Admit it–you’ve been thinking about joining the 50 Shades bandwagon. The 50 Shades trilogy has been becoming increasingly popular and rightfully so! Author E.L. James started off writing “50 Shades of Grey” as a fan fiction for Twilight until she got the boot for being too explicit. But now she’s a New York Times Best Seller. I started reading this recently and I’ve become obsessed! Here are some of my likes and dislikes, but I’m sure it won’t stop you from picking it up! (And caution: This review contains spoilers!)
Remember the episode of “The Hills” when LC said, “I think that everyone can change if the right person comes along… and I think that every girl wants to be the right person. Every girl wants to be the one girl that can change that guy.” Let’s be serious here–bad boys are hot, and this is the perfect quote to describe any woman who wanted to be the change to their bad boy. What girl hasn’t experienced this in their life? Christian Grey is ”50 Shades of fucked up,” to say the least, and out of his many submissives, Anastasia was the right girl. It has a sort of Prince Charming theme, except this Prince Charming is a little more kinky.
Flogging, caning, and vanilla what?! I didn’t even know some of these existed. I like that this book actually opened my eyes–well, sexually that is. I always thought of BDSM (Bondage & Discipline/Domination & Submission/Sadism & Masochism) toys as really blunt and intimidating, but this book presents them in an approachable way that I would actually be interested in learning more about. This effect seems to be happening to a lot of the readers. Because of the book, adult stores have seen a 300% increase in various items such as handcuffs, whips and the most popular “Smart Balls.” I actually tried looking for the Smart Balls and they were sold out on every website I found!
The character of Anastasia Steele is actually very relatable. She’s a recent college graduate, a virgin, and naive. Without revealing too much, she’s similar in the sense that her reactions and thought processes while she’s dating Mr. Grey is probably exactly how I’d feel dating a billionaire. As for Mr. Grey, what more can you ask for? He’s mysterious, romantic, sexy, intelligent, and compassionate (once you get to know him). Also, since there are talks of a movie being produced, it’s great to visualize what actors are perfect for these roles while I’m reading.
What makes this book different from other love stories is the dominant and submissive relationship. One of the best parts was reading the contract and seeing the agreement was way more than I imagined. It has every detail from what she wears to what she eats. But don’t get it twisted–Ana could consent and negotiate almost everything in the contract so it was a consensual relationship.
Much like the writing, the book reminds me too much of “Twilight.” Like I said before, 50 Shades was originally a fan fiction for “Twilight,” so the similarities are understandable. Although Ana and Mr. Grey are interesting characters, they resemble Bella and Edward so much.
SPOILER: Ana is clumsy, and for most of the book can’t figure out what Mr. Grey sees in her and can’t believe he’s with someone like her. Mr. Grey is caring for Ana and always seems to be there just in time when Ana is in questionable situations–just like Edward. Also, Grey’s sister Mia is also extremely similar to Alice. Personally, I didn’t like the “Twilight” series (granted, I only finished the first two) because I’m #TeamJacob. That may be the reason why I’m turned off by the similarities between the characters.
SPOILER: Throughout the second book, the same problem arises with Ana not being able to comprehend the fact that Grey is with her and I found that to be annoying because of how much the two have gone through as a couple. Why couldn’t she just accept that the perfect Mr. Grey wanted her!? Ugh…
Like I said above, the writing isn’t the best, but it didn’t turn me off completely. However, I did catch myself rolling my eyes (insert spanking threat and twitchy palms by Mr. Grey here) at some of the things James wrote because of the repetitiveness. I read that a lot of people had a problem with the way it was written, but I feel that once people got over that they truly enjoyed the story. It kept me incredibly engaged and I couldn’t stop reading.
As much as everyone loved reading the sex parts in the book, I felt that it didn’t live up to its expectations. While I was reading, I felt that they did foreplay for so long that when they actually had sex, it literally lasted 2 minutes. Now I wasn’t expecting hours of sex, but I felt like it was cut short. Also, Ana was able to orgasm every single time! Geez girl! I was practically in awe while reading those parts thinking, “Is that many times even possible?!” Okay, now that’s not so much of a “hate,” but it didn’t peak my imagination so much while I was reading those parts.
It really is an interesting story. It brought up a different type of sexual relationship and aspects I never even thought of. Even though I didn’t like some of the parts of the book, it shouldn’t stop you from picking it up. It’s not as “raunchy” as I’ve heard and that may be a good thing for some readers, but overall it’s a sweet love story that has a dark side (and what’s better than that?). I’m interested to see how it will be turned into a movie because a lot of the parts in the book would probably be given more than an “R” rating. So pick it up–I don’t think you’ll be able to stop reading.
As for now,
Have you read the book? What were your love and hates? Also, who can you see playing Ana and Christian in the movie?
Melissa Liwag is a junior at William Paterson University in NJ. She studies English writing and education (K-8). She is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She enjoys reading celebrity gossip, traveling, blogging on Tumblr, shopping, drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and relaxing while watching a movie or reading a good book. Before she graduates, she wants to intern for J-14 Magazine and to travel a lot more! Tweet her! @melissaliwag :)
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