You all know the plot by now so I need not go into it, the whole BDSM thing is of course the main selling point of the book, as if it’s something new and sensational like Madame Bovary etc but they were sensational for a reason, these days it’s nothing new, just another novelty beach read.
“Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever”
the back cover lies to me. After reading the first few pages, it was clear it was going to be another one of those poorly written books which bring nothing to the literary world. What finally destroyed any credibility the book could have had was the following exchange:
“I assume you’re not on the pill?”
“I don’t think so”
The main female character (the heroine, can that really be the right term?) the intelligent student of literature and her penchant for British classics doesn’t even know that? And we are expected to invest time in such a character? Anytime the story has any flow, ana’s constantly distracting curses, break it up. She, being literary and reading the great works really needs to diversify her vocabulary.
I know what you’re thinking willing suspension of disbelief and all that ,but this takes it to new heights, but in this case it would take a gargantuan effort. Are the paying public meant to engage with this? I was insulted by it. I can happily get on board with Shakespeare and or Aeschylus say, but not this.
Perhaps the one thing that could have made the book something worthy of a read would have been an insight into the complex psychology of Christian Grey and his BDSM tastes , happily we readers are spared anything that may be of interest, because it would make us think and that is a bad thing, instead we get another simplistic plot line. Shocker.
The plot is very plodding, really just padding to link the sex scenes. Without those scenes the book would have stayed on the Twilight fan fiction sites and we would have been saved a couple of hours reading time for something better. Overall It’s very dull and repetitive, most notably Ana’s internal monologue. but then the whole book is a bit of a clichéd mess, perhaps reading and researching those classics might have pointed the way forward to an infinately better book.