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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy - Review
How Did You Rate 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
Fifty Shades of Grey - Outline
'Fifty Shades of Grey' was a topic that was recently mentioned in our office and caught my attention. I love to read (oddly enough like Anastasia) but can be woefully ignorant of the current bestsellers on the market. (Also, living in a smaller country, we tend to get the 'latest and greatest' anything a little after the rest of the world - mainly the USA) I ignored the comments not fully realizing what the story was about, but later I thought that maybe it would be fun to read a current out-coming book, so I asked my husband to purchase an online copy for me.
Little did I know what I would find - and to begin with I was kind of shocked! I am no prude and have read Penthouse forum as a younger woman, especially with my very sexy and attractive boyfriend (now husband) ... hmmm, a little like Christian in fact....but in a book?!?
A bit like the swearing that is heard in some movies, I persevered for the sake of the storyline which in hindsight appeared to develop very slowly due to the expansive descriptions of the sex/lovemaking scenes. Don't get me wrong, perhaps the story would not have enough substance to hold interest if it were not for the detailed descriptiveness of the sexual interaction between the two star-crossed lovers. They do add color and insight to the characters but I felt that they took up more than enough of the book...
The story is written from Ana's perspective and the plot is relatively simple... Kate and Anastasia are 'roomies'... Kate has an interview with a powerful rich CEO but is sick at the last minute. She is loathe to call off the interview because it took her so much to get it, so she 'weedles' Anastasia into taking her place, thrusting written questions in her hands, before verbally pushing her out the door. So, how hard could this be anyway?
Ana arrives in two minds about the interview and so consequentially is nervous. So much so, as she enters the room she trips and falls.
The interview takes place, Ana hurriedly exits and that's the end of that. Or is it?
Ana certainly fell for Christian's charms from the very first moment she laid eyes on him (I mean, who wouldn't??) but endeavors to put him out of her mind forever. Unknown to her, she has had an equally profound effect on him, a first for him and he cannot get her out of his mind.
Here he plays the part of a very rich man who is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it... and he wants her! He pursues her and so their tortured relationship begins...
At the end of the first book, she leaves him...
The second book is about the restoration of their relationship after a separation of ONLY one week (rolling my eyes), their consequent marriage and the boss at Ana's work turning out to be a sleaze-bag who comes on to Ana and gets his 'arse' fired. And, a 'sub' stalking Ana...
The third book finds the 'ex-boss' has resurfaced and is not finished with Ana or Christian and his family, but what is the connection there?
The story does develop a little more meat in the third book but each one could be read on it's own with the exception perhaps of the very first one, it obviously cries out for a sequel.
Fifty Shades of Grey - 'Verbal Porn?'
Reading some of comments others have made about the story and the descriptiveness of the sexual scenes between Ana and Christian I can agree and disagree.
Is the depth of content and verbal imagery generated absolutely required? No... not really, but how would the reader gauge the depth of damage that a child can suffer through insensitive or deliberate abuse sexual, or otherwise, if powerful images were not conjured up. Near as I can see, the mother's lifestyle did harm to the young boy, but being left alone with a dead mother would have had dramatic affect on his psyche.. irrevocable damage one would expect.
So, is there hope of recovery? How resilient is the human spirit that it can weather monstrosities and horrors of unspeakable darkness ...?
This trilogy... while it covers rather explicit verbal imagery of a sexual nature... doesn't mean it is all bad. Look at it in context... it highlights the childhood (Christian's), and the effects that having a less than desirable upbringing can have on a child; it shows the naivete of a young woman before she gets into a physical relationship, and how her 'untarnished' past meant that she had the potential to positively influence her 'tainted' man; and it also shows some of the more valuable aspects of married life, and the intimacy that ideally should be part of every marriage relationship. Things like: honesty, respect, care and concern, genuine love (even though in the story it appeared to be quite superficial at first), transparency, communication, the kind simple gestures that show a person that they are cherished...
The book is written from a unique vantage point; one that gives the reader an intimate 'behind-the-bedroom-door' view and insight of a relationship between two people.
It's a reminder to every married couple about the closeness and intimacy of a good marriage relationship; not just the sexual closeness, but the emotional closeness as well.
One event in the book that touched me deeply was when Christian asked Ana to cut his hair because he said it made him feel cherished. My thought was, 'Is that how my husband feels when I cut his hair?' It is amazing how seemingly simple things can mean mountains to someone else, and it is a matter of remembering to make time to do these things.
Fifty Shades of Grey - In Real Life
I must admit that after reading these books, that I enjoyed reading them. I'll also admit that the explicit nature of the 'interludes' between Christian and Ana meant that it touched on my sexual shyness and shameful feelings.
Amazingly, Ana also admitted feeling a little shamed and embarrassed about the acts she engaged in with her lover, but at the same time she was also physically excited by it.
Why does sex have this affect on us humans? It is a natural activity, and an important (vital even) component in a healthy intimate marriage relationship.
Unfortunately, sex has also been debased and scandalized by human mindsets and perverted acts; perverted by intent, by impure motives, even evil hearts...
Everyone has skeletons and hang-ups of some kind; who doesn't live in a world of fifty shades of grey; not one of us is perfect...
This story, I think, is one of hope and encouragement for healthy relationships, a reasonably good storyline (any book that keeps you turning the page has to be good in some way) and definitely a book for a mature audience!