Grey by E.L. James

Grey by E.L. James

his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?1

E.L. James skyrocketed to fame with her Fifty Shades series originally created as Twilight fan fiction. The similarities are obvious and despite all things said, we can’t seem to get enough of it.  In keeping with the Twilight theme, James released Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian aka Midnight Sun: Edwards Version of Twilight.  The only difference is Grey was published, and Midnight Sun was not, due to a leaked draft causing Meyer to halt the project altogether.

I’m not one to re-read books as I don’t have the time to experience the same adventure multiple times, while my to-read list continues to double in size.  I must admit there is something exciting about reliving the stories, but what is even more exciting is living it from a different perspective from another character within the story.  The story is exactly the same; however, we are able to put the pieces together and see what went on “off the camera” from the original story.  Christian Grey is a very stern and disciplined man, his features usually giving nothing away, Grey is a treat to fans to know exactly what Christian had been thinking and feeling.

I’d like to reiterate a point previously made in my review for the Fifty Shades of Grey film in that these books were not made for their literary prose and prowess, rather an erotic adventure with familiar characters from a widely popular series.

As much as Fifty Shades taught us that we all would like to be spanked and spoiled by handsome rich men, Grey gave us a different side of the story; one that was a little more difficult to swallow.  Christian is Fifty Shades of fucked up as we all know, but his personality and thought process delivered in Grey took longer than a few lashings for us to adjust.  Christian Grey is the Beauty and the Beast all in one package, which makes him so appealing, but there were times in the retelling where I wondered who this character was and thought of him as more of the ass that we perhaps should have taken him to be to begin with.

Grey is an entertaining way to pass the time for fans of the series.  Obviously, if you are not a fan or have not read the books, this is not the place to start.  For those who have read the series, then Grey is an obvious companion novel to continue to journey.  It can also be used as a time filler to fill the gap for the long extended date of February 2017 for the second film to come out >_<.

  1. Book summary courtesy of E.L. James’ webpage

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