Fifty Shades of Grey was, to me, one of those books I just had to read to see what all the hype was about. I held out for a while due to constantly being in the middle of some other page-turning book, but one night after having some drinks with friends, everyone was chatting about Fifty Shades and I gave in. I was in need of a new book anyway, and all their talk finally lured me in and I bought an electronic version on my Kindle (which, in hindsight, was a great decision). Peer pressure is tough to resist, I tell ya.
Anastasia (Ana) Steele, the heroine in Fifty Shades of Grey, starts off the book by interviewing Christian Grey, a mega-millionaire with breath-taking good looks, for her college newspaper. She does the interview in place of her sick roommate, and is completely unprepared for the interview. During the interview, Ana feels embarrassed and overwhelmed whereas Mr. Grey is cool and confident, which incidentally, is pretty much how all of their interactions are. Their relationship blossoms from this interview and the two meet a few times throughout the next few days.
Although the chemistry between Ana and Christian is palpable from their first meeting, it takes a little while for things to start heating up. Eventually Christian flies Ana to Seattle in his private helicopter and shows her his monstrous apartment. There she finds out that Christian has more issues than she originally realized, including very disturbing sexual preferences. Ana is inexperienced and naïve, and although her friends warn her to stay away from Christian, she can’t escape his good looks and charm.
The book follows Ana as she gets closer to Christian and eventually falls in love with him. They have a very rocky relationship and always seem unstable. The book ends abruptly with a breakup between Ana and Christian, which I presume is one of the main reasons that people buy the sequel to the book.
In my opinion, this book was poorly written with a slow-moving plot and terrible use of diction (the repetition of some phrases was almost unbearable i.e. “Oh My”), but for some reason the plot keeps pulling the reader in. I guess I was just really curious about how the story would turn out, which, I didn’t really find out anyway since it ended so suddenly.
I found the dialogue between the characters to be unmoving and I didn’t ever really grow to like Ana, which was one of the major faults I found in the story. If you can’t connect with the main character and can’t feel sympathy or happiness for her, then what’s the point of reading the book?
I honestly think one of the main reasons why this book is such a phenomenon right now is because of all the sex scenes. Christian and Ana seem to have sex in between every conversation and, although I felt it was unnecessary and distracting, I think many women find it exciting and different. Whatever gets people reading, I guess.
Anyway, I’m not sure I’d recommend this book to many people, although to be honest most of my friends will read it anyway. It’s just one of those books.
What did you guys think of Fifty Shades of Grey? Am I being too harsh? I’m open to any and all opinions!