I finally did it. I finally read something all my customers were reading. I haven’t read Harry Potter (yet, it’s next on my list finally), I won’t waste brain cells on Twilight, and I’m just not into The Hunger Games (though I did see the movie and it was decently good).
Fifty Shades of Grey was the adult ‘everyone has to read this book’. The plot intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot. I’ve heard mixed reviews. People saying it’s crap give one opinion, the 100+ copies my store has sold and its spot on the bestseller lists gives another.
I myself was very pleasantly surprised. It will never be the next Great American Novel or still be hot in five years (I give it time for the movies to come out aka Hunger Games). But it was fun. For getting its start as Twilight fanfiction, it far surpassed its predecessor in quality.
First of all, I can’t see Christian Grey as Edward at all. He is jealous, domineering, and won’t take no for an answer, but above all is sensible and independent. He wouldn’t go get himself killed because he believed Anastasia had died. Granted, he would go into some kind of rage.
I really liked the characters and how they were written. Anastasia was believable in my opinion. Yes, her ‘inner goddess’ and her ‘conscience’ got a little tiring after a while, but in her situation, I don’t know if anyone would act differently. She came across realistic, innocent and confused and intrigued, as anyone in her situation would be when confronted with one such as Christian Grey.
The book isn’t for everyone. I’m not a huge fan of the hot romance genre, and this book was very descriptive. It’s been interesting for a book of that genre to become as popular as it’s become. The open ending made it impossible to stop reading at book 1 and I’ll be reading the second one as soon as possible.