• 20 Shades of Grey Thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey


      1. This is a trilogy of books written by E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed), a housewife who has not written any book before and devoted her first book on writing about teenage erotica instead.


      2. If you are expecting embrace of feminism, a new world of women embracing sexuality, then please do not buy the books. They are overrated and there are better ones at the non-bestseller shelves.

      3. Writing is lopsided. It is like Sweet Dreams trying to be awkwardly adult-like. Seriously.

      4. The book was supposedly based on the Twilight Series. Imagine the reading audience of the book that talks about sparkling fairies and a desperate teenager who wants to commit suicide at the loss of love, this is a worse book to read for teenagers.

      5. The book talks about sado-masochism, for crying out loud! And the author tries to justify the act by the horrifying past of the character, Christian Grey.

      6. The characters are clearly not written like the age they are supposed to be depicted. Anastasia Steele, for example, was supposed to be on her first job straight from college (journalism-related) and she has teenage expressions as, "Holy Cow, Geez, My heart is racing.."

      7. The author's attempt to make the lead character, Christian Grey, as a successful businessman in the late twenties turns out to be one who leaves the office often to have some sexual encounters, has a bodyguard who acts like Jarvis, and whose major reference to business decisions are mentions of profits and loss, "Buy off that company"Ě, etc. It also seems that the Christian Grey does not decide well on business transactions, making his heart decide (buying Anastasia's company out of jealousy), instead of his head.

      8. Debates and multiple suggestions have been made for who will portray the role of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. I, on the other hand, am still skeptical of how this will be portrayed to the public. Your thoughts?




      9. This book has left me cynical, with my enthusiasm dropping off in the first few chapters. Seriously, people? Of all the erotica geniuses published by great authors, this chaotically written sexcapade is the one anointed with a seven-figure movie deal? Seriously

      10. James' dialogue is less than ordinary, the descriptions of scenes and events overwrought, the characters and the plots are predictable.

      11. In relation to number 10, you could basically skip over chapters of text and still be unsurprised with the book's developments (Anastasia Steele having problems on the violence aspect, but not that confused enough to actually stop doing what they are doing again).

      12. In relation to 11, flip to a few more pages and hey, what do you know: They are having violent s*x again! And hey, the contract isn't signed yet still on the early pages of book 2.

      13. Why is this book so popular? Is America's taste on reading and movies downgrading? Or is the population replaced by overly-exposed libidinal teenagers who think sado-masochism is all right?

      14. Christian Grey is a spawn of women's libidinal ideals. Do note that he needs a psychiatrist, not submissives, not Anastasia Steele.

      15. Anastasia Steele also needs a guiding parent. Not one who lets her go to hotel rooms in replacement of their dinner together as mother and daughter.

      16. Anastasia struggles to most part of the books, and defers consistently to what she refers to as her "inner goddess" that internal voice which conveniently "cheers"Ě on her sexual exploits and falls asleep, disgusted, or bored whenever the heroine does things other than having s*x. I say, I stick to my number 15. This child has a disturbed superego.

      17. With reference again to my point number 9 and the examples of lines below, I ask again, "Why, people, why?"
      - "His breathing is mounting, his ardor...Holy cow."
      - "My heart is pounding, my blood singing as it courses through my body, desire pooling, unfurling ... everywhere."

      18. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is peppered consistently with idiotic phrases. Some of my favorites: "My/his breath hitches" (signal to reader: impending s*x scene), "Jeez" (signal to reader: Anastasia is just a kid and/or has a very limited vocabulary for expressing wonder/shock/amazement), and finally, "Holy (insert cussword of choice here)" (you said cow? Congratulations! Now you can be a writer!).

      19. EL James is not a good writer. Sexually-frustrated teenagers can write better. Immune to sarcasms probably because she has more money now than giving care to the critics, I hope she is also not immune to the fact that the 3 books can be squeezed into 1 with all the useless phrases and haphazard thoughts.

      20. I want to make things clear: As a concept, Fifty Shades of Grey is beautiful. In fact, erotic fiction can be, and most often has been, beautifully written. But the book's execution is the main problem. And the characters. And the writing. And the plot. Pretty much everything (pun intended).


      Conclusion: iSTORYA.NET does not recommend this book for moral and intellectual reasons.

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      Comments 19 Comments
      1. teeemoy's Avatar
        teeemoy -
        I'm sharing this article with my GF who already has all three books. I haven't read them nor am I planning to, but I have an inkling that you are spot on. According to Rosie O'Donnell, Fifty Shades of Grey is porn.
      1. anieanne's Avatar
        anieanne -
        There's a free ebook you can download. try searching it in 4shared. I'll start reading this asap
      1. Khug Moo Hoon's Avatar
        Khug Moo Hoon -
        Who wrote this review?! I MUST shake your hand!

