They certainly don't pose a literary challenge- the expressions are tedious and repetitive. I wish that the whole inner goddess analogy hadnt been mentioned-ever. Its not funny after a while. The language is childish to say the least- the expressions trite.
Yet everyone is reading it, from the chick lit readers to the intellectuals.
The first book Fifty Shades of Grey is the strongest page turner, by the time you come to the third you know sooner or later Ana will do something shes not 'meant' to, and be 'punished' for it!
Why is the book so popular then?
Somethings are done cleverly, E.L James has the point of view in control. Though told in first person, it works quite well as the reader is in the protagonist's Anastasia Steele's head and that could be the reason so many women are swooning under Christians Greys actions! They are seeing themsleves in Ana- her thoughts are mentioned after every action, the readers question is her question as well.
The story is the ultimate fairytale, a beauty and beast saga except that the beast here is utterly divine looking on the outside, a beast on the inside with a heart of gold which remains hidden. A tormented soul touched by the innocent and all powerful love of Ana. Nothing works better than this- a womans love transforming the tortured demented soul. Add to this some seriously silly wealth, a loving family, a doting man- what could be more idealistic?
The action is stepped up by weaving in sub stories of revenge and deceit. And of course all the activity for which the book is now referred to as Mummys porn and has probbaly revived the erotica genre. Very lucid, very vivid, since we are in Anas head we see her surprise, her excitement, her fear, her admissions that she too actually enjoys all the 'kinky fuckery'. Ana in many ways is a heroine I am happy about though- a literature student, serious, not frivolous in anyway, unassuming, honest, she seems as far removed from Christians world as the protagonists in Notting Hill or Pretty woman. She remains true to her own ambition and dreams inspite of the wealth she has at her disposal. A bit refereshing considering how so many women (espcially in the western world) are so happy to give it all up for the man and her children and dont work if they dont need to.
I am not sure how it ended as it got so tedious that I stopped scrolling down the pages and didnt exactly understand how many children they had produced, did Ana remain an editor? Whatever it is, she is an intellectual with a fiery passion hidden in her and that works for me. Though they never really explain why she has such low confidence at the start when she is apparently so gorgeous as Christian keeps saying.
The rest of it? well a man who loves so passionately and wholly, but likes to stay in control so literally, admits he likes hitting and putting his women down- but then he confesses he has 'known no other way.' Sympathy for Christian Grey is tremendous as he is trying to break the beast down in himself. Would everyone feel for him if he was 40, not that rich and not that good looking- hmm maybe he would be labelled a pervert rather than every womans dream!
I dont know if all the women reading this book are reading it for the characters or the sex, but I am sure the movie when out will make millions as well. And like many others even I am wondering who will they cast in it..