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In a Nutshell….
So Ana and Christian have become Mr & Mrs Grey; Ana is getting used to being wealthy while also battling with a controlling Christian for independence. Thrown into the mix is a “mysterious” person, who seems intent on destroying the Greys. Unexpected news shakes Ana & Christian, and Christian finally starts to open up about his past and the reader gets a brief insight into Christian’s mind.
We see Ana continue with her “inner goddess” and nympho tendencies, discovering her sexual preferences, while Christian tries to deal with his control issues.
There’s still a lot of sex, and kinky whatsits. There are still similarities to the Twilight Saga and Ana still refers to her “inner goddess”. Her inner goddess can be annoying…….
And despite Christian’s issues, my imagination tells me he looks sooooooo fine!
It was pretty much the same as 50 Shades Darker. EL James attempts to shake up the story with the mysterious person and their grudge against the Greys, but essentially the same themes prevail in this book as in the others. As I read through this book, I actually found myself skimming over some of the sex scenes as they were similar if not the same; save for once or twice, Ana came every time. At one point I was thinking “really?! She comes every time?!” I had to remind myself that this was just fiction…..if Stephanie Meyer could write vampires glow in the sunlight without dying, then E L James could write that Ana orgasms every time 50 Shades touches her.
The ending of the novel/trilogy was expected; you know that “happily ever after” stuff. Nothing really dramatic and it was a fitting end to the Trilogy. I wasn’t left wanting more and that was fine.
There was also a change in narrative, in that from time to time Anna refers to a memory and the reader experiences a bit of a flash back. We also get an insight into Christian’s mind as we are treated to his thoughts during his first Christmas and when he meets Anna for the first time. I thought that his first Christmas was really cute; however I was a bit mixed about his first meeting with Ana, even though his thoughts laid the foundations of the journey that he embarks with Ana.
The thing is that despite my reservations/criticisms of the novel, I got caught up in it. That’s why I love books; for a brief period, I enter another world and I let my imagination take over.
There are very few books/plays that have successfully translated onto the screen….I’m not entirely convinced that this would be great on the big screen. While the Trilogy (maybe due to the efficiency of the Kindle/e-reader) has been immensely popular, it doesn’t really have that much going for it. the movie would primarily consist of a naked actor and actress, with every other sentence being a declaration of their love for each other and 50 Shades references.
Having said that, I will admit right now that if they did do a film I will go and watch it……who would play Christian and Ana? My first thoughts have been Michael Fassbender, Christan Bale and weirdly enough Anne Hathaway (but then maybe it’s because I’ve been seeing a lot of her in the media due to Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables)