Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty ShadeA co-worker of mine lent me her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.  I have to admit that I was intrigued about this book considering its origins as Twilight fan fiction and that it was getting so much hype as a bestselling novel.  I’m so glad that I didn’t spend money on this book.

The first person narrative reads like a young angst-ridden teenager, not a college educated young woman on the threshold of complete autonomous adulthood.  The main character, Ana, constantly second guesses herself and undermines her own self-worth even though she constantly refers to an inner goddess.

The prose also reads in the vernacular of a teenager with random thesaurus-plucked words thrown in.  Whomever copyedited this novel for American readers did not do their research as Americans do not call the meat department in the store a ‘meat cabinet’, we don’t say things are ‘cheeky’, and I have never heard anyone in the States call a condom in a wrapper a ‘foil wrapper’.  The descriptions get very repetitive, the sex scenes are way too frequent and not steamy to me in the slightest, and the interjected antics of Ana’s inner goddess are quite distracting.  The copyeditor also didn’t catch that Christian took his coat off twice in the same scene and that he was naked then spontaneous had pajama pants on without getting dressed.

I think that if E L James had done some research into what an inner goddess actually is, this book would have turned out very differently.  Instead of Ana allowing Christian to seduce her into the world of BDSM, which she knew nothing about and actually repelled her, she would have turned and run.  Ana’s inner goddess wouldn’t have allowed her to get misused by Christian instead of cheering Ana on as she let herself get flogged and spanked, among other things.

If you take out all the sex scenes in this novel, you are left with only part of a novel.  I have a feeling that if you take the whole trilogy and omit the sex, then you may be left with a whole novel.  If I am offered to borrow the other books I may try to read them; it’s like being unable to look away from a train wreck.

I think that only redeeming part of this novel were the emails exchanged between Christian and Ana.  They were witty and flirty and I enjoyed watching the subject lines change with each exchange.

As I said, I’m glad that I didn’t spend money on this book.

Laters, baby.


Published by elleclouse

Woman, wife, mother, writer, knitter and sarcasm aficionado.

12 thoughts on “Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. Couldn’t have said it better. Unfortunately, I bought the set. Couldn’t get past book one. I could go on and on about my dislike of this book. Took me three weeks to read it. I finish a book in three days usually. I kept waiting for “oh, now I get the appeal” moment, it never came.

    1. I was actually ready to give the book back around chapter 10 but I finished the whole thing b/c I wanted to be able to review the book. I didn’t think that I could fairly review a book that I didn’t finish reading..

      1. I read it on my Kindle and got to the end and thought my Kindle broke. There had to be more. Not because I wanted more, there had to be something more compelling than a college student and a rich guy. The fact that they were still the college student and the rich guy to me by the end of the book says it all.

        I kinda hoping the alien things would happen and one would devour the other like a praying mantis… Hummm… Maybe I should hope on over to 50 shades fanfiction and write my own ending. 🙂

  2. I’m English and I’m not sure I would say “meat cabinet” either… Every review I’ve read of “Fifty Shades” has been terrible, and the people who’ve told me it’s good…well, I’ll just say that they don’t read the same kind of books as I do, and charitably leave it at that. Glad you didn’t pay money for it though!

  3. Ah, yes I see what you mean. Unfortunately, I did buy the books and they are probably about to join 1,000’s of other copies in charity shops/ car boot sales very soon!
    I said exactly what you did. The sex scenes are repetitive to the point of being so dull and predictable. Christian almost abuses Ana, I can’t see why they were such a big hit!

      1. I think that this could have strayed away from the original much more as I can align most of the scenes in the first half of the book to the Twilight counterpart.

      2. It’s been a while since I’ve read both but the scene where Christian followed Ana to… Florida? Whatever state her mom lived in, I groaned. Then I was angry at Ana for not telling him off for stalking her and not listening to her wishes to be left alone in the first place.

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