Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James

E L James' Fifty Shades trilogy (2011)--Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed--seems to be literally everywhere at the moment.  Originally started as a Twilight fan fiction, James' series is even set to head to the big screen.  Nothing screams Hollywood like an unhealthy relationship, eh?

From James' site in reference to Fifty Shades of Grey, though the second and third installments are just a continuation of the same:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
The story of Ana and Christian enticed me enough to continue with reading until completing the entire series, though "horror-stricken" might be a frank assessment of my view of their relationship if they happened to be real people.  I kept thinking of my nieces and goddaughter, all of an approximate age with Ana, and couldn't imagine saying anything other than "run" in relation to imagining any of them with an obsessed, damaged control freak with serious issues regarding women.

If this is romance--thanks, but no thanks.  I seem to be in a minority, judging by other blogs, though.  Or maybe I'm just that much older than the average female reader blogging about how much she loves Christian??

Has anyone else read part or all of the trilogy?  What did you think? 


sapphireblue said…
I've heard they are making a movie out of the book, but I haven't read it.
WritingGoddess said…
I haven't read it yet, but I was highly amused when I was standing in line at the grocery store and it was in the
"impulse buys" by the cash register. When I lived in Indiana, they wouldn't even carry Cosmo magazine at the front counter. Now I find "erotic fiction". Gave me a good chuckle.

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