Review: The FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Trilogy by E.L. James

Since Christian Grey will be portrayed by one of my man crushes, Jamie Dornan, while Anastasia Steele will be played by the gorgeous Dakota Johnson and will hit the screen next Valentines Day, let me write a short and quick review of the trilogy. Short and quick, because I don't actually write reviews under Erotica and BDSM. But I guess we can always make exceptions. :)

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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.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Fifty Shades of Grey introduced us to the billion dollar businessman, Christian Grey, CEO of his own company, the Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. And to Anastasia Steele, a smart lit-major student who interviewed Mr. Grey in behalf of her best friend, Kate. Christian has a thing for brunettes so when he met Ana, he knew he can't just let her go. He did everything to spend time with her, while Ana, on the other hand didn't understand what Christian really wants from her if he's not into serious relationships.

“I gasp, and I'm Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he's the serpent, and I cannot resist.” 
Ana soon discovered Christians wants and needs from her. I think most of this book is about sex -- Ana's first time, Christian's unusual tastes and erotic fantasies, his "playroom", and the Dominant-Submissive contract between Christian and Ana. Yes, the sex is hot but no hint of romance was shown, just pure lust.

“There's a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.”
And I guess that's why a lot of people hates the first book and thinks this is just another crazy, book porn. So, I always encourage people to read the second and third book.

But why?

In the second (Fifty Shades Darker) and third book (Fifty Shades Freed), the spark between Christian and Ana started to lit. Romance was developed on the second book and a lot of issues were tackled to make the readers understand the reason behind Christian's behavior. Aside from this, I love how Christian became Ana's creepy but hot as hell boss. The sarcasm between these two whenever they send each other e-mails, is cute (I don't even know if cute is the right term). Also, in the second book, Christian tried his best to change his ways to prove his sincerity to Ana. Besides, Christian looks so cute when he tries to do sweet things to Ana. He's quite irresistible!

“This is me, Ana. All of me...and I'm all yours. What do I have to do to make you realize that? To make you see that I want you any way I can get you. That I love you.” 
As I continued to read the third and final installment *sobs* Fifty Shades Darker, I realized that all this time, what we see is that Christian is the boss. That he's in control of everything, that he holds the power. But if you actually try to read between the lines, Ana is the real boss. In the end, it is her that holds the power. She sets boundaries for him, and all this time, while Ana has been constantly defying Christian in many ways, Christian can't defy her. He's always waiting for her approval when he wants to do or change some things. Ana has triggered the great change in Christian's life.

“My world was ordered, calm, and controlled, then you came into my life with your smart mouth, your innocence, your beauty, and your quiet temerity ...and everything before you was just dull, empty, mediocre was nothing.” 
 I love how this book progressed from lust to love. I love how the characters developed and grew up. Just when I thought this is about sex, when I finished the three books, I knew there's more than sex -- love. I totally agree that there will always be someone out there who will change us into a better person and will make us feel that we are worthy of love and compassion. There will always be someone who will not take away our privilege and freedom to control and take hold of some things, but instead, they will share it with us. We'll just realize that we wanted to share it with that someone. Thank you, E.L. James for this love story. I'm glad it's a happy ending. :)

You Are My More
My Love, My Life


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