Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance novel by E. L. James published in 2011. It is the first of a trilogy and was put out by a small-press publisher called The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
This novel started out as a Twilight fanfic that was ‘expanded’ into an original novel. The author has taken great pains to assure everyone that it is not anything like Twilight. I am less than convinced. The novel also has graphic sex scenes, which I will going through with the same fine-tooth comb as the rest of this novel, but I will make a note of which posts have graphic content so that followers can avoid it if they wish.
Normally, I don’t make too many comments about bad fanfiction. If it’s something I dislike, I just shudder, close the window, and move on. I may tell a friend or two, just to see their reaction, but that’s enough. Fifty Shades of Grey, however, is something of a sensation, with an appearance in EW and the film rights already bought. So I feel that any protection this work had as a fanfic has been forfeit. It is not only there for public consumption, it is being promoted for public consumption, and even touted as a thought-provoking novel for ‘daring’ to explore BDSM themes.
I would like to say one thing about myself before we begin, because I predict the BDSM theme will become a big deal. I have no problems with BDSM. I have done research into the concept (research that involves talking to actual practitioners, not reading and/or watching a lot of porn) and will likely do even more research through the course of this review. If I say anything disparaging about the sex in this book, it’s not because I think BDSM is some dirty, dirty practice that should be shunned just for existing.
With that bit of clarification out of the way, let’s dive in to this.
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