9 July 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey.

Tonight's post is something different for you all in terms of previous content on my blog. This post begins the start of my book reviewing, of which I really do hope to continue as I just love reading books of all sorts of genres.

My first book review is of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' series by EL. James. I have referred to this book very briefly in April where I stated that it was a complete impulse buy whilst the book was half price at book of the week. I work at WHSmiths so I'm always on the lookout at the new books each week to see if anything interests me. I've been aiming to do this review since mid May as I have read all three books in the series as well as having read 'The Hypnotist' by Lars Kepler in the mean time; I'm now reading 'The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova.

Just a note of warning, if anyone wants to find out what the book is about for themselves then please do not read further, I would hate to spoil anything for anybody. 



Now, when I first purchased these books as I have already said, it was an impulsive buy. The blurb on the back sounded like a love/thriller kind of story which I was intrigued by. I would like to say that this blurb gives no real indication of what this book is really about.

In a nutshell, the series follows the 'romance' (I say that lightly) of the new graduate Anastasia and her somewhat new found bizarre boyfriend Christian. Now ladies, do not let this bizarreness put you off him at all, as he is to die for....apparently. Throughout the book as a reader you are constantly bombarded with the notion that Christian literally is god’s gift, women openly stare at him, lust him etc etc...Of course he doesn't notice this; he only has eyes for Ana. Does this sound familiar at all....cough coughs Twilight!

Anyhow, Christian isn't all he seems as we read further into the book, he has a dark side, a bad side...again, this sounds familiar...Edward Cullen by any chance? I'll try and get off the Twilight comparisons now folks, although I have to say Anastasia pulls off a great Bella Swan too....ok ok I will stop!

Christian is into some serious stuff in the bedroom department, I will not divulge all here as I have no idea how old some of my readers are! Let's just say, it is not your average Jo's relationship by any means. Anyhow, basically the series goes between Ana's thoughts on whether she really does belong with this 'enlightening' man, does she really want that kind of relationship. (I bet she didn't go looking for it!).

My main gripes with the book despite the similarity to Twilight which in turn wasn't all that great, is the fact of how darn repetitive it is. I have never read so much of the same thing in all my life, the constant smirking, inner goddess and god dam lip biting is enough to put me off my lunch! Some scenes, I guess these being the scenes in which most people are buying them for on the sly really bored me after a while, they again were repetitive and I found myself skipping down pages...I hate that point in any book. If you find yourself skipping bits are you really enjoying it?

I do however have to acknowledge the fact that I purchased and read all three books which has to show that something made me want to continue to read them. I guess for me it's really the fact that I needed to know what happened in the end, did they stay together, split up or did he even end up killing her in that red room?

Has anyone else read these books? If so, what did you think?
Were you biting your lip in anticipation? I know I wasn't.


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  1. I only made it through the first 100 pages into the second book and had to stop, I got that bored..! I think the writing's awful, its completely ridiculous and I pretty much sat there laughing at it the whole time. I'd be very interested to see if she were to publish another book whether she purposefully blatantly copied the Twilight style of writing , because I agree, there's something about it that makes you want to know what happens in the end.

    At the same time I'm glad about the whole 50 shades craze because it kind of makes it ok to read dirty books (actually good ones) hahah :)

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    1. I didn't even know what kind of book it was until I got to the first real indication...my face must have been a picture haha!

      I wish it had been written better too, maybe I would have gave it more of a chance.

      Thanks for your comment! xx

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  2. I'm still not usre if I want to read these! If it wasn't for the hypw I probably would walk straight past it... hmmmm decisions, decisions!
    Charlotte
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    lilmisschickas.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Considering how cheap they are you could perhaps grab the first one and see how you find it. I mean, they're not terrible as I wouldn't have continued with them however, don't expect literacy genius with this one!

      xx

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  3. I read the first one, I wanted to read it because well lets say I have similar interests to Christian and honestly I feel really let down. I think it gives a bad look on people that are into that sort of thing and I also found the girl to be whiny as hell and she annoyed me :/ x

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    1. She annoyed me too Hayley! Constantly changing her mind etc etc, just make a decision woman! I had no issues with what Christian was interested in; just the whole repetitiveness of it all I think was my main gripe.

      Thanks for your comment :) xx

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  4. I too feel the repetitiveness is a bit annoying.
    When it's so hyped, I wanted to check it out and judge it myself - at the moment on chapter 16 on my kindle which is half way. I don't like stopping when I already got this far but I feel like I'm also reading to see when this repetitiveness to stop lol. x

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    1. You see, when I purchased it the hype really wasn't as big as it is now. I should have really looked it up before I bought it but I didn't. I don't regret buying it though, it had a lot going for it in some respects it's just a shame how it was written. I get the impression it was rushed into publishing.

      Thanks Jenni! x

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  5. It's soft porn for bored housewives :P I was told its poorly written and after reading this I'm not going to bother wasting my money, I hate repetitive books.

    Great review :)

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    1. Haha, you could say that Charlie! Yep it is poorly written and as I've said, very repetitive!

      I'm glad you liked the review, I was a bit unsure how to go about doing it. I didn't want to offend anybody that enjoyed them! :)

      xx

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    2. I wouldn't worry about that, everybody is entitled to their own opinion :)

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    3. That is very true :) x

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  6. I bought it just yesterday and i am almost halfway through. I bought it, cause it was hyped, i don't think it's that bad, i mean i like the "special parts" lol, but the whole situation and story is kinda - weird. I mean when i was 21, a 27 year old boy with a like for fetish games couldn't have done to me what he's doing to her...i'll finish it, see how it ends and then decide if i get the other ones!
    Hey from the blog hop btw :)
    The Amazing World Of J
    Janine

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    1. Hi Janine, thanks for commenting :)

      The story overall isn't that bad really, I would have most likely purchased it because of the hype if I hadn't of bought it when it first came out. I hope you enjoy it anyhow, saves wasting your money haha!

      I love blog hop! :) xx

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  7. My mother had to read it for her book club so it was lying round the house. It;'s so badly written, but I have to agree that the style does make you want to carry on. She's so irritating as a character. Drove me insane haha. My friend said it was based on Twilight fanfiction. It is basically just Twilight, but graphic. As my sister put it- the only way it could be more graphic was if it had a video playing next to it. Also apparently they're making a film. Isn't that just porn?
    Loved the review!
    x
    missmilliemae.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There is just something about it which makes you want to find out what ultimately happens, I guess EL James is onto a winner if we all feel like that whether the books is good or bad.

      Thanks for the comment! xx

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  8. The Historian is SUCH a good book, creepy, beautifully written, chilling, can't-put-down and I've not read anything like it. Do a review on that! 50 Shades looks diiire but has some good shagging, appaz ;)

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    1. I'm not very far into the Historian so far, chapter 5 I think. I'm off to Edinburgh however tomorrow for a week so I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done whilst I'm there chilling.
      I will most definitely do a review on that once I've finished it :D
      I reckon 'shagging' is a mild term for some of the stuff you read haha!!

      Thanks for stopping by Catherine :) xx

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  9. I can't believe I forgot the bloody incessant lip biting in my post!! How could I??

    Again, I'm truly cheered to know I'm not the only idiot who read this rubbish and has no idea why :-)

    Rachael xx

    madeupoflittlethings.com

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    1. How could you indeed! :)

      It was so repetitive though wasn't it!

      We're not alone I don't think, so many people have read them and think they're pants.

      :) xx

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