Jul 24, 2012

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Stanley Dimitrious Reviews: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James (Fifty Shades #1)

Contemporary Erotica
May 26 2011
Trade Paperback
400 pages
Vintage

Yummy Man – Christian Grey
Kick Ass Chick – Anastasia Steele

From Goodreads –
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – 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 adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

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

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Well… I can say with pride that my romance novel cherry has been popped. Not only did it not hurt, I found myself giggling like a little school girl and laughing out loud as the book had its way with me much like a prom date after a few bottles of Bombay Sapphire.

Before I get into my thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey I should let you know that I had my reservations about the book. Its infamy spread all kinds of online buzz and opinions ranging from “SOOPER HAWT BDSM OMG OMG SWOON” to “Meh, it’s just Twilight fan fiction” to “This book made my fun spot feel like a kiddy pool.” Hmmm interesting analogy eh? Never the less, I decided to get comfy equipped with a good chunk of chocolate and some loose boxer briefs and dove into the story.

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James is a charming story detailing a whirlwind romance between two people from very different walks of life and very different sexual experiences. He thinks she’s something she’s not; she is captivated by him and hates him at first, then can’t get enough of him, blah blah blah… Whoa, the story? Really Stanley? Ok, Ok, I know what you’re thinking but from the eyes of an erotica book virgin, the story played an integral part in my enjoyment of the book.

From the get go, you are smitten by the simplicity and quirkiness of the lead female character Anastasia. She has that “girl next door” charm that every guy loves and her dialogue is strong and witty. As I read along, I found myself falling for her innocence, compassion and her desire to please her man. She is one heck of a trooper and I sent her virtual high fives several times. I especially liked knowing what was going through Ana’s head as the book progressed. I had to chuckle when Ana would think to herself “Oh my!” and “My inner goddess does back-flips”. Over and over again, Ana is tossed into new, dark and lustful situations and holds her own as she is engulfed in the world that is well… “Fifty Shades of Fucked up”.

On the topic of “Fucked up”, let’s talk about Christian Grey. This guy is the embodiment of what every man should aspire to be, less all the emotional baggage. Christian is wealthy beyond all reason, built like a god and commands a steadfast confidence that would even have me saying “Yes sir. Hit me harder, HARDER!!” Um… anyway, it’s easy to like Grey. I loved how he toyed with Ana in the beginning like a cat would a mouse. A particular scene at the hardware store that Ana worked at comes to mind as he has her lead him around purchasing flex ties, masking tape and a few yards or rope. Ana, of course, is oblivious and I couldn’t help but smirk to myself at the situation. Despite all the confidence and commanding mannerisms that Christian portrays, the author was able to chink away at the armor and let us catch a glimpse of the vulnerability and emotional torment that is Christian Grey. Just enough of Christians troubled past is revealed and it sets the stage for future roadblocks the couple will have to scale.

I particularly enjoyed the email exchanges between Christian and Ana. On more than one occasion I laughed out loud as Ana, who always has trouble concentrating in Christian’s presence, finds her voice and “smart mouth” in the form of email and torments and defies Christian. It’s a progression that starts in email and slowly transitions to face to face encounters that I found to contain elements of both humor and real life relationship conflict.

Ok, let’s talk about the sex! Finally eh? Alright, I have to admit that the sex was well written and descriptive. There were definitely a few blush worthy lines (slow clap). Although there are dark aspects of sex explored in this book, I would have to classify them as “light BDSM”. As a dominant myself, there were a few things that I would have liked to do to Ana that Christian either overlooked or just wasn’t into. Maybe he’s saving it for book two and three? I’m not saying that the bondage isn’t any good as it had me at attention for several pages, save for the punishment scenes, I just found the actual BDSM sex a little light. I was impressed, however, as someone who is naturally very visual at how tantalizing the eroticism between Ana and Christian was presented. Was it “kiddy pool” wet?  Absolutely. It was dirty on many levels and for me to think that about something I’ve read, I tip my hat to the author and am grateful for the loose boxers.

What would a Stanley Dimitrious post be without a few tidbits of criticism?

First off, Anastasia is a virgin before she hooks up with Christian. Is that really necessary? How does Christian dodge all the talk about feelings and how the heck did it not hurt her? Dude’s got a ding-a-ling the size of a California Redwood apparently and the only thing that doesn’t complain about being stuffed for the first time is a turkey. Dead turkey = No feeling. Then there’s that scene where she sucks him dry in the bathtub. Every man on the planet needs to give that girl a standing ovation, but really, who does that on their first try? I compare it to going skiing for the first time and deciding on the double black diamond slope as your first run of the day. Oh and yanking out a tampon for some bareback sex? You’re a bold one Mr. Grey. I got to give you that at least.

