Author: E.L. James Published: May 25, 2011 Pages: 356
Stars: 4 out of 5
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This is the second time reading the book and I feel like I have a better understanding. The first time around, it was difficult to separate myself from the emotional roller coaster of the characters. Fifty shades is well written and I love the email banter between Anna and Christian. But the emotional unsteadiness of both characters at times is disturbing.
Christian was sexually abused around 14 I believe. But the disturbing part is he feels his sexual relationship with Mrs. Robinson saved him. Taking that into account with his traumatic youth and his negative self image- the author nailed it when Christian claims he is 50 shades of messed up.
Anna, I also feel like she is a bit unstable with how emotionally thrown she is by Christian. She could possibly be this way because Christian is her first everything. But I feel like her feelings for and actions towards Christian are borderline obsessive.
Both characters try to change each other and not only is that unrealistic but it doesn’t happen in a real relationship. At least not the big things. But I feel like that is an underlining message with this book- it’s possible to change people.
Overall, this book is any psychologist dream book. It provides an insight, if not 100% accurate, into BDSM relationships.