“- “Why don’t you like to be touched?”
- “Because I’m fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
― E.L. James
Well this weekend, I literally just finished the third book in the trilogy and as expected, I have some opinions:
I Agree That The Books Are Not Brilliantly Written: The language is simple and very repetitive but the fact is, these books are obviously not meant to be focusing on incredible writing and ultimately, I got used to the repetition and just rolled with how ‘mercurial’ Christian was, even after the hundredth time….
They Are Not Just About Sex: Okay the fact is, everyone knows about these books because they have become famous as erotica for house-wives/mums/moms and yes, there is a lot of sex in them (okay so I understate!) but at the heart of the books is a love story and an endearing one at that, it just happens to be a lot more exciting than most love stories because of the rest of it and that’s what helps the story be so addictive!
The Sex Scenes Are Written Pretty Well: I’ve read various books with different kind of sex scenes over the years (lets face it, sex is everywhere) and though I don’t know a heck of a lot about sub/dom relationships, the sex scenes are generally unique and creative, which by the 30th scene, is pretty impressive.
There Are A Lot Of Twilight Comparisons That Can Be Made: I’m a fan of Twilight and as such there are multiple scenes that you could have lifted out of Twilight and changed the names – even the general dynamic of the shy/willful girl and strong/dogmatic/reluctantly handsome boy, in it’s simplest form, carries through. For me it wasn’t an issue either because hey, I like Twilight but some readers might object.
In Conclusion: The story is pretty addictive, especially with the excitement of the volatile Christian and the young, naive Anastasia and in the second and third books, how it carries through, out of the sub/dom experience and into other things. I got swept up in the story and carried away with the emotions (yes emotions, it’s honestly not just about sex!) of it all. There are a lot of negative reviews of the books and honestly I’d just say that you should give it a go and make up your own mind because if nothing else, it will probably be a learning experience!