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50 Shades of Grey Book Review: Why I Enjoyed It

Updated on February 20, 2015

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50 Shade of Grey...Where to begin?

There has been a lot of discussion on 50 Shades of Grey and whether or not it's suitable for everyone to read. Some suggest its mommy porn allowing the readers to delve into their hidden desires for their own sex lives without actually having to commit the saucy acts. Others, and I will admit I am one of them, truly enjoyed the book through all the bondage and emotional roller coaster ride. I did find it repetitive at times and I found myself rolling my eyes on several occasions when the 'Inner Goddess' of Anastasia Steele made appearances. I understand the reasoning behind the Inner Goddess and her librarian subconscious; but come on, the words Inner Goddess is just asking for it. The angel and devil on her shoulders battle it out throughout the book and in no way help her out in any of her situations. As much as I disapprove of the Goddess it is a perfect way for the reader of 50 Shades of Grey to know what the character is interested in and gives us insight to her feelings and emotions conflicting on the subject of her participating in a BDSM lifestyle.

50 Shades of Gray

My Initial Thoughts

When I first picked up the book and attempted to read it I immediately put it back down after I skimmed over the first few pages. "Damn Katherine Kavanagh." No. That's all I can say. Her friend goes by Kate and when I saw this in the book it made me picture a cartoon character waving an overly large fist at another. I felt turned off by the book already. Several weeks went by and I decided to give it another try. Reading past my previous irritation I finished the book after just a few days and was ready for the second. With only a few things that bothered me about the book I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I wanted to know what was next for them, if Grey would finally act like a normal person and leave his baggage behind. If Steele would get the courage to start standing up for herself more like the ending of the first 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy when she gave him a piece of her mind. She finally told him like it was and called him out on all his bullshit. Frankly the character needed to hear it and have his ego destroyed in order for him to come back to the land of the normal.

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All in all, the book gives the reader the chance to see into such a broken relationship to appreciate their own or lack thereof. While going through the steamy erotica novel I found myself smiling through scenes and reading wide eyed through its pages. I felt shocked, enticed, excited, and angry a number of times. But most of all I felt need; a need to have the exciting intimacy level that the characters shared regardless of the bondage and dominant/submissive lifestyle. The thrill they felt for each other and the drive they had towards one another was inspiring to me. It made me remember when my fiancé and I first met; that everything is new and bottomed out stomach feeling. I enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey most because it made me realize that a relationship needs more trust than most are willing to give and without it nothing will work in said relationship. I know that not everyone took inspiration from the book and much less took relationship advice from it. I can only speak for myself when I say that if it wasn't for 50 Shades of Grey mine and my fiancé’s love life would still be in a rut.

So thank you E.L.James, I found 50 Shades of Grey to be a book I can reread multiple times and I truly recommend it for others to enjoy as I have.

Silk Tie

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