I wasn’t going to read the FIFTY SHADES trilogy, the books being described as “mommy porn.”
I wasn’t going to read them because, honestly, I’m not a fan of erotica. But, as a writer, I could not stay away. I wanted to know what everyone was drooling over. I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. I wanted to know why the author had sold so many thousands of books.
I tried to check out the Kindle edition at my library but decided I didn’t want to wait in line for 137 readers to read it first. So, I forked over thirty bucks and bought the Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle from Amazon.com.
So, during the last week, I read the trilogy. And that says something because if I don’t like a story I won’t finish it (even if I have spent thirty bucks). Time is too precious.
For what it’s worth, here is my opinion…
The writing is not there;
The writing is good enough to follow the story but, really, I got tired of reading the same descriptions over and over: lip biting, looking through thick lashes, raising eyebrows, blushing and blinking, gasping, etc. etc. etc.
When I write, I make an effort to not let my characters shrug or chuckle or sigh too much. This writer had the characters doing too many things too many times. I would rather have had more plot.
Christian Grey, the main male character, has grey eyes. And those grey eyes are described over and over and over. Jeez… I didn’t have to be reminded every other page that Christian had grey eyes. Writers should give their readers credit for having half a brain!
The two main characters: Christian and Anastasia:
Friends of mine on Facebook declared love for Christian Grey. Love? Good God, my radar would have been blown sky high if a man came on to me like Christian came on to Anastasia.
But, alas, the Fifty Shades trilogy is fiction…
So, Anastasia Steele is smart and smashing to look at and a college graduate and a hard worker and she’s got a sassy mouth, but she’s a virgin and so naive and gullible she puts up with Christian’s baggage. It was hard for me to buy into her character.
And Christian? He’s a good-looking billionaire but we are never really told why he falls so hard for Anastasia. I know why he was attracted to her in the first place but why didn’t she fall by the wayside like all his previous women?
Most writer’s strive to give characters a character arc. In other words, the character starts off one way but, by the end of the story, he or she has changed. Both Anastasia and Christian have arcs. So, I applaud the writer for that. But, it took three books to get to the arcs. It could have happened quicker if it wasn’t for all that sex…
Now, I’m not a prude but, hey, sex is sex is sex, and I found myself hitting the “next” button on my Kindle very fast because I wanted to get through all the steamy sex and GET BACK TO THE STORY. I wanted to know WHAT was going to happen next and WHY. In my humble opinion, there could have been less sex and a lot more psychological suspense and plot.
Plus, in my opinion, the ending was predictable.
The author, E. L. James, should be commended for doing what all writers want to do… writing a best seller. Plus, I understand a movie is being planned so I congratulate the writer for that. Most writers would like to be able to say they’ve accomplished this goal.
I just wish I’d been able to check out the books from the library. If I’d been able to do that, I would have thirty more dollars in my wallet than I do right now!