Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)

Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)

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By: E L James

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Now available as a three-volume paperback boxed set, E L James’s New York Times #1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being “in a class by itself.” Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
 
This boxed set includes the following novels:
 
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.  The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.
 
FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.
 
FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.
8.12% into the book: It's not hard to see Christian Grey is a geeky sort of guy, brilliant, business savvy, young billionaire, stunningly handsome, social, with ever so dark a side but Ana unravels him. He's had 15 women in his high-end S&M leather room but he's not woman savvy, he couldn't detect Ana was a virgin telling me women use and have used him, he's rich, so gold diggers would gather, those who think sex is the key give his brand of kink a try though I think money is still the moral of that story telling me more in that he is an innocent not the worldly womanizer. Enter Ana, a bone-head giving naive a whole new meaning. After incredible sex, passion beyond passion, intimacy like nobody's business, she can't talk to him without being self conscious? Each encounter is new? Seriously? interestingly enough it's evident intimacy doesn't live here, it's not personal it's business though Ana has him doing things he said he wouldn't like make love, but she's so self conscious with him, embarrassed, uncertain, after the first night that bond that should've been there ain't. There are secrets most likely, but I'd rather Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba's Madding Crowd. I began skimming through sex parts, his erection, her orgasm, kinky things we say in the heat of and made a decision. I'm putting Shades of Grey on the shelf. Maybe some other time or not and we don't need to have Paris. I got to page 151 of 1859: It occurred to me if I skimmed through all the sex parts to pick out the story, I'd probably be done with Book 1 in 30 minutes.

It's ok - I have no qualms with leaving it on the shelf.

September 15, 2018 – Started Reading
September 15, 2018 – Shelved

- everlee_morris

Many people I know love these novels and the subsequent movies. Personally, I cannot see why. The writing is incredibly juvenile and weak. Aside from some of the sex scenes, a 5 year old could have written this. There are much better erotic novels out there. The concept was interesting, about a haunted man who finds an outlet through BDSM. But the execution was poor. I found nothing compelling about the lead female. I did not bother reading the 3rd book. I will give almost any book a try, and was hoping that it would get better after the first because a friend really wanted me to read these. But after the 2nd I gave up and gave the books away.

- tristen_cooper

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.

FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.

THE ABOVE IS FROM THE BOOK COVERS, and I copied them to give readers of this review a brief synopsis of each book in the trilogy.

First, these books are for adults. They have a lot of explicit content. This does not bother me, but some may not be comfortable reading some of the scenes.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the books. I read them quickly, and read all three, and found them hard to put down. Not sure my inability to put the books down were for the reasons the author would appreciate. Let me explain.

First the graphic sex scenes captured my attention in a "passing a car accident" sort of way. There are toys, several apparatus, and an entire room in this series devoted to BDSM. BDSM is not my preferred genre of books or sex, so this was a new world for me, and it had a hold of my attention, much the same way that passing a terrible car accident might. I wanted to see what had happened to cause the accident, completely out of morbid curiosity, all the while I hoped that no one died and that I didn't see blood as I passed.

There was a story hidden in all of the gratuitous sex though. The story did not seem like the focal point of of the story, so it seemed mildly lacking, as it appeared the sex scenes had more effort put into them than the rest of the story. The plot/story, if read on its own and skipping the sex scenes, may not have been able to stand on its own, or may be completely empty and boring. I would not suggest that the reader skip the scenes, no matter how gratuitous, as they are an integral part of the story.

I gave this series three out of five. I enjoyed it. I learned things that I was not looking to learn. There is whole other lifestyle out there that I have zero experiences in, and these books showed that love can exist even in these lifestyles, despite what so many believe. I could not give this book a four or a five star rating though because the story line was so empty when the sex scenes were removed. The story should have still been good with or without the BDSM, but this one, in my opinion, could not have stood on its own.

