Wow!!! I just finished the 50 Shades trilogy and I feel like my life is now missing something…like there's a big hole. I long for more Christian Grey!
But it didn't start out that way. I finished the first book and here were my initial thoughts:
Holy porn! This book is pretty much porn in writing
I must be really prude
I'm completely happy with my "vanilla" lifestyle
I held off on buying the books because all I heard about was the sex, not any plot. But after months, I decided to give it a shot. Well actually, my husband bought me the first book. Quite the anniversary gift! Even he had heard from friends about the books (apparently it's a "must buy" for wives…but men: Don't get any ideas!).
I had a hard time getting into it at first because it seemed to drag a little. But then it hits you a freight train! Well, at least the sex and bondage does. I had to pick up my jaw off the ground several times in the 24 hours it took me to read it. I also had to google half of the stuff they were talking about…wow I really had no idea that existed!! But what can I say? I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down, wanting to know what innocent Ana Steele would do.
Several viewers told me that I would want the next books ready to go because it's "that good". Sure enough, I finished the first book and downloaded the second it within minutes on my Ipad. I absolutely loved the second and third books. So what is it about the trilogy that has so many women wanting more Christian Grey? While I don't think the writing is the best, I think the author paints such a vivid picture of the characters. For me, the books captured my emotions. My heart ached for the emotionally/physically wounded Christian. I found myself smiling watching the effect Ana had on Christian and found myself hoping for the best. I finished the trilogy with a huge smile and a big sigh…a sigh of content and happiness for how the two brought out the best in each other. I'm a hopeless romantic, can you tell?
Ok, so my random final thoughts on the books:
Who has sex that much??? That really can't be reality, right?
If you can get past the amount of sex scenes, it's a great read! I actually started "skimming" over the sex scenes in the final two books. I thought it was a bit redundant and once again, I'm a prude!
I would not suggest buying the audio book. A coworker did, and from what I hear, it really turns into "audio porn". Imagine listening to some of those scenes while running or biking at the gym!
I understand why so many women love it. Whatever your personal status is, it's an escape. An escape from your everyday life and marriage. I guess you can say it could be a fantasy.
I sure hope E.L. James writes more 50 Shades! I miss Christian and Ana and am actually contemplating reading the series again in a few weeks ( I never do that!).
I'd love to hear your thoughts! It's been so much fun hearing from viewers and friends about their take on the books. It really has become the "talk of the town".
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