01. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Romance

Fifty Shades of Grey by James, E L, 528 pages, read by Brian, on 10/01/2012

This book has gained so much attention and I’m not sure it should have but no foul, no harm.  Fifty Shades of Grey is the romance story of Anastasia Steele, a college student who studies literature and Christian Grey, a successful businessman, who is witty, charming and very handsome.  Ana, is put on the spot when her roommate falls ill and she has  to interview Mr. Grey for the College newspaper.  Grey is intrigued with her and in a rich guy sort of way stalks Ana until she agrees to date him.  Anastasia is not experienced in the world of sexual encounters and Grey is all too eager to teach.  Eventually, Grey wants Ana to become his Submissive.  Ana is intrigued, frightened and eager to explore her own erotic desires.

The book is not well written, however, many romance novels or many books in general are not well written, yet people love them.  I can see the appeal of the book.  The subject matter is considered taboo and many people may know very little of anything about the Dominant/Submissive relationship.  Being so popular,  allows timid readers a guilt free reason to read the book without worrying about what others may think of them.  Society may say the subject matter is taboo but in real life it is quite common and there is nothing taboo about it.  Overall the book was alright but not great and Mr. Grey is an amateur.

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