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Mar 23, the original e.l james fifty shades of grey in PDF. LanguageEnglish. the original e.l james I just read it in ebook form and it was sensational. When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. Fifty Shades of Grey book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers.
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Preview — Fifty Shades of Grey by E. James Goodreads Author. 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.
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.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. This book is intended for mature audiences. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Fifty Shades 1. Grace Trevelyan Grey , Jason Taylor Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fifty Shades of Grey , please sign up. Why was this trash published? Jorge please don't burn it! Be green and put it on the recycling bin! A disgrace. I can't even count this as a book, otherwise I would be forced to burn all of mine.
How was this garbage approved of to become published? Montra Chappell I have no idea but this is a disgrace to authors who struggle to get books published and then this pile of rubbish that started out as a Twilight …more I have no idea but this is a disgrace to authors who struggle to get books published and then this pile of rubbish that started out as a Twilight fiction is published.
Btw, Her inner goddess makes me want to jump out a window, or set fire to the room that I am in. See all questions about Fifty Shades of Grey….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 06, Navessa rated it did not like it Shelves: This review contains strong themes, to include rape. I have nothing against E. Good for her for perusing her dream of writing. If this book also fulfills one of your fantasies, or if you just plain enjoyed it, good for you too.
This review is in no way meant to belittle or condemn you for liking these books, and nor is it an attack on the author.
Needless to say, this book does not fulfill one of my fantasies. Not anymore. This book has become a frigging phenomenon. Okay everyone, take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and settle in. Wikipedia defines rape culture as: As much as we may want to ignore the facts, rape and sexual violence are common in America. Thankfully, throughout my research, I found several…hundred. The University of California has an interesting article about how social and cultural norms perpetuate rape and rape culture.
In it, they specifically address how women are conditioned from early ages to be passive and accept and affect certain attitudes and behaviors.
Here are some of the social rules they list and elaborate on: When spoken to, a woman must acknowledge the other person with a gracious smile. Women must answer questions asked of them. Women must not bother other people or make a scene because they are uncomfortable. When in trouble, it is best to defer to the protection and judgment of men. It is the natural state of affairs for men to carry the financial burden of social situations.
When engaged in a social encounter, it is not proper for a woman to superior in any game, sport or discussion if she wants to be accepted. Women should always accept and trust the kindness of strangers if they offer help. Simply put, Ana, the main character in this series, continuously exhibits the behaviors listed in the rules and seems to have the mentality of those listed in the bullets.
She might as well be the case study on which both were based. I shuffle from foot to foot, embarrassed. Just after this, Paul asks her out. Or is it something more than that? You should be. How does Ana respond to this declaration?
What does this tell us? She felt the need to flee. She felt the need to not be alone with him. But instead of speaking up, she fled. She never voices her discomfort. She is the submissive, quiet person that society has taught her to be. And 70 million people have read about her and have had these dangerously passive behaviors reinforced, yet again, through her actions, behaviors and words or lack thereof. How will this same mentality play out in a situation involving sexual assault?
I feel panicky, drunk, and out of control. The feeling is suffocating. Luckily, Ana is spared further abuse because the one and only Christian Grey arrives on the scene and saves her. You got that, ladies? Bear in mind that this little scene takes place in the parking lot outside of a crowded bar, just a shout away from salvation. And we should not be surprised when they behave these ways during attempted or completed rapes. Women will behave the same way they have been taught to behave in all social, professional, and sexual interactions.
I sure thought so. I glare at him. Ana, who are you kidding? Leave that to the menfolk. Men, you know, the other sex, the ones that have been raised to talk about emotions.
In public. A stranger. But accept his help and trust his kindness she does. When she wakes up in his suite the next morning, pantsless by the way, she accuses Christian of stalking her. He defends himself by saying: Pressing his suit! I glance up at Christian. I try to bit my lip, but I fail to repress my giggle.
