Fifty shades of grey by E L James, Finished reading on 22nd September 2012
“When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And When he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.
But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view”.
Let me confess. I was completely taken aback my the book initially. I expected romance passion and all the mushy things which normally happens in a M and B. But here I go, initial few pages itself got me pissed off royally. I am reading an erotic novel which kind of paints BDSM in blue? Unbelievable. But I could not escape Grey’s charm I guess..
First of all let me start with what I hated! The lead female character! Yes the book would have been a reading delight, if the female character sketch was edited a bit. Common on yaar! A literature student who acts like a pudding head most of the time! I literally ‘endured’ her monologues in the book all the way. Yes her character is supposed to be immature. But not this unrealistic! Phew!
Next what I disapprove is in some scenes, some paragraphs I am not sure what author is trying to project about BDMS! Its portrayal of bdms and female leads stand on that leaves a bitter taste. Some scenes makes you mad and your palm will itch to throw the book in dustbin. Well I survived that urge! Considering the fact that I am a self proclaimed feminist, it was a real victory.
What I loved? – novelty of the subject! Yes. Hmm But the curves and bends of the story are directly taken from twilight. But still there is a uniqueness to the plot. Was sharp enough to take me by surprise. The boldness with which the author dives into the subject in hand is surprising.
I loved the dark knight as well. Christian Grey – Despite being grey, he makes an impression. A true hero, taken from an M and B directly and twisted to add the grey shades. You and your tie go into my fav characters list. The passion and intensity solely belongs to fifty shades fucked up Mr. Christian Grey.
There are some absolutely brilliant conversations in the book. Few which I loved.
“I want you in everyway. I want to possess every inch of you. You. Are. Mine.”
“Because I am fifty shades fucked up”
“Whats with these elevators” – This had me on splits forever.
“”Never trust a man who can dance”
Yes It is the deadly combination of Dark passion and Dark knight. I am going with a 3.5 for this. If they have a good female lead I would have given 1 more.