Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James | Review

9 February, 2015

My Thoughts

 I can’t believe I’m doing this.  I have resisted absolutely anything to do with Fifty Shades of Grey since it was originally released and I’m finally caving.  Why am I caving you ask?  Well because I am going to see the movie tomorrow night…with my mother @__@!  Yeah, I know!  Anyway, I have a long standing rule on reading the book before I see the movie when these adaptations are done.  And of course, since I’m going to review the movie, and some beauty products from a collaboration with Make Up For Ever, then of course I also have to review the book.  So sit tight ladies and gents, and  join me as I go back to where it all began…with the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James.

I tried, I really tried.  I tried everything I could to like Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, but it just didn’t work.  It’s just so, so bad!  Not the premise of the story per-say, but more the execution of it.  While Fifty Shades of Grey, might have been a really popular Twilight Fanfiction offering, and was probably very good in that sense, it really should have stayed as Fanfiction.

The writing is bad.  Especially when you consider that it was put out by a major publishing house with professional editors and so on.  It reads as fanfic!  It does not read like literature.  I’ve read old Harlequin Romance novels that had better writing than Fifty Shades of Grey.  And then there is the insta-love/lust, obsession, violations of privacy, wishes, personal space and stalking you find in Fifty Shades of Grey.  All of that really isn’t surprising as it is following in the Twilight format of what love is, and I hate it in Fifty Shades of Grey just as much as I hated it in Twilight.

And don’t even get me started on the sex scenes.  They are just so bad it will leave you laughing rather than raising your temperature.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against BDSM.  In fact, I don’t really care what people do in their bedrooms.  As long as it is being done by two adults of sound mind and body, and it doesn’t involve children or animals, I say let your freak flag fly!  But the BDSM in Fifty Shades of Grey is just done so poorly that instead of coming across as sexy, forbidden and intriguing, it looks like amateurs fumbling their way through what they think BSDM is!

For me, Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James is just a poorly done book on all fronts.  If there is one instance when I wished I had just skipped reading the book and just went to see the movie, this would be it.

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  • Julie from Swatch and Review

    My Inner Goddess is agreeing with this review….

    • Nicole About Town

      Lolz! You are made of win!

  • Cassy Jones

    As much as I hate to admit it, because the writing really was terrible, I enjoyed the first two books. I started listening to the third over audio book and couldn’t do it. Here’s why I think I couldn’t….

    The writing lacks any creativity. The words are bluntly put on the page with little to be desired. The dialog is corny, to say the least. Every word that is written onto every page has this weird melodramatic feel that would normally not vibe for me.

    The great thing about writing that lacks creativity? Creativity is something I have in spades. I can fill in the blanks, and paint my own pictures.

    The audio book didn’t allow me to do that, and the girl reading it was even more mundane than the writing itself. -.-

    Mind you I liked the general idea of the story – even if there were times I really hated Christian Grey. For someone who didn’t like the general idea, I imagine they’d feel the same way as you – it’s just an overall bad book. I also loved Twilight though, so that just goes to show my taste in literature.

    • Nicole About Town

      Don’t worry! I won’t hold the fact that you like Twilight against you, lol!

      I just really have a problem with how both the Twilight and the Fifty Shades of Grey novels are ‘educating’ a generation of girls on what love is supposed to be. Especially because they are doing it all wrong. The love that is depicted in these novels is obsessive, unhealthy, and abusive; and I’m not talking about the BDSM aspects of Fifty Shades of Grey.