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Fifty Shades of Grey

So, I read Fifty Shades of Grey. After being told it started as Twilight fan fiction, I was curious about it. I wasn't expecting much, but I actually thought it was a really good book. I have only read the first one so far.

I've heard people criticize it for representing submissive/dominant relationships in an unrealistic and abusive manner. I think that's true. I think the relationship in it is abusive, and this idea is sort of swept under the rug by the idea that it's a sub/dom relationship (or at least, that's what the guy is trying to make it into). He starts out doing things that are pretty manipulative, while saying that everything is consensual, but I don't think he fully understands what he's doing, because the only experience he has had before was with self-identified submissives. This becomes more evident as he and the girl communicate more openly with each other.

I was surprised at the character depth and emotional pull of the book, given all the crap I've heard about it. I guess literature is in the eye of the beholder. Although I enjoyed Twilight more, I thought this was a better book - more character-driven and thought-provoking, and with a better sense of perspective from the narrator.

It's interesting, this book is getting so much attention for being erotic, but I don't think the sex scenes add much. I think the story is compelling.