Fifty Shades (Of Grey) Trilogy Review

Saturday, July 21, 2012


The Fifty Shades trilogy certainly isn't my typical kind of read. In fact it wasn't even in my radar when I accidentally downloaded it instead of "Between Shades of Gray" which I was initially in search for. Apparently there are quite a few number of books with the phrase "shades of gray" attached to their titles.

Growing up, I was never really a fan of erotic fiction and romance novels. While my friends were deep in their noses reading Mills & Boon and Jude Deveraux, mine was usually stuck in Stephen King thrillers and a variety of rock biographries. In college, I started to develop a fascination for authors such as Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and James Frey. I really have an odd inclination towards the deep, dark and depressing so it really is quite a wonder how I managed to get through reading the first book, much less the entire trilogy.

The trilogy revolves around the romance between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. It starts off with Anastasia being a typical, innocent, big-eyed, virgin from a small town who happens upon Christian when she takes the place of her room mate to interview him for their university's newspaper. Christian is her exact opposite being a dark and brooding big-time mogul and universal playboy by the age of 28. Anastasia manages to stir Christian's interest during their brief meeting and makes him want to pursue her and possibly turn her into his newest "sub" or submissive in BDSM talk.

The book is poorly written, and quite frankly amateur-ish. There will probably be some points where you'll find yourself scratching your head and asking why you aren't a published author yet with your writing skills (I'm not saying that I am or you are a better writer but EL James manages to make you feel like an equal). It is extremely redundant and predictable yet still very addicting.

The first installment of the trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is probably the strongest in the set and is filled with direct references to various types of music. Having certain scenarious accompanied by actual songs really helps immerse yourself in the moment...and is also probably the reason why I kept on reading the book...plus I didn't have anything better to do that day...

As much as I would love to diss this book, I can't. It's one of those things that are sooo bad they're good? However, I can't deny the fact that there is truth to the common assumption that this book is nothing but "mommy porn". I don't see how it is "mommy" in the porn sense though. It is filled with pages upon pages of BDSM scenarios that even made my male friend (who also read the book) cringe during some parts. It can get quite graphic but thank god, she decided to skip out on the sexual metaphors that are usually a requirement when it comes to erotic fiction. I cannot stand those. 

The first book, heck, the entire trilogy is mostly sex, sex, sex with a little action and suspense thrown in for good measure. The plot is predictable but somehow keeps you interested nonetheless. (Maybe it's because I've developed an imaginary crush on the imaginary Christian Grey...he is smoking hot but sadly not very realistic. Hello, private jet, yacht, R8 at 28?) I enjoyed the first book so much that before I was done reading it, I already downloaded the second and third installment...which was a disappointment.

By the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, you will be bored with the sex unless maybe erotic fiction is your thing? But I'm sure if that's all you're after, there are better books for it...but it won't be with Christian Grey :P I was also disppointed in the lack of music found in the second and third book. I was too eager to find out how the story ends that I jumped right into reading the second book where I found myself bored numerous times. Anastasia's "inner goddess and subconscious" were really starting to get on my nerves. She can come off as really daft. I suggest you control yourself and wait a couple of days before you start reading the next book.

The third installment, "Fifty Shades Freed" is better than the second book but still far from the first. Disappointingly, the inner goddess and subconscious is still very much present and Christian has lost a lot of his bad boy edge. EL James managed to turn him into a suffocating, over protective husband who gets mad a lot and has nothing much to say except "you're beautiful" and "If something happened to you..." It gets exasperating. He has also stowed away his "twitchy palm" (which I quite enjoyed reading about) for most of this installment. It still is a sooo bad it's good read though.

Overall, the Fifty Shades trilogy for me is an entertaining, light read. The email sparring between Christian and Anastasia is quite amusing. EL James probably won't win a pulitzer for this but sex toy manufacturers definitely need to pay her royalties for the 400% rise in sales since this trilogy got published. Read the book, don't expect to get smarter from it though. Have a bottle of wine ready before you flop down with it...an accompanying ipod would be great as well. I finished reading the trilogy about a day ago and I have to admit that despite my many rants about it, I find myself missing it.

