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Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: E. L. James
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The first book of the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Of Grey is a bestselling romance novel by E. L. James, and was first published in 2011.

Summary Of The Book

The protagonist of this book is a young, naive college student of twenty one years named Anastasia Steele. Anastasia acquiesces to interview a 27 year old business magnate named Christian Grey in lieu of her ill roommate and best friend, Katharine Kavanaugh. What she doesn’t count on, however, is how attracted yet intimidated she is by him. She nervously rushes through the interview and then pushes all thoughts of him to the back of her mind. She was counting on the fact that their paths might never cross again.

Christian Grey, in the meantime, is equally taken in by the innocent Anastasia. A man with a fervent need to be in control, he is constantly battling his inner demons. He visits her at her part-time job and agrees to do a photo shoot to accompany the article Kate was writing on him. At the photoshoot, he asks her out for coffee, and the process of the pair getting acquainted with each other begins. However, Christian does not plan on indulging in a typical relationship. He presents Anastasia with a full non-disclosure statement that she must sign in order to continue seeing him. The contract contains clauses about a purely physical, non-romantic, dominant/submissive relationship. Anastasia, initially taken aback, is intrigued nonetheless and decides to give it a shot.

Fifty Shades Of Grey proceeds with a racy and fast-paced story thereafter, as the couple try to work past their obvious incompatibility. Intended for mature readers, it delves into the carnal practises of bondage and dominance. The novel topped bestseller lists across the globe, and has sold over ninety million copies worldwide. It has also been translated into over fifty two languages, and is being adapted into a film which is scheduled to release in early 2015.

About E. L. James

E. L. James, born in 1963, is an award-winning British author and novelist.

She has authored two other books namely Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker.

Born and raised in Buckinghamshire, James procured a degree in History from the University of Kent. After working as a television executive for a few years, she embarked upon her writing career in 2009. She featured in the The 100 Most Influential People in the World list by Time magazine in 2012, and won the 2012 National Book Award, in addition to topping the Forbes' list of the highest earning authors in 2013. She currently resides in London with her husband, Niall Leonard, and their two sons.

Specifications of Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)

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Authored By E. L. James
Book Details
Publisher Random House
Imprint Arrow
Publication Year 2012 April
ISBN-13 9780099579939
ISBN-10 0099579936
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 528 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.00 inch
Height 1.40 inch
Depth 33 inch
Weight 363 g
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09 June 12
Fifty Shades of Cr@p

This book has nothing redeeming about it. Not Grammar, not Plot, and certainly not it's so called selling point-Erotica.
Reading it gave me a headache.
The characters are badly formed. In fact, the characters aren't the author's creation at all. She took another author's characters and put them into her badly written story. If you've read Twilight, you'll see the similarities. But let me tell you, Twilight was much better in comparison, by a long long way. I know for sure that this author wrote this story as a Twilight fanfiction. So much for being original.
And sex, which Twilight didn't have, was awful, just awful. James was trying to be flowery about it, but failed miserably.
The male lead was a complete chauvinist. He liked to inflict pain on women because he got a rough deal from life. The BDSM lifestyle is badly portrayed in the books. It's something he uses as an excuse to beat women. At least Twilight didn't have this sick element in it.
And Ana, oh god. She gives the impression of being a 13 year old with a crush.
And the books get worse. Nothing but erotica. No plot progression. No character development. It's frustrating.
They are a waste of money and time. And if you really want to read them, you can find the same thing by searching for 'Master of the Universe' Twilight Fanfiction.

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25 July 12
50 pages of blah!

First of all, I'd seriously judge someone I saw reading this book. Not because of the theme it is supposedly touching on but because of the lack of any depth and the distasteful, poorly written "scenes" in the book. Don't kid yourself, you're just reading low grade porn!

I just got to about 50 pages, skimmed through the rest and decided this wasn't worth my time. I mean, this book is SOOO bad that even the fifty pages i read, mid-way I started skipping the BORING descriptions and just reading the conversations because that seemed to be the only worthwhile thing to read to make out where this story was going. Infact, worthwhile is a total exaggeration, half the time Ana is saying "oh my" or talking about how much she likes "english things". I wish she was real so I could beat her to death with this book. One conversation which stuck with me is this totally inane one between her and Christian where there are four lines and it goes something like:

"is the room big?"
"big"
"big?"
"it's big."

WHAT IS THAT?!

ANOTHER reason why NOBODY should be reading this book is because it's fan fiction of Twilight. EL James wrote this story as a Bella/Edward story and just switched all the names. Google: snowqueen icedragon master of the universe - There! you don't even have to pay for this book!

Maybe I didn't get far enough to know what's so messed up about Grey but I honestly don't believe it's something spectacularly interesting and I don't believe that there really is much character development, albeit EL James has written quite a lengthy trilogy. However, I have no interest in finding how this ends because there is nothing interesting about the characters! Ana is a spineless boring person and Grey is a billionaire with weird sexual fetishes, this MAYBE could have been something on the lines of the cult classic Story of O (I haven't read that, but i hear it's good) but EL James is not the writer for that considering her inspiration to write is someone like Stephanie Meyer!

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06 June 12
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A teenager's fantasy..

I had high expectations from this book,as it featured in the bestseller list.But after reading through first fifty pages or so,it seemed nothing but a teenager's fantasy about her dream man.

Now,the sex scenes.Well,they become so unbelievable that it becomes more laughable than erotic. He simply touches her and she orgasms. It seems that she's climaxing on every page.

Even the writing is monotonous and repetitive.There is more than frequent use of "geez","shades of" etc.

Well,many of you might disagree but when i compare this one with heat and dust or sleeping beauty,it is way behind those standards.

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04 June 12
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Mills and Boons punched with Penthouse Letters- tasty but not heady

Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels has become famous for its unconventional contents and viral marketing. E.L.James has hit the jackpot. But I have doubts if there is anything more achieved through these books. It is essentially a Mills & Boons with adult content of Penthouse letters, perhaps with a little more detailing of psyche and less graphical detailing of those acts. BDSM is a less known word, which kindles more curiosity, and people may not mind reading it once for its lucid narrative and juicy content....but then? Well, Airport trashcans may be another source where this book may be available, albeit secondhand!

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26 June 12
The Most BS book you will ever read !

It just goes on and on... after a point of time your head would start paining and you'll be still 200 pages short for the "novel" to finish. The characters of this book are as shallow as the puddles on an Indian road. Almost no attention has been paid to develop these characters. As a result, the we get a book sans any literary flavor. But yes, the author has managed to put all her sex fantasies in more then 300 pages of the 500 pages book. Sell this as one of the "penthouse letters" and i'll gladly accept it. But dear author, kindly do not manipulate the readers by portraying this self indulgent book of sex dreams as contemporary literature.

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The book is not recommend for kids below 18 years of age. It a very good read. especially for people who love romance. Its all...

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