Sunday, 7 October 2012

bookworm #11

50 Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

Ok, so I know the whole world and his wife (or should I say the whole world and her fella, in some cases!) has read at least the first of the 50 Shades books, and I too gave in pretty quickly. I bought the first one to take on holiday with me back in July, and raced through it quite quickly. I was even gutted that I hadn't bought the second one, so as soon as I got home I put an order in to Amazon sharpish. I thought the second one was also pretty good, and although by this point the ridiculous and unrealistic sex scenes were starting to drag, I put in an order for the third book.

Now, let me just say what I thought about the books initially before I get on to the third. I was intrigued by the story behind Christian (Mr Grey himself) and why he had such control issues - I do love a good bit of psychological analysis of a character! I thought the story itself was fairly gripping, and wanted to find out more about both the characters and where the story was heading. As I said, the sexy bits started to get irritating for me after the first book. I mean, I think most people would agree with how unrealistic Anastasia turning into an overnight sex goddess was, and after a while I just skimmed through those scenes or skipped them entirely. Snooze. 

Now, the third book was billed to be the cherry on the top of the cake - filling in all the gaps and finally enlightening us as to why Christian was so f-ed up. For me, this book did not deliver. The 'revelations' were not as ground breaking as I expected and the little spin off action scenes seemed to have been added as an after thought, after the author realised the book had no substance. I really struggled to finish the book; it took me bloody ages and on several occasions I just went straight to bed without reading as I could not be bothered with it - very out of character for me! 

Overall, I thought these books started off pretty well but swiftly began to lose pace and substance. I hoped to enjoy them as I'd heard of parallels with the Twilight series (which I unashamedly love), and although you could argue there are similarities, these books were just verging on ridiculous. I finished the third thinking "really, is that it?". 

What did you think of the 50 Shades trilogy? 



  1. Hahahaha I only got through the first one. It took all I had not to snooze my way through it. I don't really understand the hype. I much prefer books with proper stories like Game of Thrones :-) xo

  2. I've read the first one and didn't bother with the other two books. I did hear they got better as they went but I don't think I'll bother with the other two...
    Thanks for the review!

  3. I read the first two incredibly quickly and actually enjoyed them, but by the third one I'd just got bored. I'm going to force myself to read it when I have time to throw away, but for now I'm taking a break. The essence of the story is okay, but there are so many badly written and repetitive parts throughout.

    Charlotte xo

  4. I read 50 shades in fairly quick succession. I couldn't stand the lead female character, Ana. She seemed so unrealistic, and I really couldn't find myself identifying with her at all. Having said that, I was always gripped to see where their story would go. I agree with you about the last book. It was very unrealistic and the ending was a bit too 'Harry Potter' for me with the happy ever after.

  5. totally agree with you - the first two were ridiculous but addictive and great fun, the third just dragged.

    I love this article about it: :)

  6. if you google master of the universe fanfiction you'll find out 50 shades of grey was originally a twilight fanfiction hence the simularities


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