Sunday, 2 September 2012

Book Worm #7 - 50 Shades of Grey by E L James

When I finished my 'I Heart...' books, I headed straight to the biggest trilogy out at the moment. Of course, it's 50 Shades of Grey.

There had been so much hype surrounding this book but I had personally not heard much about it. I saw it in all of the book stores and heard that people were reading it, but the plot line was a mystery to me.

I didn't want to read the blurb and partly spoil it for myself so I waited until I had finished all my other books so that I could start this one. I had an inkling that it was more of a Mills & Boons type book but I was not prepared for what I was actually faced with.

Christian Grey, at just 25, is a hugely wealthy man with a company of his very own. Because of his wealth, he decides to support research at a local college. When Kate falls ill and cannot interview Mr Grey for the school newspaper, Anastasia unwillingly steps in. Having never fallen in love before, or even had a boyfriend, she succumbs to Christian's smouldering charm and good looks. However, as in life, everything is not always as it seems and Ana is soon to find out that she's flying too close to a naked flame and its inevitable that she'll end up getting burnt.

Overall I thought it was a bit full on. It was way too much for my liking. I think it would have been much better if it was toned down slightly. I also feel that not a lot happened in the first book. I know that there are another two to follow but it makes me wonder about whether Mrs James could have crammed it all into one novel.

For me, the best part of the book were the last 5 chapters. It seemed that there was more to the storyline by then and they weren't going over the same thing on repeat. These chapters saved it and actually made me want to read the next book. Until that point I was not interested at all, which was a bit annoying considering that I had already splurged on the other two books. Bad move.

What did you think of this book? Have you read the series and do you think it lives up to all the hype it has received in the media? Also, let me know if there are any other books you would recommend I read next as I have no clue what to pick up.

12 comments:

  1. I purposely haven't read this book. I've heard that so many people were disappointed with it and only kept reading it to try and see if it was actually going anywhere. I don't think I'll ever read it, it sounds far to vulgar for my tastes! x

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    1. I don't think it's a bad book. I just think it's a bit slow and a bit repetitive. The ending makes the book a little bit more worthwhile, and I have started the second book which is seeming much better so far. There seems to be more of a storyline so far xxo

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  2. I've just finished the second book. Little bit more drama and edginess (if that's a word?!) to the second book, though towards the end I wasn't sure how there was going to be enough storyline for the third book. But she ends in such a way that there's a bit of a cliffhanger, so you want to keep reading!x

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    1. Ooerr really? Well I think if I get to the end of the second, I may aswell read the third lol. Especially since I have already bought it. xxo

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  3. god such a ridiculous book. so little plotline and the writing was all so repetitive and cringy. only so many times you can read 'i shattered' 'my inner goddess' before you start pulling your hair out! although all my friends love it, which upsets me deeply as there are oh so many better books out there! each to their own and all that!

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    1. I completely agree! It's terribly repetitive and samey. Have you read the second? I've read about 3 chapters and it seems better so far but we shall see. xxo

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  4. I think it's funny that it was originally Twilight fanfiction :') Reading it I'm kind of impressed she got it published <3

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    1. I originally thought it was a man who wrote it! haha. I can see a few similarities with Twilight. The friction between Bella and Edward is similar to that of Christian and Ana, but this is definitely on a whole new level.

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  5. Nothing about this book appeals to me aha. Watch the Channel 4 programme about it, it was pretty hilarious :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. Ah yeah! I want to watch that! I saw it was on a while ago but I hadn't read the book so I didn't want to spoil it for myself. Is it on 4od? xxo

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  6. I caved in and read them all...I thought the first book was the best...the other two are repetitive but I felt like I had to finish the trilogy! I was bored and couldn't wait to finish by the middle of the third book! I'm reading "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld now xx

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    1. EEK! If the first one is the best then there's no hope for me. Though I've heard from a lot of people that the first book is the worst so we shall see. I'm definitely enjoying the second book more so far but I too am bored and can't wait to finish! xxo

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