Posted by: Genny Colby | May 11, 2012

Book Review-Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Fifty Shades of Grey

EL James

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (50 Shades Trilogy)

It has been called “mommy porn” and seems to be the “it” book right now.  So after being number 35 on the list at the library, it was finally my turn to see what all this excitement was about.  If you have not hear about this book before, you can check out the synopsis here on Goodreads.

What can I say…I finished it.  Does that count?  Yes, it is very graphic in the sexual descriptions, but that does not bother me.   It has the start of some interesting characters and the basis for an interesting story.  But that is pretty much where it all stops.  It sort of feels like the story, the characters, are just a means to get from one graphic sex scene to another.  That the writer is hoping to “shock” the reader with the nature of the sexual relationship of its two main characters.  But yet, each scene seems to fall a little flat, be a little too pat, and a little too repetitive from one to the next.

I found myself skipping over many of the sex scenes, just to try to get to the story.  Then I found myself skimming through a great deal of the “story” part as it was, well, kind of boring.  And it seemed really designed to just get you to the next sexual encounter.  The one thing I will say, is that there seems to me that there COULD be an interesting story behind all of this, which the author sort of alludes to throughout the book, but yet it does not seem to the be the main focus for her.  She seems less interested in writing about the characters than she does about writing their sexual interludes.

I think this author has potential, but seems that she needs a much strong editor to guide her to completing a clear, concise story.  The writing at times was conflicted.  It felt like she was trying to write “the great American novel” yet then would fall back quickly into a sort of pedestrian style of writing.

I know there are those out there who will sing the praises for this series.  I can’t do that.  I can say that I was intrigued enough to get to the end, I am staying on the wait list for the remaining two books from the library, but I suspect I will spend a great deal of my reading time skimming through to get to the underlying story.


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