Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

July 9, 2012


Title : Fifty Shades of Grey
Series : #1 of Fifty Shades Trilogy
Author : EL James
First Published : 2012
Publisher : Arrow Books
Pages : 514
Genre : romance, erotic, fiction, suspense
Extras : none
Price : £7.99 (IDR 115k)
Rating : 9/10

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful enterpreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind -until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.

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First of all, I had no idea if it's a 'mommy porn' book. I only know that it basically is a fan fiction based on Twilight series. Turns out, it indeed is erotic. Forgive me dearly, I'm just following the hype as this porn-dubbed book hit New York Times's Bestseller so freakin fast, not to mention other good-reads' chart as well.

The story is simple : a postgrad student meets a handsome multi-jillionaire enterpreneur who turns out to be a BDSM freak. It's like a twisted modern-day Cinderella topped with sex and bondage. The plot is predictable but enjoyable (despite all the long-descriptive sex scenes). You will easily find yourself fall with the sensually fancy world of Grey-Ana.

Told by first person point of view (which is Ana's), 50 shades of grey manages to make us drown into Ana's head. Reading 50 shades is like facing an exam ; sometimes you'll find yourself holding your breath over their intimacy, then all so sudden, you'll grin mischievously over Grey's over-the-top sweetness, then feeling down and teary over their failure and retardation. EL James totally nails it (seriously, I changed my emotion so easily; grinning, frowning, holding my breath, gasping, etc). By then all, I find her writing compelling. But then, I find her constantly-written words "Holy shit!", "Oh My" disturbing. I understand; it's Anastasia's expression, her own screaming thought, but then it's far too disturbing. And sometimes, the plot goes really slow, as she only hold over sex after sex. Not to mention the brand-naming; slightly disturbing (here Anastasia, it's your Audi and iPad .. as soon will be .. here Anastasia, I propose you using a hundred carat Tiffany's). Far more important, some events don't make any sense to me; how in the hell Ana's virgin? And how in the hell she doesn't own a damn laptop? It's just .. too made-up.

Reading 50 shades really makes me feel needy. I don't know how Grey-Ana Dom-Sub's relationship affects it, but man, it is deep and bumpy. Forget all about the insertion and the spanking, because I do love their affair. The way they act somehow forces me into putting different emotions into my face, stretching my jaw. My favorite is their e-mail conversation; how in the hell Grey manages to put a smile on a girl through an electronic message?!

Now meet Anastasia Steele. I like her. She's not the heroine of the story (because Grey is), but she appears to be as captivating as Grey. First word for her : what the fuck are you thinking girl? Dating a guy like that? I know he's irresistable, but .. where's your clear mind girl?! Seriously. Following her journey through pages makes me think, "Uh oh, good girl gone bad". But I'm impress with her; she's a strong-will woman but only because of love she's blinded, unreasonable and far too vulnerable. It's a lot of joy and envy imagining her, I mean who doesn't envy her? Anastasia is somewhat a perfect persona for herself, even more for Grey. I will say that she's something 'special' for everybody around her. And EL James adds something intriguing in her; her so-called subsconcious and inner goddess. Those two 'deepen feeling' of her can jump, hide behind a table, screaming, whatever her two-sided mind (known as brain and heart) tell them to do. It's smart, to present a feeling in that kind of way, it's like watching three of them, arguing each other, ignoring the fact that they're actually one. Juicy.

Who can forget Mr. Christian Grey; the well-described and over-the-top gorgeousness male heroine, a control freak, a mentally hurt multi-billionaire, an essential predator, a sex God, a crowd magnet, and an impossibly smartass. Is this guy for real? He's far too perfect if only he doesn't have that BDSM addiction. Grey is crazy sick; one time he makes me melt with whatever he does (yes, whatever, every single thing he does makes me needy, he's sizzling hot!) and one time he makes me want to drag him to some kind of sex-rehab (that playroom of his, that spanking, oh God ..). This guy is like a coccaine; far too addicting yet harmful, very. EL James did a really really great job making this character; everybody will fall easily for him, then hating him for his sickness, also denying the fact that we can't hate him (that's what Anastasia think). Far I can tell, he's like a double-sided knive; sharp and blunt. His emotion is like a roller coaster; rough, then soften, then rough again, all over and over again. But, we can't deny that he's irresistable and addicting, and sweet, and funny. That issue with food (Eat, Anastasia, eat!)and sleep (Sleep Anastasia, you'll have to work tomorrow, sleep now) he has is disturbing but I find it sweet and vulnerable of him. And the word he keep saying, "Don't bite your lips Anastasia or I'll .." is just HOT! Grey is a formal bastard; "I don't make love Anastasia, I fuck, hard." He fuck in a suit, but forget about that, he's far too sweet for us to consider his sickness. Don't you agree?

I guess what EL James trying to do is to deliver message to all women out there, for not giving our body so easily, now matter how tempting it must be. Bottom line, I like this book. I really recommend you to read it, for some pleasurable delights (Grey's charm, not the sex). Am I going to read the rest of the trilogy? Yes, I am. In fact, I've bought them already. My advice is, don't take the sex scene seriously, just skip it, and there, you have the most beautiful and addicting realtionship you've ever dreamed for.

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ps : Universal has brought the rights for executing this trilogy into a movie. I'm looking forward for it, as I've imagined how Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be. And of course, it'll be Rated R, Hollywood ..

I would really love Ian Somerhalder to portray Mr. Grey, he seems like a great match.

or this hottie, mr. Ryan Gosling

And Ms. Amanda Seyfred for Ms. Anastasia Steele. She has the same descriptions as Ana's; blond, short, blue eyes and sexist!

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wait for the next two reviews!
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