By Jodie Hook
A writer must know and understand their target audience, and E L James certainly does. We cannot ignore that the quality of writing isn’t the strongest, but for me at least, I didn’t care. There are absolutely times when the quality of writing is paramount to a story, but with a book like this, I was so enraptured with the fantasy world that I didn’t notice how many times Anastasia Steele said “Oh my” until my second time reading.
Fifty Shades of Grey is loosely based on the Twilight series as it was started as fan fiction. The similarities to Bella and Edward were distracting at first and I wondered if I would be able to fall into the world of the characters because of that. Then about 50 pages in, all memory of Twilight faded, and I was fully invested. Their banter through their emails had me laughing and feeling that new love giddiness that so quickly fades in real life.
What made this book work was that it tapped into a fantasy that a lot of women have. We want to be adored, to be wanted so much that your partner will move heaven and earth to have you. Christian broke all of his rules to be with her. Although the media made it all about the S&M sex play, the book was not about that (well not only). Yes, it got our hearts racing, and our partners probably appreciated the after effects, but the story about the relationship itself is what you fall for. The struggles they both went through to not lose themselves to the other, while also learning to change, broke my heart at times. Love can conquer all, even with a playroom involved.
A book like Fifty Shades of Grey (as well as the other two in the series) is meant to be read fast. If you spend too much time on it, the holes in the development are noticeable and there are parts that can feel repetitive. My recommendation is to devour this book quickly, enjoy it for the fun read it is, and make sure the kids are in bed. Happy reading!
About the Author:
After getting married and having a baby, life took over and I stopped reading for a few years. Now that my daughter is a little older, I have made an effort to get back to my passions, writing and reading books. I have been an avid reader since childhood and my best memories are of hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and a great book. For me, reading a great book isn’t just something to do for an hour or two, it’s something I get lost in. I hope to share my passion for reading all genres of books with you and hope that we can have some great discussions.