Fifty Shades Of Grey has an inspiring idea as its base. It is nothing like anything we have read before. So while writing this book review, I simply did not know what to call this kind of fiction. It is an erotic fiction of course, but not in the lines of blazing romances we read as teenagers. In fact, I would personally not like to call it a book for young adults at all. And there lies the difference between Fifty Shades Of Grey and any other erotic fictions.
While most erotic novels are written for young kids, E. L James has taken a different path. She has dealt with some grave issues about sexuality in this novel. Fifty Shades of Grey is basically the story of a young business magnet Christian Grey and an ordinary girl called Anastasia Steele. Grey seems to be the smartest and the most confident man on the surface. But he is fighting the demons of a troubled childhood within. Anastasia on the other hand is bored with her 'painfully' normal life and simply cannot resist the tempations of this dark brooding man.
Thus starts a saga of brutal love that will be completed in 3 novels. The 3 novels in the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) tell us what happens to this couple after they fall hopelessly in love with each other. But it is a far cry from a romantic drama or a sob-love story. Fifty Shades of Grey talks about the 'grey' area between love and lust, eroticism and psychopathic tendencies.
The hero Grey is a perfect culmination of a knight in shining armour and a crazy psychopath. His overpowering dominance and need to control everything and everybody might have mesmerised Anastasia. But can an educated and liberated woman like Ana actually live under the wings of this control freak? And it does not stop at controlling, Grey also has a fetish for 'punishing' his women before he makes love to them.
In Fifty Shades Of Grey, the author plays with the boundaries of erotic love and psychological sickness. So we would have to admit in this book review that at some places she has overstepped the line. Just where do you draw the line between pain and pleasure? What is it that Grey wants to do with Ana; is it passion or a form of abuse? Many such questions lurk as you pour over the pages of this romantic thriller.
Fifty Shades Of Grey was originally written as a fan fiction of the Twilight series. But later, author E L James published it as an independent novel. To conclude this book review by saying that you may love it, you may hate but you certainly cannot ignore this explosive book.