|Fifty Shades of Grey|
Book One of Fifty Shades Trilogy
Written by E.L. James
Well, I'm no stranger to the trashy romance novel. I read tons of them in high school. So when I first heard about this book, I really didn't think it would live up to the hype. Could it really be that smutty? Would it manage to embarrass even me?
Well, I have to say that I did like the book. It was the first book I'd ever read with the dominant/submissive theme. I have to say that some parts of that aspect of the book bewildered me. I personally couldn't understand how anyone could enjoy being a submissive. It felt offensive and demeaning to me. And if I'm being incredibly honest, I found some of the behavior of the dominant abhorrent, borderline abusive, and downright horrific.
So, now you are probably wondering what on earth I did like about the book, after reading the previous statements. I liked the love story. I felt a kinship with the characters. By the time I finished the book I was laughing and crying with both Anastasia and Christian. It is that precise attachment to the characters that will keep me coming back. I want to know what happens to them. I want to know if their dysfunctional relationship will work. I want to see them overcome this bizarre (to me) relationship and build something better, something healthy and loving. I want Christian to learn how to love and Anastasia to learn how to stand up for herself.
There I go again, the perpetual optimist.