I just finished the first book of the 'Fifty Shades of Gray' trilogy (barely) and I can't say I'll be picking up the second or third. Ever.I saw all the hype on tv about it, searched it up on Amazon, and ignored the hundreds of 'one star reviews.' I should have listened.I've never hated a book before, just majorly disliked, but this? This one did it.I felt like I was trapped in a hole that just kept getting deeper and impossible to climb.I reaiized by the third chapter that things weren't going to get better.The heroine made me want to weep in denial that I was reading about her 'Inner Goddess' and the hero made me want to call the Secret Service for stalking and just being creepy.Creeping isn't romantic.The vocabulary and grammar were gut wrenching, and the unrealistic plot (sexy billionaire, not millionaire, but billionaire with a BDSM fetish and 21 year old virgin whose never masturbated, but orgasms at the drop of a hat) was embarrassing to read about.This was apparently considered 'shocking erotica' by the Today Show...I've read more shocking erotica with a Captain Underpants Flip-O-Rama comic.Basically, the only thing I can think of is WHY? Why did this lady write this book? What possessed her to turn a Twilight fanfiction into a published novel?Author, lady, whatever your name is...don't quit your day job.
Why did this lady write this book? What possessed her to turn a Twilight fanfiction into a published novel?Author, lady, whatever your name is...don't quit your day job.
Okay, this is getting creepy... *laughs*Sadly, the fanfiction was a major success, therefore was turned into a book. My "subconscious" this and "my inner goddess" that... And suddenly a seemingly normal girl (a virgin no less) discovers that she digs nipple clamps and bondage. Billionare that derives pleasure from torturing women, "reforms", after all he is not a sadist...Now tell me this, who falls in love with a guy who confesses that he wanted you because he likes to hurt brunettes since he has some mommy issues. I will tell who falls in love with this guy... a really, realy dumb woman, one that shames our entire gender.About the grammar... English is not my primary language, I make a lot of mistakes as you guys can testify, but an author can't afford to be so careless and unfortunately E.L. James is (when even I know that her grammar is deficient, rest assured it is really bad indeed).
I painfully made it through 2 books, thinking that it would eventually live up to at least a portion of the hype, only to find that it's a painful reading experience through the whole story. After awhile I found myself just skipping through the sex scenes because they became so boring and de ja vu and the story had nothing to offer that didn't make me want to scream at the main character or roll my eyes.
It saddens me that people buy books just to read about sex. Mind you it's not even good sex, it's just an unending repetition of the same stuff. There are some fics that are heartbreakingly beautiful, masterfully written, the characters are complex... and nobody reads the stuff. Or reviews it for that matter. Those are the ones that should be published, not a poorly written, unimaginative story. The fact that it's popular says nothing about the quality of her work. People indulge in all sorts of questionable entertainment and it's not different when it comes down to literature.Even those who like it can't say the story is credible or the characters have depth. So, I'd advise people to not waste their time. Go read a real book.
You should definitely read the second and third book, it has a wonderful ending and the BDSM dies down
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