I held off reading this for a while, as wasn't sure that this genre was for me but after so much hype gave it a try - wasn't disappointed, read cover to cover in 16hrs and couldn't put it down - went and bought the next two and finished them in a day a piece - the story is addictive and E.L.James draws you into this world of the enigmatic Mr Grey.
Yes there is a lot of sex, yes its very descriptive and detailed, so if easily offended/embarrassed then this book maybe isn't for you.
There is a story line and although it not complex it'll keep you hanging in there for the three books, without you feeling short changed.
The characters, can get slightly annoying and are at times slightly unbelievable but you don't read fiction for its relation to reality!!
You mainly get to know the two main characters, Ana and Mr Grey and there's enough to their personalities to make you want to get to know them and dig a little deeper into their histories.
Enjoyed this and interested to see what E.L.James writes next !!
Poorly written, lifeless and supremely unrealistic, unlikeable characters, repetitive phrasing, unnecessary detail and sex scenes that have been done many times before, much better. The ONLY reason this book got any attention is because it began as Twilight fanfiction, and as such, EL James has made her fortune by piggybacking on someone else's hard work.
I bought this book (and the other two) to see what all the fuss was about and I enjoyed it but I wasn't as blown away as I expected to be. Yes, Christian Grey is hot and mysterious but the story is a little predictable. Also, I found it hard to imagine the characters as American as some of the wording and phrases made it easier for me to read it as if they were English (maybe that's just me?). It's also repetitive in places but if you can get over that then it's a nice book to read. Not that different from most chick lit with a bit of naughtiness thrown in.