Fifty Shades of Grey: does it live up to the hype?

The coolness of winter has now set in and so too the quest to keep warm and conquer the chilly temperatures. The debut novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James will make your winter reading list sizzle.

June’s newest ‘Hot Read’ title Fifty Shades of Grey is a powerful tale of passion, sexual exploration and dark secrets. Set in Seattle, it follows the passionate love affair of college student Anastasia Steele and enigmatic multi-millionaire businessman Christian Grey. From two different worlds they are drawn together by desire and consumed by their relationship which requires Anastasia to play by Christian’s rules. With underlying themes of power and control, the tormented Grey and his specific sexual needs leaves Ana having to confront her own inner battles.

The worldwide hype and sensation surrounding book one of The Fifty Shades Trilogy is clearly evident in the 10 million copies sold, film rights in discussion and the banning of the novel in some U.S libraries due to its perception as ‘erotic fiction’. Despite a writing style that is unlikely to win any literary prizes for fiction, the novel leaves you wanting to further explore the characters relationship and read on to unlock the dark secrets of Christian Grey.

What did you think of the novel – did it live up to the hype?

Review by Lisa

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