Fifty Shades of Grey Book By E. L. James (Online Reading, Summary, Book Review, Download, PDF)

Fifty Shades is a series of erotic novels by E. L. James, initially, a trilogy composed of Fifty Shades of Gray (2011), Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed (2012). The series traces the deepest relationship between a university graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young businessman, Christian Gray. Gray introduces Ana to the world of BDSM.

The author has spoken of her surprise at the success of the book: "The explosion of interest has taken me completely by surprise." James has described the Fifty Shadows trilogy as "my midlife crisis, written in large. All my fantasies there, and that's it." He did not start writing until January 2009, as he revealed while he was still active on FanFiction.Net: "I started writing in January 2009 after finishing reading the Twilight saga, and I haven't stopped since. I discovered Fan Fiction in August 2009 Since then, I have written two fics and I plan to do at least one more. After that ... who knows? "In August 2013, trilogy sales saw James topping Forbes' list of authors with older earnings with earnings of $ 95 million, which included $ 5 million for the cinematographic rights of Fifty Shades of Gray. Despite the success, the books have also been criticized largely by critics, and the first entry in particular "has been ridiculed by virtually all critics who have read it."

Since 2015, the series has expanded with a parallel set of novels "as said by Christian": Gray follows the events of Fifty Shades of Gray but from the perspective of Christian Gray, and Darker (2017) does the same for the plot Fifty Shadows Darker.


When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview the young businessman Christian Gray, she meets a man who is beautiful, bright and intimidating. The innocent and mundane Ana is surprised to realize that she loves this man and, despite her enigmatic reserve, discovers that she is desperate to approach him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and spirit, Gray admits that he loves her too but on his own terms.

Surprised but excited by Gray's unique erotic tastes, Ana doubts. Despite all the traps of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family, Gray is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring and passionately physical adventure, Ana discovers the secrets of Christian Gray and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, fun and moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a story that will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever.

What series sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and surpassed Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code to become the best-selling paperback in countries like the United Kingdom? Fifty Shades of Gray, of course.

The book is classified as erotic fiction, where I am sure that the word "erotic" is used in the broadest sense of the word. If the erotic passages are meant to induce an almost impossible combination of disbelief, shudder and unnoticed hilarity, then, of course, Fifty Shades of Gray is the most erotic novel ever written. Frankly, until now, I didn't think it was possible to grimace, laugh and grind my teeth at the same time.

There is also no doubt that the book is fictional because it requires a suspension of disbelief that I think the human mind is not boring enough to handle. I'm not sure who are the 40 million people who bought this book, but the United States is experiencing more novel ways of torturing those arrested for terrorism or Fifty Shades of Gray is really popular among the crowd of drug addicts.

The book is told from the perspective of a 22-year-old university student, Anastasia "Ana" Steele, who, while doing a favor to her friend Katherine Kavanagh, meets 27-year-old businessman Christian Gray and develops a mutual attraction. After a long courtship, they eventually get involved in a more physical relationship. Initially, their physical interactions are limited to regular sexual play. Ana, who has a bit of sexual experience, not even alone, finds Christian irresistible, and through him reaches a sexual awakening. But things get out of control when they turn to BDSM.

To his credit, Christian is very receptive to Ana's physical needs and is attentive and successful in pleasing Ana sexually. Unfortunately, as a male reader, that is the only positive or realistic thing I can say about this character.

Other than that, what Fifty Shades of Gray has taught me is that I would have to be incredibly handsome, in optimal physical condition, a billionaire, a philanthropist, able to speak foreign languages ​​fluently, be trained to fly airplanes, be the best in the world lover and, in addition to all that, be impressively gifted, to attract Ana. Yes, essentially she would have to be Batman.

But although the representation of Christian Gray as a kind of superhuman may be perfectly acceptable as a woman's fantasy, its characterization makes it quite unpleasant. Christian is not only emotionally distant, rude and gloomy, but he is manipulative and psychotic to the limit by stalking Ana. And for a man in charge of a large company, he seems to devote little time to work.

On the other hand, Ana is even less pleasant as a highly neurotic and insecure woman, who has never been romantically interested in another person until she found someone like Christian who only attracts her on a superficial level.

Fifty Shades of Gray is misspelled, and that also to a surprising degree. Twice, I stopped reading to check if I had been cheated on my purchase or if I was reading an authentic e-book. This is not surprising given that this first novel in the trilogy of the British author EL James began as erotic fan fiction for the Twilight saga.

In addition to the poor characterization, the author did not investigate properly and used many British colloquialisms that sound odd when spoken by the American characters in the book. Worse still are the words and phrases that are repeated so often, including 58 counts of the term "inner goddess," I wonder if the author set shortcuts for common phrases on his keyboard.

About the Author

E L James is an incurable romantic and a confessed fanatic. After twenty-five years of working on television, he decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensual romance Fifty Shades of Gray and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, he published the number one sales success Gray, the story of Fifty Shades of Gray from the perspective of Christian Gray, and in 2017, Darker, the second part of the story of Fifty Shades from the point of view of Christian. His books have been published in fifty languages ​​and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.

E L James has been recognized as one of the "Most Influential People in the World" in Time magazine and as the "Person of the Year" by Publishers Weekly. Fifty Shades of Gray remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Gray was selected as one of the 100 Great Readings, as voted by readers, in PBS's The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been included in the list for the DUBLIN International Literary Prize 2019.

She co-produced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which earned over a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.

E L James has been blessed with two wonderful children and lives with her husband, novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.



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