Book Review: Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James.
Confessions, confessions! I finally succumbed into the ‘peer’ pressure of reading thee trilogy. You know the one whose movie was banned in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board. Let me describe the experience in one word, consuming! Actually, let’s do two words, immensely consuming! Because I couldn’t get myself to stop reading, almost obsessive. I felt like a fly on the wall, and I didn’t want to get out of there. Just flipping pages, one page after another, and eventually, one book right into the other.
The interesting thing is that I didn’t read the 1st book, Fifty Shades Grey. After listening to what everyone who’d read it had to say, I knew for sure, it’s not what I’d want to be caught reading. It sounded way beyond P.G rated. You know the kind your pastor would sprinkle some holy water on you for some cleansing. So when the movie was released, I was quite skeptical about watching it, but then it was also all up in my face as a movie I should watch.
So I decided, why not? I mean, I can very well just discontinue if it’s that kind of party *wink*. Strange enough, it wasn’t as salacious as they purported it to be. At least the movie director knew the hard limits (sic) and how to conceal them, because I can tell you for a fact the book is quite descriptive in the explicit and erotic scenes that feature elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism.
Anyhow, I shamelessly enjoyed the movie. I believe it’s because I didn’t have any expectation since I hadn’t read the book yet, despite my friend having sent me the e-book versions of the trilogy. That’s a good place to be I must say, as there’s nothing I’m comparing it to, not even my imagination.
One thing I live for in books, is an absorbing story line. One that makes me curious enough to want to know what will happen next, and especially what had happened before that, for the characters to be in the situations they’re in. Fifty Shades fed my desire for such a story. And right after the movie ended and credits were rolling, I just felt that this can’t be how it ends, there had to be more. There has to be a reason behind the messed-upness that is Christian Grey. And surely, there must be a cure to his “disease”, if not Anastasia (Ana) Steele. So I found myself digging into my inbox to find the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and then Fifty Shades Freed. The ending ‘happy ever after’, who would have thought? Ana stays on, they get married and start a family, in between all the messed-upness that is Christian Grey (had to say that again), I don’t know if that’s cute or crazy.
This woman’s mind, too much! Granted E.L. James sure does know how to keep a girl glued to her pages, and even more how to tell a juicy story that gives you some extreme mixed feelings. She makes you try to understand where Christian is coming from, why he is the way he is, very creepy I must say. But Ana, she tames the Dom in him, she makes him understand that what he does is psycho, but at the same time, she tries to fulfill his need. I don’t think this story is not far fetched though, we have creepy people like that in the world, I just don’t know if they meet an Ana and have a ‘happy ending’, because such creepiness would have me take to my heels, for the sake of my sanity.
About the content of the book, I would suggest that you keep an open mind, because it does get steamy every once in a while, emphasis on every. If you went through the Mills and Boons phase though, this one is the next level, but manageable. If you need a copy, drop me your email address. If you’ve read it, what did you think of it?
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*