Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

A few weeks before I finished at my last job I was talking books with some of the girls & our Sales Manager asked me if I had heard of 50 Shades of Grey. I said I hadn’t & she told me that I probably wouldn’t like it as it was naughty & not as highbrow as the stuff I normally read. Well, I’m not averse to that kind of book, but it did make me chuckle that she would think that, cause I would say that the stuff I read is definitely not “High Brow” – though I do know what she is talking about as I have been reading a book about American politics & I do tend to favour that kind of thing in life, but not so often in my books.

So, of course I had to come home & download the first one on Thor (my Kindle, in case you wondered, lol). I flew through it & quickly downloaded Fifty Shades Darker. I found this one less entertaining than Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still enjoyed it. Next I downloaded Fifty Shades Freed & I really enjoyed it too, though I wasn’t too excited by the ending & the two extra bits tagged onto the end just seemed odd to me.

Through the course of reading the three books I became aware of the controversy around the  books – that they are originally fan fiction (for Twilight, no less) & that a lot of people have really been ripping them to shreds. I read one blog where the blogger’s whole post was about the 50 things they hated about 50 Shades of Grey – Lots of people found it funny, but I didn’t. I just thought it came across as pure snobbery – the exact thing I try to avoid in my reading.  Now, I’m not really wanting to wade into that argument, I firmly believe that people should read whatever they enjoy & who cares what anyone else thinks about it. Read them or don’t – the choice is yours, but I would suggest that you not pay attention to all of the hype (both good and  bad) & make up your own mind.

The crux of it is, I read them & enjoyed them – sure there were things that bugged me about the stories, like Ana & Christian’s incessant need to be constantly reassured that the other one does love them & isn’t leaving them – that gets kinda old. And Ana constantly saying “Oh my” whenever Christian is around & does anything even remotely sexual did grate on my nerves, but it didn’t ruin the books for me. All in all, I thought they were easy, mindless, lazy-day reading & personally, sometimes that’s just what I need!

I give Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker & Fifty Shades Freed 

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3 responses to “Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

  1. Exactly my thought – read or don’t read – you be the judge not somebody else.

  2. Jillian Price

    You can’t be serious. It’s badly written, and the story line was nothing short of pathetic! Definitely no requirement to delve 50 shades deeper to book 2 and 3. Book 1 was enough!

    • Jillian, sorry to hear you thought that the first book was so bad, but the thing is, that’s only your opinion. And, while it is one you are perfecly entitled to, it is one with which millions of readers would vehemently disagree. An opinion to which they also are entitled, so I’d say that perhaps both are right, since what determines whether a book is good or not is rather subjective, dependent upon somone’s personal likes & dislikes. I for one am glad that not everyone agrees, otherwise we’d all be walking around reading the same books! A good book to you may be trash to me – take 100 Years of Solitude for example. Millions extol the delights of this book, claiming it to be a masterpiece – I on the other hand, hated it & wish I had never bothered!

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