New Monthly 5 Book Review

"Fifty Shades" and counterparts by E L James

Hey everyone, Welcome back to my reviews. 

This time, I'm doing another group review of a book series as opposed to one stand alone novel. 

If you haven't already guessed by the title, This review is based on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series and its counterpart series, by E L James - NOT ME btw!! I'm Emma Louise James, Not Erika L James. 

Anyway, onto the review. Where to begin?? Anyone who has read the "Fifty Shades" series will completely understand where I am coming from when I ask 'What were you thinking??' 

I'm not just talking about the spelling and grammar issues (it won't be the first time I've wanted to send a book back marked with a big red C-, must try better on it), but what I'm talking about is the fact that one of the main characters is a pompous numpty who for all intents and purposes wants everything his way or else and a female lead with the backbone of a gnat. For goodness sake, really? Ugh, gives me shudders. 

Of the original series, the first book is the worst. You should only read this as a way to get a brief understanding as to what on earth is actually going on. The best bit (yes, I believe there is a best bit) is actually the transcripts of the characters emails to each other - finally the girl shows some sign that there is a backbone hiding beneath the fluttery lashes and bouts of "oh my". (Let her inner goddess stick that in her pipe and smoke it!). No really, the way Ana writes her emails, with that sarcastic backbite is actually funny, and like I say, shows she has a little backbone afterall. If only she would show the same thing when she is meant to be face to face with Christian.

Then, if you have survived the first book and think you're brave enough to keep going, you have "Fifty Shades Darker". Not quite as bad as the first book and seems to have a little more story to it. In doing my reading for this review, as I have read the first book a while ago and didn't fancy dragging myself through the torment of that again, I skipped straight to this on, and I'm glad I did - I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first one, but then I had read it before so already knew where the book was going. 

I feel with Darker, Erika has started to understand her own characters a little more and starts to be a little more confident with Ana's character and show other sides to her other than how she has been up to now. That being said, there is still a ways to go and that has to be remembered. 

Lastly, in the original series, you have "Fifty Shades Freed". Of all of them, as bad as they all are, this one is the better of the 3. Yes, there are the occasions that I needs to remind myself that these are fictional characters and that I cannot therefore, get them in a room together and give them both a slap around the chops and tell them both to get a flaming grip (in my very British manner). That said, this book is at a level that I can tolerate for a quick read. I don't know whether it is because Ana is now working as an editor at SIP and therefore has found her niche, or the fact that her marriage to fifty himself seems to have mellowed him out a little I don't know, but this one I don't mind reading. 

An aside to this, I know some people like the movies and some hate the movies, but don't forget what they are based on, that's all I'm saying. 

So, the counterpart series as I've been calling it. Grey, Darker and (eventually) Freed. Hard to say, but I actually prefer the books written from Christian's point of view and I can't help but think that if the series had been written in this fashion from the beginning, it wouldn't have been so bad. Darker was a better read for me too, especially seeing the helicopter incident from his perspective, the action side of it. But as the saying goes, to each their own.

All in all, I'm going with an overall 3 book score. They're ok as something to read. Think once in a blue moon, you've just finished reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and you need something light to bring you back to the present day.

So, If you need a giggle, (not meant to be the case, but if you know me, you know what I'm like) and you need something quick to read that isn't over taxing on your mind, this is the series for you!

Enjoy, (or not), but whatever else you do, stay safe and keep reading ! xx 


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