You sound like a courtly knight. How she glosses over it all and makes a fucking joke about it is appalling. It continues by the way. I was with Kate. A shrug is a dismissive gesture, just in case you were wondering. She downplays the severity of what happened. Why does she do this? Guess what? And now the grand finale, victim shaming and blaming.
She feels cruel for not returning the calls of the man that forced himself upon her? Well, of course she does. She's been trained to be gracious and polite. He's addressing her. Rule number one has taught her that she should smile in this situation so it would make sense that she feels bad for not doing so.
Two days later, they talk: I was drunk…and you…well. Ana — please forgive me. Were there? Were breathing? Had tits? No one can ever make you do anything. Everything you do, every way you behave is a choice that you and you alone make.
They reinforce unhealthy behaviors and thinking patterns and they perpetuate rape culture. Grant them the depth and the severity they deserve. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest View all comments.
You know, I was beginning to wonder if I needed to change some of my two star books to one star. I was thinking that I might not ever personally read a book worthy of one star, and I was messing up my scale by giving some of the more lame books I've read lately two stars instead of one.
Thank you E. James, for proving to me there was something worth waiting for. Something that truly exemplifies the meaning of terrible.
Now hold up, all you would-be defenders. I read this whole thing. I did not s You know, I was beginning to wonder if I needed to change some of my two star books to one star.
I did not skip anything, I did not skim, I read every word. I bought this book with the intention of giving it the benefit of the doubt. You see, I love erotica, and I'm not ashamed to say that I both read as you see on my books I've already read two others and write it myself. So I was thinking to myself, oh, maybe there's a possibility that even though this is a twi-fiction rewrite, and even though everyone makes fun of it, it could still be a fun little guilty-pleasure read that I can laugh along with.
This book is NOT: Bella Anastasia, a clumsy girl who grew up in Arizona Las Vegas with her mother, then moved to Forks Vancouver, Washington where her dad stepdad lives, while her mother lives with her new husband in Florida Georgia. She has a younger friend named Jacob Jose with a crush on her, and whose dad is friends with her dad, because they are fishing partners and police force army buddies, and who gave her his old truck VW beetle.
Edward Christian, who is adopted and has a sibling named Emmett Elliott and a sister named Alice Mia, also adopted, who live with their parents Carlisle Carrick really? We couldn't even change the first three letters? Their father mother is a doctor. Rose Kate and Jasper Ethan are also siblings in this story, but have been changed to be friends of Anastasia, since in Twilight they already have a convenient different last name than the other Cullens.
Also, he 'dazzles' her. I can't even function over the fact that upon preparing this book for publishing she couldn't change one fucking thing to make it even remotely different. That was too hard. The similarities in character are so untouched that I am sincerely appalled that she thought it 'different' enough to publish as is. It's quite disgusting. Alright, continuing on, and once again, I'm sure you've heard this already: Most notably the lack of ability to describe anything other than the few choice phrases she knows how to type.
He ran his hands through his hair. I bit my lip. He told me not to bite my lip. Oh jeez. He grabbed me by the chin to make me look up at him. Holy crap. I peeked up at him. Lather rinse repeat. And over. For pages. Then there's the case of multiple personality disorder, where she hears the voices of two distinct other pieces of herself in her head.
The subconscious, the one telling her she's not good enough, and the inner goddess, the one that's all into the sex. It's strange because I'm also currently reading a book right now, Deadline, where the main character hears a voice in his head because he is literally insane, and it's written almost the exact same way, he talks back to his voice, who presents herself in italics, just as Anastasia talks back to her two italics voices. It's funny because she's supposed to be completely normal, and yet shares the same schizophrenic tendencies as a book about someone who is completely insane.
This is sense. Check out this awesome short paragraph from chapter Amused at me. In black. What is this punctuation. Is this supposed to be poetry? Let me add some line breaks for poetic interest: Through the haze of light, I squint and see , Christian leaning over me, Smiling.
