There’s been a lot of media attention these days concerning this somewhat controversial, romance/erotica series. It seems some of the *buzz* words, articles and recent tv segments have many wondering if this series is for them.
I’ve received some inquiries, and thought I’d feature an email, that I answered. I’m here to help, and hopefully this post does just that!
I am hearing alot about the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” I have some questions to ask you because I noticed it on your website.
- Is it a romance book?
- The Today show says it has a similarity to the “Twilight” series is it similar to the “Twilight” Series?
- In your opinion, is it worth buying?
- What is it about that’s making people say things like “It saved my marriage”?
“Is it a romance book?”: It IS a romance trilogy, however it has a harder feel to it as it explores elements of BDSM. The main gorgeous, rich and affluent “hero” has had a terrible past and deals with it by being a “Dom” and having a willing “sub” female in his life. It’s all about control, but he doesn’t get emotionally close to the women in his life. He maintains a physical relationship, but will not allow himself to love or be loved. But… he eventually meets a young, sweet, possibly naive girl, who intrigues him, and she pretty much puts his lifestyle into a tailspin. His closely guarded heart and the control he masters over every aspect of his life, teeters once he meets her.
“Is it similar to the “Twilight” Series?”: It isn’t at all like Twilight (well… I didn’t recognize Twilight in it when I first read it). But it did start off as twilight fan fiction (before it became the Fifty Shades Trilogy, it used to be called “Master of the Universe). Not at all the same story, no paranormal twists, or anything of the sort. I would say the only recognizable elements are the strong, silent hero that feels he is a danger to the sweet naive girl, pushes her away, but can’t stay away. That’s about it.
“Is it worth buying?”: I LOVED this series, so in my personal opinion, absolutely! I’m still searching for another book or series that can match it. I read it obsessively without putting it down, lived every emotion, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it for everyone? Maybe not, but if the reader is willing to keep an open mind regarding some of the “harder” aspects of the main character’s intimacy issues and preferences, I am certain they will be captivated and swept away.
People saying “it saved my marriage”? No clue, on that. I suppose the sexual elements explored in the book might intrigue some who are willing to explore things in their own personal life as a couple.
Sure, the subject matter might make some nervous, but overall (and most importantly), I’d say this book is mostly about personal growth, and healing. Limits and personal boundaries tested and occasionally not respected for both the hero and heroine. This, however, is all part of the growth process, at least, in the aspect that this novel is written.
Here are my book reviews (but I’d recommend only reading the first review, so as not to spoil the remainder of the trilogy) in case you decide to read it.
- Book Review – Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (book#1)
- Book Review – Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James (book#2)
- Book Review – Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James (book#3)
Again, it’s not for everyone, I suppose (due to the harder elements that are explored) but 99% of the people who have read it with me, or after me (at least those who have contacted me to let me know) have loved it. Even those that I suspected might not.
I hope that helps!!