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The Final Fifty Shades

Updated on November 6, 2013

Fifty Shades Freed

With the trilogy now complete, I feel as though I can provide more actual reflection on E.L. James as an author and my personal opinion on the literary merit of her writing, as opposed to summaries as I have mostly provided so far.

As I was reading the second and third book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, I did begin to find that E.L. James' writing had a rather simplistic nature. I hate to liken her writing style to the style of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, but there are some similarities in the style (I stress "style" because that is all I am pertaining to right now. James' ability to construct characters and plot lines exceeds that of Meyer). E.L. James' writing style provides nothing particularly new or original. I found her writing to be repetitive, insofar that certain phrases and sometimes whole sentences made multiple reappearances throughout the three books. I understand that every author has their own style and voice and that sometimes that voice provides recurring thoughts, but I felt that this happened a little too frequently throughout this trilogy. In terms of the plot, it was not always difficult to predict some of the larger events in the novel. I found myself not being at all surprised at some of the moments that were clearly meant to be "shockers". HOWEVER, James did not disappoint in throwing in some curve balls (apologies for the cliché). With that, there are some truly impressive aspects of James' writing that I wish to impress as well. James' ability to delve into the human psyche and produce truly unique complex characters blew me away. Never had I read of a character like Christian Grey. As Ana desperately attempts to understand the dark deep-seated issues that comprise Mr. Grey, the reader does as well. Every time I thought that I attained an understanding of some aspect of the leading male character, new information was provided to add to his already-perplexing psychological and emotional condition. In Fifty Shades Freed, both Ana and the reader are finally able to fully understand the reason for the many shades of Christian Grey, and it makes for a very rewarding and comforting conclusion to the trilogy.

If you take these books for what they are and do not expect literary genius, then you will enjoy them. Be open-minded, and try to avoid the excessively negative reviews that are out there. It is an easy-to-read and consistently entertaining series, that will even nudge your emotions at times.

All of that being said, here is a brief summary for the final book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy...

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Quick synopsis of Fifty Shades Freed

**May be some spoilers**

After becoming Mrs. Grey, Ana must adapt to the lifestyle that her endlessly successful husband has been living. Regardless of how many times Christian reminds her to say "our money", Ana is overwhelmed by a life that she never expected for herself. After their honeymoon fit for a queen, Ana returns to work, where much to her immense irritation, her job description has expanded as her new boss and husband takes over the company, offering Ana the position of lead editor and owner. Ana feels even more suffocated than usual, as hurricane Christian continues to throw Ana in a whirlwind of wealth and power.

As usual though, for every infuriating thing Christian does, he finds a way to make up for it, and Christian surprises Ana with a new property which he hopes to re-build and spend his life in with Ana. Things seem ideal for the newly wed couple until their lives are threatened yet again, this time by a familiar character. After a fire, a helicopter crash, an attempted kidnapping and murder, Christian takes as many measures as possible to ensure the safety of Ana and his family; but it is Ana who proves to be the hero in the final chapters of the book, when Christian's sister Mia is held hostage in exchange for Christian's wealth.

As the novel comes to a close, Christian goes deeper into his past than he ever had, opening up to Ana completely and making sense of his feelings towards certain people in his life, Ana especially. In a surprising analogue, we get to see directly into the mind of Christian Grey as the novel switches to his perspective. The novel's ending is predictable but pleasant none-the-less. I don't want to divulge too many specifics, because there really is a lot going on in this third novel and like I said, although some of it was predictable, some really surprised me.

Oh, and by the way- the twisted and intense sexual relationship between Christian and Ana maintains its place very consistently throughout these novels. I know I haven't really discussed that aspect of the novel since the first one, but there isn't too much more to say (or at least not anything I want to go into to detail about in a public forum).

The Movie

UPDATED (as of Oct. 24, 2013)

For those of you who do not know (which I assume isn't many), the cast for Christian and Anastasia is set for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but no one else has been officially determined yet. Christian will now be played by Jamie Dornan, and Anastasia will be played by Dakota Johnson. I personally think that the casting directors may have let some people down with these choices, but it's still early to determine. The director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed her debut film, Nowhere Boy in 2009. The movie will be made produced by Universal Pictures, Focus Features, MIchael de Luca Productions and Trigger Street Productions. The release date has been set for August 1, 2014. Check the IMDB page for more info!

There have been a few teaser trailers, and I don't know how official they are, but I figured they were worth sharing!

Favorite quotes

"For heaven's sake, I'm not going anywhere. When are you going to get that through your incredibly thick skull? I. Love. You."

"Christian, you are the state lottery, the cure for cancer, and the three wishes from Aladdin's lamp all rolled into one."

"He makes me graceful, that's his skill. He makes me sexy, because that's what he is. He makes me feel loved, because in spite of his fifty shades, he has a wealth of love to give."

"I know his love is clouded with issues of over-protectiveness and control, but it doesn't make me love him any less."

"I love megalomaniac Christian, too, and control freak Christian, sexpertise Christian, kinky Christian, romantic Christian, shy Christian...the list is endless.
-That's a whole lot of Christians.
I'd say at least fifty."

“Life is never going to be boring with Christian, and I’m in this for the long haul. I love this man: my husband, my lover, father of my child, my sometimes Dominant……my Fifty Shades.”

“I think you can only be truly mad at someone you really love."

“My world was ordered, calm, and controlled, then you came into my life with your smart mouth, your innocence, your beauty, and your quiet temerity ...and everything before you was just dull, empty, mediocre ...it was nothing.”

“I want your world to begin and end with me.”

“Oh my, the look he gives me could be solely responsible for global warming.”


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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I was hesitant to read this trilogy, because it was so overrated and spoken about, but I finally broke down and read it. The sex parts are so talked about, it's hard to get past that, so after I read them all and got the gist of the submissive/dominant thing, I read them again (I read fast). Christian's character is very complex, and as you pointed out, we get to understand why he is the way he is. I was surprised at how vulnerable he was, so afraid of loving and losing Ana. And she was so innocent, never found anyone she felt sexually attracted to. The first time around I thought it would have been better for her to fall in love with Jose! But Christian and Ana work on having a relationship, new to both of them. That ending part about how he felt when he first met her was a bonus too, though he was much changed as the "new Christian." I think they were worth the reading, entertaining, just don't expect a lot of the writing.

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      Hamza Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      what a flash back!!!!!!!! very inteersting

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      Ruth Pieterse 5 years ago

      Am reading 50 Shades but am not blown away. Interesting hub though. Voted up and interesting.

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      Kayla 5 years ago

      Great review! I loved the books.

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      Anusha Jain 5 years ago from Delhi, India

      Great review. Am definitely going to check out this Triology. Your usage of quotes in the end from the book is quite interesting, and make your review different, as well as complete.