That's almost better. Let's have another, shall we, from chapter 24 once more: He knows what he's doing, the bastard. Who did? And I have to listen to Britney going on and on. The song ends and the iPod shuffles to Damien Rice being morunful. I stare out the window, my stomach churning. Okay and now, maybe even worse than the writing oh hell, nothing's worse than the writing, nevermind is the lack of plot.
Now once again, you already know this. Do I even need to tell you nothing happens?
Seeing as it's based off of a book where nothing happens, you can be guaranteed that as we go one step removed, even less happens. Here is the part where I apologize to Twilight, where I said, in my page by page commentary below, that 50 Shades was more entertaining.
I was at the very beginning.
I didn't realize. I'm sorry. You know how The Office kind of got bad after Jim and Pam got together, because there was really nothing you were waiting for after that? This happens by like You're like I can't even fathom that there are two other books written about this couple.
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I literally want to open the window and invite birds to eat my eyes out as punishment for downloading and reading this book. And now for a bit of tiddlybits, I'm going to share some information on storywriting that you guys might find interesting, and will help show exactly why 50 Shades has zero plot.
I went to school for film, and we had story development classes. One thing we were beaten over the head with about is something called the 7 Sentence Story. This will help for any writers that are writing their books to be cinematic or would like their novel to be considered for film purposes this is by no means a rule, but a really helpful guideline. First, you need a problem, a conflict. A reason to tell a story. Once you have that, your plot should be able to be described in seven sentences thusly: Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
First, the main conflict: The prince has been turned into a beast and has only a limited time left before he is trapped forever as one. And the seven sentence story: Belle is a smart girl who rejects the advances of Gaston, as she doesn't want to be stuck in a mundane life.
Inciting Incident: Belle's father gets lost and captured by the Beast in his castle. Plot Point 1: Belle trades her freedom for her father and is prisoner in the castle. Belle starts to experience feelings for the Beast and is complacent. Plot Point 2: Belle's father is sick, and the Beast decides to let her go, even though he's giving up his chances of being with her. Gaston comes with an angry mob to destroy the Beast. While Beast lays dying, his love for Belle turns him back into a human and he can live with her happily ever after.
Simple, right? Of course, other things happen, but no doubt you can communicate the main story with just these sentences. Okay, so let's try 50 Shades, which, hilariously, has had its film rights bought already. Anastasia must decide whether to be with a guy who she thinks is super hot but also scares her This fascinating decision, I tell you what. Anastasia is a literary student at WSU. Anastasia meets Christian on page 7, and thinks he's hot and mysterious and also frustrating.
It is clear they both have chemistry. Plot Point 1, which is sloppy and all over the place: Also they have sex. Sorta Midpoint, but kind of squished close to Plot Point 1: Anastasia must decide whether to pledge herself to him via contract if she wants to continue seeing him. Nah, she's still deciding and whining about how he's kind of scary but continues to have sex with him throughout this whole time. There is no plot point 2.
Well there isn't really one, it's just kind of an all over the place ending She says he's too weird and ends it. What a complex, thrilling, and incredible plot full of depth. Did you even care? If you've gotten this far, nope. But guess what. I guess that's how she gets people to download the next ones because hot diggedy I can't wait to see them get back together and whine some more.
And let's talk about the sex for a moment. Nothing forbidden actually happens that you'll be like ohhhh how scandalous I want to try that. For the most part it's pretty much all basic stuff or basic toy play, because basically he's taking it easier on her since she's inexperienced. Except for the belt part at the end, I guess, which just doesn't sound fun.
And you already heard about the tampon, so like, that's not even a surprise although imo it's not a big deal anyway. Out of all the women having sex on their periods regularly, I can guarantee you there are quite a few men that are tasked with taking the tampon out and throwing it aside.
I was actually more upset about the fact that she is sleeping completely naked in a hotel room bed on day two of her period.