You can download the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Ebook for free HERE






30 comments:

~tHiAmErE~ said...

lol at the one of the things that are sooo bad they're good!
XD
LMAO!
my exact sentiments!

i can't believe it, but i got bitten by the 50 shades bug din!
tsk!
i love romance novels. im like your friends in this case, i started reading mills & boons when i was growing up & the rest is history. i have read A LOT of romance novels & i think this story can't be compared with some of my best picks, but for some reason i liked this.

maybe it's because it was able to touch the 'inner goddess' in me?!
lol!

i like book 2 & 3 better though. i find 1 boring. i thought it was in darker when christian gave her the ipad with the cg mix-tape?

i read the ebook though but sinc ei won a copy of grey on a giveaway then i guess i would just buy the next 2 books na din.

same with u, i missed it for some reason. i guess EL James was able to really give us the ideal guy that we all wanted,no?
rich
handsome
great in bed
charming
romantic
witty
etc...

i read the whole trilogy in 3 days...
-_-"
& here i thought that only Bretrice Small & Kathleen Woodiwiss could make me readtheir novels without putting it down just because it's good. dang!

Itin Bique Calvo said...

Haha, the first book has too many porno terms even Ellen Degeneres had a hard time narrating the story.

Traveling Morion/Jeffrey rilles said...

interesting:) not just on the porn content but the emotions in the story:)

ralph said...

great review about the books... quite intriguing, i may say... i also have a short novel in my blog, not as sophisticated as this though, but i hope you read it and hope to hear comments from you... here's the link... http://trunklocker.blogspot.com/2011/02/part-i-first-encounter.html

thanks. Yahweh bless.

Anonymous said...

I've read the same review before.
Just a few paraphrased sentences perhaps?

Andrea Comia said...

I downloaded the book just to make me sleep at night. Unfortunately i got so hooked that i couldn't stop myself from reading the entire book. I know it is an erotic book but i neber thought it would be that wild. I realized how innocent i was when i read the "kinky fuckery" that it contains.

I must say that i love how el james wrote it though. I find the inner goddess and subconscious thing entertaining. Represent's ana's alter ego , conscience and true desires which i could relate to. Lol.

I do love reading how they exhange mails and yes thanks to EL James we all now dream of a real Christian Grey ( which i hope will be played by Ian Somerhalder when the movie comes out. Tho i think is movie will be banned in our country haha).

Franc Ramon said...

I'm now intrigued by this book as I'm hearing mixed reviews but maybe the movie version would be better.

Rojae B. said...

Will be reading this if I have time!

Unsugarcoated Reviews said...

I haven't read the books but they are very popular nowadays and I thought people were raving about them because they were good. Refreshing to see a review that says otherwise. Maybe people like the books because they present some sort of wish fulfillment for them, not because of the good writing.

Lorsee said...

Hi! I totally agree that this book is poorly written. Which bored me even with the first book alone.

I guess I did not like Christian Grey liked you did. But if a younger Christian Bale plays him, maybe I'd watch the movie :)

Robbie said...

I hardly get a time to read some books and it really impresses me to see people finding a time just to read a book. The last book that I've read was the power to change by Rick Warren. :)

fashioneggpplant said...

@anonymous: perhaps you're just one disgruntled twilight fan? mind sending me the link of the "said" review?

fashioneggpplant said...

thiamere: i had so much fun reading your comment :)

Chyrel Gomez said...

I'm not really a fan of what everyone is reading. Like you, I grew up reading Palahniuk too. And what a disgrace to Chuck this book is. It's not even a comparison. Tyler Durden is still my favorite. But then again, people are reading it. Even my elder sister is. What's with this Christian Grey. I'm prolly the last person on earth who haven't read this. Weh. Haha.

If I get bored, I might read it.

msairrapingol said...

I'll surely read this one.. :)

claire said...

I am intrigued by this book, might as well read this. lol...

Angie Vianzon said...

I'm on Fifty Shades Freed already and to be honest I never thought I'll be reading book 3 because of all the erotic scenes on book 1. It must be the story and Mr. Grey that keeps me wanting more.

Teresa Martinez said...

We read what interests us. To each his own.

Mavin Reyes - Nurse Critic said...

i really am curious about the book because everyone is talking about it. when you said, it is so bad it is good made me somehow doubtful if i have to read it.

ventocoseuss said...

Tawang tawa ang mga ka-trabaho ko dito sa librong 'to.

Hindi nga sila nanonood ng porn, pero nagbabasa naman ng ganito. Haha. Kidding. LOLs

Berylle said...

interesting.. can't wait for it to hit the big screen! :)

The Chef said...

