Ok.. This will be the first time I take the time to write a review, or try to write one anyway.
Overall I liked the book, I do not agree with all those who gave it one star and say it is crap and not worth the time to read. Yes I know this was based on fanfic written by the author, but since I am not much of a fanfic reader I never read MoTU.
Also, I wanted to state, regarding bad reviews that YES the book is not going to win a Prose award or anything like it, the writing was not bad, somewhat British for my taste since the characters are supposed to be American, I mean I totally get that Ana was a Lit graduate and she was fond of Brit classic Lit, and she had a broad thesaurus but... I saw that as a flaw in the book.
Anyway, back to the critics I've seen... yes the book is erotic, yes the book is kind of pure sex, yes the story is not the best in the world but I really liked it. In the end the story is about a first love, and all the confusion and feelings that renders.. It is written in first person so what you really get to see is the inner thoughts and struggles of a 21 year old... yes she’s an adult but at 21... none of us where mature enough....
I feel bad reviews are a tendency in books that get to be so commercial, marketed and famous... yes people... get over it, Sex sells, the book market has been dropping and not earning enough, but romance publishing houses ended up with a profit last year, so... yes..sex sells. Women buy lots of books and really I don't care if people are calling these books Mommy Porn or whatever.. thank God for e-readers, now no one can see the covers of the books !! LOL: Reading books like this, or any other Romance, erotic novel is a true thrill, and there are great books out there! and they are not great because of the sex, but since they have good entertaining plots- And I am saying all this because since the books are so famous now, a lot of people who are not used to this kind of books, obviously are not liking it. Yes the book is BDSM based, but do you know how many books are out there with the same theme, and a lot stronger and graphic?? I am not into BDSM books or reading straight forward porn.. but I do like them to have strong sexual content why not??? I mean I read a lot, and have read a lot over the years (lots of genres), being a lawyer reading is just part of my everyday life, and since I can enjoy just about everything, I feel I am objective in my appreciations… so I like my books to have a story and a plot, but ultimately 50 shades, even if it doesn't have a deep strong plot is a good book because it helps with many taboos, and helps you understand why in the end these things are a part of the world, and makes us see that they do exist. And for me it was a nice and touching love story. A typical romance where love can overcome anything just like every other “utopic” romance novel!.... hopefully.
But!! It all sums up in what you like and don't. It's like movies; I don't let myself be influenced. If a book, movie or anything accomplishes to make me entertain myself, pass the time and leaves me a good feel, then for me it is worth it, and this book made me laugh, and I feel for the characters.