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As if that isn't going to be a mess in the morning. Okay lest I go on as long as the book, you get the point. If you want to see more, my commentary while reading it is below.
However, a few things: Don't get crazy on us, I might be too overwhelmed by this turn of events. And it was, expectedly, gross. I still stand by that statement. It's not what he's doing, it's how he's doing it. He is deeply troubled, whiny, and manipulative, and while he does love control, it's for the wrong reasons. He was abused as a child, and sexually abused as a 15 year old and vastly denies it, and because of this he justifies his activities as personal preference when he is in fact a bit too fucked up to currently have a relationship.
She goes to visit her mother because she needs a break from him to think, and what does he do? Flies out there, using his roundabout stalker way of finding information about where she's at, like he always does, to meet up, have sex with her and take her out with him.
She's supposed to be visiting her mother and having time to think, yet he can't stay away and makes this about HIM, taking her away from time with her mom whom she hasn't seen in 6 months. I can't at this selfish fucking bastard because he just can't stay away.
It makes me mad just thinking about someone that clingy. Which is another thing that pisses me off, almost everything about their whining and relationship conversations reminds me of everything I've hated about past relationships I've had. How does anyone think that this is sexy, that this depicts something they want?
I can't even. I cannot. Now everytime I see a commercial for Gossip Girl, rage courses through my body. I'm bored. Someone get me out of here. Did you know that James recently stated she's set the bar for writing pretty high? Please, do yourself a favor and go download a book of much higher quality plot and writing, ohhhh like What in the hell just happened?
Did I really read that? Oh, my god, I did. I did read that. Meet Anastasia Steele: Ana is just a giant mess of a human being. She's insecure to the point of it being laughable, 'klutzy' even though she only trips twice in the entire book , and a complete ditz.
She's a virgin of course who's never taken any sexual interest in anyone before. I'm fairly certain there hasn't been a woman this naive since 'round about At one point, she thinks putting h What in the hell just happened?
At one point, she thinks putting her hair in pigtails will keep her safe from Christian's lusty advances. Fuckin' really? She "flushes" constantly, and on several occasions referred to her hoo-hoo-naughty place as "down there. Christian is a misogynistic, self-loathing, abusive piece of shit. Apparently, his only redeeming qualities are, in this order; his ridiculous good looks, his money, and his giant penis. The only time Ana seems to like him as a person is when he's being "lovable", and those times are few and far between.
Most of the time he's serious, brooding, and threatening. How charming. I knew from the very first line this wasn't going to be good. Your hair won't behave? My suspicions were confirmed a few pages later when Ana admits that any "sympathy" she feels for her sick friend is "unwelcome".
Unwelcome, apparently because her friend is beautiful, even when she has the flu? What a petty, jealous cunt. Once he gave up, however, I had to travel the rest of the road alone. What a painful journey it was. My first impressions of Ana were bad deservedly so. What were my first impressions of Christian? That's how I felt about Christian Grey. From the beginning. Any time an author tries to sell me on a character's "charm" by waxing hormonal about how "ridiculously good-looking" he is, I snicker inwardly.
I can't think why Anyway, after reading about the description of Christian's building hello, first penis metaphor , I had to sit through the awful dialogue between these smarmy idiots and hope beyond hope that something, anything, would distract me enough to see me through to the end.
I went back and counted, and kept track throughout the rest of the book, and do you have any idea how many fucking times Ana said "Oh my" in this monumentally bad missive? Do you? I'll tell you; 79! His playroom. His playroom? Or how about his weird-ass issues with food? He wants the girl slim and in shape, yet he won't stop trying to force her to eat!
I simply love the attempt E. James made at giving these pathetic shells personalities. Ana wears Converse, drives a vintage car, and likes classic British lit.
And Christian; we know Christian's super deep and sophisticated because he plays the piano and listens to obscure classical music. This is how we know Edward Christian is really just a lost soul in need of love; his love of music. Everyone knows that no one threatening listens to music. Music lovers just aren't capable of doing anything bad.
