Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My take on Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

From the start, I was hooked, and I suppose the main reason is because it is written in first person. Yes, I like first person. Secondly, Ana immediately seems like someone I can relate to, which is an important task for any writer to attain, generally the quicker the better. That soon waned.

We move almost immediately to the interview where we meet Mr. Grey. He is the strong, silent type that keeps a woman guessing. His confidence is a big hit with me. I enjoy confident men, but not too cocky.

At this point, I've heard so many tales about this book, and seen so much in the media, I kept reading, waiting for all the debauchery and erotic scenes that I hoped would tickle my nether regions. By page 70, I was still waiting, thinking at any moment I may get my wish. Huh, they hadn't even kissed.

I'm still hooked in the story. Another page, then another. I'm captivated by Mr. Grey, wanting to get inside his head, and definitely wanting to know how hot the sex will be. Yep, I crave hot scenes that raise my pulse, but sigh, they seemed so far away.

As you can guess, I read on. I wanted to see the scenes that are so wicked. Then sex, thank god, finally. No bondage, no whips, just plain old fashion sex. Okay, it was good, well written, but I wouldn't rank in in the hot category. I was however impressed, because I don't recall reading any euphemisms for genitalia nor hardcore words either other than fuck. Me personally, give me the hardcore, I'm an adult. Have you ever heard the saying, "Don't go to a knife fight with a Nerf bat."? Are you catching my drift here?

I read on. All the contract stuff, honestly, I skipped over with a yawn. I suppose someone may have taken the time to read it all, but not me. I felt that it was a waste of my time. All I wanted was a great plot, believable characters and sizzling, smoking hot sex, not contract lingo. Sorry, bore.

I won't cover each section, because to be honest, I read it a week ago and now it's a big blur. A few points come to mind. So here's the highlights that stuck.

1. The scenes are tastefully written. For some that read very little, and ahem, are a little prude, you may get moist panties. I did not.
2. I thought the characters were developed well. Mr. Grey has me fascinated. Ana got on my nerves after a while with the lip biting and fidgety fingers. One minute she's strong, speaks her mind then cowers. WTF? Either she's tough and confident or she is not. Pick one please.
3. The hook and story overall is about why Mr. Grey is so fucked up or as Ana says, fifty shades of fucked up. Yes, I want to know why she can't touch his chest!
4. I'm intrigued to know how this story can stretch through two more books.
5. I hated the ending. I'm an HEA or a HFN kind of girl, but there has to be a hook to get you to buy the next one.
6. I'm not sure why this book has caught so much media attention, like the concepts are new, and no other authors have dared to write about such stuff. Pftt, whatever.
7. Apparently I'm too desensitized.

I am not, and I repeat, I am not a book reviewer. This is not a review. It is only my personal thoughts. Are we good here? :)


  1. Thank you for your take on this book. I have been debating with myself for a while now if I want to read it or not. I read the first two chapters in a preview on Amazon and couldn't get into it. I know it's a lot longer than that and some people would say give it more of a chance but if a book doesn't hook me at the beginning it's doubtful it will get me interested at any point further in.

    So many people have said what a wonderful book this is but I just can't see myself enjoying it. Maybe my tastes are too hardcore for the new "mommy porn" everyone is talking about. I don't know but thanks again for posting your honest opinion.


  2. Mommy porn? Haha, that's funny. I'm with you, I think my tastes are too hardcore as well. I kept reading like I said to find why this book was so naughty. I'm still in awe how this book can stretch through two more! I can only read so much before I tire of it. One was enough for me. :) Hennessee