Oct 13, 2015
Did you know that writer E.L. James published another Fifty Shades book - this time written from Christian Grey's point of view? The book is simply titled Grey.
I was able to get my hands on a copy and decided to read it. Yes, I was curious to see how it would compare to the original Fifty Shades book (of which I completed reading the entire trilogy).
I don't give spoilers but some of my descriptions might ruin the book for you so if you haven't read it yet, you might want to stop reading this now.
My first reaction to the book was that the thoughts that race through Christian's mind really do make him sound like an obsessed sexual deviant. Having so much wealth in his possession only makes him that much more scarier (yes, I purposely used a double comparison) to an ordinary woman like Ana. Had he not been so wealthy, he could only stalk Ana but so much and act upon his desires. For instance, without all that wealth, would he have been able to just fly across country from the west coast to the east coast just to assure Ana that "Elena Lincoln is just a business associate"?
I think that if your mind was constantly filled with thoughts of sex (as is Christian Grey's mind) you seriously need psychotherapy. Having fantasies is one thing...but sexual desires for Ana infiltrate Christian's nearly every waking moment.
The original Fifty Shades (from Ana's point of view) - on the other hand, tends to be more of a young woman's exploration of sex and learning to determine the limitations between love, sex, and lust. In many a female reader's mind, the Fifty Shades trilogy is a romantic sexual fantasy with bits of drama intertwined (Elena Lincoln, Leila, Jack Hyde) thus making life more complicated.
The two books definitely bear stark contrasts from one another. Does that mean men and women view relationships (emotional and physical) very differently? That's a question that so many psychologists have tried to explain for decades.