Psychos like music, too. Were the sex scenes well-written? Well, none of it was particularly well-written. The sex scenes could be kind of I've had more exciting sex myself, so I guess reader response to the sex scenes is dependent on reader experience. There's nothing revolutionary here, and a lot of it is just plain unrealistic. I mean, come on, he pretty much jackhammers her hymen and she walks away with nothing more than a passing, pleasant soreness?
How about the time he gives her a handjob with a soapy washcloth? Apparently neither one of them has ever heard of a urinary tract infection. Oh, or we could talk about her first time giving Christian a blowjob, during which Ana established herself as some kind of Queen of Deepthroat.
Anyone wanna hear about the tampon scene? Oh, you've already heard about the tampon scene? Yeah, same here, although hearing about it and reading the actual scene are a bit different.
For some reason, you imagine it being worse than it actually is, while at the same time, reading about it is more horrifying than you could possibly imagine. Yeah, gross. I'm not a prude, but there are certain lines people just shouldn't cross. What makes it worse is that Christian is just thrilled that Ana's raggin' because he hates using condoms.
Apparently, Mr. GinormoDick doesn't know that a woman can get pregnant while on her period. Which is hilarious considering all the teaching and training he's doing to remedy Ana's sexual ignorance. Sexual dependence, thy name is Anastasia Steele. We're supposed to believe that this girl has gone 21 years neither having had sex nor masturbating? Well, Christian's supposed sexual prowess makes a bit more sense now, as does Ana's assertion that he has a giant bologna wand.
She has absolutely zero experience, and she's never once had anything "in there ". Thing could be the size of a baby carrot and she'd still be like, "Oh, my glob! How is it ever going to fit?! It's ridiculous. Come to think of it, Christian's obsession with her eating habits makes a bit more sense now. She was probably beginning to look like something out of a horror movie. Seriously, though, are we going to take the word of a girl who is apparently so undersexed she's never even masturbated?
I guess I can sort of understand this obsession with some kind of an awakening, but She has absolutely nothing with which to compare, not even her own damn hand! Now I'll be totally honest, the biggest issue I have with Fifty Shades of Shit is neither the sex nor the horrible writing. It's the plot. Thin as it is, it's still there, its core message being that, given enough time, you can change someone. While I don't have any problem with this if all you're trying to do is help them to lose weight or quit smoking, when you're talking about an emotionally and dangerously close to physically abusive relationship, sending that kind of message is ridiculous and irresponsible.
Christian is controlling, possessive, condescending, and cruel. He doesn't allow Ana to behave as she normally would, and Ana just puts up with it, insistent that if she can give him what he wants, when he wants, as often as he wants, she can eventually begin to pull his strings. Will it work? In the books, probably. In real life?
Almost never. How many misguided women are going to waste their lives on some emotionally retarded prick because they've read shit like this and think this kind of fucked-up fairytale will come true for them? I've known women with this mentality. He may be hot, he may have a huge dick, he may even be rich, that doesn't make him a good person.
It doesn't even make him a potentially good person. Look, I can make my words Staccato like Christian. Now hold still while I choke you until you pass out Potential rape is downplayed. Ana's friend, Jake Jose, starts pushing himself on her rather vehemently when they're both drunk. Ana repeatedly says no, but Jose just keeps trying to go in for the kill. Admiral Chaps busts on up with his riding crop, however, and saves her. Ana understandably avoids Jose for a while after that, and when her other friend asks her why, all Ana says is, "He made a pass at me.
Christian tells Ana that he gets off on having complete and total control over another person. This is not just in the bedroom, but in Ana's overall life. On several occasions, he fails to yield when Ana says no, plunging on regardless, assured she'll like whatever he does, anyway, so why bother stopping? And there are women out there who think this is romantic.
I wish you the best of luck, ladies. Just keep in mind that while you're fantasizing about abusive, misogynistic assholes like Grey, there are a lot of women dealing with the horrors of actually living with men like him.
For all you ladies bustin' out your toys while daydreaming about Hunky Mr.
Grey, I want you to do something for me. It'll only take a moment. Close your eyes.
Think about all the things Christian Grey does in the book. Not just those supposed sweet things, but really, everything. His condescension, his control, his insane jealousy, his threats Still turned on? The end of the book was absolutely hilarious, with Ana fleeing in emotional tumult because Christian can't give her what she needs love!
And we're treated to her alternately being angry about the pain and humiliation she faced at Christian's hands, and chastising herself for being a failure and for being mean to Christian. It really is classic abuse mentality. Yet I see her being touted by some as "strong and independent". It's this kind of ignorant trash that sets feminism back decades. This is not a book about BDSM, this is a book about one sick, abusive man and his obsession with a young, naive invertebrate.
It's a book about a girl who has absolutely no sense of self, who sacrifices any pretense of individuality in order to hold onto a man who doesn't even show her the faintest glimmer of respect. It's about two attention-starved individuals with the emotional maturity of toilet paper convincing themselves that their relationship is 'like, the best thing ever, OMG'.
It's trite, insulting, and dangerous. I fear for any impressionable young women who read this and think that this is how an ideal relationship should operate. If nothing else, it should be issued as a guidebook to mothers around the world to show their daughters the kind of man to avoid at all costs. This book does good men and indeed, all of humanity a disservice.
They're thinking of turning it into a movie I can't Word Count: Oct 18, Steph Sinclair rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Absolutely no one. Now with whips and chains! Fifty Shades of Shit Haters, please exit stage left. I'm not sure what possessed me to pick up Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought I might genuinely like it before I started, but all I was left with was one hell of a mindfuck. Whatever it was that brought on this knee jerk download seems to have mercifully left me with enough common sense to say I will not be continuing on with this series.
Recently I discovered one of my favorite publishers, Random House, has picked up Fifty Shades of Grey and made this statement: Fifty Shades of Grey and Master of the Universe the original fan fic are essentially the same thing. The biggest difference being Edward and Bella's name being replaced with Christian and Anastasia respectively.
And I would know this because I have both and while I was reading, I would occasionally switch back and forth between the two without difficulty. I'd go through and give you examples myself, but other people have done it already here and here. So if you must read this book, do yourself a solid and find the fan fic online. You even get the second book too! I know some people claim this has no similarities to Twilight and got dammit, I'm allergic to all the bull shit. Do I really need to point this all out?
Because it looks pretty obvious to me. The mannerisms of the characters are exactly the same. They even say similar things the original characters say. The whole "dazzle" line and Edward asking Bella to trust him. Her mother being remarried with the same inability to maneuver her way around a kitchen.
Bella is still trying to save Edward from himself due to his troubled past. Edward still stalks and controls Bella, only now he gets to hit her when she gets out of line.
I struggled to come up with a proper review for this book and couldn't figure out why I was feeling rather uninspired to write one. And then I figured it out. I was left so disgusted by this book that I wanted to purge the memory of its existence from my mind. With a rusty nail. Every time I thought of the book my brain cells would go on strike, yelling obscenities at me.
Anyway, I thought Bella and Edward's relationship couldn't get anymore fucked up than Twilight. I stand corrected. If I were to describe FSoG in one sentence it would be this: Fifty Shades of Grey is like Twilight on steroids, high on ecstasy, in a dirty little corner. A very dirty corner. With badly written sex. Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of the beautiful but of course she doesn't know it , naive virgin, Anastasia Steal after she is suckered into interviewing the Greek god, Christian Grey.
Of course, sparks fly and for some unknown reason he can't seem to stay away from this incredibly, unremarkable girl. There are a myriad of problems with this novel, many of which ironically can be found in Twilight. Never saw that one coming! However, Ana doesn't see it that way. She thinks of him as a broken person and it's her duty to fix him.
