Never have I read a book so quickly as I did with 50 Shades of Grey. It was the most intriguing romance I’ve ever read to date. E.L. James has a unique knack for one thing: character development. The entire story was about two main characters and how well their chemistry unites them.
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are complete opposites. Christian is a type A personality, a millionaire, a control freak and drop dead gorgeous. Anastasia is a confident, intelligent, independent yet inexperienced young girl who becomes accidentally acquainted with Christian.
They almost immediately become entranced with one another, although Anastasia isn’t sure of either Christian’s or her own feelings. Passion is an understatement for how heated the love scenes are, but even with the frequency of sex, there is still a feeling that Christian is holding out. He has deep feelings for her and as much as he denies them verbally, the reader can see, hear and feel how much his heart belongs to her.
One technique E. L. James uses that sets her apart from the rest (in my opinion) is her use of the ‘inner goddess’. I loved that. It not only put the reader inside the main character’s head, but also within her subconscious, so we knew exactly what she was thinking, even if she didn’t respond in such a way. Brilliant.
Despite all the sexual stigma associated with the trilogy, I feel that a seasoned reader can see past the hype and appreciate the story for what it truly is: a deep and moving love story that I don’t think the world has seen before.
I wish there was a scale that went beyond 5 stars, because 50 Shades of Grey would earn at least 8 by my standards. Very enjoyable, and I’m so thankful that there are two more I get to enjoy. Stay tuned for a review of each of those as well.
What did you think of it?