Fifty Shades of Grey is a popular erotic novel by celebrated British author E.L. James published in 2011. It was originally self-published as an E-book, but in March 2012, Vintage Books acquired publishing rights. The book continues to enjoy popularity in digital formats especially PDF. It is the first part in the Fifty Shades of Grey read online trilogy, which traces the intensifying relationship between Anastasia Steele – a college graduate, and Christian Grey – a business magnet.
The book has gained massive popularity and attracted loads of mixed reviews from book critics and relationship experts due to its elaborate use of explicit erotic scenes with elements of practices involving dominance/submission, sadism/masochism, and bondage/discipline. A film adaptation of the book has since been produced, with the expectation of two more films in the near future to complete the trilogy.
Short book summary
When 21-year old literature student from Washington State University, Anastasia Steele goes to interview youthful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a person who is stunning, smart and intimidating. Ana – as she is casually referred to in the book – is innocent and unsophisticated. She is shocked to realize she wants this man badly, and in spite of his mysterious reserve, discovers she is anxious to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s independent spirit, quiet beauty, and humor, 27-year old Grey acknowledges he desires her too but wants her on his own terms.
Stunned yet thrilled by Grey’s extraordinary erotic tastes, Ana falters to make any commitment. For all the paraphernalia of success – his immense wealth, his global businesses, and his affectionate family – Christian grey is a person beleaguered by demons and obsessed by the need to control. When the two lovers finally decide to get together, they embark on a daring, physical affair, which leads to Ana discovering Grey’s deep secrets as well as her own dark desires.