50 Shades of Grey

One of the most talked about books this month is EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy. I just finished the first of these three books which is entitled Fifty Shades of Grey. Based from what I have researched so far, it’s claimed to be a spinoff from the author’s old uploaded Twilight fan fiction. Whether Edward Cullen was resurrected into Christian Grey matters little to me; I’ve read all Twilight books and what this book offers is way different. Some even call it mommy porn. It’s intriguing. I just knew I had to read it.

 

The first chapter was not really interesting. One would think that it was just another young adult novel. Fortunately, I pressed on because I was forewarned that it’s “spicy” reading material. I knew right after the warning that I am going to blog about it after. I have no experience reading fan fiction so some people may say that this story is mild compared to other existing online stories. I have to admit that reading this kind of encouraged me to read more fan fiction. LOL.

 

There was flow to a certain extent in keeping my eyes glued to the text, but there was not much of a plot. It is not surprising in terms of turn of events. The predictability of the two main characters, Christian and Anastasia, falling in love for one another is already given away in the early chapters. The main antagonist, Anastasia Steele, is unfortunately not too well-developed as an American college fresh graduate. And she doesn’t sound very American, I think. The fifty shades of grey can be said of the character development, if you ask me.

 

But what made it so unique are the heavy sexual content and the unorthodox theme. The dominant-submissive sexual relationship as interspersed with romantic nuances is outrageously inviting to those with curious minds. I have yet to meet another author as sexually imaginative as this person; almost every chapter of 50 Shades of Grey reeked of doing the deed. There were no pictures but the text is as graphic as written description can be. It surprisingly portrayed pain/pleasure dichotomy as a good and alluring thing, contrary to common belief (and I am a commoner, I admit).

 

Suffice it to say, the book is definitely not for kids. For women like me, it’s that racy type of reading material that you find yourself guiltily reading in the bathroom. It’s pure unadulterated escapism. Even famous people like Kristen Stewart and Ellen Degeneres swore by its extreme shamelessness. Some women will read it but will hide it somewhere and not admit to having read it in all its entirety.

 

It’s not something you will read in literature class, but more of a thing that you will talk with girl pals about on a girls’ night out, use as a possible required reading material during a bridal shower (if you are with a bookworm bride who shuns the stripper), or well, simply reading just for the sake of reading with hormones and less brain. In reading this book, you will only feel one of two things: extremely guilty or completely giggly. If you are complex, you can have it both ways.

 

On the up side of things, the wit of banter is present and dialogue is pretty good between the two main characters. It’s like eating cotton candy for the brain; it tastes good while you’re at it but you do not really expect to get a lot of intellectual stimulation from it.

I kind of approached the text of 50 Shades of Grey in a desensitized manner. Unlike Anastasia, I was more intrigued with the uniqueness than affected by the text. And I guiltlessly give this book review a day after I stayed up late just to devour all 356 pages of it.

If it’s any plus, I heard from the grapevine that the ultra-hot Ian Somerhalder will portray the role of Christan Grey in its film adaptation.

I can’t wait to hear Grey’s signature “Laters, baby.” from this upcoming film.

 

Rating: 3.5 stars

Value for Money: Just Right at 499 pesos

104 thoughts on “50 Shades of Grey

    1. I loved EPL even when my writing mentor hates it. LOL. I am also a very much pressed for time for most of my life but super duper ginagapang ko ang mga pages ng leisure reading ko. hahaha.

    1. hahaha hi yuuki! are you into manga? you might be disappointed. it might be mild for you if you already read some prior anime fan fiction…

  1. I’m not into vampires and the likes of harry potter, actually 😀 But if this would be made into a movie and Ian Somerhalder, then I’d watch it.

    1. Hi Leira, I did not really buy but I downloaded an e-book version. But I kind of agree that reading a book on paper is still a different experience altogether.

      1. A friend of mine was into an e-book too. She even spend dollars just to access and finished the whole story. I myself didn’t try e-book but I love reading books mostly the one written by Rebecca St. James.” Wait for me” and Joshua Harris, “I kissed dating goodbye and the likes.

        I found it more beneficial in my daily life and offered insights that will increase moral influence.

  2. I’m really curious with this book. Have you seen a monologue of Ellen Degeneres with this one? So intriguing tuloy. But I’m not yet done with “Before Ever After”. This will be on my must-read-list then.

    1. Before Ever After is meant to be relished. A really nice book! Delicious reading material! haha. And yes, I watched Ellen’s monologue (as well as Gottfried and Kristen Stewart’s); super funny nun. Take your time; I honestly prefer Before Ever After over this. It’s just that, the whole idea of 50 Shades of Grey is super duper unconventional.

    1. According to most news feature sites, mommy porn is erotic fiction written or recorded exclusively for women. This is the only one I’ve read from that genre though so I cannot make comparisons. 🙂

      1. Isn’t that what most romance novels are? I don’t really get it, I thought mommy porn was based on erotic stories where mommies are involved.

