Alright, the first book that I completed was Fifty Shades of Grey. Scandalous, I know. I technically started reading in 2013. It has taken me forever to read because I just simply haven’t had time so during Christmas I got through the bulk of what I had left and wrapped it up for new years.
(From the back cover of the book)
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too- but on his own terms…
I understand that many people viewed this book as very risqué and dirty however I did not see it that way. Now before I get attacked let me clarify what I mean. Yes, there were very detailed sexual explanations in Fifty Shades but that wasn’t the only content of the book. This is one thing that I noticed was left out when the hype of the series was super big. News and critics seemed to only focus on the sex and nothing else. Overall, I really liked the sub-plot, which in my opinion was more of the main plot than the sex but to save myself an argument we’ll stick to it being a sub-plot. The development of Anastasia and Christian’s relationship and Ana’s transformation, not only into a sex-kitten, but an overall stronger woman.
Anastasia reminds me of not only myself, but other late bloomers (by late bloomers I just mean females that may not have entered the dating pool or experimented sexually when everyone else began to) in the sense that she was a soon-to-be college graduate that was still a virgin and although having a boyfriend wasn’t the first thing she thought about everyday, it was still something that sat at the back of her mind. She is a super relatable character and her friendship with best friend and roommate Kate is relatable as well. Christian is another character that undergoes transformation throughout the book. I won’t go into too much detail about that though if you are curious about the reading the book and haven’t yet. I am interested to see how this carries out through the rest of the books.
I would not recommend reading this book if you get offended by sexual content or explicit, vividly detailed sexual encounters. Although I don’t see this book as inappropriate as others do, there are times when it is very descriptive. I am really excited to see how they translate this series to film and once it is finally on the big screen I will be sharing my thoughts.
If you have read Fifty Shades of Grey what did you think of it?
If you haven’t, go check it out. I promise you it’s more than just an erotic book.