If you’re looking for an easy to read and captivating story with all kinds of naughtiness then you need to look no further. Fifty Shades of Grey offers all of the above with a cliffhanger ending that will having you sailing right back to the bookstore for the second book in the series. In the end, it’s the author’s solid storytelling and descriptive writing style that really drives the intimacy and conflict between Ana and Christian as they embark on their love story. It’s hard to resist the “kinky fuckery” of Fifty Shades of Grey.

4 stars

Books in the Fifty Shades trilogy –
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed

  1. Fun to read a review from the guys perspective. Thank you.

  2. “Loose boxers” TMI, TMI, TMI!!
    Loved the review though, as Aurian said it’s good to know the male perspective.
    Another hit post by Stanley Dimitrious. 😉

  3. *giggles* “loose boxers”

    Great review! I too loved the story element and I totally agree it was more “light BDSM”. In saying that, a lot of the folks picking up the book (and that genre)this was their first go at it so it was deep and dark for many. (which again I giggled)

    I do enjoy reading a males point of view and glad to see it wasn’t all that far off from mine. I loved the story.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Michele says:

    What a great review…I can’t tell if it was written tongue in cheek, but it was very well thought out & agreed with several of the points made. That being said, I LOVED 50 Shades, but Books 2 & 3 were horrifyingly horrible. I swear a different person wrote book 1, because surely the same person could not have written something so great and two others that were so very awful. Anyhow, if you enjoyed 50 Shades, then you should try Bared to You by Syvia Day. I enjoyed it even more than 50 Shades. There are many parallels to the books, but I found it to be more well written and the characters even more relatable. If I rated 50 Shades at a solid 8.5, then BTY was definitely an 11!! And that’s on a scale of 1-10.

  5. Well, I’m one those that love the book, and my feelings about the book are very similar to yours.
    I love getting the male prospective. Great review!!
    One thing I have to mention is how much surprised me the level of my enjoyment, I picked up the book so I could tell all those hunting me down to ask me if I had read it, that it was terrible and I didn’t know why it was so popular… It goes to show you, You never know until you try it.

  6. great review Stanley!

    and hmmmmm ur a dominant?? what’s up Julie? LOL!

  7. Love seeing a guy’s perspective on this book. I’ve heard lots about it but just can’t bring myself to read it. What I want to know is….are you going to read books 2 and 3?

  8. aurian – The things that men focus on…lol

    Bookaholic Cat – Yeah, loose boxers. That makes a wife proud 😉

    Michelle – I was very surprised by how much he enjoyed this book while reading it!

    Michele – This is his honest opinion. And I have heard not so wonderful things about the next two books. 🙁

    Lupdilup – You never know… 😉

    Sharon – Erm…um…Oh look Sharon! That cloud looks like a unicorn! *runs away*

    Ludi – He is actually reading the second book right now…but he’s not sure if he’s going to review it. Apparently, it’s a little on the boring side. 🙁

  9. Mariann with Belle's Book Bag says:

    Great review!!! OMG Julie, Your hubby cracks me up!!! I can’t stand it!!! I was LOL within the first paragraph!!!! And he even has his own badge!!! LOL Love it!!! He should have his own set of groupies called the “kinkettes” or “vampettes” or something like that.LOL The funny thing is that I was just looking on your site to see if you let him post anything else!!! LOL I would really consider reading this now~when I wasn’t sure that I wanted to before!!! LOL Have a great week!! 🙂

  10. Awesome review! You seriously need to post a review once a week! Better yet, I’d like to see his/hers dual reviews. That would ROCK!

  11. oh everyone speaks about this book, and it starts to be the same in France. I’m confess I’m more and more curious to learn more about this book and if you enjoyed it I”m sure it will be also my case. thank you!

  12. Great review! I agree with everyone else, so much fun to read a male perspective on it. And congrats on popping your romance book cherry Dimitrious! =) Welcome to the club.

  13. Mariann – He makes me laugh too 😉

    Amanda – There is no way he’ll do one review per week – it would get in the way of his gaming you see – but I will definitely be harassing asking him to review again. And your tag-team review idea is great!

    melliane – I was very curious, but apparently my husband was more curious. lol

    Lexi – LOL

  14. Melanie Jones says:

    If you really want to giggle like a schoolgirl (though maybe not after a few *bottles* of Bombay Sapphire – that is gin, man), then check out the parody version I wrote. It uses a lot of the preposterous stuff in the real book and takes it a whole lot further, as well as using a lot of smutty humor everyone can enjoy. Check it out! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QNE5S6/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008QNE5S6&linkCode=as2&tag=modernistdepot-20

  15. Hah!! This is great.

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