Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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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.
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ISBN: 9781612130293
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Alternative Title: 50 shades of Grey
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Jeez. It started as Twilight fan-fic. You can read it, but your inner Goddess will not thank you.


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ilokaye53
May 11, 2019

I just recently read this book. It's disturbing, however, people like this do exist. I hope I never meet one.

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jephious
Apr 22, 2019

I took this book out just to see what all the hub bub was about and didnt get an answer. I made it 3/4 of the way through and put er down. Long boring dialogue and monotone characters. Im really not clear how this is the best selling paperback of all time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 21, 2019

Fifty shades of grey are a series consisting of 3 erotic romantic movies based off of the fifty shade novels. I did not enjoy this book at all. I think the main character of this novel, Anna, was so badly done. She didn’t send any good messages at all, she was insecure, weak and could easily be taken advantage of and sure enough she was. Christian Grey was such a cringe character he also sent no good messages throughout, he mistreated woman and was just an overall awful person. Yeah, he might have had his own private jet but who really cares when he’s got that many mommy issues. Overall a terrible book and would not recommend watching it. 2/5 stars @EffyStonem of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board.

I honestly thought Twilight was quite possibly the worst pile of steaming garbage on this planet- then I remembered this book exists. I feel books like these will keep being created until we young adult get better tastes in literature. Just like in Twilight, the ‘heroine’, Anastasia Steele is a klutzy naïve mess of a character. In fact, she’s so naïve and ‘innocent’ that in one scene she actually puts her hair up in pigtails- hoping that would keep her safe from any sexual advances of her love interest. Yes. She actually does that (please keep in mind she is an ADULT.) And don’t even get me started on her love interest. He’s some rich alpha male entrepreneur who’s ego is bigger than his brain. But don’t worry, it just so happens to be hot so it’s all fine! That totally justifies his behavior and attitude. To roughly put it, this book is basically what happens when erotica meets YA. It’s just terrible, I don’t recommend it to anyone. 1/5 Stars. @Bloop of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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kmobuckeye
Feb 24, 2019

I dont know if I am more embarrassed to have read this or that I liked it

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Alushka
Dec 16, 2018

Got the audio book for a road trip...I couldn't get past the second chapter...and that was a struggle in itself. Predictable, cheaply written, painfully tedious dialogue. Terrible. I never saw the movie nor read the book and I never will. This is a "toilet" book...as in a read at the outhouse.

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coreAgogo
Dec 14, 2018

This will be a short review because frankly I didn't finish this book. I couldn't. The Ghosts of English Professors Past would not let me. The grammar, the cobbled together sentence fragments, the dialogue- ugh! I'm getting a rash just thinking about it.
I picked up the book to see what all the fuss was about. I've read erotica before. It's a fun, escapist genre. I was happy to see a book about the BDSM lifestyle become so popular, if only because it may have signaled our society's liberation from prudishness. Sex-positivity, body- positivity, open and honest communication around our love lives: all good things in my book. Boy was I wrong!
This book is not romantic. These characters are not interesting. This relationship is not healthy. The sexy scenes aren't even sexy! If I could give this book no stars, I would.
How did this ever, ever, ever get published?

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Dec 13, 2018

Yeah. I read this book. The trilogy was definitely good for a summer read, but I have some problems with it, as a whole.

First off, this series is very clearly a fanfic. There is nothing wrong with writing and reading fanfiction (as a prolific reader & writer of fanfiction myself), but when it is so blatantly a ripoff of someone else's work, you would think the editor or agent would have tried to help James be a little more subtle.

Second, James clearly has a very negative and very incorrect view of BDSM, and of that specific community. If you are reading this for ideas to spice up life in the bedroom, please don't. There are better, more accurate, more caring sources out there then this series. Christian is a terribly messed up human, and how he treats Ana isn't really inline with how the community believes in treating each other. (I have really read a lot, because I couldn't believe that Christian was a good example of BDSM. Lo and behold, he's not.)

Thirdly, why did James' editor hate her? There were so many spelling and grammatical mistakes in the PUBLISHED books that I cried. I CRIED. Not because I was sad about anything in the book, but because my English degree and English teacher's SOUL was dying. I don't know if this was just in the versions published in the UK (that's where I bought II and III because I was living there at the time), but I couldn't not cringe.

Fourth in my rant: This whole "Mrs. Robinson" stuff is ridiculous as well. Actions from the past do not provide an excuse for actions in the present. All they do is provide motivation, but that does not excuse your behavior. An adult from your past was not-so-great - that does not mean that you, when you grow up, have to be not-so-great, too.

Please.... I get the appeal of reading this, and I don't blame a soul for enjoying it. Just please read with the knowledge that so much of the stuff in the books are incorrect and terrible representation of a lifestyle.

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

Ugh. That is really the best I can do.

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tiajah
Oct 23, 2018

Try as I might, I couldn't get past the first few pages of this book. However, I DID read the book, FIFTY SHADES OF BRAINS, by B.F. Dealeo, a liteary spoof of the Fifty Shades book. I enjoyed it so much.

black_cat_1876 Aug 13, 2018

I have a number of things to say about this book.

First of all, it's horribly written. Rumor has it, it originated from fanfiction so I guess that's to be expected. All the "sex" scenes are written like a nun wrote them. There's no flair, and no taste. The whole series depicts the concept of "fixing" someone with mental health problems, which is an issue in its own.

As someone with a similar background to Grey, I feel very personally offended by the fact that she "fixed" him in the later books.

Grey is stalkerish, and heavily abusive towards Steele, and I hate the way the author depicts this as "BDSM"
As someone who enjoys the BDSM lifestyle, this is NOT real BDSM. This is abuse, manipulation, stalking, and invasion of privacy. Genuinely one of the most offensive books I've ever read, and I genuinely hope the author loses all sort of revenue from this book in a series of bad investments. She did no research on how any sort of BDSM scene is supposed to be played out.

For those of you who think the raunchy sex scenes redeem it, they don't. Period.
They barely last a few paragraphs, are very repetitive, have no time skips (implying they're both ridiculously quick in bed) and in general are extremely vanilla for a book about "BDSM"

This piece of absolute offensive garbage should never have been made into a book, let alone a movie franchise.

For everyone just starting to get into BDSM because of this book like I was a few years ago, please PLEASE do more research before doing ANYTHING related to BDSM. This is a very very horrible way to learn about the lifestyle that could cause long-term issues with your sex life.

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Flower1000
Nov 27, 2015

Sexual Content: Um hum

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Violence: beating, etc

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Other: Way too graphic. And totally unrealistic.

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Sexual Content: 24/7 apparently.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Coarse Language: There is a bit of swearing in this book.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Sexual Content: Very explicit.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Violence: The book is centered around BSDM, so there are explicit scenes where Grey beats Ana.

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audwe
Jun 29, 2012

Sexual Content: BDSM

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23149011217443tr
Jun 16, 2016

this was a good book I would recommend it to be read by others

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sgray2015
Aug 31, 2015

Troubled relationship

_aabigailx Jul 05, 2013

THIS BOOK HELPED VERY MUCH IN MY INCREASE OF VOCABULARY WORDS. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ "FIFTY SHADES DARKER". BESIDES THE FACT THAT I HAD A CHANCE TO INCREASE IN VOCABULARY, THIS BOOK WAS REALLY INTERESTING, THAT I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK. (:

Rotca1 Aug 10, 2012

Anastasia and Christian engage in bondage exploration as they feel they fumble their way toward a real relationship.

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SCuffy1960
Jun 13, 2012

TAKE THE SPECIFIC AGE FACTOR OUT AND IT COULD BE,FROM THE ROMANTIC ASPECT ALONE,EVERY WOMAN'S FANTASY GUY.
RICH, EXTREMELY HANDSOME,INTELLIGENT AND VERY ASTUTE IN HIS CAREER.
DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO BE EDGY BUT HAVING A SENSITIVE(ALBEIT HIDDEN)AND ROMANTIC SIDE.
I'D DATE HIM! LOL

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Flower1000
Sep 01, 2015

Laters baby©

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karmil
Aug 21, 2012

"Nothing plain or old about vanilla - it's a very intriguing flavor", he breathes

scorpiolicaddict98 Jun 01, 2012

“Sometimes I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Perhaps I've spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”
~ Fifty Shades Of Grey ~

enygma312 May 11, 2012

“Why don't you like to be touched" Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
"Because I'm fifty shades of f*****-up, Anastasia”

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