Out of curiosity and wanting to see what all the hype was about, I began this book in April. Just this past Saturday, I finally finished it — WHEW!
Getting through the first 150 pages was so hard, which was one reason why it took so long to finish. E.L. James has admitted that she’s not a good writer and I agree with her! While not only is she not a good writer, neither did she have a good editor. The editor could have done a better job, making the writing stronger, especially for such a popular book. Isn’t that an editor’s job?
While the storyline was good, with very enjoyable characters, dominate Christian Grey and submissive, Anastasia Steele, I expected more from the so-called “mommy porn.” In Megan Hart’s books, the sex scenes had me blushing, but as I was reading “50 Shades,” I kept rolling my eyes. I’ve even written stuff more sexual! The sex scenes were laughable, but I see why so many are rushing out to buy this book. James has stated in multiple interviews that this book is written on her fantasies and I can see why; she’s a married mom of two. This book is for moms who have traded whips and handcuffs for bottles and bibs. As a married woman without children, I was more swept away with Christian’s dominance than with the sex. It was Christian who had my toes curling, along with his mysterious ways…Damn, he’s a sexy Hero!
There is talk about “50 Shades” being a movie which I would be interested in, especially if they get my imagination of Christian right. (Who do you recommend playing him?)
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, based on the characters and plot, not the writing or the sex scenes.