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#1 coffeetogo

Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

Has anyone read the triology yet? Apparently it was written as fanfiction in response to Twilight and because of its popularity, has been picked up by a publishing house. A few changes later and it is a best seller.

I am amazed that the first book is the top of the NYT Best sellers List and as yet, there has been no thread about it!

I have read them. ohmy.gif

Any thoughts?

#2 Hooray Henry

Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

Just waiting for my copy to arrive from Book Depository!

#3 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

Am reading it now, I don't really see what all the hype is about...

#4 Mishu

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

My girlfriend insisted I should read these. I started the first book (on Kindle) and I can see why it is popular but I haven't got very far into it. To be honest, the writing is poor and the plot/characters are totally implausible (but maybe that is what fan fiction is?? I don't know, haven't read any before). I've had to stop reading, I just couldn't handle the appalling writing, it set my teeth on edge.

#5 ozbilby

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

OMG I loved the trilogy. It is very racy and some may find it a little explicit, be aware it is classed as erotica.

The gorgeous damaged hero makes me swoon just thinking about him  blush.gif .

#6 Freycha

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

Just finished reading all 3 and to be honest i ended up skimming through the 'kinky' pages as it was quite boring in the end. At first it was a bit shocking unsure.gif buuuut 3 books later the author became quite repetative and the shock factor wore off. You can definately see the similarities between the main characters in Twilight & FSOG.



#7 ResultsNotTypical

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:13 PM

I've read the first one. Very middle of the road I thought, I was expecting more. Not sure I'll bother with the other two.

#8 purplekitty

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

I downloaded it on Kindle because it was No. 1 .I thought it was sci-fi fantasy for some reason.
I was wrong. original.gif
Badly written and fairly boring. I won't bother with the others.


#9 siemp

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:19 PM

I read it as fanfic, but not as the published version.

I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it as Edward and Bella if that makes sense?

Im not fussed about going to read the published version

I read it as fanfic, but not as the published version.

I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it as Edward and Bella if that makes sense?

Im not fussed about going to read the published version

#10 ~Jot~

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:20 PM

I've only read the first and loved it. Yes, the sex gets boring by the end. I don't really know why I enjoyed it so much. I don't particularly like Christian and it's not particularly well written (though streets ahead of Twilight!). Maybe it was just an easy read that I didn't need to think about too much. I'm really looking forward to reading the other two. original.gif

#11 Bluenomi

Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (coffeetogo @ 18/04/2012, 04:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has anyone read the triology yet? Apparently it was written as fanfiction in response to Twilight and because of its popularity, has been picked up by a publishing house. A few changes later and it is a best seller.

I am amazed that the first book is the top of the NYT Best sellers List and as yet, there has been no thread about it!

I have read them. ohmy.gif

Any thoughts?


Hmm Twilight fanfic? Think I'll pass wink.gif

#12 coffeetogo

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

I was thinking that maybe the Black Dagger readers would like this one. wink.gif


#13 ~Jot~

Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 18/04/2012, 03:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmm Twilight fanfic? Think I'll pass wink.gif

Oh I thought Twilight was a load of garbage. It was mildly entertaining if badly written until the last one, then it descended into total tripe. I only read it so I could make an informed review, it's a week of my life I'll never get back.

#14 Party of 5

Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

QUOTE (Mishu @ 18/04/2012, 05:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My girlfriend insisted I should read these. I started the first book (on Kindle) and I can see why it is popular but I haven't got very far into it.


Ok I will ask what is Kindle?

#15 Surprise#4

Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:59 PM

Party of 5 - It is an ebook reader.

I have the three of them on my kindle ready to read but haven't been able to make myself read them!  I have heard mixed reviews, but due to the fact the first one topped the NYT Best Sellers list i thought i should at least have a go at reading them!


#16 Illiterati

Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

QUOTE
Badly written and fairly boring.


Yep, I listened to the hype, bought a copy (thankfully only cost $9 at BigW) and just thought WTF? Skimmed it and cast it aside.

Will be donating it to the school fete this year along with Nikki Gemmell's underwhelming 'With my body' (follow up to the Bride Stripped Bare) which by comparison is better written (not hard) and I think has more sex in it.

#17 Expelliarmus

Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:48 AM

QUOTE (Mishu @ 18/04/2012, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
To be honest, the writing is poor and the plot/characters are totally implausible (but maybe that is what fan fiction is?? I don't know, haven't read any before).

Not all of it, but most of it LOL! (Especially most Twilight fanfic!)

I had never heard of this until a vague FB post yesterday now I understand! *debates whether or not to read it*

#18 coffeetogo

Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

I couldn't put the books down although I wouldn't say I loved them.

I did think that the main character, Christian Grey, was downright irresistible at times but at others he was just scary.  ffear.gif



#19 Catmummy

Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

I tried to read it: flipping through in bookstore and sampling on Kindle.

I do NOT understand what the fuss is. It is an appalling book and should never have been published (but I also think this about Twilight)

#20 Colleer

Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:29 AM

I am part way through the first one and have the other two on my Kobo waiting for me.

I am enjoying it so far.  But then I am enjoying it for what it is - as my husband calls it - mummy porn!  I am not reading it for a fantastic storyline or well thought out characters etc.  It would be classed as erotica - pure and simple. Which I am a little partial to wwhistle.gif ph34r.gif  

In fact it was my DH who read the review of it in the paper, and suggested I read it  cool.gif

#21 Daisy Goat

Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

I have downloaded them but not got around to reading yet.

I am reading them for the light entertainment value as opposed to literary greatness. Like I can happily watch  "popular" TV shows over cinematic extravaganzas.

I never expect to compare them.

#22 coffeetogo

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (Daisy Goat @ 23/04/2012, 12:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have downloaded them but not got around to reading yet.

I am reading them for the light entertainment value as opposed to literary greatness. Like I can happily watch "popular" TV shows over cinematic extravaganzas.

I never expect to compare them.



I agree. Light reading with a twist.

ETA I found books 2 and 3 to be better than the first one.

Edited by coffeetogo, 23 April 2012 - 09:33 PM.


#23 Expelliarmus

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:30 PM

QUOTE (peebs @ 23/04/2012, 12:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't imagine it as Twilight fanfic. Was it meant to be Bella and Edward doing bondage and stuff? huh.gif

Have you not seen the amount of Bella/Edward bondage stuff out there?

It's frightening.

Far out I spent too much time on ff.net the last couple years ...  ssecret.gif

#24 BenevolentDictator

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:36 PM

I've just finished it and like others, can't see what all the fuss is about.

Much ado about nothing as far as I am concerned.  Poorly written nothing at that.  And laden with cliches.

#25 Expelliarmus

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:49 PM

*has googled*

Meh, I (tried to) read this when it was still fanfiction. It was dead boring then and I thought it was unreadable. How did it get to be a best seller? *gags*




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