I read the first book, and barely made it through. Between the constant references to how "hot" Grey is and the overuse of the word "clamber," I became annoyed about half way through. I will give the author credit though, she wrote a character most of us would love to step into. A struggling, unsure, twenty-something year old, who is also not incredibly attractive. Who among us hasn't felt that way? Of course the idea of a gorgeous, rich man that "rescues" us sounds great. Ok, enough of my rant. The sex scenes are great and the only reason I made it through the first book.
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I couldn't agree more! I loved the Hunger Games trilogy and hated when people compared it to Twilight. There definitely seems to be a formula for profit at work.
Considering your profession, I am sure it's hard to NOT analyze his character! I'm sure feminists have a field day with this book, for a variety of reasons. It's interesting to think about how we would've handled that situation then vs now.
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It's hard to know if it's worth your time. I've read books that were far from literary masterpieces because of the entertainment factor. It's easy to follow, and reminds me of a chick lit meets romance novel. My advice is to borrow it, don't buy. =)