Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

...read the review of the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, click here*
or
...read the review of the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, click here*


Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Author: E. L. James
Publisher: Vintage Books by Random House
Year: 2012
Pages: 579
Language: English
Rate: 3


...an amazing journey of the dramatic couple to a new life together. So, after the silly contract for the BDSM sex life, both Ana and Christian ties the knot. 

The story opens up with the honeymoon drama, family matters  on pre-nuptial agreement near the wedding and, of course, the wedding itself. Not much different, the life after the wedding day is just another ups and downs for the two protagonists. Sex-sweet moments-disputes... again and again. 

Another thing that gets special concern is Ana's former boss whom she has replaced, Jack Hyde. What Christian has done to protect Ana from him emerges his hunger of revenge. Scenes of dangers comes up continuously and the newly husband keeps on using his power to keep his wife out of any unfortunate events. On the other side, becoming the wife of super rich man, Ana learns to lose her freedom a little by little, although she still tries to stand by her own from her overprotective Christian.

E. L. James seemed to try playing with the plot of the book to make it fun, covering the whole plain story from the beginning to the three forth of the book. Yet, compared to the first two novels, Fifty Shades Freed is more like on-going soap opera---boring characters' movements and tend to be emotionally static. 

It also seems that Christian has less wild sex fantasies in the third book, yet the real root of the story is getting more in the surface. It's the last book of the trilogy, anyway. But what makes it important here is that from all the first books the readers might find it as Ana's story. Somehow, getting to the ending, it's all Christian's. In a way, you would be reminded of how Jamie Sullivan changed Landon Carter in Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember. And at the end, you would find it more as naive romance story rather than erotica novel.

Fifty Shades Freed is just another fairy tale story without royal blooded characters. However, super rich and handsome man strengthens the idea, although the signs of the new century show the influence, mostly on Ana---a woman, wanting a career and rather fighter typical. 

Shortly, the trilogy feels more than just erotica romance, as the deep psychological exploration has become an attractive puzzle to shapes the main point of the story. Despite the low poetic description and too much explicit words, the trilogy has proposed the new paradigms of relationship and sexual fantasies.


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