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Fifty Shades: The Final Verdict

Patch editor David Mills provides a man's point of view on "Fifty Shades of Grey" after he finishes reading E.L. James' novel

I always try to judge a book by whether it sticks with me after I'm done.

Do I remember most of what happened during the story? Do I feel for the characters? Did it have an impact on me?

In all of the categories, I have to say that "Fifty Shades of Grey" did all of these things.

So, my verdict from a male point of view is the first installment in E. L. James' trilogy is a good book worth reading.

I can't recommend it to everyone because its overall subject matter might be disturbing to some folks. Parts of it were for me.

I'm not sure my reaction is typical of most men. I didn't read "Fifty Shades" as a husband, father or grandfather. I read it as a writer who has written manuscripts himself.

The book overcame some mediocre writing with a unique plot intertwined with interesting characters. In a book or movie, all I want is a good story. The subject matter doesn't weigh that heavily in my decision making. The film or novel can be about war, romance or adventure. It doesn't matter. A good story is a good story.

The sex-related scenes in "Fifty Shades" aren't for the faint-hearted, to be sure. However, there isn't an overabundance of them and they fit in with the story. They are an intricate part of the plot. They reveal something about both main characters.

Again, the most interesting aspect of the book to me was the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. He is a disturbed, powerful and charming man and she is a funny, likable, vulnerable woman. Both are making questionable choices and you follow along with interest.

The book has a powerful ending that intentionally leaves you hanging.

So, I guess the big question is whether I will read "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed."

Well, I don't know. Like Anastasia, I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

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Peggy Russell August 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Read them you will be glad you did. I read all 3 and loved them... Great story!
alameda vigilante August 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM
OMG, these books are immature sexist trash. Next you'll be reviewing 'The Story of O". Gimme a break. I thought Patch was a family publication.
Lois Requist August 26, 2012 at 01:53 AM
The three books are really one. Clever marketing separated the first one at a crucial point. My book club read this--older women whom some might be surprised would read this--some read the first one, but many of us read all three. Something in the story telling kept us turning pages. Not a great book, but a summer read that held my attention, even as it became more ordinary, mundane, and less erotic. Did they build a red room in the family house?
Tom August 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I think someone here may need to expand their reading a bit.... Nothing wrong with this topic and perhaps it may open a door for husbands and wives to explore. After all, family begins with husband and wife right?
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
"Immature sexist trash" doesn't necessarily conflict with "family publication".
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM
What world do you live in? People don't get married anymore. What's this husband and wife thing you speak of?
Tom August 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Ha ha! Good one sports fan.
Stephanie August 30, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Alameda, I agree, but you forgot to add pandering, infantilizing, and just plain terrible writing to that list.

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