Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey
Author: EL James
Reviewed by: Faith Oneya
By all means, 50 Shades of Grey has Few Literary Merits. The use of description as a technique has been used solely for the characters, and the BDSM scenes that keep graduating as the story progresses.
The book tells the story of Anastasia (the submissive) and Christian’s (the dominant) sexual adventures as they traverse through the murky world of BDSM. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the term BDSM is unclear, and is believed to have been formed either from joining the term B&D (bondage and discipline) with S&M (sadomasochism or sadism and masochism).
Told from the first person narrative, the book follows the ‘coming of sexual age’ story of college student Anastasia and Christain Grey, CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. The latter’s inner demons torment him and he subjects Anastasia to his ‘dark’ sexual preferences.
The graphic descriptions of the BDSM scenes are enough to warrant a PG on the cover of the book. Little wonder then that, according to the Huffington Post, a teacher was suspended by a school in Philadelphia after buying a 9th grader! See story here: (Philadelphia Teacher Philip Aidoo Suspended after Buying 9th Grader ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/05/philip-aidoo-suspended-fifty-shades-of-grey-student_n_3216451.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003)
Before I sound more prudish that I already do, let me just point out that one of the most attractive qualities about the book is the language: simple, short, witty sentences that will keep you turning the pages.
The witty character of Anastasia will also keep your finger busy because you are sure to ask: “What is she going to come up with next?” At least I did.
To say that it is an erotic novel is indeed, an understatement.
Buy it to find out why it has topped the bestseller list in the United Kingdom and the United States among other countries.
Note for those that want the full dosage: The Sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012