Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Book - 2012 | First Vintage Books edition.
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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780345803481
0345803485
Branch Call Number: JAM
Characteristics: 514 pages ;,20 cm

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OranguTang Aug 04, 2012

I was ripping on this book as much as anyone else. "A Twilight fanfiction! Pfft!" But you know what? I liked Twilight and I like fanfiction :) This book was very entertaining... yes, the grammar is bad and Ana uses the word 'jeez' the way Kristen Steward blinks (and by that, I mean, oft... Read More »

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Andreatd Jul 11, 2012

Dreadful, don't waste your time. Cliche, sexist, amateur and deplorable grammer. If you want smut there are many better choices.


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Alushka
Dec 16, 2018

Got the audio book for a road trip...I couldn't get past the second chapter...and that was a struggle in itself. Predictable, cheaply written, painfully tedious dialogue. Terrible. I never saw the movie nor read the book and I never will. This is a "toilet" book...as in a read at the outhouse.

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coreAgogo
Dec 14, 2018

This will be a short review because frankly I didn't finish this book. I couldn't. The Ghosts of English Professors Past would not let me. The grammar, the cobbled together sentence fragments, the dialogue- ugh! I'm getting a rash just thinking about it.
I picked up the book to see what all the fuss was about. I've read erotica before. It's a fun, escapist genre. I was happy to see a book about the BDSM lifestyle become so popular, if only because it may have signaled our society's liberation from prudishness. Sex-positivity, body- positivity, open and honest communication around our love lives: all good things in my book. Boy was I wrong!
This book is not romantic. These characters are not interesting. This relationship is not healthy. The sexy scenes aren't even sexy! If I could give this book no stars, I would.
How did this ever, ever, ever get published?

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Dec 13, 2018

Yeah. I read this book. The trilogy was definitely good for a summer read, but I have some problems with it, as a whole.

First off, this series is very clearly a fanfic. There is nothing wrong with writing and reading fanfiction (as a prolific reader & writer of fanfiction myself), but when it is so blatantly a ripoff of someone else's work, you would think the editor or agent would have tried to help James be a little more subtle.

Second, James clearly has a very negative and very incorrect view of BDSM, and of that specific community. If you are reading this for ideas to spice up life in the bedroom, please don't. There are better, more accurate, more caring sources out there then this series. Christian is a terribly messed up human, and how he treats Ana isn't really inline with how the community believes in treating each other. (I have really read a lot, because I couldn't believe that Christian was a good example of BDSM. Lo and behold, he's not.)

Thirdly, why did James' editor hate her? There were so many spelling and grammatical mistakes in the PUBLISHED books that I cried. I CRIED. Not because I was sad about anything in the book, but because my English degree and English teacher's SOUL was dying. I don't know if this was just in the versions published in the UK (that's where I bought II and III because I was living there at the time), but I couldn't not cringe.

Fourth in my rant: This whole "Mrs. Robinson" stuff is ridiculous as well. Actions from the past do not provide an excuse for actions in the present. All they do is provide motivation, but that does not excuse your behavior. An adult from your past was not-so-great - that does not mean that you, when you grow up, have to be not-so-great, too.

Please.... I get the appeal of reading this, and I don't blame a soul for enjoying it. Just please read with the knowledge that so much of the stuff in the books are incorrect and terrible representation of a lifestyle.

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

Ugh. That is really the best I can do.

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tiajah
Oct 23, 2018

Try as I might, I couldn't get past the first few pages of this book. However, I DID read the book, FIFTY SHADES OF BRAINS, by B.F. Dealeo, a liteary spoof of the Fifty Shades book. I enjoyed it so much.

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black_cat_1876
Aug 13, 2018

I have a number of things to say about this book.

First of all, it's horribly written. Rumor has it, it originated from fanfiction so I guess that's to be expected. All the "sex" scenes are written like a nun wrote them. There's no flair, and no taste. The whole series depicts the concept of "fixing" someone with mental health problems, which is an issue in its own.

As someone with a similar background to Grey, I feel very personally offended by the fact that she "fixed" him in the later books.

Grey is stalkerish, and heavily abusive towards Steele, and I hate the way the author depicts this as "BDSM"
As someone who enjoys the BDSM lifestyle, this is NOT real BDSM. This is abuse, manipulation, stalking, and invasion of privacy. Genuinely one of the most offensive books I've ever read, and I genuinely hope the author loses all sort of revenue from this book in a series of bad investments. She did no research on how any sort of BDSM scene is supposed to be played out.

