Fifty Shades of…



I had been hearing about the latest phenomenon of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I had it on my list of books to read, but for whatever reason I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to rush to go get it. My neighbor bought the first of the series and read it. She brought it over and told me to read it so we could talk about it. She warned me that it had a lot of sex in it, but assured me that it was a good read. It took me a few days to pick it up. After I got passed Chapter two, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the first book in two days. As a matter of fact it was about 11 pm when I finished it, and I was upset that I didn’t already have book two to start reading immediately. – Darn cliff hangers. My mind was racing of all of the things that would happen next. I rushed out the next day and bought books two and three. I read them both in five days. (All three books are a little over 600 pages long).

All while reading I could visualize the movie. My mind was curious on how they would portray the sex scenes. As soon as I thought I figured out what was going on in the story something new would come up. My mind was always working. As a writer I was taking notes on how she kept my interest throughout the whole series. As a reader I couldn’t help but talk about it; which is hard to do without giving away the story – so I won’t in this blog. After I read book three I wanted to go back and read the whole trilogy again. It was kind of like the Matrix, there are so many small details that you might miss them the first time around, so you have to read/or watch again to get the full impact.

When I talked about it with my neighbor and other friends who had already read it I was relieved to learn that I wasn’t the only one who could hear Mr. Christian Grey’s voice when he said, “Anastasia” and other things. I read where some of the critics (probably men) where saying that the trilogy was ‘Mommy Porn.” In the books defense it does have A LOT of sex or as the main character Anastasia Steele would say Kinky Fuckery in it, but it is defiantly a love story that makes you not only fantasize, but think about other relationships and how you balance them out without letting go of yourself and your core values and wants. And the sex scenes were so tastefully written, they were no where near ‘porn quality.’ With that being said, I would not recommend it for younger readers. Even outside of the sex there are some real adult issues they deal with in the book. There were so many powerful dynamics to the story line. It was always full of action and exposing so many components to multiple new lifestyles.

I must say I am addicted to all things Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Free, and of course good ole’ Grey’s Anatomy) 😉 I can’t wait to see how they do the movie. I will re-read all three books before the movie and be there on opening night to watch it with my girlfriends.

E.L. James I commend you. Great job! It has been YEARS since I’ve read a book that kept my undivided attention the way yours did. I appreciate the language and uncommon words that made me Google words to learn there meaning. And if I understand correctly it is her FIRST novel that really makes me smile and encourages me.

I’m sure I will be a life long fan. So if you haven’t gone out to read it, please do. It is well worth the money.




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