Fifty Shades Trilogy

Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed are the books in the trilogy by E. L. James (Erika Mitchell), that has taken the country, and world, by storm. The story of gorgeous billionaire CEO Christian Grey and a virginal college student, Anastasia Steele began as online fan fiction of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. An e-book developed, and by miraculous word of mouth advertising, the e-books broke into printed format.

These books fall into the category of erotic romance. Themes consist of BDSM and the more kinky side of sexual fantasies. However, even though my knowledge of specific terminology improved, I can’t say that these books were a lot worse, (or better, depending on your point of view), than other romance novels. True, there were many more sex scenes, but other than that, the makings of a wonderful story, including great plot elements and very intricate, deep characters were all present.

Christian Grey is a control freak, and by his own admission, “fifty shades of f***ed-up.” He is a business genius, having become an extremely successful and rich businessman at the young age of 27. He has never been in love with a woman before, but enjoys a different type of diversion when it comes to relationships with women. Then Anastasia Steele walks, or literally falls, into his life. Drawn to her, Christian proposes the only type of relationship he knows, and while Anastasia is interested, and has many questions, these parameters do not define their relationship.

At times sweet, heart-wrenching, angering, and of course, hot, I believe these books have found a special place in almost every woman’s bookshelf and heart. I know that these characters will stay with me for a long time, and it’s going to be tough to find the next book that makes me fall head over heels in love with it.