Fifty Shades of Grey - Series Review

Grab a glass of wine (or a mimosa if it's before noon) and sit down for a second. It's Book Club Friday, and I want to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. Honestly, I finished it two months ago but haven't had the gumption to write about my review.

In my first post about Fifty, I admitted that at age 28 I had never read a romance novel. I thought they were cheesy, bad literature, and just bad form for a "true reader" like me.

it was cheesy.. but I loved it anyways

Despite the cliché phrases and predictable plot, I still found myself wrapped up in the story of Anna and Christian. By the second book, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. Even her Inner Goddess started to grow on me {although the emails never did.}

I know that life is never this perfect and this story is extremely far-fetched, but I think that was one of the things I liked best about it. A little bit of reading escapism, something totally different than what I am accustomed to reading.

the s-e-x caught me off guard

In a good way. I thought it would be hard to read once I was warned about 'the red room of pain.' But it really wasn't that bad. The first novel really makes you think that The Contract is going to play a huge role in the story, which thankfully is not true. I don't think I'm ready to read a true bdsm novel, but I might be ready to add a little romance every now and then to my reading rotation. {Any Suggestions?}

it was a full story

There were ups & downs, things that were unbelievable and things that totally grossed me out. I felt like I grew with Anna and went from loving to hating to loving Christian.

I always enjoy books that take give you a glimpse into the future at the end. I guess I'm a sucker for happy endings. James may have taken this one a little too far with the last chapter, but you can't blame her for wanting to 'tie things up' in the end.


Clare said...

Haha, this is awesome. I am still working on book 3, but I agree with your reviews. It's terrible writing and is super cheesy, but I am still reading it and enjoying it. The only things is that I prefer the emails over her Inner Goddess. I love how you ended this post!

Samantha said...

I just finished the first book of the trilogy and heard that the second is much, MUCH better. I found myself getting bored after awhile and would set the book down for weeks at a time, then come back and finally... after 2 months, finished the first one! I'm looking forward to the second. :) Great review!

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tnicgee said...

I finished reading the series last week and totally agree! I became interested in the completely unrealistic storyline and even though at times I wanted to reach through the book and punch Ana in the baby maker, I couldn't put it down. Nine out of ten women on the subway are reading it and I love watching their facial expressions and wonder which part they are on. My inner goddess gives it one thumb up for at least letting me escape my not so exciting life everyday for an hour or two!

Anonymous said...

Shades of Grey babies.. I am seriously dying of laughter. That was the best. Yes read all three. Love them!

With Love, Caitlyn

Empirically Erin said...

Haha you are too cute with your last graphic. I love it. I read all three books because you're right, the story itself is pretty good and keeps your attention. But honestly, I couldn't get past the repetitive language. If I read inner goddess one more time, I would have punched someone in the face. The idea of Christian was good because he wasn't perfect, but he still made you feel like you wanted a man like him. Oh and I didn't read this post until now because I was at work and I was worried about having the words "Fifty Shades of Grey" on my work computer!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I just finished the first book last night and immediately had to run out and buy the second. Based on what others had told me, I was expecting the BDSM to be more a part of the book, but I'm pleasantly surprised that it isn't. I'm enjoying the 'love' story and am interested to see how it plays out over the next two books! Great review!

Shoshanah said...

I completely agree with your review, although I actually really enjoyed the e-mails.

Bevin Lewis said...

I'm still in the middle of the first book. Unfortunately I haven't been one of those people that "can't put it down". I don't exactly know what it is that has me a little disinterested, but I plan to finish it then continue reading the rest of the series.

P.S. I LOVE the new design of your blog. It looks great!

Kate said...

This is by far the most accurate review I've read of the Shades of Grey series. I wish I could explain why it's so good even though the writing is so bad. I hated Christian but I definitely couldn't walk away once I got started. I am still rolling my eyes over certain parts, but I'm glad I read it. I just wish I knew why it was so addictive! I feel like I could make millions if I knew the secret : )

Thank you again for guest posting for me while I was gone! I appreciated it so much!

Abigail said...

I'm on book 2 and can not finish it. I'm not sure what it is, I really want to pick it back up again, but just can't get into it. I love book 1 though!