In my opinion, no book has been more overrated than Fifty Shades Of Grey. I imagine E.L James is laughing all the way to the bank with these books. The writing is atrocious. No, like really bad! And off the back of this trilogy, the author makes it onto the ‘Time 100 Most Influential People In The World’ list. Really?!
We have the poor, tormented billionaire with mummy issues and the innocent, pretty student who looks like his birth mother. That’s right, he likes to dominate and have sex with girls who look like his mum! Erm…ok. Anastasia is drawn to Christian because he’s handsome and brooding (for brooding, read “fifty shades of fucked up” – Christian’s words, not mine). Christian is drawn to Ana for her innocence and beauty. She finds out that her new dom has a type (girls who look like his mum!) after seeing photos of and meeting some of his previous subs. One of whom happens to be a grade A psycho.
It’s the classic formula. Girl meets bad boy. Bad boy gets boner over girl. Girl falls in love with bad boy. Girl believes that she can change bad boy. Bad boy introduces girl to whips and butt plugs (OK, maybe that isn’t part of the classic formula). Girl eventually realises that she can’t change bad boy so accepts his kinks and becomes a good little sub. Anastasia is so meek and mild that I just cannot like her. Christian is an arrogant douche with no redeeming qualities apart from his bank balance.
Don’t get me wrong, I read all 3 books and didn’t immediately want to incinerate them. I just don’t understand how they created such a huge manic obsession over them. Book stores were sold out. It was all people could about at work. There’s even a range of ‘Fifty Shades’ sex toys. Don’t believe me? http://www.bluebella.com/shop/sex-toys/fifty-shades-of-grey/ (Link NSFW.)
For a well written S&M novel with a plot not just made for cheap thrills, I recommend you check out ‘Story Of O’ by Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage.