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Mar 19

Kitty’s Review – Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L James

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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Kitty’sThoughts:
Well, where to start with what has been one of the most controversial books that has been recently published. First, I think I want to put the “experts” opinions to rest…..this book is beautiful, erotic, heart-warming, loving. It’s a beautifully written love story with a side of kink. The title and book cover are so apropos to the story. Ms. James wove a wonderful story about two people who are totally opposite; whose lives could not have been further apart. A chance meeting brings them together. Now, they have to find the middle ground where both of them could be happy and find the place where each could be satisfied, sexually and emotionally. The journey through their lives is intriguing, frustrating, and, I fell madly in love with both Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. My heart broke and I cried at the end of book one…..immediately started on Fifty Shades Darker.

Secondly, I really need to comment on the “Twilight” parallel that has also been the talk. Yes, there are similarities….you would only know them IF you read the Twilight Saga. Where are they? Anastasia leaves her newly-married mother to live with and take care of her father. Christian is dark to Anastasia’s light. Christian is filthy rich and Anastasia is just getting buy. He buys her expensive gifts, she tries to refuse them. We could compare this to any number of books that are in bookstores now. Not only Twilight. The differences? Well, we’ll start with the BDSM lifestyle (which, I guess, is supposed to be parallel to Edward being a Vampire) and end with Anastasia refusing the hard-core M/s relationship; wanting “more” (Bella, from the beginning, wanted the dark side). Where will everything lead? I guess you’ll have to read the reviews for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Oh, by the way, I didn’t know the parallel to Twilight until I was half-way through the book. A friend told me about how this came about. Yes, I laughed out loud. Similarities, yes, but every book has similarities, don’t they? Two people meet, Two people fall in love…….it’s the journey that makes them different.

Christian and Anastasia are no different than any couple. They meet; there is electricity between them; they try to fight it; they loose. Christian warns her away from him but he can’t stay away. He’s filthy-rich and she just graduated from college. He takes her to his home after she goes on a drunken stupor and the rest is, as they say, history. Oh, but what history these two are making with each other. Christian doesn’t do “boyfriend” – until he meets her father and is introduced as such. Christian doesn’t do “boyfriend” – until he takes her home for a family dinner. Christian has never been photographed with a woman – until Anastasia. Christian never sleeps with anyone – until Anastasia. Mr. Grey NEVER does “Vanilla Sex” – until Anastasia. My how the mighty fall when the right woman is involved. The e-mail banter between Mr. Grey and Ms. Steele is fun and the innuendo’s are hysterical. I loved it when he signed his e-mails “Christian Grey, Two Palms Twitching CEO, Grey Enterprises, Holdings, Inc.” Her reaction to the contract that he presents her are wonderful. You could feel her outrage when he puts in writing exactly what the M/s relationship will involve, right down to what food she will eat. There are two scenes in “The Red Room of Pain” that are wonderfully written and extremely erotic. It is so hard to review this book without spoilers. There is so much more going on between them and so much more than the M/s relationship that is coming between them.

I mention, in the beginning, how apt the title and cover are to this book. Christian will make your head spin with his moods. He’s compelling, angry, amusing, loving, protective, mysterious, nasty, and oh so sexy, all in one paragraph. Yes, definitely 50 Shades. Now, anyone who has read any kind of BDSM will know how the Grey Tie that is on the cover of the book would TIE (pun intended) into this story. Yes, it’s the first tie that he uses to bind Anastasia up the first time. And, it’s the tie that he wears to her college graduation. Much to her horror.

I know that there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book. I really don’t understand why. I have been told that certain experts have called people who read this book “depraved” and have totally bashed the BDSM lifestyle. Well, that’s just what it is – a lifestyle. No, I have never been in an M/s relationship, nor have I ever had a manage, or a f/f relationship. I am very Vanilla. But, just because I read books that include masters, slaves, submissives, gay relationships, menage’s, doesn’t mean that I am depraved. I have also read about Vampires, Werewolves, Mystical people and cowboys. I love romance and absolutely love erotic romance. And, that is just what this book is. Yes, I cried at the end of Book 1. It broke my heart when Anastasia walked out on Christian. I silently begged for them to give each other a chance. I immediately opened Fifty Shades Darker…….I needed to know.

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  1. MelissaS

    WOW! Great review!!

    I read this series before all of the haloopa came about. This was not my favorite of the series but as a whole the trilogy is one of my top ever favorites. I still think about Christian and Ana to this day. Wonderful story and very well written.

    I hope people will quit making such a big fuss about it. There are more books out there that are more bolder in the sense of BDSM than this one.

  2. Lupdilup

    Great!! this is coming on audio in a few weeks, and I was thinking about getting it.. now I sure will.
    Thanks for your review.

  3. Kaylyn D.

    I wasn’t going to read this trilogy because of all the hype. Your review changed my mind. I read lots of BDSM, from the light stuff to the hardcore stuff and I am not depraved. Those experts are judgmental and wrong. That is opinion not a fact and they should know better. Thanks for the review!

  4. _yay_

    I, too, read the books before the big popularity/controvery. I’ve even reviewed the first 2. LOVE this series :-)
    A truly fabulous review. Very detailed,but without spoilers. That’s the way I like it. Kudos!
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!

  5. Julie

    I love how you wrote this review. You covered all the ‘issues’ I’ve been hearing. I have yet to read this but I’ve been told I must by many people – before the poop hit the fan with this book. I don’t know why it’s such an issue. Erotic books have been sitting on the shelf for ages! Where have people been? lol

  6. Sophia Rose

    I agree with some of the other thoughts expressed as well has your own thoughts about this book and the trilogy overall. LOL- I didn’t think of Twilight once when I read the story and then lo and behold I discover that I should have been tripping over references. (-;

    Thanks for sharing your review.

  7. Sharon Bridwell

    Oh wow Kitty, you’ve blown me away with your review of this book. I haven’t read it, to be honest all the “publicity” surrounding it made me NOT want to read. You however have made me want to read it and I’ll admit I shed a tear reading your review because it’s obvious this is an emotional, heart wrenching story. Thanks so much for your review, I feel I can now read this book.

  8. Kallypso Masters

    I’ll be in the Guilty Pleasures Real BDSM blog series starting this week. (I’m up on March 27 writing about the more realistic BDSM romances I love to read and write.)

    But I had to LOL, Kitty, when you said James is getting dinged for having too much “BDSM” in the series. In the groups I’m in with real-life BDSM lifestylers, everyone is upset because she gets the M/s and D/s roles so terribly wrong, they’re afraid she is setting back BDSM 20 years just when so much progress had been made to get mainstream people to not see it as a lifestyle and not as abuse or a mental defect.

    Then James has other writers dinging her for not being able to come up with original characters of her own. (Again, you indicate the similarities to Twilight aren’t that close–but she admits she started the story using two characters from Twilight, rather than creating individuals who are fresh and new and her own.

    So James is pretty much taking hits from all sides–and is still selling like crazy. A case in point that ALL publicity is good publicity. She has avid fans and lots of Word of Mouth going for her among all those mommies mentioned in the two major morning TV programs that have mentioned her books. Heck, the books already were numbers 1-2-3 on the Amazon Erotica bestseller list that I’ve never managed to go higher than a 7 on, I think. So, I’ll have what SHE’S having! LOL

    Still, if I’m going to read or write a BDSM romance novel, it has to be one that celebrates the lifestyle (even with imperfect heroes like the ones I write), rather than a book that demeans or tears down the lifestyle as something for mentally disturbed people to be cured of. (That’s just what the lifestylers are describing Fifty Shades as–not the general romance-reading public.

    Kitty, I’ll be interested in reading your reviews of the later books and if you still like the story by the time you get to happily ever after. (To be honest, the biggest thing that would keep me from reading these books, even if I didn’t have better books on my TBR pile, would be the price. I refuse to pay $30 for one lousy HEA.)

    As a dear friend used to say: Just my opinion. Worth what you paid for it! ;)

    Kally

  9. Kathleen C

    Thoughtful, well written review. Thank you. I read it just after it was published, before all the controversy. Loved all of them. Never once saw a parallel to the YA Twilight series, which I forced myself to read in order to be able to debate its merit (or lack thereof). Thanks for your objectivity. No doubt you’ll love the other two books of the trilogy, too.

  10. hregtvedt

    I have yet to read this series. I was at the salon last Wednesday and ALL the ladies were talking about it. The lady who started the discussion even wrote down the name on her business card so I could check it out myself.

    She explained it was on Good Morning America or something recently. Said it was scandalous and a really hot read. I have no doubt these ladies thought this book was ‘hot’ for them and I mentioned I’ve read things that would make them melt for sure.

    Kally- I even plugged your series! Told my friend if she really wanted something hot she should check out the RESCUE ME series or Lorelei James COWBOY CASANOVA (or all the Rough Riders)! I think little vanilla me shocked them and I’m sure they were talking about me after I left instead of the book!

    This book series is a budget breaker. I could read the entire RESCUE ME SERIES for the price of one book in this one.

    Thanks for the review. Makes me think about reading this sooner than would have without reading the review.

    Heather E

  11. Casey Lu

    I have to say I read to books, and loved them!! I don’t think it puts down the lifestyle. If you read all three, as I did, you see she comes to like aspects of the lifestyle. Christian is a very complex character, and it had to play out the way it did. If you only read book one then yes you would think that it is a put down on the lifestyle, but I strongly suggest all three books.

  12. MaryC

    I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, but have heard alot about the trilogy. Readers seem to either love it or hate it. Thank you for the wonderful review!

  13. Kitty Angel

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Believe me, with everything going about about this Trilogy, I was a little nervous to put it out there.
    Kally, I could understand your feelings (and those of others) about the BDSM aspect of the book. Like I said in the review….it’s a love story with some kink on the side. The story is more about Christian, why he is the way he is, and the person that brings him through it. He’s an Alpha Male more than a Dom or Master. I think that is why I am confused about why there is so much upheaval regarding this book. You know I absolutely ADORE Master Marc and can’t wait for Master Luke to come riding in on his horse. You, Cherise, Bianca and a few others, write true BDSM. This is more a love story than a BDSM book.
    But, thank you for the comments. And, I agree, it is just MY opinion and my take on the book. You know what they say about opinions…..everyone has one.
    Kitty

  14. Timitra

    I won this book in a contest but haven’t read it yet. I will eventually read it to see what all the hoopla surrounding this book is about.

  15. Book Savvy Babe

    thanks for the review! I just got this one, I read all types of romance as well, and I’m pretty darned vanilla… I’m also positive that I’m not depraved… either way, I heard this book was amazing, and with the drama, now I have to read the book sooner rather than later.. hopefully I can fit it in soon… Book Savvy Babe

  16. Anonymous

    I think this sounds like an interesting story. I think it might be worth checking out but I will have to look into it more.

    E. Thompson
    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

  17. Lucy Francis

    Great review, I’m curious to see your reaction to Darker and Freed.

    There were a couple of things that drove me insane about the Fifty series: first person, present tense (nails on a chalkboard for me), and the Britishisms for American characters/settings that weren’t edited out.

    But this series is like crack. Couldn’t stop turning the pages in the first two books, and Christian is just OMG hot. Especially Thermonuclear Fifty. And the emails are some of my favorite bits of writing, period.

  18. Karen

    Excellent review and gives a good take on some of the controversy about this book. Thanks for the clarification!

  19. jessiel

    Wow….after reading your review, I’m definitely going to read this book/series. Thank you!

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