Reviewing the Trilogy as an entirety, is not an easy feat. It’s nothing like Harry Potter, where you think each book is perfect and you simply cannot decide on a favorite. Nor is this book like Twilight Saga, where Bella is always having a fight within herself, between being apart of reality, and the vampire/wolf world. Yes, the two (meaning Twilight and 50 Shades) have a lot of similarities. But! They are very different, as they should since this book is aimed at an entirely different age group. No fifteen year old should be reading this, at all. Even though, I know some parents out there are doing just that. Please, for the benefit of a doubt, at least fall in love first (in a relationship, no just a really big crush,okay), or at least have sex (do not go have sex with a random boy just because this blog said to), just once, before even attempting to read this. I don’t want girls out there thinking that some hot CEO is going to scoop them up and have their way with them just because that’s how ONE book told them that’s how it is. That is simply not the case. Sex/love (or both) happen with people at many different places for many different reasons. I don’t want teenagers out there thinking that all guys want is hot, kinky, “red room of pain” fuckery. That’s not what all guys want. Each and every guy is different and have different needs, hopes, and dreams. This, is very important to remember.
I felt the need to write that little bit, just in case.
The books tell the life of Anastasia Steele, as she is finishing her college years and graduate soon. She’s forced into interviewing Mr. Grey for her best friend, Kate, who has the flu. She embarrasses herself in front of Mr. Grey by not checking with Kate about his background information and by asking him if he is, in fact, gay. Mr. Grey is intrigued by Ana, to the point of showing up at her work and asking her some personal questions. He hands her his business card for a photo shoot for the school paper. Jose, Ana and Kate go out for drinks. Ana and Jose get wasted and Ana accidentally dials Christian’s number. He shows up as soon as Jose tries to kiss Ana. Christian takes Ana to his hotel suit, where he takes care of her, as in, holding her hair back as she pukes. This starts their BDSM relationship, after he makes love to her, making her lose her virginity to him. That’s only one of their many “firsts”. He buys her a car, new clothes, first edition books, … etc… and in return, all she has to do is be his sex slave. All that doesn’t sit too well with Ana. She is very cautious but curious. She never does sign the paperwork. However, she does participate in the “Red room of pain” where Christian “aims to please”. Some of it was too much for dear Ana, some of it she liked. In the end, it made her leave him because she didn’t know how to deal with him anymore.
– End of book one-
Book two starts with Ana in depression, and Christian pretty much almost going insane. They get back together, without all the kinky fuckery involved i.e. “vanilla”. They are both in love, obviously. Christian starts to announce her around as his “girlfriend” (started in the first book, another one of their many firsts). She gets a job at a local publishing firm, where she’s an assistant to a complete and utter scumbag. Christian beats him up for making a move on Ana, and fires him, since he bought the company a couple of weeks ago. Christian asks Ana for her hand in marriage, where she is reluctant to say yes, since she knows that he’s “50 shades of fucked up”. One of those shades being his old and first mistress, Elena Robinson. Oh, do they argue about her. Ana views her as a pedophile, taking advantage of Christian when he was just 15 years old. One of the other 50 shades is Lelia, an ex-sub of Mr. Grey’s. She went completely crazy after her lover died suddenly. She broke into Christian’s house as well as Ana’s. When Ana went to her apartment to check on Ethan(Kate’s brother), Lelia was in the apartment holding a gun. Christian came running to the rescue. Ana and Christian also started to see his shrink together. She asks him his opinion about Christian. After this conversation, she tells Christian that she will, in fact, marry him on his birthday. Christian was more than excited to share the news with all his birthday guests. At his party, Mrs. Robinson decided to be a smart mouth to Ana, to the point where Ana throws her alcoholic drink into her face! (That was my favorite part). This book ends with Ana’s old boss, waiting outside the Grey’s house.
-End of book two-
The last book starts with Christian and Ana on their honeymoon on a boat they rented. They’re in the south of France. Having a blast. Their 3 week vacation is almost over and have to return to work. They bought an actual house together which is getting renovated. Ana still has security with her at all times. She goes to have a drink with Kate one night, against Christian’s will. She comes home to broken furniture and one of the security guys knocked out Ana’s old boss. Apparently, he was planning on kidnapping Ana for ransom. After that, Christian surprises Ana with a trip to Aspen, with some friends tagging along. They only stay for a couple of days. Ana finds out she’s pregnant. She decides to tell Christian, who blows it completely out of proportion. He goes talks to Mrs. Robinson and gets drunk. Ana is fearful for her baby’s life. She spends the night in the “red room of pain”. An anonymous person bails her boss out of jail. Jack (her old boss) calls her on Mia’s phone, telling her to bring 5 million dollars to him within two hours. Ana, does as she’s told, but it’s not an easy task. She’s shocked to see one of her workers there with Jack. He hits her, kicks her, and attempts to beat her up. Ana, being smart, pulls a gun out on him and shoots him. Ana falls to the ground, tired and exhausted for the days events. As soon as she does, Christian and the police shows up. Jack is taken to jail. Ana’s in the hospital for a couple of days. Her baby is fine. She returns home, and then to work a week later. While most of this is going on, Ana’s dad is in the hospital, after being hit by a drunk driver. He’s fine after a week in the hospital. The book ends with Ana pregnant with baby #2. They’re living in the house that was being renovated. The first baby ended up being a boy named Teddy. Baby #2 is a girl. Her name will be Phoebe.
– End of book 3-
Book 3 had more kinky sex scenes than book 2. Even when Ana is pregnant, she had kinky sex.
Overall, it was a good book series. In the sense that it was entertaining and educational (about BDSM). If you’re not into reading romance or erotica, then don’t even bother picking up this book.
This is just my opinion. Honest and true.