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As you know from this post, I was not a huge fan of 50 Shades of Grey until the last few chapters. Then the book just cuts off making you have to immediately purchase the next book, 50 Shades Darker, (the same happens at the end of this book as well – just purchase all three together). This is when my obsession began!
I didn’t like the first book because I thought Christian Grey was too dominating in regards to Ana Steele. I thought he took advantage of her and that it wasn’t an equal relationship. This all changed for me in 50 Shades Darker. Christian became super romantical or as Christian and Ana like to say – he brought the “hearts and flowers” big time. Plus, the author shows that it is actually Ana, not Christian, that has the upper hand in this crazy, dramatic relationship. I forget what chapter it is exactly (maybe chapter 13 in book 2?), but after reading the last page I was immediately Team Christian! He had won me over with one simple gesture. You’ll see what I mean if you read the books.
Christian also redeems himself by opening up about his past in the final two books – this gives Ana (and the reader) a better idea of why he is the way he is. All his unusual and unlikable traits are explained in the last two books, and to tell you the truth I don’t think he’s that bad of a guy at all. I will admit that I actually have a crush on this literary character (as I did with Edward in Twilight too). All his issues are due to his past experiences as a child, and no one can blame him for that especially because he is trying desperately to move beyond them.
If you are like me and aren’t fond of the first book, please keep reading. I definitely think you will enjoy the other books. I seriously could not put them down! I even read the small snippets at the end of the final book because I needed more – one is about Christian’s first Christmas (excruciating to read since the author writes it as if a four year old is thinking) and the other is of Christian and Ana’s first meeting but from Christian’s perspective/mind. LOVED the second snippet – it reminded me of the PDF of Twilight in Edward’s perspective. I hope E.L. James makes this into a book as well, but I think that might be difficult to write since Christian is so dark and torn.
Lastly, I must disagree with everyone that says these books are “mommy porn”. I think most women read these books purely because of the romance. You can take out the graphic scenes – which I feel like were written for pure shock value alone – and still have an amazing story (not written very well, but James still has good ideas). I would even say the graphic scenes are what turned me off of the book – the author took a risk there. Boy, does James sure knows how to create some media buzz though! I’ll be interested to see how they make this into a movie… Speaking of the movies, I can honestly say I have NO idea who I would cast in these roles. I really think I would love Ryan Gosling to play Christian Grey though (as I mention here), but that’s all I got. While I normally cannot wait to see movies adapted from books, I’m a little nervous because I don’t want the movie to ruin the trilogy for me! I know there has been much talk about this, so let me know in the comments below who you would cast if it was up to you!