I will wait for some guys with positive review.. right now all I see are women reading this one hahaha.. I hope this is not one like xerex

KHAKINESS said...

There have been a lot of reviews calling it a porn book. But all of these negative reviews have created quite a stir about this book that everybody seems to be craving for it.

jared's mum said...

i have to agree with you about the "inner goddess + the subconscious" thing, i was just a few pages into my pdf copy + the phrase is starting to get into my skin....

i was able to finish more than 20 pages in one sitting,so this is really something for someone who does not really go well with e-books. but i guess what got me hooked is the fact that i am hoping to read something better after each page....

am not sure when i'd resume reading it, but this early, i can say it is not something i'd really love much! i can't help to think of christian grey as an imitation of edward cullen. oh well, that's just me! ;)

Kathy Ngo said...

Reading the 2nd book :) I find it ... interesting so far.

Che said...

i wanted to read this but there's no english copy here in our city. i tried your link but it says no results found. will look for it in some sites,though. i like romance novels.

Nickle love said...

I tried reading this but couldn't go through with it. You're right, it is badly written and amateurish, I couldn't stand it. But there's a nagging part of me that wants to finish it just to know what the hype is all about. If people are in it for the romance and/or the sex, there are A LOT of better written romance and/or BDSM/erotica novels than this that have better plot.

Did you know that this was originally a fan fiction of Twilight? LMAO.

Ejomlexus said...

I've read it all. I got inspired to write a continuation. And, I'm gonna name it...

"50 shades of foundation" lol.

Francis Balgos said...

Not my kind of book as well..
But you made me curious

Jonesio said...

I found the book terrifyingly badly written, and so rather than review it, I decided to satirize it instead and take the criticisms to their logical confusions. If you are interested in the results my book, fifty shades of Brown, is available here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QNE5S6/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008QNE5S6&linkCode=as2&tag=modernistdepot-20

I feel like what it has done is open up a dialog about what it is readers really want or expect. I'm a professional ghostwriter (the above is one of my few things under my own name) and I think my kind will go out of business pretty quickly if it turns out that actually, people will forgive bad writing for a story they like...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fifty Shades (Of Grey) Trilogy Review


The Fifty Shades trilogy certainly isn't my typical kind of read. In fact it wasn't even in my radar when I accidentally downloaded it instead of "Between Shades of Gray" which I was initially in search for. Apparently there are quite a few number of books with the phrase "shades of gray" attached to their titles.

Growing up, I was never really a fan of erotic fiction and romance novels. While my friends were deep in their noses reading Mills & Boon and Jude Deveraux, mine was usually stuck in Stephen King thrillers and a variety of rock biographries. In college, I started to develop a fascination for authors such as Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and James Frey. I really have an odd inclination towards the deep, dark and depressing so it really is quite a wonder how I managed to get through reading the first book, much less the entire trilogy.

The trilogy revolves around the romance between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. It starts off with Anastasia being a typical, innocent, big-eyed, virgin from a small town who happens upon Christian when she takes the place of her room mate to interview him for their university's newspaper. Christian is her exact opposite being a dark and brooding big-time mogul and universal playboy by the age of 28. Anastasia manages to stir Christian's interest during their brief meeting and makes him want to pursue her and possibly turn her into his newest "sub" or submissive in BDSM talk.

The book is poorly written, and quite frankly amateur-ish. There will probably be some points where you'll find yourself scratching your head and asking why you aren't a published author yet with your writing skills (I'm not saying that I am or you are a better writer but EL James manages to make you feel like an equal). It is extremely redundant and predictable yet still very addicting.

The first installment of the trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is probably the strongest in the set and is filled with direct references to various types of music. Having certain scenarious accompanied by actual songs really helps immerse yourself in the moment...and is also probably the reason why I kept on reading the book...plus I didn't have anything better to do that day...

As much as I would love to diss this book, I can't. It's one of those things that are sooo bad they're good? However, I can't deny the fact that there is truth to the common assumption that this book is nothing but "mommy porn". I don't see how it is "mommy" in the porn sense though. It is filled with pages upon pages of BDSM scenarios that even made my male friend (who also read the book) cringe during some parts. It can get quite graphic but thank god, she decided to skip out on the sexual metaphors that are usually a requirement when it comes to erotic fiction. I cannot stand those. 

