Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Summary (goodreads): 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.

Review: This book is a mystery to me. It shot up the bestseller list in only a few weeks and almost everybody has read it. So I figured I had to do so, too. I started in January and just finished. That alone says a lot.

Let’s see. I dislike the characters. Most of them. Especially the two main characters. The girl, Anastasia, has nothing in common with me. She has no spine and if she decides for something, she doesn’t go through with it. She doesn’t know what she really wants or rather is not willing to “go the distance”. She annoyed me from the first sentence. This whole “I don’t think I’m beautiful but I really am” is so – beugh. I just couldn’t believe anything she did, said or thought. It felt so staged.

Christian Grey is also a man I despised more than I liked him. He may be good looking, but that’s where it ends. His stalking, controlling and “I’m the king, kneel!” mentality enraged me more than once. There is nothing I hate more than being deprived of choices. And since he did precisely that for the whole time, I couldn’t bring myself to like him.

The other characters were ok, I guess. The mother and the friends were normal and not so very relevant. The story was predicable, too. The two meet, and cannot keep their hands to themselves. So each chapter is about Ana not wanting to be a sub and Christian not wanting her to be anything else and the two of them ending up having sex in all ways imaginable. In between there is Ana graduating and interviewing for jobs and Christian taking her to his family. And stalking her. Everywhere. Basically, there was no real storyline. Maybe, so my friends told me, it is about the two of them facing the odds and helping each other and all that. But I didn’t feel that.

I actually laughed at some of the e-mail exchanges, that was a nice touch. And that thing with the Inner goddess could have been funny, too – but I didn’t like her, so… not for me. But the overall style is good and easy to read. I won’t critique that.

I have to say that I liked the ending very much. This is the reason why I will not touch the other two books. My friend told me what will happen, but I am happy the way things are at the end of book one. (Trying hard not to spoil here).

Overall, this book did not impress me much. I guess I just don’t have the right mentality to appreciate the story and the characters, so this is a 2 out of 5. Sorry.

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