Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Prior to diving into Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, I didn’t have a clue what the novel was about. I’d picked it up solely because I’d seen it mentioned everywhere. Expecting some sort of crime novel (as it was placed alongside the crime novels in the book shop), I was in for a big surprise.
Somewhere around chapter seven I realized this is not a novel you want to be reading on the subway. Or anywhere in the presence of anyone, really. What happened in chapter seven can be summed up in one word – erotica (which, by the way, describes the rest of the 500 something pages of the book). No details spared. This is full frontal, eye widening, blush inducing S-E-X. It’s also addicting in that familiar can’t-put-it-down-I-need-to-know-what-happens-next way.
Here’s the gist of it: 20-something Anastasia Steele comes into contact with a painfully attractive, rich and powerful man named Christian Grey. Mr. Grey soon proves to be several shades of mystery, and as the two plunge into a relationship, Steele is in for many new experiences, and unexpected surprises.
Fifty shades of Grey is the first in a trilogy, and as trilogies go, the ending left the story hanging with a lot of questions unanswered. After finishing the first book, I’ve concluded that I have some kind of a love-hate relationship to the story. Part of it makes me fume with anger at how the main character is made out to be such a weak woman, allowing herself to be controlled by a man. And yet, I couldn’t resist going out and buying the second book today, desperate to know what happens next.
One thing is certain, I’m not the only one enticed by this story. Twitter is all over #fiftyshades, as is instagram, and pinterest too. And of course, discussions about who should play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are also in full bloom, since Universal Pictures and Focus Features secured the film rights to the trilogy. Matt Bomer seems a popular bid for the part of Christian Grey. As for the part of Anastasia Steele the opinions are slightly more diverse, Alexis Bledel, Emma Watson and Ashley Greene, to name a few.
I’d say Fifty Shades is the new Twilight, only for a slightly more mature audience. A word of advice: keep these books out of children’s reach unless you want to deal with…er, uncomfortable inquisitions.