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Book review: Grey, by E.L. James.

A book entirely about one of my all-time favourite characters, obviously I have a lot to say. Unfortunately, not many of those things are positive.

Like with the other Fifty Shades books, E.L. James’s writing is nothing short of awful. Everything: the style, the flow, the structure – it is all terrible. And, because the writing does not at all suit the character of Christian Grey, the foundation of this book seems rather flawed.
Not only does she write the entire book by spoon feeding every piece of information to us, exactly as it happens, leaving nothing for the reader to imagine or think about, she also drags out her descriptions with pretentious words and phrases, repeats the same lines over and over throughout the book,  and uses an uncountable amount of clichés.
On another note, which could be considered both good and bad, is the simplicity of her writing. On the one hand, it makes the book very easy to read. On the other hand, it is less appealing to a more mature readership, which would be perfectly okay, if it were not for the mature themes and obvious adult target demographic.

James does redeem herself with the actual content of her writing, as opposed to the writing itself.
Her stories and characters, minus the parts played purposefully with clichè, are original and captivating, and bring a lot of new things to a lot of readers. I personally feel the love story, while unconventional, is indeed a good love story. Although, it is often what is different that which we find most exciting.
The story is more complex and creative than so many people give it credit for. I feel there is great progression throughout this book, and all the others, for the characters involved. Grey emphasizes upon this by showing us Christian’s point of view.
The character of Christian Grey is one I strongly identify with, and allowing me a deeper look into him is very interesting to me.
However, one factor regarding the book’s content that let itself down is that Grey only shows Christian’s views on the first book. Whether or not James plans on bringing out another two follow-up books, I do not know. However, currently, I feel a bit cheated by this book.
A second thing that let the content down is, as I have said, the version of Christian we get in this book is not the same as the one we read about in Fifty Shades of Grey.

There is little-to-no empathy to feel with this book. Whether that is because it is basically rereading Fifty Shades of Grey or James has simply made worse work of this one, I actually teared up whilst reading the original book, but with this one, I barely felt anything. I was not sad, I was not happy, I was not laughing. Nothing.
What makes this seem even worse on the author’s part is that because Christian is one of my favourite characters and I feel rather strongly about him, the fact that an entire book about him did not make me emotional definitely makes a statement.

As disappointing as it is for me to admit, this book is quite a failure. Even without all of the negative points I have already given, the books essential purpose is not reached. The goal with Grey was to give us a deeper look into Christian Grey’s mind and character. Instead, it basically just recounted Fifty Shades of Grey with a switched view. We did not learn anything new about Christian, and it did not give us anything new to think about in regards to him.

I honestly feel the only reason I enjoyed this book as much I did is because I love the Fifty Shades series and Christian Grey. Although the book seems like it is written for eight-year-olds, it is clearly for a more mature demographic. However, given how bad the book is, from an objective point of view, I feel only people who really enjoyed the other Fifty Shades books should read this.

From a subjective point of view, I love the book in spite of all of its flaws.




Book review: 50 Shades of Grey – E L James

I have been dying to write this review since I started reading this book. I have so much to say and discuss, but it took me so long to finish it, as I have been so busy lately; with college coming to an end, and the Easter break and what not.

I want to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and thought it was absolutely amazing. Why people direct so much hate towards it, I cannot understand – I actually previously wrote a post about the hate on this book; go check it out.

The book has been said to be cringeworthy, poorly written, boring, and just plain bad; I found it to be none of these things. I actually borrowed the book from my mother, who doesn’t really read, but picked up the 50 Shades trilogy, and finished them all within a week, and said they were the best books she had ever read. The book was capturing right from the start, and got more so as the story progressed. 50 Shades of Grey is an exhilarating, enthralling, sensational, original book; and despite what everyone says, it is well written, and I personally think it has a very interesting and – for good use of a phrase – spanking good story.

The book is clearly well written, and anyone who has any literary sense will be able to see this just from the name of the book and names of the two main characters. Let’s examine this shall we…

Okay, so we’ll start with Christian Grey’s name… The use of the name Christian is clearly used in an ironic sense, as he is as far from the religious kind of Christian, that you can be. However, Christians believe in second chances and such, which is what he is getting during this book with Anastasia. Then of course the use of the name Grey is obviously an off course reference to the colour grey, which is part way between white and black, but is more dark than light; but not so dark that it can’t be made lighter; and this is recognized throughout the book, within the character of Christian Grey, as he is often labelled with the conflict of being either a white knight or a dark knight.

Then there is of course the books name, which of course links to Christian’s name, but also to the colour of grey, and the darker and lighter shades of it, which again reflects the internal and external struggles of Mr Grey, as well as amplifying what I have said about his character being light and dark.

And thirdly, there is Anastasia Steele. Her last name: Steele, matches the sturdiness of her character, as she moves from her lonesome, book-reading world, to that of Mr Grey’ and his red room of pain. As for her first name, the name Anastasia means ‘resurrection’ in Greek, which mirrors the rebirth of her character, as the old, virgin, innocent Ana dies out, and the newly defiled, corrupted Ana is born.

While being well written, I do not believe it gives anything to the literary community, and has no futher meaning to it than simply being a book – and will not become a classic book in time.

The book did seem to be rather repetitive, but this was mostly during the sex scenes. Some of the language that was used was rather annoying, and didn’t really match the rest of the book; however, again, this is mostly during the sex, which, while it occurs often, never lasts very long, and isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. Phrases such as ‘Oh my’, and ‘my sex’ will get annoying very quickly, that I promise.

As for the sex scenes themselves, they do occasionally include some kinky methods and objects, but it’s not completely over the top, and isn’t so much that you will want to – and I quote Christian Grey here – ‘run for the hills’. Besides, it’s not as though people don’t get kinky in real life, grow up and get over it.

The story isn’t like that of other novels, as it is not actually the center of the novel, and is sort of just popped back to now and again. However, the main story is actually very sweet, and intriguing, and romantic. There will be times where you simply wish you were one of the characters – Miss Steele in particular.

Surprisingly, the book can be quite comical, and can pull on a lot of your emotional strings. You will go from steaming rage at Christian Grey, to falling in love with him, to laughing out loud, to be ‘oohing’ and ‘awwing’ at the romantic gooey parts. This book is actually one of my all time favorites, and I would gladly read it again. If I am being honest, I actually nearly cried at the last few pages. This I feel, may have been a personal thing though, as I strongly relate to the character of Christian Grey. Not in the weird kinky way, or his weird creepy stalker tendencies, but his emotional status – his rather unavailable status to be specific; along with many other traits of his.

I also really enjoyed the emails between Ana and Christian.

Overall I think the book was absolutely amazing, has a wonderful story, magical chemistry, interesting characters, and is well written, – and also has one scene in particular that is possibly the cutest thing I have ever read – however, it can get annoying with some of the terminology used, and the repetitive language.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good romance, a classic, an interesting story, something original – basically anyone who reads books beyond simply action and thriller genres. And of course who are age appropriate to read this; which I would say is adolescent/young adult onward.

I rate it a 3.7/5 for entertainment and such

and 2/5 for litereary