The first book, heck, the entire trilogy is mostly sex, sex, sex with a little action and suspense thrown in for good measure. The plot is predictable but somehow keeps you interested nonetheless. (Maybe it's because I've developed an imaginary crush on the imaginary Christian Grey...he is smoking hot but sadly not very realistic. Hello, private jet, yacht, R8 at 28?) I enjoyed the first book so much that before I was done reading it, I already downloaded the second and third installment...which was a disappointment.

By the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, you will be bored with the sex unless maybe erotic fiction is your thing? But I'm sure if that's all you're after, there are better books for it...but it won't be with Christian Grey :P I was also disppointed in the lack of music found in the second and third book. I was too eager to find out how the story ends that I jumped right into reading the second book where I found myself bored numerous times. Anastasia's "inner goddess and subconscious" were really starting to get on my nerves. She can come off as really daft. I suggest you control yourself and wait a couple of days before you start reading the next book.

The third installment, "Fifty Shades Freed" is better than the second book but still far from the first. Disappointingly, the inner goddess and subconscious is still very much present and Christian has lost a lot of his bad boy edge. EL James managed to turn him into a suffocating, over protective husband who gets mad a lot and has nothing much to say except "you're beautiful" and "If something happened to you..." It gets exasperating. He has also stowed away his "twitchy palm" (which I quite enjoyed reading about) for most of this installment. It still is a sooo bad it's good read though.

Overall, the Fifty Shades trilogy for me is an entertaining, light read. The email sparring between Christian and Anastasia is quite amusing. EL James probably won't win a pulitzer for this but sex toy manufacturers definitely need to pay her royalties for the 400% rise in sales since this trilogy got published. Read the book, don't expect to get smarter from it though. Have a bottle of wine ready before you flop down with it...an accompanying ipod would be great as well. I finished reading the trilogy about a day ago and I have to admit that despite my many rants about it, I find myself missing it.

You can download the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Ebook for free HERE






30 comments:

~tHiAmErE~ said...

lol at the one of the things that are sooo bad they're good!
XD
LMAO!
my exact sentiments!

i can't believe it, but i got bitten by the 50 shades bug din!
tsk!
i love romance novels. im like your friends in this case, i started reading mills & boons when i was growing up & the rest is history. i have read A LOT of romance novels & i think this story can't be compared with some of my best picks, but for some reason i liked this.

maybe it's because it was able to touch the 'inner goddess' in me?!
lol!

i like book 2 & 3 better though. i find 1 boring. i thought it was in darker when christian gave her the ipad with the cg mix-tape?

i read the ebook though but sinc ei won a copy of grey on a giveaway then i guess i would just buy the next 2 books na din.

same with u, i missed it for some reason. i guess EL James was able to really give us the ideal guy that we all wanted,no?
rich
handsome
great in bed
charming
romantic
witty
etc...

i read the whole trilogy in 3 days...
-_-"
& here i thought that only Bretrice Small & Kathleen Woodiwiss could make me readtheir novels without putting it down just because it's good. dang!

Itin Bique Calvo said...

Haha, the first book has too many porno terms even Ellen Degeneres had a hard time narrating the story.

Traveling Morion/Jeffrey rilles said...

interesting:) not just on the porn content but the emotions in the story:)

ralph said...

great review about the books... quite intriguing, i may say... i also have a short novel in my blog, not as sophisticated as this though, but i hope you read it and hope to hear comments from you... here's the link... http://trunklocker.blogspot.com/2011/02/part-i-first-encounter.html

thanks. Yahweh bless.

Anonymous said...

I've read the same review before.
Just a few paraphrased sentences perhaps?

Andrea Comia said...

I downloaded the book just to make me sleep at night. Unfortunately i got so hooked that i couldn't stop myself from reading the entire book. I know it is an erotic book but i neber thought it would be that wild. I realized how innocent i was when i read the "kinky fuckery" that it contains.

I must say that i love how el james wrote it though. I find the inner goddess and subconscious thing entertaining. Represent's ana's alter ego , conscience and true desires which i could relate to. Lol.

I do love reading how they exhange mails and yes thanks to EL James we all now dream of a real Christian Grey ( which i hope will be played by Ian Somerhalder when the movie comes out. Tho i think is movie will be banned in our country haha).

Franc Ramon said...

