Author: E.L. James
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Erotica, Romance
Source: Purchased from a bookstore in Bern
From the cover:
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all — love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
I read this book because I felt like I should just finish out the series. To be honest, though, it got even less impressive than the events of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker were. (Fair warning: there will be spoilers below. Don’t read on if you’ve somehow managed not to find out what happens until now.)
For starters … what is with this obsession in popular books lately (read: Twilight) that has characters getting married after very short relationships and then accidentally getting pregnant? Seriously. That is definitely a plot twist that I could’ve done without. Plus, it came after a really creepy streak of possessiveness on Christian’s part. Including leaving bruises on her just so that she’ll have to cover up more of her skin. (Yes, seriously.)
I’m not even sure that nit-picking at this book is necessary at this point. So many other people have done better jobs of this. What I’d like to repeat, though, are a few things that I said in the last two reviews: that the relationship between Christian and Ana is seriously effed up, and that the representation of kink in particular and of relationships in general are not positive at all. In particular, the way in which Christian interacts with his past – like the way he names his mother repeatedly as “the crack whore” – and seems to blame it for his control issues with women, as well as seeming to imply that his “kinky fuckery” is due to the abusive treatment he had as a child, and that it might bleed out farther into his relationship with his child, is just ridiculous.
Finish out the series if you must, but if you still haven’t picked it up … consider us all to have suffered in your place.
Tags: e.l. james, erotica, kink, published:2011, read:2012, romance