Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Author: E.L. James
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Erotica, Romance
Source: Purchased from a bookstore in Bern
From the cover:
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
Seriously? I can’t believe this stuff continues. (And I’m not going to be as careful about “spoilers” from here on out, so skip past this if you’re worried about those and will be upset by reading them.)
For starters, Ana and Christian break up at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ostensibly for good. Fifty Shades Darker picks up the story barely even a week later, and they’re supposedly both “pining” for each other so badly that they’re completely miserable. Ana’s not been eating and, when she first sees Christian in this book, he claims that she’s lost so much weight that she looks sick. That’s just not physically possible in only a week. And besides … did I mention that they’ve only been broken up for a week?!? It’s simply crazy that they would simply forget why they broke up in the first place and fall so easily back into the same relationship. Which, by the way, they had only been in for a few weeks to begin with!
This entire book is pretty much filled with crap like this. They act as though they’ve known each other for far longer than they really have, and as though they can’t imagine lives without each other. And despite Christian’s supposed assertion that he can’t have a relationship that isn’t based on dominance and submission, he turns right around to Ana and suggests this to her because he doesn’t want to lose her. After only a few weeks of knowing her!
Seriously. I just wanted to scream at them through the pages all the time, because they weren’t being even remotely logical.
Oh, and don’t think that the sex got any better in this book: it didn’t. Neither did the overall story plan, it’s still just as unorganized, seeming as if the author just threw up all of her ideas on the page and that her editor failed to say anything about it.
Probably even more so than the first book of the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker reiterated the stereotype that kinky people were abused in their childhoods and that they’re mentally ill. Yay! As if there wasn’t already enough false evidence and public opinion on that matter, let’s write a book that millions of people will read and use to back up their ridiculous beliefs. How about we stop reinforcing that belief for once?
If you already read the first book, go ahead and continue the series. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.