I'm now intrigued by this book as I'm hearing mixed reviews but maybe the movie version would be better.

Rojae B. said...

Will be reading this if I have time!

Unsugarcoated Reviews said...

I haven't read the books but they are very popular nowadays and I thought people were raving about them because they were good. Refreshing to see a review that says otherwise. Maybe people like the books because they present some sort of wish fulfillment for them, not because of the good writing.

Lorsee said...

Hi! I totally agree that this book is poorly written. Which bored me even with the first book alone.

I guess I did not like Christian Grey liked you did. But if a younger Christian Bale plays him, maybe I'd watch the movie :)

Robbie said...

I hardly get a time to read some books and it really impresses me to see people finding a time just to read a book. The last book that I've read was the power to change by Rick Warren. :)

fashioneggpplant said...

@anonymous: perhaps you're just one disgruntled twilight fan? mind sending me the link of the "said" review?

fashioneggpplant said...

thiamere: i had so much fun reading your comment :)

Chyrel Gomez said...

I'm not really a fan of what everyone is reading. Like you, I grew up reading Palahniuk too. And what a disgrace to Chuck this book is. It's not even a comparison. Tyler Durden is still my favorite. But then again, people are reading it. Even my elder sister is. What's with this Christian Grey. I'm prolly the last person on earth who haven't read this. Weh. Haha.

If I get bored, I might read it.

msairrapingol said...

I'll surely read this one.. :)

claire said...

I am intrigued by this book, might as well read this. lol...

Angie Vianzon said...

I'm on Fifty Shades Freed already and to be honest I never thought I'll be reading book 3 because of all the erotic scenes on book 1. It must be the story and Mr. Grey that keeps me wanting more.

Teresa Martinez said...

We read what interests us. To each his own.

Mavin Reyes - Nurse Critic said...

i really am curious about the book because everyone is talking about it. when you said, it is so bad it is good made me somehow doubtful if i have to read it.

ventocoseuss said...

Tawang tawa ang mga ka-trabaho ko dito sa librong 'to.

Hindi nga sila nanonood ng porn, pero nagbabasa naman ng ganito. Haha. Kidding. LOLs

Berylle said...

interesting.. can't wait for it to hit the big screen! :)

The Chef said...

I will wait for some guys with positive review.. right now all I see are women reading this one hahaha.. I hope this is not one like xerex

KHAKINESS said...

There have been a lot of reviews calling it a porn book. But all of these negative reviews have created quite a stir about this book that everybody seems to be craving for it.

jared's mum said...

i have to agree with you about the "inner goddess + the subconscious" thing, i was just a few pages into my pdf copy + the phrase is starting to get into my skin....

i was able to finish more than 20 pages in one sitting,so this is really something for someone who does not really go well with e-books. but i guess what got me hooked is the fact that i am hoping to read something better after each page....

am not sure when i'd resume reading it, but this early, i can say it is not something i'd really love much! i can't help to think of christian grey as an imitation of edward cullen. oh well, that's just me! ;)

Kathy Ngo said...

Reading the 2nd book :) I find it ... interesting so far.

Che said...

i wanted to read this but there's no english copy here in our city. i tried your link but it says no results found. will look for it in some sites,though. i like romance novels.

Nickle love said...

I tried reading this but couldn't go through with it. You're right, it is badly written and amateurish, I couldn't stand it. But there's a nagging part of me that wants to finish it just to know what the hype is all about. If people are in it for the romance and/or the sex, there are A LOT of better written romance and/or BDSM/erotica novels than this that have better plot.

Did you know that this was originally a fan fiction of Twilight? LMAO.

Ejomlexus said...

I've read it all. I got inspired to write a continuation. And, I'm gonna name it...

"50 shades of foundation" lol.

Francis Balgos said...

Not my kind of book as well..
But you made me curious

Jonesio said...

I found the book terrifyingly badly written, and so rather than review it, I decided to satirize it instead and take the criticisms to their logical confusions. If you are interested in the results my book, fifty shades of Brown, is available here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QNE5S6/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008QNE5S6&linkCode=as2&tag=modernistdepot-20

I feel like what it has done is open up a dialog about what it is readers really want or expect. I'm a professional ghostwriter (the above is one of my few things under my own name) and I think my kind will go out of business pretty quickly if it turns out that actually, people will forgive bad writing for a story they like...