Review: Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

I don’t even know where to begin with this. I felt like banging my head against the wall while reading the second book in the Fifty Shades triology, Fifty Shades Darker. I honestly don’t know why I’m even reading these books.

The writing is so bad it makes me cringe. Repetitive doesn’t even cover it. It’s like having a bad song stuck on your mind, the same words, phrases, and descriptions are used to exhaustion. I found myself skimming through passages because it all felt like déjà vu. I mentioned in my review of the first book that I felt a kind of love/hate relationship to the book. Well, it’s more hate now, and the fact that I’ve contributed to the author by buying the whole trilogy kind of makes me want to gag.

Sure, the story was kind of intriguing at first, and with the classic cliffhanger at the end of the first book I thought that maybe the story would get better in the second book. I was so wrong.

Not only is the writing some of the worst I’ve ever read (there’s lists of the 50 worst synonyms in Fifty Shades of Grey), the story and characters are so weak (here’s Ellen Degeneres making fun of the books). Like the main character Anastasia, she’s such a moron. The conversations between her and Christian are just mind boggling. There is absolutely no substance to their relationship whatsoever. And the sex? EL James obviously lost her imagination and is repeating the same scene over, and over again, describing it with the same exact words no less.

I’m torturing myself through the final installment, Fifty Shades Freed right now, and stifling my desire to whip out my highlighter to mark all the errors and repetitive use of bad synonyms. Oh, such a waste of time, but what else is there to do when all it does is rain? Finish what you started, right?

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4 responses to “Review: Fifty Shades Darker by EL James”

  1. Michelle says :

    If it helps, I heard the 3rd book is better than the 2nd…but that’s not saying much.
    I’ve been struggling through book 1 for weeks now.

  2. winterlust says :

    Definitely in no hurry to read these books anytime soon. Me & you are usually on the same path so I trust another virgo’s opinion ;)

    • Tina says :

      Please do not waste your time or money on these books. They’re a load of CRAP. I am honestly furious reading the third book now, it’s so extremely bad and the storyline is making me so angry. I hate the thought of young women reading this book and gushing/”falling in love with” the Christian Grey character and believing that this is the type of relationship they want. He is a controlling and abusive man, but in the novel (through Anastasia) he’s made out to be some sort of saint. Anastasia does everything Grey wants without hesitation, constantly acting like it’s some kind expression of love on his part, like controlling her, stalking her, making sure she acts and does exactly as he wants – “Oh, he must reeeallly love me”. Ugh, makes me SICK!

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