    2. The book was labelled “mommy porn” in the UK because it supposedly ignited the sex lives of married mid-aged women and improved their intimate relationship with their husbands. The majority of its readers are bored moms, basically.

    1. Hmmm. It’s a little thick. Each book in the 50 Shades trilogy is more than 300 pages long. I was quite astounded with it at first.

  3. As always, I am very limited to book readings , I spent most of my time in pc games.lol…but you’ve put up a worth-reading review here Helena.How I wish I could start reading books especially pop novels.ty

  4. wow, you have a talent for giving book reviews..thumbs up! I got interested in the book because of your post…but maybe I will also hide it under the bed after reading it:D

  5. I’m not sure when I stopped reading books, all I know is I did. Twilight was the only book i read after that. But i might recommend this to some friend cause of your review.

  6. Thanks for your review but I have never been a Twilight Fan. I did try reading one graphic book at National Bookstore, the title easily forgotten, and I can understand what you mean . At the end of the day, one will try to grasp where the story went.

    Anyway, to each his own. I would rather watch the HP movies form Book 1 to Book 7, and will never get tired of it.

  7. Heard about this book from Ellen DG in her show. Sounds like an interesting book. Think I’ll be reading it hidden from others hehe 🙂

  8. So this is the book everybody is talking about. I’m going to get hand on that booko and read it, its been awhile. Thankks for sharing 🙂

  9. Hmmm… intriguing! There are quite some books that are really enticing to read but with this one not really sure. Anyway I’ll just list it down on my list of books to read. Thanks for sharing….

  10. looks really inviting and so tempting to read. Honestly, i’m not ashamed to say that i read books like that , so if ever i would write a book and it will be a movie, the mtrcb would surely give it a D .

  11. I saw this in goodreads but passed it off because people were split on their reviews. Some are either giving it 5 or 1. Such extremes noh?

    Well for fanfiction..its only entertaining (ahem!) if it’s a fandom you like. For example Game of Thrones. That’s the current fandom with active writers I think.

    I remember reading a similar book. One I found in my mother’s bookshelf. I read it in a day as well and when she asked if I read it. I vehemently denied it. *lol*

  12. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a novel. My bedside table is now cluttered with Parenting books and magazines. It’ll probably be this way until my tots reach seven or until I’m more confident with my parenting skills whichever happens first. 😀

  13. oh wow, i never thought that the book is explicit, ive been eyeing that since it came out but having children with me, i guess i will have to pass for more years before i can get my hands on them 🙂

  14. Why am I not surprised that we blogged about fifty shades after reading it? LOL

    Anyhoo, I’m glad that your blog’s back on a tiptop shape. See you soon sister. 🙂

    Laters, baby! LOL

  15. El James’ 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy, as you’ve reviewed and read the first part of three is more on “character development.” Hhmm it sounds interesting. Keep on reading and tell us more. Thanks.

  16. What a good review! It’s a shame I don’t know how to write proper book reviews, I always just end up writing about my thoughts as I read the books, Hehe.

    Thank you for reviewing 50 Shades of Grey. I’d been wondering what the fuss was about. Also saw a lot of stacks of these books reserved in Fully Booked at High Street. Was almost tempted to get one. Now that I know a little more about it, I’m not sure if I want to read it. I’m hardly a conservative but I tend to feel guilty about reading racy stuff, LOL!

  17. so ganun pala ang BDS… ano na nga ba yun nakalimutan ko na! hahaha

    I read the first book and wala akong makitang free copy ng second and third. do you have? pahiram naman pls! 🙂

  18. Interesting review. It’s almost 2 months since the last time I read a love story, I used to read fictions. But now I’m into motivational book “think and grow rich” if you’re familiar it’s a great book too!

  19. I’ve read the story way before it was legally published, back when it was still a famous fanfiction. I don’t know what they told you about but D/s topics in Twilight fandom are always controversial. I’ve only read 2 well written fanfic stories that approached this subject, one of which is Fifty Shades, which is milder compared to the other one.

    I don’t think the controversy of this book series is based on the fact that it dabbles on BDSM per se but because the characters was originally based on a YA book series. I’ve read both versions and there isn’t much of a difference story-wise, they only changed some physical descriptions of the characters to remove the fanfiction quality to it. But like you said, it’s a totally different story. Readers would appreciate it even if they are not a fan of Twilight. Readers who are more inclined to read contemporary romance with detailed sex scenes.

    As for the movie, I wonder if it would be as good as the Secretary.

  20. I have heard that this book is a big hit in the US. I might check it out but I am not much into racy novels. But it seems everyone is talking about this book so I might be worth a read.

  21. I’ve encountered ’50 shades of grey’ thrice this week. I’ve stopped reading books for only who knows when. This is intriguing, though. But I’m not sure if I could read it because of it’s ‘spicy’ materials’. Haha. I’m such a baby. If I do read it, you’re right, I’d probably hide it, and deny it once caught. :))

  22. Thanks for the insight! Most of my co-workers are into this and after reading your post, I think I may have to consider reading it as well.

    lovelots;

    Joan

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