Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Few Thoughts About the Fifty Shades Trilogy

I've read many awful stories in my short life time. Stories with hideous plots, with awful writing, with a small resemblance of little things that are neat. Coincidentally, I've written many awful stories so I totally sympathize with Erika Leonard (pseudonym E. L. James). Sympathize, because it appears that James didn't rewrite the original Twilight fanfic before publishing the Fifty Shades Trilogy.

Writing specifics aside, and spoilers, the Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance novel. Hot shot rich entrepreneur seduces college graduate, teaches her kinky ways, they get into an uncomfortable situation, and she leaves him. Fifty Shades Darker explains major tension between the lovers. In Fifty Shades Freed, James packs up the main story line with bumbling children and a new side to the two characters.

I'm really glad I read it, though. It's almost an exercise in editing. Generally speaking, the trilogy is a sin against all literary sacraments. However, I like how James crafted antagonist elements: a hard to bear past, a jealous ex-lover, a ghostly ex-lover, and a very bitter commissions editor/childhood acquaintance. Very well done James.

However, I think I skipped 95% of the “erotic scenes” (IKEA erotica scenes) and kinda glazed through the other aspects of the trilogy. I might, though, read another book by the author. Just to see if she picks up the craft or continues her writing ways. We'll see.

*Edit. If you read the books and have a favorite part you should comment and we can talk about them ;)


  1. my 2 cents: anybody who can get the american public to read makes me happy! book clubs are in full force thanks to her. that can only benefit us! (plus i actually liked the books) :)

    1. I agree. More reading is a good thing. I'm glad you liked the books. Which was your favorite part?

  2. Thanks for the review! It certainly is taking America by storm. I haven't read it yet, & I may not. We'll see! I'm waiting for my friend to finish it first and report back to me!

  3. Hi Sopphey:
    I haven't read any of these books and don't plan to. Not into the whole erotica genre. I did, however, enjoy your review. I especially liked how you characterized it as "a sin against all literary sacraments" which I fully agree with. I have read several reviews on how much these books are poorly written.