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50 Shades of Grey: A Review for the Intrigued
Undoubtedly you have heard whispers about the famed book 50 Shades of Grey. The 50 Shades Trilogy has taken the world by storm, becoming ever-so-popular with the female population. The hype is palpable, spreading across social networks and groups of women, all interested in knowing what the buzz is surrounding the novel.
My friend have asked what the book is like. I reply, "the book is harlequin meets Twilight meets indecent proposal". No woman can resist such a combination.
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In the first person narrative, Anastasia Steele is required to take the place of her best friend at a Washington State University student newspaper interview with high-powered and handsome businessman Christian Grey. Ana is immediately taken with Christian. Although their relationship starts as a traditional meeting, what comes later is anything but traditional.
Christian warns Ana to stay away from him, but she is drawn to his wealth, power and good looks. He is enchanted with her and agrees to continue their relationship, but under his rules. He presents Ana with a contract, stating what she is to wear, eat and how to present herself while in his presence on weekends for the following three months. What's more, he is expecting virgin Ana to succum to his needs as a Submissive in BDSM (bondage, discipline, submission and masochism) sexually related acts.
Although Ana initially struggles with the thought of undergoing such erotic acts, she soon realizes that this is the key to Christian's heart. She so desperately wants his love and tries to understand his needs for dominance, in business and in bed. However, she is never able to get close enough to him to understand the meaning behind his needs.
About Anastasia Steele
Scholar Anastasia, or Ana as she prefers to be called, has spent the previous four years burying her head in literary classics. Although her mother is a hopeless romantic, having married four times, Ana tends to shy away from men, until she meets Christian.
Throughout the book, Ana fights her intuition to run from the life of Christian Grey, but she is hopelessly charmed by him. As Christian opens her eyes to the world as he sees it, she is more captivated by him. Christian's reluctance to allow Ana to touch him makes her want him even more.
Her struggles continue as she dives deeper into Christians life and past, trying to understand why he chooses BDSM over "vanilla sex". She persists and learns more and more about his torrid past and falls deeper in love with him.
About Christian Grey
Self-made businessman Christian Grey is captivated by the beauty and charm of Anastasia Steele and seeks to make Ana his. Although he eventually learns of her virginity, Christian is still eager to introduce Ana to the world of BDSM to gain pleasure and power over her.
Christian's need to protect Ana at all costs, by caring for her, makes her see that he may be in love with her. Although at times he may seem like a sexual predator or stalker, his intentions are always to ensure Ana is safe and well cared for.
As much as he tries, Christian is unable to provide the real needs that Ana wants - love and devotion. His reluctance to progress to a "normal" relationship stem from childhood abuse and sexual encounters with his Mrs.Robinson.
About the Author
E.L. James is a former TV executive turned author, based in London, England. Born to a Chilean mother and Scottish father, she is an eclectic wife and mother of two.
Writing under the pseudonym Snowqueen Icedragon, she published "Master of the Universe" online in 2009 which was eventually turned into the novel 50 Shades of Grey. E.L. James originally based the character of Anastasia Steele on Bella Swan from the Twilight series.