by E. L James
It feels like everyone in the world was talking about 50 Shades of Grey, so I decided to see what it was all about. I began reading this book with a grain of salt--a friend had forewarned me that the writing in this book is not tremendously invigorating. I have to agree!
As I blazed my way through this story, I spoke with more people about it. In doing this, I learned that it started out as Twilight fan fiction written by a British woman. This, then, helped me to realize how the interpretation of British slang to American slang could make the writing seem less than perfect.
I started out liking the characters very much and could relate to the situations and experiences that each had, but as the novel turned toward darker material, I enjoyed the characters less and less. It was a nice pleasure read for an extended plane trip, but I don't know that I will read the remainder of the series.