Reading with Rachel
50 Shades of Grey
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 21:09
To be completely honest, I've been a little too excited to write this review. I know there are great books out there just dying to be read and reviewed, but as a writer, there's something about reviewing a really bad book that's kind of entertaining. Also, seeing as the two main cast members for this book-turned-motion-picture were announced earlier this week, with mixed reviews from the Internet, it seemed like a good time to put this review out there.
I am, of course, referring to “50 Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Honestly, I was hugely skeptical of this book before picking it up for many, many reasons. One of the first being that this particular novel was first born from Twilight fan fiction, another series I am not particularly fond of. I don’t mean to bash fan fiction, as some of it is extremely well written and carefully thought out to complement the work or series it extends from. I was still wary about this particular offshoot, though.
Despite my reservations, I felt it wasn't fair to judge the book without actually reading it, so I borrowed it from a friend and tried to delve into it as neutrally as I could possibly manage.
Unfortunately, my fears were pretty much all proven right. “50 Shades of Grey,” for the most part, lived up to all of the negative reviews I had heard up to that point.
To be perfectly frank, the book is not written well. I don't think there's really any way to get around that. I am honestly not sure how in the world it got published the way it did.
On top of being terribly written, the writing style is flat and boring. There is absolutely no depth to it and that doesn't really change throughout the rest of the novel. For the fans' sakes, I hope that changes throughout the remainder of the series, but I don't plan on reading the rest of them to find out.
Another serious problem I had with this book are the two main characters, especially Anastasia Steele and her torturous inner dialoguing. I swear, if I had to read the lines “Oh my,” “my inner goddess” or “down there” one more time, I probably would have imitated Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” and thrown the book out the window. Or attempted to gain the power to reach through the novel and slap her across the face, or shake some much needed sense into her.
Christian Grey, the title character of the book, wasn't exactly endearing, either. A handsome, cocky and damaged individual, I personally found his domineering, rich boy attitude annoying and overdone. There is room for only one genius billionaire playboy philanthropist in my life and his name is Tony Stark, thank you very much.
Although I personally dislike this novel, I can also understand why certain people could find it enjoyable. It is by no means a difficult read, and, if you can ignore the terrible writing, annoying phrases and dull characters, it doesn't take a long time to get through.