Grey

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Grey
by E. L. James

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

Controversial Post Alert!!!

I admit I am a Fifty Shades Of Grey fan. I feel I should really be in therapy confessing to this. Why do I feel like that? Perhaps because no book that I can think of in the history of publishing has caused so much vitriol to be spouted. To some of these people, being a fan of FSOG is almost akin to being a fan of Hitler and is not to be borne.

To me FSOG is a very intense love story which I found myself caught up in and enjoyed to the last page. There is no argument from me that the prose is not up there with, say, Anne Tyler; but it’s never claimed to be.

Not every book has to be War And Peace. Sometimes you just want to relax and not have to think too hard. You don’t get abuse and ridicule when you put on the TV to watch Eastenders or Coronation St, so why do some people feel it’s so much worse to indulge in a comfort book?

I have seen on various social media sites people being harangued for their love of these books. The best (or worst) comments are the ones that argue about the abuse of women, subjugation, etc, and then freely admit that they have not and have no intention of reading the books!

If you have read them and they weren’t for you then get your review out there. Give it one star and say what you thought. Perfectly acceptable. But stop telling others what they should think and read and trying to get others to submit to your will: think about that for a minute.

Rant over.

The new book in the series is told from Christian’s point of view. It is the story from the first book retold. A lot of people seem to be having a problem with that, expecting a new story. I got what I expected the same story told from a different perspective.

Is it worth it? You need to be a hardened fan to get anything out of it. It is interesting to see the other side, Christian’s thoughts and feelings. It shows how emotionally stunted he is and how much his troubled childhood still affects him even though on the surface he is a powerful and in-control businessman.

As an aside, I believe there were difficulties between the author and the director of the film and I got the feeling that E.L.James was having a little dig at the film makers during the scene about the contract talks.
“For a moment I wonder if I should have held this meeting at my office, then dismiss the thought as ridiculous.”
Anyone that has watched the film will know that is exactly where they held the meeting.

This book is ok. If you really want Christian’s perspective then you should enjoy it. If it doesn’t matter to you then leave well alone.
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2 thoughts on “Grey”

  1. i really wish she had done one solely on his past. i didnt realise it was from his perspective when i read it which did spoil it for me. it is an ok read but felt very let down. think if id realise before hand i wouldnt have read it.

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