Fifty Shades Trilogy – E L James

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2012

 

Yes, I too succumbed to the hype and joined the Fifty Shades Bandwagon; partly after a couple of friends were banging (excuse the pun) on about it on our girly trip to Ibiza and partly out of a need to satisfy my curiosity from a writer’s point of view – what has driven so many women wild about this book, causing a mass media frenzy and a sell out in supermarkets?

As an aspiring Indie Author, I like to know what makes readers tick; where the market is and if anything I write remotely slots into that area. After all, I love writing and there’s no greater pleasure than others enjoying your work.

Exactly three weeks since that trip to Ibiza, I finished reading the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, early this morning.

I have mixed thoughts on the books.

Credit has to be given for the storyline – it did have me intrigued and the author very cleverly leaves it on a cliffhanger at the end of Book Two, Fifty Shades Darker, which, with my insatiable inquisitive appetite, had me parting with a couple more English pounds to download the third.

However, I did find the dialogue very repetitive, to a point of annoyance where I was wishing the author had used a thesaurus more on these words; impassive and unreadable. Also, the phrases ‘lips parted to take a breath’ ‘turned on their heels’ (which I think appeared three times in one chapter in book three) were over used and I found myself getting irritated when I read them.

Saying that, I did enjoy the way the author created a comparison between Anastasia’s inner goddess and subconscious throughout the book, I thought that was a clever little insight into Anastasia’s personality and represented the constant battle of emotions she experienced.

The Author builds up the sexual tension in the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to an explosive Chapter Eight, which i think was really well done, keeping the reader in almost as much suspense as Anastasia.

Plus, I really enjoyed the snippet at the end of Book Three from Christian’s point of view when he first met Anastasia, reliving the experience through his eyes. This was a wonderful idea by the Author, particularly as it opens the gate of opportunity to release a book written entirely from Christian Grey’s point of view. This I would find interesting as he is such an angry, arrogant character it would be fabulous to see how his mind works.

I think back to when I tried to read the Twilight books, I had varied feelings about them (which I am still only halfway through reading) Again, this was to establish what all the fuss was about and I do think that those books could have been written a little bit better.

I compare them in a way to The Hunger Games, having read the first book in just over a day – something I had never done before. That addiction to the story and the writing lurks in my mind. Another fabulous writer is Rosamund Lupton, with her poetic dialogue making her books a beautiful read.

I think that the Fifty Shades trilogy, although it is not badly written, also proves that if you have the right target audience, you can be hugely successful, and that the best publicity is the oldest form; word of mouth.

Talking about it at work, in the hairdressers, nodding knowingly at the lady on the Metro who is reading the same book as you as another passenger looks on intrigued, harping on at your friends whilst on holiday with them, pouring your enthusiasm into your Facebook and Twitter statuses – women are excellent promoters of products without consciously realising it.

This is something to wake up and take note of.

I have dug myself a grave here, opening myself up to future criticism – I am going to have to practice what I preach now and ensure anything I write does not become repetitive.

Despite my criticism, I did actually enjoy the books and they pleasantly surprised me – as I envisaged with all the hysteria that it wouldn’t be all it was cracked up to be (as I am finding with the Twilight Saga although I am hoping I will be proved wrong when I eventually get into Book Three).

There is a love story in there that is carried along by a mystery that does keep you reeled in. I couldn’t put the books down so that is a good sign; grammar and dialogue can be corrected but if the story ain’t there – you are a bit screwed.

And I do think every woman (and possibly man!) should read it, to experience the Fifty Shades Revolution. (Purchase here)

Take a peek at the Author’s website here.

You can also follow her on Twitter @E_L_James

I think I am with millions of you ladies here when I say that every woman would love a bit of Christian in her life.

Love Missuswolf xxx

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Comments

  1. I tried to read the series but I just couldn’t make it after half way through the first book. Then I skipped to the end and I was fine with things there! I admit I do love it when my boyfriend growls near my ear and gets aggressive and such, but if he tried to micromanage my diet and give me constant orders….well, I think he knows a bit better than that!

    I did find that the lack of a good editor really limited my enjoyment. You mentioned the repeated phrases, but I also thought the replay of every little thing was so annoying.

    Like: Christian’s pants hung low on his abs and exposed his pelvic bone.

    Italics: Oh, Christians pants!

    It got to be a bit ridiculous. But I swing a little more on the control side myself, so its unlikely it would’ve ever really been my bag. I’ll be happy if it makes society a little more open minded about sex, but I will not be happy if every other woman decides to become a slave. I need a book about a female CEO with a male intern…guess I better start writing!

    • Haha I look forward to your female CEO and male intern book, now I’m sure that would get a few tongues wagging!

      I did enjoy these books, just not as much as others and I felt it could have been more condensed. Although the cliffhanger at the end of book two certainly got me buying book three.

      I also agree that it’s great that it makes society a little more open minded about sex – (I have a feeling it will be responsible for a huge baby boom too!) and it’s great that it got loads of women (and possibly some curious men too!) reading xx

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