that?
Here’s what I didn’t like about the books:
1.) It’s weird. Really weird. Grey is weird and strange and scary. The whole idea of a man being a dominant like him and women volunteering for the job was really weird to me. I almost stopped reading the first book because I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. But I had to know what happened so I kept reading.
2.) I didn’t think it was particularly well-written. She uses the same words and phrases over and over again and that got annoying. But that might just be a quirk of mine; maybe it wouldn’t bother you. But there were times while reading that if I heard “bite your lip”, “foil packet”, “twitchy palms” or several other terms, I was going to scream.
3.) I thought Ana was kind of annoying. Sorry to those of you who loved her. Her whole “I haven’t eaten all day…whine, whine, whine” got old for me. I do think that her character became more likeable as the trilogy progressed. She was a little to petulant and sappy for me.
4.) It bothered me that the author’s British roots came out in her American story. Even though none of the characters are British, and it’s not set in Britain, she would use British phrases like “He was wearing a smart suit”. Things we don’t say in America and it just felt out of place. That’s probably just a quirk of mine too.
5.) Christian’s controlling nature was really scary. I can’t imagine a 22-year-old virgin who’d never been in a relationship before going for that. No matter how hot and rich he is. I found that unbelievable. Of course I thought it was weird in Twilight that Bella would date a vampire, so there you go.
6.) I couldn’t read it at breakfast. I love to read over a cup of coffee on the weekends. But this is definitely a nighttime book, if you get my drift. I felt weird reading it around the kids and if I read it during the day it got me all revved up!
Here’s what I liked about the series:
1.) The sex. Duh! It’s very erotic. I’ve never watched a porno or read erotic fiction before and I have to say, I liked it. There’s a lot of sex. All the time. And some of it is freaky. Very freaky. It’s a big turn on.
2.) Ana’s roommate Kate. She is spunky and level-headed and the only one that thinks it’s a little strange that Ana is so taken with Christian.
3.) The love story. I’m not a huge fan of love stories, but I liked this one. It progressed naturally and with drama. I enjoy drama.
4.) The author did provide some intriguing plot twists. I don’t want to tell you too much, but it’s not just a love/sex story. There’s more to it and that’s what makes it such a good read. That and the sex.
5.) The author did a great job with her supporting characters. Taylor the bodyguard, Ms. Jones the housekeeper, Ana’s parents and Grey’s family were all well-developed and enjoyable.
6.) It was different than anything I’ve ever read. Very unique.
7.) Did I mention the sex?
It’s definitely worth the read. I couldn’t stop reading which is a sign of a good book. I’d love to know if you read it and what you thought!!