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Fifty Shades of Grey - Book Review

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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published October 1st 2012
Twilight For The Kinky
Mills and Boon on crack.

When her friend Kate falls ill, innocent-minded literature student Anastasia Steele helps her out by conducting an interview to appear in the student newspaper. Little does Anastasia realize, that the interviewee is about to turn her life upside down, tie it up and spank it. Not knowing exactly what to expect from the interview, Anastasia Steele soon finds herself face to face with the mysterious and outstandingly attractive Christian Grey; a controlling man with a darkened past, who is a successful and power hungry entrepreneur. As Anastasia finds out more about Christian Grey, and he finds out more about her, neither of the two can stay far away from each other in more ways than one. This a tale with more rough passionate sex, and a delectable taste for BDSM, that you can throw a porno at.

Fifty Shades of Grey is likely to be one of the most sexually explicit titles to hit the shelves that is neither confined to a sealed bag, an adult shop, or an off beat book store. Although undoubtedly flawed, repetitive, and occasionally illiterate, Fifty Shades of Grey is an unstoppable force that will likely pave the way for other (hopefully more well-written) erotic literature under the public eye.

Despite Fifty Shades of Grey driving a highly familiar story, bearing more clichés than you can throw at a soap opera, and taking on the indulgent writing style of a love drunk teenage girll, E L James's novel somehow maintains a somewhat fresh perspective. Fifty Shades of Grey is a tale that will certainly divide the greatest of bookworms, but even if you don't like what the book is, it's hard not to like what the book represents and what could possibly follow. For some this book may be a godsend, and for others its over 50 million sold copies are an obscene waste of trees, but even then it's still worth a read. I say this because as technically bad as it may seem, Fifty Shades of Grey is still thoroughly entertaining for a majority of its duration, and is a notable milestone in modern literature..

Another reason you may have to read this book is so you can legitimately complain about how awful it is. Doing that will at least be a step up from the pro censorship nuts, who whine about the novel being degrading, without even opening a page. E L James's bestseller is certainly not for everyone, but if it were written much differently, Fifty Shades of Grey would most likely have not received the widespread exposure that it holds today. For a majority of its target audience, this latest door stopper to hit the streets, will more than likely pull them in hook, line and sinker.

Will I review the next two books in the trilogy? Well perhaps, that is if I can somehow continue without falling head over heels in love with the alluring and mysterious Christian Grey…. that was seriously hard to write with a straight face.


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You can purchase the book at Big W, Dymocks and Amazon
You can also purchase the entire trilogy at Dymocks and Amazon

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I have read this to be able to give my opinion. Sounded like it was going to be a good read however, it is badly written, very repetitive (if she bites her lip one more time...). the sex is not well researched or written, the relationship outside of the sex is almost a controlling borderline domestic violence with his control & temper. Would not recommend to young readers as this does not portray a healthy relationship. S&M should be kinky, not boring as these books made it! Please ladies, there are some well written erotic books out there, have a good look around.
by missb (score: 0|2) 2475 days ago
This would have to be the worst writing of any book I have ever read-and I've read a few! The repetition had me almost screaming and by page 20 I doubted whether I would be able to finish it.However I am determined to persevere if only so that I will know what all the fuss is about! My daughter is concerned hat the sex will be too much for me!!
by miche (score: 0|2) 2467 days ago
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