I have never really been the type of person to jump on the band wagon and do something because everyone else is doing it or because it’s trending/ popular. With that being said, when Fifty Shades of Grey was released in 2011 there was much hype about it but I wasn’t phased at all or remotely interested. At the time I had heard various things about the book therefore my assumption was that it was more for older ladies or wives so it had no appeal to me at all.
The movie adaptation of the book was recently released and there was a lot of buzz leading up to it’s release date therefore I decided I needed to see for myself what all the hoopla is about to make up my own mind about it instead of hearsay. So I went out and got the book. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read it, here is a summary:
Anastasia ‘Ana’ Steele is a literature student in her final weeks of her studies when her friend Kate volunteers her to interview successful entrepreneur and CEO Christian Grey of Grey Enterprise Holdings, Inc for the university newspaper. She is instantly attracted and drawn to him yet she finds him extremely intimating. She feels that the interview went horribly and is relieved when it is over to put it as well as Christian Grey out of her mind.
Soon after Christian Grey shows up at Clayton Hardware Store where Ana works part time and she admits to herself that she likes him. After their second meeting they meet for a photo shoot to accompany the interview. Ana wants something with Christian Grey but he warns her to stay away from him. They then start an erotic love affair where Ana learns Christian’s dark secret and why he wanted her to keep her distance from him.
What to Expect
A lot of intimate scenes therefore you cannot be squirmish about it.
I have seen, read and heard many different reports of what people think of the book. On the one hand there are many people who rave about this book and love it. On the other hand there are people who think it’s absolute rubbish which is essentially just porn in a book format. There are also people who are against Christian Grey’s treatment of Ana.
At the end of the day it is entirely up to you if you want to read this book to see what it is about.
I originally got the pdf version but then I bought a hard copy as I’ve always preferred a hard copy format. When I started reading this book I could not put it down and finished it in five days. For me it wasn’t so much about the specific scenes between Christian Grey and Ana but it was more that I was intrigued by this entire book. I’d never read anything like this before and was amazed that a publisher actually backed this to publish it. Also, at times it got a bit much for me to read (too hectic) but I read on none-the-less.
Overall.. I am intrigued by this book and it’s content but I think it’s okay (the storyline and the way it’s written is pretty average).
I am going this weekend to see the movie which I hope will be similar considering that movies never live up to the books.