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Fifty Shades of Grey


3.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars43%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star13%
3.73 / 5 based on 6,421 Reviews

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  • "I enjoy reading all the time , am a big romance genre reader, once I picked up the first book I was hooked, enjoyed the movie but book is a lot better." in 667 reviews
  • "once you get past all the adult content the story line is actually decent, but by the third book you are kind of bored with all the adult content and the story is quite predictable." in 373 reviews
  • "I know these were not the best READ, but I gave it a shot and I did enjoy them... again, not the best read, but I did read all three books in two weeks.." in 195 reviews
  • "Not only does it portray the bdsm lifestyle in a completely incorrect way, but it also is incredibly poorly written and a fan fiction based on the also equally poorly written Twilight series." in 191 reviews
  • "For awhile there, I was pretty captivated by the plot, but after awhile, it can be quite dry and become repetitive reading the same sex scenes over and over again." in 174 reviews
Andra D.
Andra D.
New Prt Rchy, FL
160 reviews
Okay one thing is clear about `50 shades of grey', you either love it or hate it. I read the book on impulse after a friend recommended it as `similar to twilight', so mind you I had no idea the book dealt with controversial topics. My first reaction was `what the?!', I have to say it was clearly a surprise and not one I was entirely content with but 50-75 pages in why not continue?

So here it is, I gave the book a chance and found myself mesmerized by the relationship between Ana and Chris. I found potential in their relationship and the idea that Grey was a haunted soul. What woman can resist the subliminal need to nurture a tortured soul? I tried to look beyond the controversial topics and found myself getting more and more comfortable with their relationship. The chemistry between the characters is clear and charged with electricity.

The story continues to grow throughout the next two books which I already read as well, because quite frankly it's a fun read. If your reading the book its not for its literacy accuracy (for those who want literature read the Bronte or Austen novels) but for the sheer of reading something different that is romantic, and funny all in one. Do I recommend the book?
Jessica B.
Jessica B.
214 reviews
If I could give it less than one star, I would. Taste is subjective, I should remind you.

And while in theory this could have been good it was not. Actually, it was awful and that is not a term I am quick to typically use. E.L. James' writing is lackluster at its best and all over the place. I was cringing near the entire time and cannot fathom how it's become as popular as it is--the writing is bad, the rest is just plain cheesy or insufferable.

Especially the characters. Especially how painfully unhealthy it is. It was this weird mix of out there, soap opera dumb logic and incredibly naive. I just think it's a mess. And as someone who works with literature, trust me when I say I've never seen so many bad qualities in one wildly popular series. I've read A LOT of bad novels in my day.

One of the things I realized quickly was that even in its highly edited state, you could still feel that it was once a fanfiction in its origins. It just reads like one and that isn't always good.
Lauren C.
Lauren C.
85 reviews
These were just okay for me but I'm a self admitted book snob. I have always been an avid reader and there is nothing better than sitting down with an amazing book. With these I felt like I had to continue to read them because of all the hype and thought maybe I was just missing something. The writing is not very creative (if the author said "down there" one more time I may have screamed, call it what it is!), for this being a book based on an "alternative lifestyle" it really wasn't that extreme and not to mention the male character was a stalking chauvinistic pig. I had absolutely no desire to even watch the movies, I barely got through the books.
Erika T.
Erika T.
Lewis Center, OH
264 reviews
I read the entire trilogy in under a week. SO addicting.

If you've read these types of stories before it isn't anything that will surprise you. I really don't think the storyline is that graphic, but if you are kind of shy you might be a little taken aback.

The actual story, other than the naughty parts, is actually really good. There's a good plot, good supporting characters. The author actually spends time building a story and not just small moments.

If you are shy about reading this in public try getting it on your kindle or through an app, that way people will not be able to see what you are reading.

Also word to the wise - THE MOVIE SUCKS!
Denise K.
Denise K.
Racine , WI
41 reviews
Here's the deal. I don't like FSOG. I think the writing is poor and the storyline is weak. Oh, and I'm not into BDSM, but it's totally cool if you are. Just maybe pick up a better written book, that's all I'm saying. I did read the series, because it was The Talk of the town back in its heyday. However, I do love that it opened all kinds of doors for indie authors and I love that it had people driving to their local bookstores to pick up a copy of FSOG ASAP. And then those people finished the books, they were hungry for more, so I love that it created or rekindled book love for so many people.
Marlin T.
Marlin T.
27 reviews
The books are amazing. It allowed my mind to create very vivid scenes. Not only the xxx ones haha, but all the little things like the appearance of people, the places they go and their clothing. The ending of the last book was very happily ever after. The first movie was like whatever. Anastasia's acting was horrible in my opinion. The way she said things like when she was drunk was so badly acted. Maybe because my imagination of the scene was so different. And not every part in the book was in the movie. I'll watch the second movie and hopefully it's better.
Stephanie T.
Stephanie T.
portland, or
90 reviews
Didn't think I was going to like this book until I finally caved in after a friend of mine kept telling me I needed to read it. Honestly, it's amazing. You got to admit we all love the damaged soul that you could fix story line. Also loved that it's based in Seattle, being a NW native myself and being able to really picture the setting realistically. My only gripe about this book was that it's not very well written, but enough for you to get the point and let your imagination do the rest.
Vanessa B.
Vanessa B.
Alexandria, VA
88 reviews
This book is so out of touch with reality. The s@xual content was way too graphic and not needed. It took away from the story line. How the author managed to get three of these books published and made into a movie is beyond me. As for the movie....Dakota Johnson is the worst actress I've seen in a long time. I think she was their only option as many real actresses turned the opportunity down. I am not being mean spirited, just keeping it real which is the intent of influenster, right?
Sydney H.
Sydney H.
Kettering, OH
17 reviews
Who thought this would be good to publish? This isn't a good representation of BDSM. This isn't a good representation of a healthy relationship when you take the kink out of the picture. And I hate to say it, but the Twilight books are better written, though not by that much. If you just want complete fluff with no strain on your brain from substance, and are turned on by something more akin to the Marquis de Sade's fantasies than real life, this would be fine reading.
Adriana F.
Adriana F.
North Platte, NE
127 reviews
You will read tel and a half books just waiting to learn more about Christian grey but it takes forever and a lot of suffering through the SAME sex scene after sex scene before there is actually any substance to the books. I'm are in missing the best part (last half of the final book) but I have gone through so much pain reading what I have read already to get myself to finish the book. On top of that the author is not the greatest writer in the world.
patty a.
patty a.
Bronx, NY
289 reviews
Who do you think should play Christian Grey in the movie?
Shannon C.
Shannon C.
Beaumont, MS
376 reviews
What was the reason why you started to read this book/series?
Davia G.
Davia G.
Huntsville, AL
291 reviews
Seriously does anyone else feel like this wasn't that great of a read?
Crystal C.
Crystal C.
New York, NY
63 reviews
If EL James were to write a new series based on Christian's view would you read it?
Kristina W.
Kristina W.
Rochester, NH
152 reviews
Why is everyone so against something different?! Why are people not keeping an open mind and giving this series a chance! The people saying this is just like Twilight clearly haven't read the entire series, and I am saying that as a true fan of BOTH series! I, too, hoping for a continuation of this series.

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