After all the hype, "50 Shades of Grey" is a huge disappointment. The only halfway redeeming thing about this book was that the sex scenes were so vivid and interesting. Everything else was beyond bland.
The main character was boring, repetitive, naive... and the narrator's voice was, unfortunately, perfect for her. I suppose the narrator did a wonderful job of reading Anastasia - if I'd liked Anastasia more, I might have liked the narrator more. I wish I had bought the book in print (or, better yet, not spent any money on it and borrowed it instead) so that I could have skipped all the "story" and the repetitious musings of the main character.
In my opinion, this series is getting so much buzz not because the books (the first one at least, which is the only one I have read and the only one I will read) are so well-written, but purely because of the sex scenes. It's essentially interludes of porn interwoven with a lame story. (Oh wait, that's basically all porn...)
Furthermore, there were many, many similarities between Anastasia-Christian relationship and Bella-Edward in "Twilight;" it almost felt like the same story but with more sex. Seriously, if you read "Twilight," make a list of similarities between Christian and Edward, between Anastasia and Bella, and between the two couples. I came up with at least 8.
"50 Shades of Grey" might be trendy, but is far from enduring. I imagine a lot of the same women who swooned over Edward Cullen and jumped on the "vampires are hot" bandwagon are now Googling for handcuffs, floggers and other BDSM paraphernalia. If you want to know more on the topic of dominant/submissive relationships, I'm sure there is plenty of free content on the web. I would suggest going there and skipping "50 Shades of Grey" altogether.
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