For those of you who think the raunchy sex scenes redeem it, they don't. Period.
They barely last a few paragraphs, are very repetitive, have no time skips (implying they're both ridiculously quick in bed) and in general are extremely vanilla for a book about "BDSM"

This piece of absolute offensive garbage should never have been made into a book, let alone a movie franchise.

For everyone just starting to get into BDSM because of this book like I was a few years ago, please PLEASE do more research before doing ANYTHING related to BDSM. This is a very very horrible way to learn about the lifestyle that could cause long-term issues with your sex life.

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TracyS_0
Jun 13, 2018

This book gave me the opportunity to recognise that I apparently have literary standards. It was so badly written I couldn't read past about chapter three. I didn't bother flicking to the raunchy parts because I realised I would have just ended up reading about really badly written sex. If you still haven't managed to read it yet, I would recommend you don't bother. You really aren't missing out.

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dianalprince
May 29, 2018

I could not finish this book. The writing is poor and the subject matter is disturbing to say the very least. The best description would be like the old Harlequin Romances but add domestic violence. The fact that it's written by a woman and women are buying it... well what more can be said. Womens liberation put back 50 years. That an independent woman is used and abused is disgusting. In this period of ME TOO movement, they should be ashamed.

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Luv2reed2
Feb 05, 2018

Of the hundreds and hundreds of novels I have read in my time, this has to be among the five worst. I tried very hard, but failed to discern any redeeming features in this book. It is a boring and tedious exercise, devoid of any literary merit, and I was thoroughly delighted and utterly relieved when I came to the last of those 514 annoying, nonsensical pages. This book should be made mandatory reading for all convicted criminals - as part of their punishment.

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Takahewi
Dec 01, 2017

A nice light read, something for a rainy day. I finished the trilogy quite quickly and find that I have no regrets in doing so. It is written well, but is an adult book so be warned. These characters are fictional, and so they embody a somewhat unhealthy relationship. This is not a how to book on BDSM. So please read it with a grain of salt. The main character is quite spunky, and i like how the two work to find a middle ground. Very enjoyable for a light read!

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Aug 13, 2018

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Flower1000
Nov 27, 2015

Sexual Content: Um hum

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Violence: beating, etc

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Other: Way too graphic. And totally unrealistic.

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atd
Sep 22, 2012

Sexual Content: 24/7 apparently.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Coarse Language: There is a bit of swearing in this book.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Sexual Content: Very explicit.

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KazNic
Sep 17, 2012

Violence: The book is centered around BSDM, so there are explicit scenes where Grey beats Ana.

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audwe
Jun 29, 2012

Sexual Content: BDSM

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23149011217443tr
Jun 16, 2016

this was a good book I would recommend it to be read by others

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sgray2015
Aug 31, 2015

Troubled relationship

_aabigailx Jul 05, 2013

THIS BOOK HELPED VERY MUCH IN MY INCREASE OF VOCABULARY WORDS. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ "FIFTY SHADES DARKER". BESIDES THE FACT THAT I HAD A CHANCE TO INCREASE IN VOCABULARY, THIS BOOK WAS REALLY INTERESTING, THAT I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK. (:

Rotca1 Aug 10, 2012

Anastasia and Christian engage in bondage exploration as they feel they fumble their way toward a real relationship.

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SCuffy1960
Jun 13, 2012

TAKE THE SPECIFIC AGE FACTOR OUT AND IT COULD BE,FROM THE ROMANTIC ASPECT ALONE,EVERY WOMAN'S FANTASY GUY.
RICH, EXTREMELY HANDSOME,INTELLIGENT AND VERY ASTUTE IN HIS CAREER.
DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO BE EDGY BUT HAVING A SENSITIVE(ALBEIT HIDDEN)AND ROMANTIC SIDE.
I'D DATE HIM! LOL

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Flower1000
Sep 01, 2015

Laters baby©

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karmil
Aug 21, 2012

"Nothing plain or old about vanilla - it's a very intriguing flavor", he breathes

scorpiolicaddict98 Jun 01, 2012

“Sometimes I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Perhaps I've spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”
~ Fifty Shades Of Grey ~

enygma312 May 11, 2012

“Why don't you like to be touched" Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
"Because I'm fifty shades of f*****-up, Anastasia”

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