Fifty Shades Of Grey by E. L. James

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44 Critic Reviews

I find [the] message foul and damaging. Because of that fact and because it is rendered in dull, robotic prose, I hereby give this book an F.
-Dear Author

Synopsis

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About E. L. James

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
 
Published May 25, 2011 by Vintage. 530 pages
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fifty Shades Of Grey
All: 44 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 26

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny Colgan on Apr 13 2012

It's readable, and often funny; miles more enjoyable than those miserable "literary" erotic books...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Crown on Jun 28 2012

Attempting to wring any sort of charge from the antics of a heroine who makes endless, teeth-grinding reference to her "inner goddess", or from a description of sexual congress in which ascension to pleasure's giddy peaks is conveyed by the sentence 'Ah!' I groan.' is impossible. The writing is so intrusively awful that the mind rebels against it.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Emer O'Toole on May 29 2012

The nice thing about erotic literature is that while imaginary Christians can whip imaginary Anastasias into submission in readers' minds, no real exploited or exploitable bodies are required to create this fiction.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny Colgan on Apr 13 2012

The sole "erotic" thing anyone ever does is bite or play with their bottom lip, and Christian, is, frankly, a bit of a nobber in both senses.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Brandy Padilla on Jul 25 2012

...I did find myself intrigued enough at the end to continue on with the trilogy. I'm just starting Fifty Shades Darker; book two of the series.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Tara Carr on Jun 06 2012

It has a good storyline and very interesting characters. The only bad thing about the book is that the author seems to use big words when they are not necessary.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Christina Durner on Apr 26 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the worst books that I have ever read. There are many similarities between this novel and Twilight, and all of them happen to be the things that readers gripe about hating the most. The heroine is a clumsy oaf and the “hero” is a stalker.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Apr 03 2012

Were this tale more artful, more literate, more lifelike, or realistic we should not have 500 pages of whips, chains, large breakfasts, and sex in the shower. (...) And then likely, in reading Fifty Shades of Grey, this reader’s face would not have had to turn the at least 20 shades of red that it did this time through.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Angela T on Feb 07 2012

I find [the] message foul and damaging. Because of that fact and because it is rendered in dull, robotic prose, I hereby give this book an F.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Mar 21 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey is in a class by itself... A reader might just miss her bus stop.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Tanya Gold on Aug 20 2012

Christian is a cartoon character with a cartoon whip and Ana – “Damn my hair!” – is a phoney, never really admitting how much she loves the dirty sex.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Barnett on Apr 13 2012

EL James... is never going to win any prizes for the quality of her writing.

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Huffington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Natalie Thomas on May 30 2012

I'd be in a scene, transfixed by Christian, scared for Ana and then propelled out by jarring prose and questionable word choice. Suddenly, the natural voice was not so natural.

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Huffington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Marlo Thomas on May 15 2012

Does Anastasia ultimately lose this battle of the boudoir? Does Christian storm off in search of some other dungeon-worthy babe, only to discover that Ana has imprisoned his heart? I don't know yet -- I just started Book Two last night.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Vickey Ward on Apr 12 2012

The book's great seduction is that is poses a question most women -- and for that matter, men -- grapple with, secretly, usually every day. They don't express it because it's not very politically correct. Would you choose a life of security over love?

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by nidaros on Dec 28 2012

Honestly, this reads like tepid young adult fiction with some mildy hot scenes thrown in. There are popular romance novels that have scenes more risqué than 50 Shades, so I have been a bit confused with all the tittering about how naughty these books are.

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Guilty Pleasures

Excellent
Reviewed by Kitty on Mar 19 2012

I love romance and absolutely love erotic romance. And, that is just what this book is. Yes, I cried at the end of Book 1. It broke my heart...I immediately opened Fifty Shades Darker……

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
Reviewed by Jenee Osterheldt on Mar 26 2012

Despite the clunky prose, James does cause one to turn the page. Just this week, I’ve sped through two of the three books.

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Seattle PI

Below average
Reviewed by Jo Bryant on Sep 21 2012

Repetition, repetition, repetition. Using my kindle search tool I discovered that Ana flushes exactly 100 times. There's actually a whole lot of religion in the book. 39 holy shits, 30 holy craps and 18 holy fucks.

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Book Lovers

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Reviewed by The Quirky Lover on Mar 16 2012

The story line is a bit contrived and there are huge issues with editing (I was frequently all eye-twitchy about it.) And while I could find faults in many ways, I’m going to say I really did enjoy reading book one in this series.

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NY Daily News

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Reviewed by Frank Santo on Mar 15 2012

The narrative is comprised of 9 or 10 lengthy yet well-paced sex scenes tied together with some mindless, almost purposefully banal filler about Anastasia Steele’s college life.

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Good E-Reader

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Reviewed by Mercy Pilkington on Apr 09 2013

James takes her readers on a completely understandable tour of the mindsets of two people whose sexual appetites and views on persona initially seem at odds with each other. Above all, James is able to blend the day-and-night lives of her characters with the utmost in tastefulness...

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Dominion of New York

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Reviewed by Greg Zimmerman on May 22 2012

So, that wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it’s damn sure in the top 10. Beyond all the obvious errors (a MacBook Pro with “thirty-two gigabytes of RAM”?) and preposterous plotting, after a while, everything just started to feel so repetitive — even the sexytime scenes got unflinchingly dull.

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Digital Journal

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Reviewed by Joseph Power on Aug 10 2012

I think my patience ran out when I read the line "my inner goddess is doing the dance of the seven veils". Christ. Look, male snobbery aside, the book is terribly written.

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The Express Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Noman Ansari on Aug 26 2012

...Ana is...a highly neurotic and insecure woman, who has never been romantically interested in another person until she found someone like Christian who only appeals to her on a superficial level. Fifty Shades of Grey is poorly written...the author did not do her research properly...

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TVNZ

Below average
on May 04 2012

I'm not tempted by the next two books in the trilogy, as I suspect it will be more variation on the same theme. Plus Ana the heroine has some really annoying traits and expressions, that make you want to -well, pardon the pun, slap her.

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The Beachside Resident

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Reviewed by Courtney Alesandro on Sep 13 2013

There is a huge difference between easy reads and mind-blowing stupidity. Rather than “Fifty Shades of Grey,” may I suggest books by Christopher Moore or Carl Hiaasen for your next vacation?

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Broad Street Review

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Reviewed by TERRI KIRBY ERICKSON on May 22 2012

As a middle-aged woman with a daughter several years older than James’s main characters, I had trouble getting worked up about this “romance.” Many 20-somethings are surely attractive and fun, but when it comes to sexual fantasies, they’re amateurs.

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The Times of India

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Reviewed by Anwesha Mittra on Aug 31 2013

Though it takes no more than fifty pages to unravel the plot, you continue reading, mostly out of curiosity over why the world is nuts about it.

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Taipei Times

Good
Reviewed by Bradley Winterton on Aug 28 2012

...it’s fluent, easy to read, but also intelligent and in places astute...My feeling is that most readers are using this book to take a tentative peep behind a previously fairly impenetrable curtain...

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Charlene Collins on Oct 12 2012

I would recommend this book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to anyone who is interested in deviant sexual behavior. It's a great read, and is quite titillating. However, I wouldn't want young teenagers to read this book due to the explicit language and dark, sadistic activities in the book.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Cameron Strickand on Mar 13 2012

The darkness is intriguing, even if it's not normal. I found myself unable to put the book down just to find out what choice Ana made. Along with that, the banter is witty and comical and the times that love...shines through I was left wanting to read more.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Leeswammes on Jun 26 2012

So, my blood boiled. And that made me realise that the story became sort of real to me. While the premise is completely unbelievable, when you get over that, there is a story with real characters that do things that I have an opinion about. That made this a good book. Not brilliant, but good enough.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Maryse on Sep 25 2011

I LOVED ALL OF THE CHARACTERS in this book. All of ‘em. The friends, the employees, the families. The hero – Christian Grey (but of course!!), and especially the heroine, Anastasia Steele (Ana). She didn’t irritate me not one bit, not ever.

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Reeder Reads

Good
Reviewed by Reeder on Mar 30 2012

what you’ll find behind the doors of Christian Grey’s home will have you intrigued and flushed

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Chicks Dig Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen C on Apr 13 2012

I admit that I enjoyed it for how silly it is, and yeah, ok, I bought the sequel.

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Reading Copy Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Beth Carswell on May 17 2012

the book is completely, almost inarguably ridiculous... an inexcusably bad book

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A Separate State of Mind Blog

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Reviewed by Elie on May 11 2012

It’s a shallow, useless read. It’s repetitive beyond imagination.

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Vulture

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Reviewed by Julieanne Smolinski on Apr 03 2012

I get that this is supposed to be BDSM Lite for people with Aztec-pattern Kindle Fire covers, but the ideas about "alternative lifestyle" sex...are kind of hilarious. It's like it was all filtered through that sexually precocious but ultimately clueless friend from Catholic elementary school...

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Romanceaholic

Below average
May 01 2012

While the basic plot was interesting, I admit I don’t really care about the characters in the end, nor am I willing to risk even one more instance of that obnoxious Inner Goddess mess.

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Foseti

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on Jan 17 2013

The feminist sites seem to think this “emotional connection” is what makes the book so irresistible to women. How lame and predictable is that connection though?

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JeriWB Blog

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Reviewed by Jeri Walker-Bickett on Jun 18 2012

All the hype surrounding E L James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey finally prompted a download to my Kindle. However, a stockpile of Bing Rewards meant I didn’t actually have to pay for what may be the most horribly edited book ever to become a bestseller.

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Worn Pages and Dusty Shelves

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Reviewed by Mercy on Sep 13 2013

Some might argue against it, but my personal thoughts is that Fifty Shades is a Twilight rip-off. From the characters reactions, their attitudes, the way they speak, even how characters that are supposed to be strangers behave, it’s easy to guess...who was who before the name changes.

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The Unexpected Twists and Turns Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on Mar 30 2012

grating prose bordering on purple, in addition to some annoying repetition

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