Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
2011
Vintage Books
978-0-345-80348-1

Originally written as Twilight fanfiction, Fifty Shades of Grey is the story of shy, socially awkward literature student Anastasia Steele and attractive, wealthy, intimidating Christian Grey. When Ana interviews Christian for the student newspaper, she is instantly attracted to him. Grey takes a surprising interest in her as well, but the relationship he has in mind is not the “hearts and flowers” kind Anastasia wants. Driven by a need for control, Grey asks Ana to be his submissive. Although their affair is intensely passionate, Ana yearns for more. Can she accept Grey on his terms?

This is book is quite a departure from the YA I normally read. Given the controversy surrounding this book, I was curious to read it to see what the fuss was about. Having worked at Harlequin as a Proofreader for four years, I’m not really a stranger to erotica and didn’t find the sex in this book as shocking as one might expect given the reaction it has received. I was relieved that the writing wasn’t as awful as I had read in other reviews, though it is definitely cheesy in many areas. I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, partly because I didn’t feel any connection to the characters. I probably won’t read the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, but I can understand why some people would want to read a book like this that has a little more spice than the average romance novel.