BDSM is a term now acquainted to a lot of readers. BDSM stands for bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism. E.L. James went beyond the set rules and broke them all to come up with a story which doesn’t involve only love but also so many sexual practices, which personally if I say startled me. The triology of Fifty Shades of Grey depicts a love story between a business tycoon, Christian Grey and a simple college student, Anastasia Steele. After I completed the first book, I couldn’t wait to go for the next one. And then of course I had to finish it off so I went ahead with the last one too. I wouldn’t deny the fact that the book had a lot of unwanted scenes. I mean, by the end of the second book, I would skip the parts where Grey takes Steele to his playroom and performs arts which only E.L. James can explain.

But this book had its own beautiful moments. I fell in love with Christian Grey. He is like that perfect man you would want in your life. Though his over-possessive nature can get on your nerves but then again his other gestures will make you die for. The author has cleverly thrown some amazing punches in between. My favourite dialogue picks were these:

“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince” 

“Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.” 

She wrote the entire set of three in such a way that it had every ingredient to be criticized and loved. But the characters according to me were perfect. If I start about how Grey was the man of the dream, I would never end up talking about the book. His “laters, baby!” grew on me so much that I actually started using it in my texts. But none the less, the book was worth a keep on the bookshelf. It had its own twists and turns, love and hatred and not to forget the BDSM which kind of put me off. The whole thing was like a peek into someone’s sex life which I didn’t want to know about.

James did come out of the box with her writing and storyline. She let the world know about the existence of bondage. We all knew but we never spoke about it. But now we do speak about it, a little more freely perhaps. She wrote a provocative romance built up on times where the protagonist couldn’t stay without his lady love. But the difficult part for him was where love wasn’t the only thing he wanted from her. Aptly named, Fifty Shades Freed, the last of her triology was scripted to show how one affair between the very two different people changed their lives forever. In spite of knowing the shocking and intriguing pasts of Grey, Anastasia asks him for a commitment- Something more deep and passionate and beyond his playroom.

This soon to be a movie triology was a good read for me. It didn’t disappoint me because I didn’t expect anything from this book. But it did leave me smiling a lot of times amidst all the reading.

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Rukmini Sengupta

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