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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Updated on April 23, 2012

When I heard about 'Fifty Shades of Grey' I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it would be a little raunchy, but when I got started, I was a little shocked.

This trilogy is bound to make many women blush.

But, I see many faults in the series.

First off, really how was James inspired by 'Twilight' to write the series? This book series is nothing like the 'Twilight Saga'. There are no vampires, which is honestly what I expected. This is a very adult version of 'Twilight' minus the vampires and folklore. Christian does have a few similarities to Edward with his messy, golden hair and gray eyes, and Ana has the innocent appeal of Bella. But, nothing is like 'Twilight.'

Mom's, dad's, it's not advised to let your teenage daughters pick up these books. They'll definitely learn a little about sexuality if they do.

Overall, the books have a little bit of reality in the characters. (People really are messed up because of childhood experiences.) But, for the most part, it's hard to see the reality in this fiction book series.

Christian Grey is a self-made business mogul. He's sexy, intelligent, rich, and only 27.

Anastasia Steele is an innocent college girl, who's never had a boyfriend.

Christian is very possessive, controlling, and dominant by nature, but there's something about Ana that changes him and his ways of life and views on relationships.

It takes a few days and Ana finds herself in love with Christian, and after 5 weeks, they are engaged. This is a little far-fetched for me, even though I realize there are many people who know who they should be with immediately. But, for these characters who have never loved anyone, the situation seems far-fetched.

Sex is the answer to everything. Every fight or argument is either stopped or ended with sexual activities. Ana finds the goddess within, and Christian finds himself.

Ana must learn how to accept Christian, his past, and the reasons he is the way he is, whereas Christian must learn how to lighten up.

There were times throughout the series where I found myself very frustrated and mad at Christian's actions and behaviors. At the same time, I found myself frustrated with Ana and how she behaves. There were many times where I found myself thinking, what would I do in the situation; my boyfriend bathing his ex?

Christian and Ana must learn each other as well as themselves.

It takes reading the first two books to figure out why Christian is the way he is, and there's little that really keeps you going to book three. Everything starts to work out perfectly for the couple. The only thing that keeps you reading is to find out what Ana's ex-boss is planning on doing.

If you're into romance novels with a little kinkiness, then it's the book for you. You will find that the BDSM elements are mild in comparison to other romance books.

There is a lot of sex in the books; many times, I lightly perused those pages, tired of another sex scene. I found myself more interested in the characters, as a whole. Once I made it to book three, I was pretty bored with the sex scenes; I mean they're great, but it gets to be too much.

Overall, the books were pretty good. Certain scenes elicited various anxiety and anger emotions, reminding me of past experiences and relationships, which is great for any author to be able to do. My main concern are the number of sex scenes and the fact that any major conflict in the story is solved within a chapter.

For example, it didn't take any time for Ana to get to Mia when she was kidnapped, or Christian to save Ana and get over his fear of becoming a dad, or for Christian to figure out who was responsible for sabotage.


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      Renee Collins 5 years ago

      50 Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight Fanfiction story called Masters of the Universe where Christian is originally Edward and Ana is Bella. James pulled the story and changed the characters for it to get published, other than that the similarities are very vague aside from the obsessive love. It's by no means a literary masterpiece but you do learn to love and care for the characters...even though by the 3rd book I was getting bored and skipping pages because of the constant love scenes. They were pretty good, I breezed through the first book, but had a little trouble with the third.

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      Karla Whitmore 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I have heard so much about these books - but nothing about an actual story. For some reason, I thought these were collections of erotica and assumed 50 stories in each book. I hadn't planned on reading them as BDSM is not something I uh... get into, but all the hype had me curious enough to read your hub and I'm glad it wasn't all about how it improved your sex life! ;) I'm right there with DigbyAdams on that one! Thanks for a real review!

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this and giving your honest opinion of the trilogy. So many people are talking about this book it almost gets embarrassing.I'm not really interested in reading this topic. But it was good to hear a little about what it was all about. I mean we were out to dinner with 3 other couples and two of the women kept going on about this book. The kept talking about how it was improving their sex lives. What must their husbands have been thinking. Then they kept recommending that everyone else read it. What must they think about our sex lives? The whole thing was so weird!