Even when he says things like this: But not beyond anything you couldn't take. And please don't even bother to tell me that it's just BDSM. No, just fucking no. Ana is genuinely afraid of Christian and is never entirely comfortable with the "punishment" aspect of their relationship.
But Christian just manipulates her with sex to continue the relationship. And that's what really gets me. I just have a hard time believing a virgin would somehow become a sex goddess overnight, because that is exactly what happens. When she first is introduced to his kinky lifestyle and tells him she is a virgin he immediately tells her he needs to handle that "situation" before they could continue.
Since when is your virginity a "situation? Oh, no, because that is when we are introduced to Ana's two best friends. Everyone say hi to: Anna's inner goddess, who always cheers her on when Christian wants sex or wants to punish her. She's also quite annoying, doing back flips at the mention of anything sexual related. Simmer down. Where did she come from exactly? Ana is in her twenties and has never felt the urge to have sex with anyone until Christian comes along with his whips and chains?!
Ana's sub-conscious, who hides behind couches when it comes time for her beating. When it comes to Ana having sex with Christian, well, her sub-conscious only has one thing to say, So after the "situation" is handled, Ana has to sign a "contract" agreeing to his sexual demands and also outlining things she won't do.
It was pretty pointless considering he still got what he wanted and she never signed the damn thing. He exploits her, stalks her and abuses her! She cries after sex. She is afraid of him being angry! Even when he is angry at something else, she thinks it's her. Her reasoning for allowing him to hit her as his therapy is because she's afraid to lose him. That is not a reason for agreeing to a BDSM lifestyle!
In fact, that's not even really "consent! His brow furrows, his eyes widening. He blinks twice. Not here. Not now. Please don't. No, excuse me. That's not right. Yes, the caps were totally necessary because that was the most disgusting thing I have ever had the misfortune of reading.
That is not sexy, that's foul. Whenever Ana thinks about leaving him, he comes over to her apartment unannounced pounds into her literally and her inner goddess does a fucking happy dance, forgetting her urge to kick his sick ass to the curb.
They fight, they breakup. They kiss, they sex up. Dance, puppet. The writing is a shitty mess too. I mean, if I had to sit and read Ana saying "Holy, shit! I wanted to take my red pen and have at this "book" so badly. It was the little things like Ana's roommate saying over and over, "You never cry Ana," and what do we find Ana always doing?
I'm not sure where the hell the plot was. Didn't I mention this was a Twilight retelling? Why was I expecting a plot? And another example of poor writing: They used phrases that Americans don't use.
And now I'm trying to figure out why this book is so popular. Why do so many women love this book? I get the appeal of the bondage even though it's not my usual cup of tea. Sounds exciting! Not so much. Fuck my life! Zero stars! Eh, I'm off to read a good book now and possibly to bleach my brain.
More reviews at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Jan 28, Kruti rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. In the words of Miss Steele, "You need to sort your shit out, Grey! I honestly do NOT feel like revisiting this book and writing a review. However, this book is so bad that I feel the need to warn others from this drivel.
Luckily, I did not download this garbage. I do not even know what overcame me to read it and I can only blame a momentary lack of judgment on my part.
What baffles me is the scary fangirlgasm following this book. Doing some research, this book was originally posted online as a twilight fanfic! Yes, a twilight fanfic. And dubbing it a twilight fanfic and promoting it as such is no doubt raising the bar on the sale figures. Christian then reveals that he would like to have sex with her.
He initially says that Ana will first have to fill out paperwork, but later goes back on this statement after making out with her in the elevator.
Ana goes on a date with Christian where he takes her in his helicopter to his apartment. Once there, Christian insists that she sign a non-disclosure agreement forbidding her to discuss anything that they do together, which Ana agrees to sign.
