Grey by E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades #4
Published by Vintage
Published on: June 18 2015
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See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
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?
This book is intended for mature audiences.
SO. Right off the bat, I think we need to get this out of the way: YES. I read the FIFTY SHADES trilogy, and, YES, I liked it.
I liked TWILIGHT, too.
And THE HUNGER GAMES, and I bloodydamn love HARRY POTTER.
If you think that means I have crap taste in books, then good riddance.
If you think that means I love ALL the hyped-up books, you don’t know me, so who cares what you think?
I read what I want and heaven help anyone who tries to make me feel bad about it.
*steps down from soapbox* *orbit gum smiles*
Honestly, I’m not terribly worried about that in Rabid Reads space, b/c lovers of speculative fiction tend to be a less judgmental crowd.
But when the top dozen Goodreads reviews are all, “Hell NO, we won’t read this crap, and we’ll be (not so) silently judging anyone who does,” well . . . it makes me a little bit defensive.
That being said, I didn’t love GREY, which is basically FIFTY SHADES OF GREY verbatim, but from Christian’s perspective. I liked it well enough, and it definitely had me jonesing to reread the trilogy, but Christian direct from the source is a bit too much for me.
I need filtered Christian.
You know why?
B/c just like all the accusations that James knows not-one-thing about the BDSM community, guess what?
NEITHER DO I.
There’s a reason these books appeal to the WASP community at large: we are the opposite of hardcore.
We enjoy a FICTIONALIZED account of BDSM that ultimately concludes with a hot bazillionaire not being nearly as hard a case as he thought he was. #sorrynotsorry
A real, deep-in-the-lifestyle Dominant would scare the hell out of me. Not b/c there’s anything wrong with it, but b/c it’s so radically outside my own personal purview.
Clearly, I am not alone in this.
E.L. James capitalized on that, and I say good for her.
So ultimately, I don’t regret reading GREY, and if you also loved the FIFTY SHADES trilogy and think you’re made of sterner stuff than I am, then I say go for it. BUT. If Christian-filtered-through-Ana was about as much as you could take, then I’d skip it. It’s one thing to ogle him from a distance, but quite another to be inside his fifty-shades-of-fucked-up head. Recommended with qualifications.
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