Olivia Jayne Eldridge: From The Mind Of An Introvert: Novel Review

The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

10818853With the much-anticipated movie release of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the second installment in the dark erotic trilogy written by E.L. James next month, I thought it was time to revisit the captivating story that caught the world on fire. By now, even if you have never read a line or viewed a scene from the first movie, I believe it’s safe to assume that somewhere you’ve heard about this controversial novel.

Book one, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” provides an introduction into the unique, if not, dysfunctional, world of Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey. Both of their worlds were turned upside down, when innocent literary student, Ana, interviewed the business mogul as a favor for her best-friend, Kate, who was at home with the flu. This chance sexually charged meeting ignited the sizzling sensual exploration into hidden dark erotic pleasures that turns to love between Christian and Ana.  The series also features book two, “Fifty Shades Darker” and book three, “Fifty Shades Freed.”  Each novel brings a unique perspective to the couples growing romance.

In my humble opinion, this expertly crafted trilogy offers way more than meets the eye. As I re-read the pages, I find I’m now more than ever mesmerized by the dynamic partnership of two lost souls. I can honestly say, my love for Christian and Ana has grown deeper the second time around. Perhaps, I am too involved with these fictional characters but they resonate with me. So much so that I wrote a term paper for a writing class that I attended. I believe that we must look beyond the black and white and this novel states that before you even turn a page. Innocent Ana may be naive in the realm of life experience but at her core, she is a strong woman who needed to meet a man who challenged her to become all that she could possibly be. Remember her last name is Steele. She saved Christian from himself. Ana brought him into the light, taught him to laugh, to trust, and most importantly, to love. It’s no coincidence that Grey is Christian’s last name. Black and white doesn’t sum him up. He’s complicated and cannot be defined. In fact, when he says he is fifty shades of fucked-up he spoke the truth. But, aren’t most of us really broken in some way, shape or form? If we’re lucky, we’ll find our own hero or heroine as Christin did in Ana. Lastly, I do find it ironic that his name is Christian. After all, he does tend to dabble in what many would refer to as sinful pleasures.

I hope you fall in love many times over as you delight into the excessive, sultry, and intoxicating world of this trilogy. Happy Reading!

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