He also mentions other paperwork, but first takes her to his playroom full of BDSM toys and gear. There Christian informs her that the second contract will be one of dominance and submission and that there will be no romantic relationship, only a sexual one. The contract even forbids Ana from touching Christian or making eye contact with him. At this point, Christian realizes that Ana is a virgin and agrees to take her virginity without making her sign the contract.
The two then have sex. The following morning, Ana and Christian once again have sex. His mother then arrives moments after their sexual encounter, and is surprised by the meeting, having previously thought Christian was homosexual because he was never seen with a woman. They plan to meet up again and Christian takes Ana home, where she discovers several job offers and admits to Kate that she and Christian had sex.
Over the next few days, Ana receives several packages from Christian. She and Christian email each other, with Ana teasing him and refusing to honor parts of the contract, such as only eating foods from a specific list. Ana later meets up with Christian to discuss the contract, only to grow overwhelmed by the potential BDSM arrangement and the potential of having a sexual relationship with Christian that is not romantic in nature.
Because of these feelings, Ana runs away from Christian and does not see him again until her college graduation, where he is a guest speaker. Ana and Christian once again meet up to further discuss the contract, and they go over Ana's hard and soft limits. Ana is spanked for the first time by Christian; the experience leaves her both enticed and slightly confused. This confusion is exacerbated by Christian's lavish gifts, and the fact that he brings her to meet his family.
The two continue with the arrangement without Ana having yet signed the contract. After successfully landing a job with Seattle Independent Publishing, Ana further bristles under the restrictions of the non-disclosure agreement and the complex relationship with Christian.
The tension between Ana and Christian eventually comes to a head after Ana asks Christian to punish her in order to show her how extreme a BDSM relationship with him could be. Christian fulfills Ana's request, beating her with a belt, only for Ana to realize that the two of them are incompatible. Devastated, Ana leaves Christian and returns to the apartment she shares with Kate.
Background The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction series originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name "Snowqueen's Icedragon". After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, James removed the story from the fan-fiction websites and published it on her own website, FiftyShades. Later she rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website before publication.
Good on her—she's doing well. That's great! The first, titled Fifty Shades of Grey, was released as an e-book and a print on demand paperback in May by The Writers' Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher based in Australia. The Writers' Coffee Shop had a restricted marketing budget and relied largely on book blogs for early publicity, but sales of the novel were boosted by word-of-mouth recommendation.
The book's erotic nature and perceived demographic of its fan base as being composed largely of married women over thirty led to the book being dubbed "Mommy Porn" by some news agencies. The attention that the series has garnered has also helped to spark a renewed interest in erotic literature.
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Sir Salman Rushdie said about the book: "I've never read anything so badly written that got published. It made Twilight look like War and Peace. And acknowledging that fact — maybe even appreciating it — shouldn't be a cause for guilt. James the 'Publishing Person of the Year', causing an "outcry from the literary world". For example, "What was Publishers Weekly thinking? James was listed as one of Time magazine's " Most Influential People in the World",  with Richard Lawson of The Atlantic Wire criticising her inclusion due to the trilogy's fan fiction beginnings.
It may be that power is not always that comfortable, even for those of us who grew up in it; it may be that equality is something we want only sometimes and in some places and in some arenas; it may be that power and all of its imperatives can be boring. One interviewed former dominatrix and author, Melissa Febos , stated that even if the book's popularity was a result of women's "current anxieties about equality" that it "doesn't mean that it's 'evidence of unhappiness, or an invalidation of feminism,' Instead, she wrote, the books are notable not for transgressive sex but for how women are using technology to subvert gendered shame by exploring explicit sexual content privately using e-readers.
Instead of submission fantasies representing a post-feminist discomfort with power and free will, women's open consumption, sharing and discussion of sexual content is a feminist success.Now hold still while I choke you until you pass out Emma Donoghue. As much as we may want to ignore the facts, rape and sexual violence are common in America. Published by Top Developer. As I write this, I'm practically convulsing with embarrassment.