- jorge_torres

Excellent quality Nice thick pages and it also has a built in Bookmark made out of red Satin fabric

- leanna_adams

The one thing I liked was the progression of one of the main characters from one way of thinking to another. I did not like the large amount of inner monologue. While the use of a subconscious was fun, it became a distraction. There was also an incredible amount of explanation of why characters were feeling the way they did. Too much "tell" and not enough "show" through actions or dialogue. There were several side events that seemed more like filler than story line. I had to force myself through the third book in the series--it all moved too slowly for me. Two books in the series would have been plenty.

- amani_reyes

This is more than just the explicit sex that many people think it is. There are multiple plots, one of which gradually reveals why Grey is the way he is. It takes all three books to tell the story. It is an easy read. I tired of the frequency of the sexual encounters (ok, I get it; they're doing it again, and some of the encounters are repetitive) and scanned those parts to get back to the plot.

- deandre_chavez

Seeing this at 99p for the trilogy, I thought it was worth a look to see if it was as bad as expected/as the extracts I'd seen suggested.

It's worse.

Quite besides the fact that it glamorises and normalises a relationship that is at best thoroughly abusive (not to mention that it claims to portray BDSM whilst being more of a twisted caricature by someone who likely has never even read a Wikipedia page about it), it's just so. poorly. written.

This book's USP is supposedly the oh so hot sex. Um. Well quite apart from the fact it takes chapters of utter tedium to get to said sex scenes, the sex itself is just... really not very good. James doesn't appear to have a strong understanding of female anatomy, despite being a woman, and overall the sex is surprisingly vanilla, extremely repetitive, and unbelievably unimaginative as well as frequently wildly unrealistic. How a writer, given the entire world of sexual experience to explore without any limit save their own imagination, can manage to make the sex that comprises most of this novel so desperately boring and unsexy I simply do not understand.

In addition, it's poorly written to the point where, were I a proofreader, copy editor or similar on this book, I would refuse to be associated with it. Even now that it's a huge bestseller from a legitimate publisher, it still contains the phrase "his eyebrows widen in surprise" - and yes, that's one of the more egregious complaints, but that's not to ignore that the prose, like the sex, is boring, juvenile and repetitive.

I read and write fanfic alongside original fiction, and some of it is genuinely brilliant. It is such a shame that of all the pieces of fanfic to make it to the mainstream, it was this dreck that somehow became popular. (Trust me, there is good fanfic out there. There is sexy fanfic out there. There is wildly imaginative fanfic out there. This is not it. This is everything that's bad about fanfic writ large, and it's painful.)

Possibly worse than the Twilight books from which it spawned, which is some kind of backwards achievement I suppose, and one of those books where I would award zero stars if I could.

If you want poorly written faux-BDSM, I assure you there is plenty available out there for free. If you want a book with any merit whatsoever... well, there is definitely plenty available for free that leaves this mess in the dust, and if you are willing to spend your hard earned pennies, you can do far, far better than this. Even at 99p, this is a pile of garbage I returned with no regrets.

- darian_taylor

E.L. James must be laughing all the way to the bank at our gullibility. You have to give credit to her, she has made a multi- million pound fortune from quite possibly the worst book ever written. She obviously read the "Emperor's New Clothes" when she was young - and we only realised that the book (metaphorically) was wearing no clothes once we bought it and started to read!! Well done E.L James, enjoy. Just don't write any more please.

- miles_martinez

Didn't see the film's or read the books as I'm not a big fan of over hyped media that is usually disappointing - but ...... I really, really loved these books !!

I loved the characters, they are all so well written and believable, even with the minor characters you can picture them in your mind.

The storyline was brilliant & not at all what I was expecting (sex, s&m etc - not that I'm against a bit of that) & yes there was plenty of `juicey` bits in it but not over done & decent story lines to keep me interested.

I read a lot of books from all genres & there are very few that hold me through three books - I was so sad when I got to the end of the trilogy - want to know what Anastasia & Christian (& their children are doing now !)

- christine_bennet

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