        You're right, the concept of the 50 Shades Trilogy is inspiring but whatever is in the book leaves a bad taste on your palate that you just can't shake off. It's not because of erotica, which I love to read by the way, but how it was written.

        I know people will go gaga over it's impending big screen adaptation. Ugh!
      1. thisbe.ara's Avatar
        thisbe.ara -
        Quote Originally Posted by Khug Moo Hoon View Post
        Who wrote this review?! I MUST shake your hand!

        You're right, the concept of the 50 Shades Trilogy is inspiring but whatever is in the book leaves a bad taste on your palate that you just can't shake off. It's not because of erotica, which I love to read by the way, but how it was written.

        I know people will go gaga over it's impending big screen adaptation. Ugh!
        hello there, i did!
        most of the time, i don't put my name when i write something here.(personal reasons)
        so did you also read the whole 3books like me and find it blah?
      1. Khug Moo Hoon's Avatar
        Khug Moo Hoon -
        Quote Originally Posted by thisbe.ara View Post
        hello there, i did!
        most of the time, i don't put my name when i write something here.(personal reasons)
        so did you also read the whole 3books like me and find it blah?
        I didn't get to finish the Trilogy; all I needed was to read the 1st book to make me drop it like hot potato. I was curious really why a fan fiction that evolved into a book (others vehemently say it's NOT based on a Twilight fan fic) blasted its way to the top of NY Times Bestseller list. Curiosity got the better of me. It wasn't worth my time or my money.

        Btw, I like the tone of your write-up. It's light, conversational, and funny. hehe
      1. yanua's Avatar
        yanua -
        Quote Originally Posted by thisbe.ara View Post
        hello there, i did!
        most of the time, i don't put my name when i write something here.(personal reasons)
        so did you also read the whole 3books like me and find it blah?

        and here i thought it was worth reading..great review..
      1. thisbe.ara's Avatar
        thisbe.ara -
        Quote Originally Posted by Khug Moo Hoon View Post
        I didn't get to finish the Trilogy; all I needed was to read the 1st book to make me drop it like hot potato. I was curious really why a fan fiction that evolved into a book (others vehemently say it's NOT based on a Twilight fan fic) blasted its way to the top of NY Times Bestseller list. Curiosity got the better of me. It wasn't worth my time or my money.

        Btw, I like the tone of your write-up. It's light, conversational, and funny. hehe
        thank you so much for reading! was planning to make more book reviews. sadly, as we grow older, we also have lesser time to read books. good for you that you didn't read the last two ones. that was an utter waste of time on my end. haha..
      1. jofer's Avatar
        jofer -
        and i was about to tell my wife about this book.good thing i didnt.she'd probably buy it right away
      1. thisbe.ara's Avatar
        thisbe.ara -
        i'll make a list soon on much more deserving erotic books to read. so much better than this trilogy. hehehe
      1. Gone_rouge's Avatar
        Gone_rouge -
        ang nka attract ani nga books kay vivid discription sa mga s3xual actions. ug love making
      1. hmchua's Avatar
        hmchua -
        i like this review..i thought ako lng ang dili gnhn ani nga trilogy..you're so right about sado masochism..
      1. navarromattal's Avatar
        navarromattal -
        lame! these books are lame!
      1. euphoria101's Avatar
        euphoria101 -
        erotic books.. i ah the ebook version i didn't even get through halfway
      1. kabisdak's Avatar
        kabisdak -
        fifty shades of grey
      1. rigormortis's Avatar
        rigormortis -
        bati ang libro. mga sugud ra nga chapter akng nabasa pul-an na daun. kabasa pa lng silag libro about sa mind sa mga killer nga nag practice ug bdsm murag mausab jud ilang huna2 about ana nga libro(50 shades)
      1. sweetpok's Avatar
        sweetpok -
        I read the first, and told myself after, never again. Tsk. Hahaha good thing I just borrowed the book, so it did not really cost me much.
      1. namelesschic's Avatar
        namelesschic -
        i've read all books. it was... so so... i watched the movie too. (good thing it wasn't shown here... so i watched it online and didn't spend a dime)... it was worst than the books. Jamie Dornan was nothing like the Christian Grey in my head as i was reading the book.
      1. Galadriel's Avatar
        Galadriel -
        is it really that bad? Haven't read the book, did not watch the movie.
      1. alchemy's Avatar
        alchemy -
        haven't read the book
        could have...
        but i was actually discouraged after hearing the thoughts of some friends, "it was nice... makes you understand why he became that... yadda yadda..."
        i could only say "ah", but in the back of my mind i was actually thinking "i bet this was their first erotica, i should have recommended anne rice before they started this"
        and as for the character development part "well, try reading some manga... and that Grey or something will become stale"

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