I finally finished the Fifty Shades Trilogy. It was one of those things. I read the first one because of all the buzz surrounding it. I read the second because the first was not half as bad and left me dangling in the end. I read the third, well, because it was the end of the trilogy. Who ever reads the first two parts of a trilogy and not the third?
Read on for a review of the third book. Very minor spoilers ahead.
As I mentioned in my review of the second book, there was a semblance of a plot introduced towards the end of the tale. Ana and Christian are happy with each other, so much so that they decide to take their relationship a step further.
The third one picks up soon after. Things are hunky dory and Ana and Christian have indeed taken the next big step. There is a lot of sex at this point- so much so that I have a theory on how E L James wrote the third book. Here it goes.
1. Identify all the places two rich people can make out.
2. Identify all forms of kinkery (the author’s word, not mine) that can be written about within the bounds of decency. Imagine written Playboy and not Hustler.
3. Plug in some minimal sentiment and confusion to fill the few pages between bouts of kinky sex. Most often it concerns the odd ways of Fifty.
4. Every once in a while, throw in a plot line or wrap up one from the first two books. The plot line resolutions are quick, simple and minimally invasive to the kinky sex as described in points 1,2 and 3.
5. Lather, rinse and repeat.
The book is not really bad but it tends to start dragging pretty quickly. Midway through the book, I realized I had not read one new twist in the tale. Not one new important character introduced. Not one major event. Things are sedentary almost for a good two thirds of the book.
Towards the last third of the tale, a final plot development is introduced and is taken straight to conclusion. It definitely speeds things up in what is otherwise a pretty slow book. The action starts and ends in the same breath. There is quite a bit of drama, something I don’t usually enjoy much and didn’t here too.
Overall the book is not as climactic as one would expect for a trilogy but it has its small share of stuff towards the very end. It should go down well with the purveyors of romance, passion and a wee bit drama. It may start off erotic for folks interested in that kind of fiction but will devolve into repetitive versions of the same act.
With the announced movie deal with Universal pictures, I am curious to see how they can milk it for a big franchise worth of money given the bomb they reportedly paid for its rights.
And one last note on the supposed mommy porn tag this trilogy carries, thanks to the NY Times. There is a lot of sex alright. But it is between the same two people throughout the entire trilogy. At some point, it just is boring.
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