Fifty Shades of Grey (E. L. James) – Chapter One

The book starts out with our heroine staring in the mirror, frustrated because her hair doesn’t just hang about all lackluster and because her best friend Katherine is sick.  And her frustration here doesn’t stem from the fact that her friend isn’t doing very well, but that she now has to help her out.


After that charming introduction into the mind of Ana, we also get a look at her:

I roll my eyes in exasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face staring back at me, and give up.

Let me see, current beauty standards are light skin, light eyes in combination with dark hair and big eyes. And you have light skin, light eyes in combination with dark hair and big eyes. What exactly are you giving up? Trying to convince us that you’re not pretty?

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Fifty Shades of Grey (E. L. James)

I probably don’t have to introduce Fifty Shades of Grey since everybody is talking about it. But let me say a couple of words on why I’m reviving this blog for this book:

I recently celebrated my 2000th post on my other blog and told people that they got to choose things I should review and the format in which I should review them. And one of my friends challenged me to read Fifty Shades of Grey, leaving the format open to me. When I read the first page of it, I knew that I couldn’t just do a normal review. I had to go about this bookbitching style. And here we are.

You can buy the book practically anywhere, but also here.

The Description on Amazon

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Just a Small Sidenote

I’m pretty certain that Ana’s “independent spirit” will turn out to be a sham, but I can’t judge that yet.

What I can say already, though, is that I find the “trappings of success” as stated here a bit, well, huh? I mean, multinational business and wealth I can very well accept as a sign of success, but a loving family usually has very little to do with that, doesn’t it? Also, where exactly is the trap in a loving family?

I guess, we’ll find out. Let’s do this.